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May 28, 2019

What to Look For in a Roof When Buying a New Home

When you are looking to buy a new home, you want to be aware of what kind of condition that home’s critical components are in. One of the most critical components of any home is the roofing system. In this blog, we want to help inform homeowners about what to look for in a roof when they are shopping for homes. Although we don’t recommend prospective homeowners undertake roofing inspections themselves (leave that to the professionals!) we do advocate for gaining the knowledge that can help you make informed decisions during the home buying process. Read on to learn about some of the key things to look for. How old is the roof? Find out when the existing roof was installed. A typical asphalt or composite shingle roof in our climate can be expected to last about 20 years. Any longer than that and you can expect problems to begin developing soon, if they haven’t […]
May 20, 2019

The Benefits of Adding a Skylight to Your Home

What makes a house a home? It’s your family and the time you spend making memories together there. But what makes a house have that distinctly “homey” feel? For most of us, it’s the things we have in our home and the presence of natural light. It turns out that natural light does more than just make our homes feel welcoming. It actually makes us healthier, too. Read on to learn how adding a skylight to your home can add more natural light to your daily life and have added benefits you may not have even thought of. Your home’s atmosphere Most homeowners have a finite amount of natural light to work with in their residence. You can only have so many windows and in many cases, it’s not practical to add more or increase the size of your existing windows. However, one practical way to add natural light to almost any home is by […]
January 28, 2019

How Snow and Ice Impact Your Roof

Winter in the Midwest. From driving over roads covered with ice and slush to shoveling snow day after day, it can put a lot of stress on homeowners. But it also puts a lot of stress on your roof. In this blog, you’ll learn about three of the main issues that homeowners need to be aware of regarding how snow and ice impact your roof. Added Stress. Did you ever wonder why almost every residential roof today is pitched, rather than flat? While it has become the norm, pitched roofs serve a very functional purpose by helping snow slide off and preventing other material from collecting on top of it. This is important because snow is surprisingly heavy when it begins to collect. While this added weight is likely not going to cause your roof to collapse, it may be adding stress that is not good for its long-term health. Icicles also contribute added weight […]