Checklist for Roof Cleaning

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You spring clean your house, so why not your roof? When you take care of your roof, it will take care of your family for years to come. If you neglect the roof, it will age faster and require replacement sooner. Learn a simple checklist so you can keep the roof clean.

Clean the Gutters

When gutters become clogged with decomposing leaves or broken branches, they’re no longer able to do their job. Over time, this leads to water damage. Clean out the gutters in early spring, so they are well-equipped to handle rain. […]

Spring Clean Your Gutters

Eastern Rosella Parrot sitting on the gutters of a roof

Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to clean your gutters. Here’s what we recommend for spring roof and gutter maintenance.

Clean Gutters

Al through fall and winter, branches and leaves can fall into the gutter, blocking the ability of your gutters to do their job. Now is the time to clean them out, so that your gutters can operate efficiently during spring rains. If you neglect this step, your gutters could […]

How Long Can I Expect It to Take to Replace a Roof?

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A roof replacement is a major repair, so it’s only natural that you’d want to know how long it will take. It can be difficult to estimate since every roof is unique, but here are some guidelines that can help you plan.

Average Time to Replace a Roof

Roof replacement time for an average-sized home varies based on your choice of material. Asphalt roof tends to go up the quickest, generally from one to two days. Flat roofs, synthetic roofs, or wood shake roofs tend to take […]

Are Solar Panels Safe For My Roof?

Solar panel system installed on a roof

When thinking of getting solar panels, homeowners are more likely to evaluate their sun exposure than the condition of their roof. Yet the roofing condition is key to the success of a solar panel installation. Here’s what you need to know about roof condition and solar panels.

Roof Damage

Most homeowners want solar panels mounted on their roofs rather than placed in their yards. That’s understandable, but many homeowners don’t survey the roof for damage first.

If parts of your roof are damaged, the integrity of the roofing system could be compromised. Your roof could develop […]

How Do I Choose the Right Contractor?

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One of the most important decisions you will make is selecting a contractor for home repair projects. Since most roofing systems last 20 years or more, homeowners may not need a roofer as often as they’d need a plumber, so they may not have someone in mind when the roof develops a problem. Here’s how we recommend approaching the search for a roofing contractor.

Do Your Research

Even if you haven’t used a roofer, odds are someone you know has. Ask friends and neighbors for their recommendations. Social media apps such as Nextdoor or Facebook allow you to ask for recommendations, so those are good places to try.

Look for Red Flags

We’ve all heard stories of the roofing company that blew into town on the coattails of a big storm, offering cheap roofing work only to skip out once they were paid without doing the work. Be on the lookout for red flags when […]

What Causes a Home Chimney to Leak?

Rooftop with a brick chimney

Any number of problems can cause a chimney to leak. A chimney that is compromised by cracks and fissures will lead to water getting into a home, where it can cause extensive problems and property damage.

It is important to watch out for signs of chimney leaks, particularly during times of heavy rain, and have any signs of trouble checked out by a roofing professional, as soon as possible. Keep in mind these six common issues that can cause a chimney to leak. […]

Best Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

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What does it mean to be a good neighbor? While each neighborhood has its own personality (and things are different if you live in a city compared with the suburbs), there are some commonalities to note. Here are six ways you can be a good neighbor.

Follow neighborhood rules

Official or unofficial neighborhood rules, such as those of a homeowners’ association, should always […]

Chimney Maintenance Tips

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Since chimney maintenance keeps your chimney in good working order, which ensures the unit can be used safely, it should be performed every year before you begin using the chimney for the season. Use this maintenance checklist to keep your chimney safe.

Check the damper

The damper regulates the flow of air in your chimney. It should be closed when not in use, to prevent drafts from entering the house. If the damper is not tightly sealed, you’ll use more energy to heat the home — which means a spike in utility bills. If the damper can’t open properly, smoke can […]

The Pros & Cons of Vinyl Siding

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Vinyl siding is one of the most common options for home siding, and while it can be a convenient choice, it’s not without flaws. Explore the pros and cons of vinyl siding, which is made from a plastic resin, to determine if it’s the right choice for your home.

Pros of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is inexpensive and low maintenance: once it’s installed, you won’t need to paint or stain it, although a periodic scrubbing is necessary to prevent mildew development.

Vinyl siding can last for as long as 40 years and holds up well in a range of weather extremes: rain, snow, ice, heat, and humidity. The material is durable enough to […]