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Common Roof Problems: High Wind and/or Hail Damage

Roofing worker climbs ladder to replace roof after wind damage

Many factors enter into the equation when it comes to how long your roof will protect your home. The materials used, the expertise of the workers who installed it, and the degree of punishing weather you experience are probably the top three. Assuming that your roof was indeed installed by experts who use quality material, we face the third factor – Mother Nature. High winds and hail are the two most common roofing problems homeowners and business owners face today, but there is something you can do to remediate the damage.

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Green Home Improvements for Earth Day

Young plant in the morning light on nature background

Earth Day, celebrated every year on April 22, is a movement that began in 1970 and has continued to be an important calendar date going on five decades. Though the subject of climate change and “going green” has proven politically divisive, most homeowners can agree that Earth Day is an excellent excuse to take a little time to make environmental improvement in and around the home. The upside, apart from doing something great for the environment, is that you can also improve your living situation.

Going green can be as simple as replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent ...

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How Much Value will a New Roof Increase to Your House?

Home roof being replaced with new roofing materials

Thinking about a new roof? While it might not be as popular a project as remodeling interior rooms, a new roof has definite advantages including improved resale value, a nicer and newer appearance, lower utility bills and improved warranties.

When it comes to return on investment, Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 report, a new roof can add $14,000 to a home’s value. Add the extra curb appeal you get with a new roof and now you’re seeing why replacing the roof should be a higher priority on the list of projects for your home.

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How to Pick the Right Roofing Contractor

House before exterior remodeling

It’s not exactly the home remodeling project that homeowners look forward to, but it’s a critical part of the home that requires attention. But when it comes to choosing a roofing contractor, where do you begin and who can you trust? There are plenty of horror stories out there about homeowners who have had nightmarish experiences, and you don’t want to be one of them. Here are a few things to consider as you begin your search for a roofing contractor that will make your roofing project a breeze.

Price, while certainly a consideration, isn’t everything. The cheapest bid isn’t ...

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How to Spot Hail Damage on Your Roof & Siding (and how much does it cost)

Siding and roofing contractors after hail damage

Midwesterners know all too well the dangers that come with a supercell thunderstorm. High winds, large hail and strong tornadoes are all born out of these massive storms. Once the sirens stop and the storm passes, it’s time to take stock of what’s been damaged. Most homeowners think about their cars first, then turn their attention to the mess that’s left in the yard from trees and shrubs that have been eviscerated by the wind, heavy rain and hail.

However, it’s important to also take stock of what’s happened to the roof ...

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Ten Warning Signs that it’s Time to Repair or Replace your Roof

Employees standing on a roof and repairing old construction after wind damage

Homeowners can miss the telltale signs that their roof is in need of repair or replacement. While some roofing materials will seem ageless, even after many years, there could be underlying problems that need to be addressed. Let’s take a look at 10 warning signs that your roof is need of repair or replacement.

1. Age

Most roofing experts will tell you that an asphalt/shingle roof will last between 20 and 25 years. However, if your roof was installed on top of an existing roof that is more than 20 years old, it’s definitely time for an inspection because most experts will ...

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The Pros and Cons of Cedar and Asphalt Shingle Roofing Materials

Family house after asphalt shingle roofing installation

For some homeowners and business owners, the perfect roof is the one that fits the budget. For others with a more aesthetic preference, cost isn’t a filter, so something along the lines of cedar might fit into the description of a must-have roofing material. While cost and aesthetics are certainly part of the equation, the life of the roofing material must also be taken into account.

First off, it must be established that harsh weather will compromise the quality of any roofing material. Furthermore, an EF5 tornado, should it rip through your area, will pretty much wipe everything out. But ...

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Which Home Improvement Projects Have the Greatest Return on Investment?

James Hardie house after exterior remodeling

When most people think of home improvement projects, they focus on upgrades like granite countertops, updated bathrooms with walk-in showers and fancy tile, and improved living rooms with top-notch electronics. However, do these projects offer a really great return on investment? While these might catch the eye of potential buyers, the real value is in projects involving roofing, siding, gutters, windows and doors.

Increase your home’s value with a new roof and guttering system

Few things can be more compromising to your home’s value than a leaking roof. According to ISoldMyHouse.com, replacing a bad roof brings a 75 ...

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Why is Roof Ventilation So Important?

House photo after roof replacement and proper ventilation

The typical home is built with a wood frame and the roof is a steep slope, covered by asphalt shingles, though a minority of homeowners will choose cedar or other materials. The rafter and attic spaces are typically closed off, which means they could be prone to moisture problems. One of the most common ways to fight moisture buildup is to provide proper ventilation.

The moisture factor

In an improperly vented roof, moisture is allowed to rise up and condense in the attic. This will damage insulation and studs and any other material that has prolonged contact with the ...

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You’ve Experienced a Hail Storm, Now What?

Roofing contractor inspecting roof after hail damage

Hail frequently rips through the Midwest during the summer months as large storm systems unleash their fury. The first thing you’ll notice following a storm is probably the leaves that have been beaten down and now litter your yard. Maybe you’ll check on your car(s) to make sure the hail hasn’t made dents. At some point your attention is going to turn to your roof. What should you look for, and if you find damage, do you immediately call your insurance provider?

Spotting the signs of shingle damage

Before you go running to the phone to call your insurance company, inspect the ...

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