Why You Should Consider Skylights

skyIf your home lacks natural light, you might be thinking about adding skylights as a way to get more light into dark rooms. While skylights are a great way to add light, what else can they bring to your home? Find out the biggest benefits of adding skylights.

Fresh Air

Just as skylights add light to your home, they can also add fresh air by venting open. This can help regulate the temperature within your home by increasing air circulation in dense rooms, which otherwise lack ventilation. […]

How Much Should I Spend On A Roof?

small houseYou may have heard that roofs are expensive, with a roof replacement costing as much as $30,000 at the high end. Before you let that figure scare you off, know that most roofs come in for a fraction of the $30,000 figure. Here’s what you really need to know about the cost of a roof.

Average Roof Costs Nationwide

Nationwide, a new roof generally costs anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000, with the average roof replacement costing $7,523. As these numbers indicate, that $30,000 figure is an outlier. […]

Home Renovations to Add Value

Add ValueWhen you think of the top home improvements that add value, what comes to mind? Odds are, it something major, like a new kitchen or bathroom. While these projects will impress home buyers, don’t overlook small home improvement projects. These renovations may cost less, but they return a greater portion of what you spend and boost your quality of life. Here are 4 minor renovations that add value.

1. Siding Replacement

Siding not only makes your home look good, it insulates it from wind and weather. Shabby siding weakens the protective envelope around your home, which makes your home vulnerable to problems like pests and water damage.

Replacing your home siding will boost you curb appeal and improve your comfort in the home. In general, you can expect to get over 75 percent of what you spend on siding back when you sell your house. […]

4 Winter Roof Maintenance Tips

roof in winterYour roof is one of the most important systems in your home. By maintaining your roof throughout the year, you can help your roof last longer and gain peace of mind that your home and family are protected. Learn how to take care of your roof this winter.

1. Have your roof inspected

While you’re calling to set up a chimney inspection and furnace cleaning this winter, call to set up a roof inspection too. When you have your roof inspected annually, you can take care of little problems before they turn into big problems that threaten the safety and structure of your roof.

At Brandstetter’s Kanga Roof, we perform a 17-point roofing analysis where we check all components of your roof, estimate your roof’s life span, and take care of things so your roof is in its best shape going into the demands of winter. […]

Repair Your Chimney For the Holidays!

winter fireplaceNothing is homier than a hearth. Whether it’s holiday parties or family game nights, gathering by the fire connects people and creates memories. Even if you don’t use your chimney very often, there’s no question that a fireplace is a crucial and nostalgic accessory for the home. Before you use your chimney for the holiday season, always make sure it’s in good condition.

Get the Chimney Cleaned

Professional cleaning removes soot and ash, the byproduct of wood fires, creosote, a flaky residue that builds up in the flue, and glaze, a thick tar-like substance.

Cleaning helps the chimney operate efficiently and improves air quality in your home. […]

Why You Should Replace Your Roof this December

winterReplacing your roof is a big job, and many homeowners put it off until the last minute. This is risky because you could wind up paying more for an emergency roof when you let things go too long. Rather than wait until your need for roof work is critical, consider getting roof repair or replacement done in the off-season. You might not think it, but December is actually a great time to install a roof.

Why Get Your Roof Replaced in December

1. No Wait

If you’ve ever tried to get a roofer out during the summer, you might have been told to wait a week — or even a month. In winter, you can get a crew out right away and have the work done immediately, instead of waiting. If you’re the sort of person who likes to cross things off your list, this might appeal. […]

New Season, New Roof!

winter seasonRoof repairs are a serious matter you don’t want to put off. Rather than be surprised by an emergency roof repair that you weren’t budgeting for, learn the warning signs that your roof is getting old, so you can plan for its replacement before it fails.

Warning Signs You May Need a New Roof

Asphalt roofs are built to last for 20 years. As your roof nears the end of its lifespan, start to budget for roof repair. Your roof may not last much longer.

Near the end of its life, roofs start to show their age. If your roof looks terrible from the street, it’s a clear indication that something is not as it should be. You can either climb up on the roof to inspect things yourself (which we don’t recommend) or have a roofing contractor look over the roof for you. While you may be able to replace worn-out shingles if the issue is localized, it’s often more cost-effective to replace a roof with widespread damage. […]

Fall-Proof Your Home With Siding

Leading up to winter, look over your home’s siding. Will it safeguard your home from the elements this winter? Fall is an ideal time to upgrade your home’s siding so it fully protects you from snows. Learn the real role of home siding and how to check your siding for signs it needs replacement.

What Does Home Siding Do?

Home siding may look pretty, but its main purpose is not to give your home a unified look and feel. The real purpose of siding is to protect your home from weather by acting as a secure barrier to entry. When siding is not securely attached, everything from rain water to nuisance animals can penetrate your home. […]

Is Your Chimney Ready for Fall?

house with chimneyWith fall in the air, it’s time to get your chimney inspected before you need it to heat your home. There’s some chimney maintenance you can do yourself, while other tasks require a professional. Here’s how to prepare your chimney for the busy season.

Get a Thorough Checkup and Cleaning

If your chimney is not structurally sound, it may leak, cause smoke buildup in the home, or negatively affect your health. Rather than assume your chimney is healthy because you don’t see anything wrong with it, let a pro check things out.

After you’ve had your chimney inspected, get it cleaned. A chimney sweep removes soot and creosote, to make your chimney cleaner. Creosote logs may be tempting but they aren’t as efficient as a chimney sweep. Best practice is to bring in the chimney sweep to clean your chimney at the beginning of the season, then tidy up ashes when needed. For peace of mind that your sweep knows their stuff, look for chimney sweeps who are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. […]

Beat the Leaves With New Gutters

fall leavesCome fall, your gutters function as baskets for the falling leaves. If the gutters are not cleaned and functioning properly, leaves will block water from draining, and leave your home at risk of water damage. Old gutters threaten your home in other ways. Learn warning signs that indicate your gutters may need replacement.

When to Replace Gutters

Steel or aluminum gutters last 20 years on average. However, they can fail sooner if they’re not cared for. […]