Metal Roofs: Are They Worth It?

A roof that lasts a lifetime sounds too good to be true, but that’s what you’ll get when you select a metal roof. However, these roofs are pricey. Learn the pros and cons of a metal roof to decide if it’s right for you.

Why Get a Metal Roof?

Metal roofs are attractive for many reasons: Not only do they last decades (up to three times as long as asphalt roofs, in fact), they require less maintenance during their lifespan.

Metal roofs are particularly recommended for extreme weather, as they are able to […]

Replacement Costs to Consider as a Homeowner

When you’re comparing home costs, you think about the mortgage, the utilities, perhaps even renovating things. Odds are, you don’t think about the true costs of being a homeowner. Before you make an offer on a home you really can’t afford, review the hidden costs of homeownership.

Roof replacement

Asphalt roofs cost around $10,000 to replace, though these can go higher in some markets. Roofs usually last 20 to 30 years, provided they were […]

Basement Leak? Check Your Gutter

If your basement has a leak, the origin may come as a surprise: It could be your roof gutters contributing to the problem. Learn how clogged gutters cause basement leaks and what you can do about it.

How Gutters Lead to Basement Leaks

If you don’t clean out gutters, drainage can become blocked with wet leaves, twigs, and other debris. Just like your sink gets standing water when there’s something blocking the drain, your gutters will stay full of […]

Chimney Repairs You Should Consider Today

If you’re like most people, you only think about your chimney in the winter, when you want to use the fireplace and are having it inspected as a precaution. Often that means waiting until someone can get up on the roof to make the repairs. We think it’s a better use of time to repair your chimney now, so it’s ready to go when you need it. Here are top chimney repairs to consider.

Replace flashing components

If your chimney’s flashing is worn out, water will seep through it and you will experience chimney leaks. Once water is inside the chimney, it will damage the brick and mortar, compounding your chimney problems. Repair flashing before things get bad to avoid unnecessary (and expensive) repairs.

Mortar cap

A mortar cap keeps water from sinking behind the bricks or getting into the flue, where it can then make its way into your home. Let us repair or replace a worn mortar cap to preserve the integrity of your chimney. […]

What Happens When You Ignore That Leak

You may have heard that putting off roof repairs is one of the worst things you can do, but do you really know why? Learn four risks you’ll have to confront if you hold off on calling a Cincinnati roofer over a drip coming from the roofing system.

Electrical Damage

As water makes its way from the roof line into your home, it comes into contact with all the components of your electrical system. The resulting damage could trip your circuit breaker or, in a worst case scenario, cause an electrical fire. There is also a risk of personal injury. Needless to say, this is highly dangerous and nothing you should leave to chance. […]

How to Finance Your Roof

Too many homeowners tell us they waited to call about a concern over worry they would not be able to pay for roof repairs. Unfortunately, delays like this can cause roofing problems to worsen — and that leads to a higher repair bill. It’s easy to finance a roof repair, so you can get the financial help you need to keep your home in good shape. Let us walk you through how to finance a roof repair.

Identify Roofing Problems

Until you know what’s gone wrong and how to fix it, you can’t plan for roof repair. Lenders often want to know the total amount of the repair to approve financing. Thus while it may seem like a step backward, you should always start with finding out what is wrong and how much it costs to fix it. At Brandstetter’s Kanga Roof, we offer free estimates which are intended to help homeowners understand the roofing problem and repair process, including expected costs. […]

Top 3 Spring Residential Roofing Tips

When it comes to spring cleaning, it can be easy to overlook your roof because it’s not easy to access. Neglecting your roof, even if it’s unintentional, can cause damage over time. To help you take good care of your roof, let us show you three residential roofing maintenance tips you can implement in spring.

Clean the Gutters

You might be thinking, “I just cleaned the gutters in fall – now I need to clean them again?” The short answer is yes. […]

Roof Replacement vs. Repair: What’s Right For You?

Replacing a roof can be a major expense, but roof repair may not always be the practical option. So how should you decide what to do, replace or repair your roof?

When to Choose Roof Repair Over Replacement

Consider age, area of repair, and extent of damage when thinking of roof repair. If your roof sustained damage while it was still young, thus has a lengthy expected lifespan, repair makes sense. When less than 30 percent of the roof is damaged, repair can be an economic option. When the roof damage is relatively minor, repair can make sense as well.

When to Choose Roof Replacement Over Repair

Replacement is usually more […]

How to Choose the Right Shingle Color

How to choose the right shingle color

Shingle color may not be something you give much thought to, but it can impact your home’s curb appeal. When replacing a roof, what color shingles should you choose? Here are the three guidelines we give our clients when thinking about shingle color.

1. Survey the Neighborhood

In some cases, blending in with your neighbors can be a good thing. To get inspiration and see how colors might look on your home, walk around your neighborhood and evaluate the neighbors’ roofs. While you’re always free to choose a bold color that no one else has, understand that your house could stick out — like a sore thumb!

If you belong to a homeowner’s association, there may be rules regarding shingle color and failure to follow these rules could lead to trouble. Always check in so you don’t run afoul of the HOA rules by selecting an unapproved color. […]