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Roofing, Siding, and Window Contractor Selection Tips

29 June 2019

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling 651-989-9226 or texting 81807.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 6.29.19.

When interviewing residential roofing companies, it’s important to select a reputable contractor that specializes in this type of work.  They understand the intricacies of shingles and take special care not to scuff them as temperatures rise.  Reputable roofing contractors also understand that the condition of a home’s attic can also impact the lifespan of a roof.  They’re able to avoid rookie roofing mistakes like allowing bath fans to vent into an attic.  Warm, wet air that’s vented into the attic will create frost.  As soon as the frost melts, the attic’s insulation becomes wet, requiring it to be replaced.  Water stained ceilings and mold growth are also the result of a bath fan venting into an attic.  Attic condensation and mold can also be the result of air infiltration into an attic due to lack of attic air sealing.

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Spray foam can seal up areas of your attic that are leaking air.

Homeowners should beware of roofing companies that show up at your door unsolicited.  Oftentimes, these companies are storm chasers.  They are often not insured, cut corners on installation, and fail to offer warranties.  If you suspect your home has been damaged by hail, it’s wise to have your insurance adjuster and a trusted storm damage restoration company to your home at the same time so that all parties can agree on the extent of the damage and the best course of action.

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Another area of the home that’s often damaged by hail is its siding.  Many times, when this happens, it is the homeowners’ first time having to replace their siding and the choices can seem intimidating.  A contractor that can show you digital renderings of what various materials and colors will look like on your home allows you to feel confident about the options you’re selecting.  While many construction companies offer LP® SmartSide®, the material itself can be prefinished with an array of products.  Diamond-Kote™ earns high marks for its beauty, longevity, and durability.  It is resistant to damage by UV rays and does not scratch easily.  Although vinyl siding may be cheaper in the short-term, it has a lower lifespan and offers significantly less curb appeal.  Homeowners should proceed with caution on cement board siding products such as James Hardie®.  The material’s installation instructions have changed significantly over the past 15 years due to moisture issues.  It takes longer to install, requires special tools, and the product’s silica and fly ash are extremely hazardous if inhaled during the cutting process.

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Gecko gauge clamps allow for a single person to install a length of LP®.

The optimum time to replace a home’s windows is at the same time as the siding.  This equates to savings in labor costs and energy efficiency. Homeowners that have Infinity® by Marvin windows installed through a full frame replacement experience a high satisfaction rate.  Marvin’s patented Ultrex® fiberglass is renowned for its durability.  The windows are manufactured to allow for the expansion and contraction of glass within the frame, alleviating the worry of premature window seal failure.  This is where having a manufacturer familiar with the extreme Midwestern temperature swings is advantageous.  The casement style proves to be remarkably energy efficient because their crank-out configuration allows for a tight seal with multiple locking points. Casement windows tend to have one of the most favorable air infiltration ratings.

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