How to Reinforce Your Home for Storms

Lightning storm over Arizona

Between the high winds, heavy rain, and occasional hailstones, summer storms can do a lot of damage. Learn what you can do to beef up the protection and make your home more storm resistant.

1. Start with the roof

The roof and the windows are the two most important areas to protect from storm damage. Once these are damaged, other areas of the home are vulnerable. During storms, the roof is subject to high pressure from heavy winds.

Assess your roof. Is it new and in good shape, ready to withstand a storm? Or is it aging with crumbling shingles that would fly off if hit by hurricane winds? Rather than guess, schedule a roofing inspection. A roofing professional will assess the condition of your roof and make their recommendations for roof repairs or replacement.

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Five Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Roofer

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A roof is a major household expense, and you want to have trust in the contractor you choose to do the job. Hire the right contractor for the job by asking these 5 questions when you screen roofing contractors.

1. Are you licensed in this state?

It is important to choose a contractor who is licensed in your state for several reasons. Licensing requires that contractors be up to date on building codes and other requirements, so by selecting someone who is licensed, you know they have the skills and experience to do the job.

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How to Be a Roofer

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Roofing is a steady career that provides a blend of challenges and rewards. Explore a day in the life and learn what type of training it takes to become a roofer.

Roofer Training

Most roofers learn the job skills through an apprenticeship with another roofer. Training focuses on roofing equipment, roofing tools, safety when working on roofs, and roofing materials. During the apprenticeship, the new roofer is paid.

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Five Factors Included in Roof Replacement Cost

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Home Advisor prices the average roof replacement at $7,336, but there are variables that affect the cost you’ll pay for a new roof. Explore five factors that affect every estimate for roof replacement, so you can understand the bids you receive, compare financing options, and get the work you need.

1. Time of Year

When demand is high, contractors can charge higher fees for their work. You can expect to pay premium fees during the busy season for roofers, which tends to run from summer into fall. If you’re looking to save money on roofing replacement and can afford to wait, you might get a better price in a shoulder season, such as late fall or spring.

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What to Expect from a Roof Inspection

Home under construction

Perhaps you know that Brandstetter’s KangaRoof offers roof inspections. But what you may not know is what happens during a roof inspection and how this ultimately protects your home. Learn the common factors our technicians check for during a roofing analysis, plus how often we recommend homeowners get this inspection.

Structural Integrity

This is where it all begins: is your roof structurally sound to protect your home? During this phase of the roof inspection, our technicians will check the state of the chimney, shingles, attic venting, and overall roofing planes. While you might be able to spot a couple of missing shingles from the ground, you’ll get better mileage by sending a professional onto the roof to check things out. Roofing damage compounds over time, so its better to fix minor issues as they arise than delay repair only to increase the final costs.

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Top Maintenance Services to Hire Out as a Commercial Business

Commercial business landlords have a lot on their plate. Outsourcing can reduce the burden while keeping commercial property in the best shape for tenants and guests. Yet what services should be outsourced? These are popular maintenance services commercial businesses choose to hire out.

Landscaping

Landscaping is among the most popular services to outsource, because commercial tenants and their guests appreciate curb appeal. A landscaping company can take care of the grass, water established plantings, and create low-maintenance plantings that accent the building’s entrance and make everyone feel welcome. […]

Signs You’re Working with a Quality Roofing Contractor

Tool belt sitting on a roof

The integrity and professionalism of your contractor can make or break your roofing replacement project…but just how do you verify that a contractor is reputable before you hire them? Look for these six traits to know you’re in good hands.

They provide information you request

When bidding on a project, a contractor should provide you with any information you request, whether it’s a scope of work, fully fleshed-out bid, or references. If someone drags their heels or defers getting you something you’ve asked for, they’re not a good choice. […]

Signs Your Home Only Needs a Roof Repair

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If you can’t get up on the roof to check things out, how do you know when it needs repair? These 6 signs will help you tell when a roof needs to be serviced, so you can schedule repair by a roofing professional.

Shingles are damaged

One of the biggest signs your roof needs repair is when shingles are damaged (cracked, curling, or split) or missing altogether. Have shingles fixed before water leaks through damaged or missing shingles. […]

Best Roof for Solar Panels

Solar Panels on roof

As solar panels have come down in cost, they’ve become more popular. If you’re thinking of getting solar panels, does it matter what kind of roof you have?

What’s the Best Roof for Solar Panels?

Solar panels are a big upfront investment, but most homeowners break even in eight years. After that, the savings add up each money when you get your electricity free from the sun.
Metal roofs with standing seams are the best roof for […]