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 addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226. Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 3.28.20.
One of the most telltale signs that window replacement is necessary is the persistent presence of drafts. Moisture between the panes and discoloration on wood windows are also red flags that custom window replacement may be imminent. Wood windows can easily be damaged by condensation. Condensation can occur when homes have excessive levels of humidity. It can also manifest itself if the inside pane of the glass experiences frigid temperatures. If the condensation comes in contact with the wood without being addressed will lead to dry rot. Before committing to new windows, be sure you fully comprehend the manufacturer’s warranty, as they this can vary widely between companies. Be sure to confirm that the contractor performing your replacement window installation specializes in this type of work. Without proper installation air infiltration is highly likely. This increases energy bills and puts extra strain on a home’s HVAC system because it must work harder than normal to combat temperature fluctuations.
Many homeowners undergo the process of asphalt roof replacement only a few times in their life. This can make shingle selection an overwhelming endeavor. Because a roof is a major contributor to a home’s curb appeal, aesthetics should be considered. Expert roofers often utilize 3D imagery to allow homeowners to visualize what various shingle colors and styles can look like on their particular home. GAF roofing wins favor with homeowners not only for their looks, but also their 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials. Timberline® HDZ™ Shingles are particularly impressive because of its unlimited wind warranty which is unheard of in the roofing industry. Another popular shingle option is GAF Glenwood® shingles. While a basic three-tab shingle averages three bundles of shingles to a square (10’x10’), Glenwood® uses 10 bundles of shingles to each square. This equates to a thicker, more robust shingle that imitates the aesthetics of wood shakes.
If ice dam damage has caused the need for a new roof, it’s to your benefit to retain the services of a contractor that has a working knowledge of insulation and ventilation. It’s a sign that the contractor you’re working with is reputable if they are utilizing diagnostic testing to understand the roof cause of your home’s ice dams. Tools in a contractor’s arsenal can include a smoke stick, borescope, blower door, and infrared imaging gun.
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