The Importance of Skylight Repair

Blue cloudsIt’s the nature of physics: Building materials expand in the heat and contract in the cold. With the polar vortex winter cold, wood, concrete, steel and other materials are shrinking even more than during a typical winter. So what does this mean for the roofing system and in particular skylights?

How Winter Cold Affects Skylights

The materials on your roof are contracting in winter cold, but the skylight is a set size. Unless the skylight was properly installed with adequate sealing and flashing, winter contraction sets the stage for the skylight to leak. As winter snow melts, water can seep in around the seal, which may have ruptured with the shifting and contracting of building materials. […]

Preventative Maintenance: Why It’s Important for Commercial Roofs  

working on commercial roofWhile commercial roofs are stronger than residential roofs, that does not mean that they never need maintenance. Learn three reasons why preventative maintenance is important for commercial roofs and how Brandstetter’s Kanga Roof can keep your roof in good shape year round.

Extends Your Roof’s Lifespan

The average commercial roof, usually a single-ply membrane roof, is projected to last 25 to 30 years. With preventative maintenance of the roofing system, your business can meet or exceed this lifespan. Since roof replacement is a major expense, you will save money when you can extend the time in between roof replacements. […]

Winter Storm Damage: How It Can Affect Your Roof & Home

roof in winterYou know that winter storms can be damaging to your roof, but do you know how to spot the signs of damage? Find out signs of damage to your roof, which could impact your roof and your home, and learn what to do if you suspect there’s been storm damage.

Top Signs of Roof Damage After a Winter Storm

Ice Dams

You can see ice dams from the lawn: Thick slabs of ice hanging on your gutters. The danger here is twofold: One, the ice dams are so heavy they could rip gutters off your roof and, two, the melting ice can leak through the roof and into the home. If you see ice dams on the roof or notice leaks on inside walls, there’s a major roofing problem. Call a roofing contractor to mitigate the damage before things get exponentially worse. […]

Why Is Your Roof Leaking?

leakWhen you’ve got water coming in through your roof, you might not think the leak cause is important. You just want things fixed quickly to protect your home. Since your homeowners insurance company does care about the cause of a roof leak, it’s important for your claim that you understand what may have caused your leak. Review the most common causes of roof leaks and learn how you can identify them.

Common Causes of Roof Leaks

Missing Shingles

Missing shingles expose your roof’s under layers to water damage. This is the most common cause of roof leaks and something you may be able to spot using binoculars. […]

What to Avoid When Planning a New Roofing Project  

roofing projectThe choice of a roofing contractor is one of the most important parts of planning for a new roof. Here are four mistakes to avoid when planning for your roof replacement.

1. Prioritizing a low price

Roof repairs can be expensive, so many homeowners are naturally drawn to bids that come in lower. However, the lowball estimate is usually an outlier for a reason. Maybe the contractor doesn’t have proper licensing or insurance, or maybe they use shoddy materials or unskilled labor. Whatever the reason, it all adds up to a major red flag for homeowners. A low-cost roof could cost more in the long run when it fails or needs frequent repairs. […]

How to Choose the Right Contractor

How to Choose the Right ContractorHiring a contractor is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a homeowner, yet few people have experience with the process. Don’t be intimidated when you need to hire a contractor. Instead, learn the techniques that will help you find the right contractor and hire them with confidence.

1. Get Recommendations

You don’t need to reinvent the wheel when hiring a contractor. Gather recommendations from friends and neighbors. Visit your local home improvement store and ask them who they recommend. If you have a trusted contractor for one area of home repair, ask whether they know anyone who can do the type of work you need. […]

Signs Your Chimney is Due for a Repair

chimney repairSince a damaged chimney poses a risk of fire, it’s important to know the signs of a a chimney in need of repair. This way, you can spot early signs of a failing chimney, get the work done by a professional, and keep your home and family safe. Here are the top signs your chimney needs repair.

1. Discoloration

White stains and rust stains both indicate excess moisture in the chimney.

That’s a problem because the moisture could cause the damper mechanism to rust, making it more difficult to open and close. Excess moisture may also cause other structural problems that would make your chimney unsafe, like cracked flue tiles. […]

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. […]