Roof vents are essential for every home: they reduce heat in the summer and moisture in the winter, keeping your attic in better condition year-round. They also prevent ice dams, which will help minimize your risk for roof damage during an ice storm and prolong your roof’s materials. Not sure which type of vent to choose for your home? We’ll explore the many roof ventilation options you have as a homeowner, helping you decipher which one is best for you.
“A roof over your head” is one of the most essential parts of any building. Providing both protection and insulation, we wouldn’t do very well without them. You want to know that your roof will not only keep you warm and safe, but that it will do so for a long time—a roof is, after all, a big investment. Whether you’re working on a brand new home or wanting a new roof, you’ll eventually ask yourself: how long do roofs last? Below, we’ll help try to answer that question and give you some tips on making the most out of your roof’s time.
Winter is on the way! And on cold and blustery days, windows are more important than ever. From behind their glass, curious kids can peak out at the snow and signal to neighbors that it’s time to go sledding. Although it may be too cold to go outside on a chilly January morning, windows let you see the beautiful frost from inside your cozy home. Most importantly, windows provide a barrier between the cold outside and the warmth of your home’s interior. However, if your windows are not strong, efficient, and properly fitted, they won’t provide the insulation you need to keep the cold out and your energy bills down. So if you need to replace your windows, take some time to explore the different types of windows available. Which framing material suits your needs?
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It seems that more and more people are looking into energy-efficient options for their home and lifestyle these days, and for good reason! Cutting back on how much energy we use has a two-pronged positive effect: it reduces what we spend on electricity, heating, and other utilities, and it reduces our individual carbon footprints. Who doesn’t like those outcomes? If you’re updating or redoing your roof and looking to go green while saving some green, we’re happy to help! Learn about some of the best energy-efficient roofing practices.
No matter what your feelings about the upcoming winter season are, one thing is certain: your roof hates it. Between heavy snow (and we mean heavy—each cubic foot can add up to twenty pounds on your roof) and thick ice, there’s a lot that could damage your roof during these next few months. Learning our key winter roofing tips will prevent leaks and costly repairs, and will keep your roof working as efficiently as possible this season!
So you need a new roof! Typically, your builder will provide two options: (1) overlaying the new roof over the existing layer of shingles or (2) tearing off the old shingles before installing the new roof. Although most people will assume that the second option is best (why keep the old and damaged shingles?), overlaying provides several benefits as well. Tear-off vs. overlay roof: which is best for your home? If you need help deciding, scroll down for an overview of the pros and cons of each option.
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With the bitter cold weather approaching, there is a bright side—the holiday season! One of the best ways to show your cheer is by hanging and displaying bright, colorful lights on your home for everyone to see. Hanging those lights is no easy task, though. Before you climb up on that ladder, you need to know how to hang Christmas lights on a roof safely and so that they look great. We’ll give you tips on how you can achieve this below.
With their modern look, flat roofs have become popular amongst many homeowners. However, they are tricky to keep up—flat roofs don’t allow runoff the way sloped roofs do, therefore they’re at a higher risk for leaks. This makes maintenance even more important. Below, we list some of our top flat roof maintenance tips to keep your roof in working order.
Your whole roof will undergo some wear and tear over time, but—between erratic weather and pesky animals—a soffit is usually the first part of the roof to bear damage. When you notice your soffit beginning to mold or rot, it’s important to take care of it as quickly as possible in order to avoid further damage to your home. If your roof has this problem, read below to learn how to repair a rotted soffit in less than ten simple steps.
Winter is just around the corner. And who doesn’t love the elegant look of icicles dangling from the roof during this season? Homeowners afraid of ice dams, that’s who! These pesky formations can cause serious damage to your roof and home. If you have gutter guards or are considering getting them, you might ask yourself—do gutter guards prevent ice dams? We’ll provide the answer, as well as some extra tips on how you can protect your roof from ice damage this winter.