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Roofing

Do I need a new roof?

A roof protects not only your house but also your family and personal items. A home's longevity is dependent on how well your roof protects your home. Problems due to a faulty roof can be serious: wood rot inside the home, general structural weakness, loss or damage to items in the home and health hazards for family members living in the home.

To prevent unnecessary problems, homeowners should inspect their roofs to ensure that problems are prevented, or at the very least fixed in a timely manner.

Outdoor inspections can allow you to quickly determine if you need to repair or replace your roof preventing leaks and costly repairs later.

Indoor Inspections can help you trace down the source of a leak and allow you to notice leaks before they cause expensive damage.

The benefits of replacing you roofing:

  • Gives your home a consistent, attractive appearance
  • Improves insulation for warmer winters and cooler summers inside your home
  • Offers outstanding resistance to harsh weather with virtually no deterioration
  • Protects your home from moister, air pollution, excessive heat and cold, sunlight and acid rain
Can I get my roof done in the winter?
Repairs:

Just about any repair to any roofing system can be done as well in the winter as it can be in the summer. Where the lack of warmth prevents an immediate seal between shingles, caulking can be used to provide this seal. Allowing repairs to your roof to wait until spring is a good way to turn a minor repair into a major one. Once snow piles on the roof, repairs become extremely difficult and snow melt can bring large quantities of water to bear upon drywall adding inside damage to outside damage. Melting snow can cause leaks where rain would not. The classic "ice dam" is one example, but the generally indirect path taken by water that melts under snow enables it to find ways into the roofing system that a steady rain might not.

We always recommend you get repairs done as soon as possible to prevent further potentially costly maintenance.

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Re-roofing:

A lot of people ask whether it's advisable to re-roof their home in the winter. The answer really comes down to a combination of factors which may or may not permit the homeowner to wait until warmer weather.

It's important to note that asphalt shingles actually can be installed in the winter. In most cases they aren't too frozen or brittle. Anything above freezing is recommended by most manufactures; however there are actually some shingles in extreme northern climates such as Canada and Alaska that are made for colder weather such as -20° C. Asphalt shingles are made solely to protect your home in winter during colder weather so it stands to reason that the risk for installing them in cold weather should be low.

There are legitimate concerns about the roof sealing in the cold. It's almost always warmer on the roof to begin with. Underneath the roof deck there is usually warm air moving around in the attic and on the roof's surface the sun is warming up the roofing materials during daylight. It can be as much as 10-20 degrees warmer on the roof, and all that is needed is a warm winter day for the shingles to adhere to the seal strip.

If no warm winter days are in sight a quarter-sized dab of roof cement is placed underneath the corners of the shingle tabs while installing them, to ensure wind doesn't get underneath them while waiting for them to seal. As soon as the weather warms up the roof will seal itself.

Windows

Reasons to replace the windows in your home:

There can be many reasons for deciding to change a window apart from it needing repair or re-painting. The fitting may be poor allowing droughts to enter the house, through gaps at the bottom or sides of the window. The window could be in a poor state of repair, squeaking and sticking when opening and closing. Running water on the inside of the window, particularly in winter signals condensation that can encourage mold to grow.

  • Windows are the biggest source of energy loss in your home.
  • Wood frames warp and shrink, letting in cold air.
  • Metal frames often have poor insulating qualities
  • Replacing windows will save you fuel time and money.
  • Some companies, like Avista, offer money saving incentives for energy efficient windows.

Installation is fast and easy, usually taking just one day to replace every window in your house!

Siding

When should I replace my home's siding?

Siding should be replaced when you feel you need it. Your aluminum could be dented. Maybe the siding is older letting a lot of heat escape. Maybe your wooden siding needs an expensive paint job, and remember you'll have to paint again in a few years. You don't like the way the siding is starting to warp. Your wooden siding has water stain showing through the stain or paint. You want your home to have a new look. These are all good reasons to replace your siding.

Why should I get new siding?

Insulated vinyl siding will greatly increase your home's value. New vinyl siding will make your home look its best and seal you home against the elements. Vinyl siding is easy to maintain. Vinyl siding does not need painting. Vinyl siding will insulate your home and in turn save heating costs.

How much will new siding increase my home's value?

New siding will typically return 95% on your investment towards your home's resale value. For example: if you paid $10,000.00 for new siding, your home's resale value would increase by approximately $9,500.00.

Do I have to paint my new siding?

Your new siding will never need painting. The new siding will be custom colored to match your wishes. You can paint, but it is not recommended.

How long will it take to have my home sided?

You home's siding can be replaced in 5-7 days construction time on average.

Gutters

All gutters are either sectional or seamless (or continuous). Sectional gutters are sold in pieces and installed as component systems. All do-it-yourself gutter systems are sectional, though pros install these, too. The sections themselves can be over 20 ft. long each or cut to any size with a hacksaw. Snap-in-place connectors join gutter sections to each other and to downspouts. All sectional systems have end caps, corner pieces and drop outlets for connecting to downspouts.

The drawback to sectional systems is that all those seams can eventually invite leaks. Seamless gutters won't leak at seams because there are none; sections join only at inside and outside corners and at downspout outlets. That's why they're the most popular configuration. Seamless gutters, made of aluminum, galvanized steel or copper, are extruded to custom lengths on site using a portable machine.

What are the benefits of gutters?
  • Directs water away from basements, walks and patios.
  • Keeps the outside of your home clean by preventing mud and sand from splashing up onto siding and windows.
  • Protects the color of brick and concrete. No drip lines or discoloring.
  • Protects concrete slabs from sinking and cracking.
  • Inhibits moisture from entering directly inside open front entries and backsliders.
  • Preserves stained wood decks, doors and garage doors from splash-ups.
  • Stops landscape erosion. Plant without the concern for flooding.
  • Water is directed to the sewage system where damage from run-off is not a concern.
  • When used with aluminum flashing across fascia board, you can reduce and eliminate fascia rotting