Des Moines Roofers’ Top 2017 Trend Predictions

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Feb 20, 2017 12:15:30 PM

 

 

Obviously, no one changes their roof every season like they change their wardrobe or hairstyle! Home improvement trends shift much more slowly than fashion trends, but they do evolve. Today’s roofing options are more diverse than ever before, offering stylish and functional choices at a wide range of price points. What’s popular for Iowa homeowners replacing their roof in 2017? Here are the roofing choices we predict will be timelessly fashionable for many years to come.

 

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Topics: roofing, gutter cleaning and repair, downspouts, steel roofing

5 Reasons to Consider a Metal Roof for Your Des Moines Home

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Feb 14, 2017 10:21:00 AM

 

 

If it’s time to replace your roof, you have more options than ever before. You may never have considered a metal roof for your home, but they are increasingly trendy among both new construction homes and roof replacement projects. Steel has many advantages over asphalt shingles, slate, or other roofing materials. Here are five reasons to consider stone-coated steel for your Des Moines-area roof replacement.

 

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Topics: shingles, roofing, energy efficient, energy efficiency, steel roofing

Spring Is Coming: Why You Should Schedule a Spring Roof Replacement

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Feb 7, 2017 10:17:00 AM

 

As winter comes to an end and spring draws nearer, it’s a good time to start thinking about what home improvement projects will be a priority for your family in the months to come. Replacing your roof with high quality architectural shingles, durable stone-coated steel roofing material, or other modern roofing materials can improve your home’s appearance, efficiency, and resale value. Here are five great reasons to replace your roof this spring.

 

 

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Topics: roofing, energy efficient, energy efficiency, steel roofing

Is Your Humidifier Hurting Your Home?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jan 27, 2017 10:07:00 AM

 

At least a few times each winter, temperatures rise for a few days after a deep freeze. When this happens, a lot of homeowners notice what looks like water infiltration on their ceilings and walls. Although this evidence may be a sign that your roof is leaking, when the temperatures rise suddenly, the culprit is more often condensation in the attic than a leaky roof. And one of the most likely causes of attic condensation can be your home’s humidifier.

 

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Topics: roofing, blown in insulation, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency, home maintenance, ventilation, ice dam prevention

Can You Replace Your Roof During the Winter in Iowa?

Posted by Tyler Scott on Jan 21, 2017 10:30:00 AM

 

Has your roof been besieged by the harsh winter weather? If your roof has suffered hail damage, lost shingles, or been struck by lightning, it may be in critical condition. If your home has ice dams—buildups of ice along the eaves of your roof and gutters—you may experience roof leaks and resulting damage (including the possible formation of dangerous mold). You may not be able to wait until the spring to replace your roof, but how do you do that work in Iowa in the winter? Is it even possible?

 

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Topics: roofing, energy efficient, energy efficiency, steel roofing, ice dam prevention

How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Posted by Tyler Scott on Jan 13, 2017 9:24:31 AM

 

During the winter, when the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, many homeowners worry about their pipes freezing. You may have heard advice about how to prevent your pipes from freezing like letting your faucet drip but still be confused as to how (and when) you should do that. Here are the facts about when pipes freeze, how you can best prevent frozen pipes, and what you should do if your pipes do freeze.

 

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Topics: blown in insulation, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency

Weekend Project: How to Fix Drafty Windows in Your Home

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Jan 6, 2017 12:07:17 PM

 

Winter weather is here, and you may be feeling the chill—inside your home as well as outside. One of the biggest ways that cold air enters your home (and warm air leaks out of it) is through old, poorly insulated and poorly sealed windows. Single-pane windows are notoriously poor at keeping heat in and cold air out. The long-term solution is to remove old, drafty windows and replace them with new ones, such as highly energy efficient double pane windows, but that can be expensive and particularly difficult during the icy, snowy winter weather. These fast, low-cost tricks can help you improve the comfort of your home before the weekend is over.

 

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Topics: Windows

Is the Water on Your Ceiling a Roof Leak or Condensation?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Dec 23, 2016 10:58:00 AM

 

When temperatures warm up after plunging below freezing for a few days, a lot of homeowners notice what seems to be evidence of water infiltration on their ceilings and walls. Although this kind of moisture can indicate a roof leak, when the temperatures rise after a deep freeze, the culprit is more often condensation in the attic than a leaky roof. How can you tell whether you have a roof leak that should be dealt with immediately or a relatively harmless condensation issue?

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Topics: roofing, blown in insulation, insulation

Beautiful Roof Icicles Are Actually Harmful Ice Dams

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Dec 16, 2016 11:06:00 AM

 

As a kid, waking up on winter mornings meant romping through the fresh fallen snow, building a fort, and maybe starting a snowball fight. As a homeowner, opening the door on a snowy morning more likely evokes some dread: of having to shovel driveways and walks, drive in wintery conditions, and worry about whether the roof will leak. Even the glistening icicles hanging off the roof, while beautiful, can be hazardous to your home’s health.

 

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Topics: roofing, ice dam prevention

Are Your Old Windows Hazardous to Your Family’s Health?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Dec 2, 2016 10:42:00 AM

 

Your windows protect your family from the wind, snow, rain, and cold. They help keep your home insulated from winter’s chill and summer’s heat. They can even help keep out the sun’s harmful UV rays! But if your windows are old or poorly maintained, they can help create a dangerous condition that poses a threat to your family’s health: mold.

 

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Topics: Windows, home maintenance, ventilation