Category: Advice

2017 Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

 

While you can get out and about and enjoy the outdoors during the summer months, it is best to focus summer maintenance on outdoor tasks.

These tasks may include:

* Cleaning and repairing all outdoor power tools, such as the lawnmower, weedeater, or hedge trimmer

* Checking the patio and deck for possible deterioration and fixing and performing any necessary repairs

* Inspecting the roof for possible damage and water leaks if this was not done in the spring time. For a free Roofing Inspection from a professional local roofer call us today for a free evaluation at (507) 589-4020.

* Checking the brick, siding and cement areas on the home for shifting in the foundation or cracks or chips in the siding or brick

* Taking time to seal the cracks in the garage floor and driveway

About Us

Getting a new roof is a big purchasing decision and we appreciate the gravity of that decision. The very best way to make sure you get the best price and the best contractor for your roofing project are to contact three or four local roofers to request a quote. All the quotes should be around the same price since roofing is such a competitive industry.

If you want a professional roofer to take a look at your roof or to give you a free estimate call (507) 589-4020 to set up an appointment. Our roofers are local Austin businesses with over 20 years experience and will treat you fairly. To request a quote call or contact us today.

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

There are many home safety tips that you should know to keep your family safe and healthy. The first step in any home safety program is to craft a schedule of inspections to be carry out, so that the checks can be conducted on a regular basis. Here are a few safety checks to put on your home safety program.

Check your smoke alarms according to manufacturer recommendations, dust, and clear of spiderwebs that might clog the sensors.

Check all your windows and make sure that they open close easily. In the event of a fire you may need to egress though a window and you will want to be sure the windows open smoothly.

The next monthly maintenance tip to keep your home running smoothly is to run water through unused drains and to clean the shower head to prevent clogging. A safe draining cleaning method is do pour baking soda and hot water routinely down drains.

The next home maintenance tip is for pet owners, if you have pets in your home you need to routinely clean the air ducts and change air filters on a monthly or quarterly basis. Pet hair tend to clog these items quicker so it is necessary to routinely check.

The next home maintenance tip is to conduct a visual inspection of your roof. From the ground check of missing discoloration of your shingles and look for shingles that may be loose or missing. Check around gutter downspouts for loose granular and around the house for shingles. For more roofing maintenance tips read our article about 6 Signs You Need a New Roof.

By adhering to the above mentioned home maintenance tips, you can keep your home running smoothly and more importantly safely. You can save a lot of money by fixing problems before they become major repairs by putting in home maintenance and inspection plan.

About Us

Getting a new roof is a big purchasing decision, and we appreciate the gravity of that decision. The very best way to make sure you get the best price and the best contractor for your roofing project is to contact three or four local roofers to request a quote. All the quotes should be around the same price since roofing is such a competitive industry.

If you want a professional roofer to take a look at your roof or to give you a free estimate call (507) 589-4020 to set up an appointment. Our roofers are local Austin roofing contractors with over 20 years experience and will treat you fairly.

If you have enjoyed reading this article, please like us on Facebook, and leave a comment down below. We would appreciate hearing from you.

Why You Should Invest in Quality Roof Material

Invest in Quality Roof Materials

Invest in Quality Roof Materials

A new roof is a worthwhile investment, despite the hefty price tag. Investing in a quality new roof can be a more affordable option in the long term. The quality of the materials you choose can have a meaningful impact on the total live time cost and maintenance cost of your roof.

It may be tempting to go with the cheapest option, but it is advisable to consider the long term ramifications of purchasing inferior products for your installation.

Initial Installation Costs

Labor and material charges determine the installation cost of your roof.  Ideally, you want to get a minimum of three quotes from local roofing contractor before you proceed with your project. You will want to get references, and whenever possible view examples of past completed roofing jobs.

Hiring the right local roofer will pay off in the end. Generally speaking more qualified, professional offers will charge a premium, but these changes will usually reflect the quality of the craftsmanship and the extended lifespan of your roofing system.

Furthermore, investing in quality materials mean you get the correct solutions for your home. Different materials will likely be used by your roofing contractor depending on the location of your home.

I want to highlight to you that roofing quotes don’t usually include replacing rotted roofing materials if the damaged areas aren’t visible during the initial inspection. Most roofing companies will be prepared to replace plywood decking of your roof, if necessary. But replacing damaged wood will inevitably increase costs. It is important to install your roof properly with sound materials if you want your roof to last.

Roof Maintenance Costs

You should consider future maintenance cost when picking roofing materials. Especially in areas with lots of inclement weather with the possibility of severe hail storms. It may be necessary to fix roof leaks and replace materials on occasion during the lifetime of your roof. By investing in quality roofing materials, you could reduce roof maintenance cost significantly.

So while the initial price tag of a new roof may seem high if you are using quality materials, you must weigh that against the long term cost of roof maintenance. Your roofer can help you choose the best roof your home to reduce total lifetime cost of the roof.

A Roof is a Necessary Expense

Roof replacement is a significant cost for all homeowners at one time or another. Eventually, your roof will require small repairs, but after 25 years or so you will have to get a new roof. By investing in quality materials upfront, you can save money in the future.

Budget Cuts Aren’t Always a Good Thing

About Us

Getting a new roof is a big purchasing decision, and we appreciate the gravity of that decision. The very best way to make sure you get the best price and the best contractor for your roofing project is to contact three or four local roofers to request a quote. All the quotes should be around the same price since roofing is such a competitive industry.

If you want a professional roofer to take a look at your roof or to give you a free estimate call (507) 589-4020 to set up an appointment. Our roofers are local Austin roofing contractors with over 20 years experience and will treat you fairly.

If you have enjoyed reading this article, please like us on Facebook, and leave a comment down below. We would appreciate hearing from you.

How to Choose an Austin Area Roofer

Finding a Roofer is Smooth Sailing with These Tips

The first step is putting together a list of local roofing companies to choose from. The best place to start of course is to ask friends and family for a referral. This reference should be based on people having worked with the roofer in the past and not only just knowing one.

Other sources for finding local Austin roofers is the internet. Most qualified roofing companies now have some measure of web presence, and a quick search for Roofing Contractors + Your City should turn up some professional roofing companies in your area.

Other places to look for roofers online are review site directories like:

  • Angie’s List
  • HomeAdvisor
  • Yellow Pages
  • Yelp

You can look for roofing contractors offline as well, in places like the local newspaper.

Once you have a list of 7 – 10 roofers on your list it is time to start narrowing your list. Start looking for online reviews and complaints about their services. After you find the ones you like, give a few of them a call to set up an appointment.

Download the Roofing Company Contact Sheet

Get Your Roofing Company Contact Sheet Here

Before installing a new roof or having repairs made consider the following when selecting your Roofing Contractors:

  1. Look for an established, licensed or bonded roofer and request references.  Texas doesn’t currently require roofing companies to be licensed.  However, Texas does have a self-regulating roofer organization that requires roofers to have experience and to be licensed.  For more information visit the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas website.
  2. Carefully review and understand any warranty and look for conditions that would void it.
  3. Use caution and ask questions before accepting a bid substantially lower than other bids covering the same repair work.
  4. Ask to see the certificate of insurance to be sure both liability and workers compensation insurance coverage is carried, and are in force during the time the roofing work is being done.
  5. Insist on detailed, written estimate stating the quantity of materials needed (labor charges, work specifications) wich include approximate starting and completion dates, payment procedures and that any necessary building permits are secured.

About Us

Getting a new roof is a big purchasing decision and we appreciate the gravity of that decision.  The very best way to make sure you get the best price and the best contractor for your roofing project are to contact three or four local roofers to request a quote.  All the quotes should be around the same price since roofing is such a competitive industry.

If you want a professional roofer to take a look at your roof or to give you a free estimate call (507) 589-4020 to set up an appointment.  Our roofers are local Austin businesses with over 20 years experience and will treat you fairly.