March 16, 2018 0 Comments
Replacing a roof is an expensive project, no matter who you hire or what material you use. Insurance coverage can significantly change the financial situation for the project. Knowing whether your insurance will pay for your roof is an important thing to look into before you begin any roof replacement project. If you’re a Toledo, OH resident, there are a series of things you can do to try to find out whether you are eligible for insurance coverage.
March 2, 2018 0 Comments
Metal roofs are soaring in popularity for their durability, sustainability and most importantly, their affordability. St. Louis homeowners find themselves suddenly wondering if a metal roof is the best option for their next roof replacement. Here’s the simple answer: yes, it probably is.
February 28, 2018 0 Comments
Some Pittsburgh neighborhoods have traditional homes that feature elements like brick siding and tree-lined cul-de-sacs. Others have contemporary and modern designs with a more industrial feel. No matter your personal or neighborhood aesthetic, there is a metal roofing style suitable for you.
February 26, 2018 0 Comments
Sometimes it’s difficult to know if your roof requires a replacement, or you can get away with a repair job. It’s understandable that people prefer repair, because it takes less time and costs less money. Unfortunately, sometimes a repair proves to be less cost-efficient in the long run, so a replacement may be necessary.
February 24, 2018 0 Comments
Not all roofing companies serving Toledo, OH are created equal. Though a casual search may yield many options, especially in the digital age, you’ll have to do some research before choosing the right candidate for your roofing repair or replacement job. Unfortunately, the internet is full of companies who call themselves professionals but lack the expertise and experience to do the job.
February 22, 2018 0 Comments
Your roof is one of the most important investments you’ll make in your home – it protects your family from the elements and gives a literal meaning to the term “a roof over your head.” Since it serves such an important function, you should take great care in choosing a Dayton-based contractor to complete the work. In the digital age, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the wide variety of roofing companies available online. However, choosing the right contractor for your job requires some research on your part.
February 20, 2018 0 Comments
A metal roof has several advantages, but many people worry about the upfront costs. Roofs are an investment, and might be one of the largest improvements you make in your years of homeownership. As such, these decisions are worthy of careful consideration and planning. Your roof choices will affect your home’s resale value, energy efficiency, and maintenance needs.
February 18, 2018 0 Comments
If you’re a Cincinnati resident who’s in the market for a new roof, you likely know that it’s one of the most important investments you’ll ever make. There are several considerations integral to choosing your roof including your budget and aesthetic choices, among other needs. Metal roofs can provide superior protection at an attractive price point.
March 21, 2017 2 Comments
Roof shingles, like anything else, are subject to wear and tear. As your first line of defense from the elements, it is a good idea to know what to look for, and what to expect when it comes to caring for your roof.
Because every region of the country has different weather patterns, roof inspection is one of those preventative maintenance jobs that if neglected can cost you way much more than what it normally would in terms of damaged roof boards, studs, and even interior ceilings and walls.
It is recommended that homeowners inspect bi-annually, depending on environmental factors. We recommend inspecting the weekend of Daylight Savings so it is easier to remember. It is always a good idea to check your roof after high winds or an unusually harsh winter storm if possible. High winds can damage traditional shingles, causing damage to the interior infrastructure, and large ice buildups can often damage flashing and the roof membrane. Ice buildup in gutters can push up under the edge of the roof, leading to infrastructure damage
When inspecting your roof, you will need to be on the lookout for the following items:
- Shingle Issues
As a cursory starting point, you should look for shingles that are curling, blistering, cracked or peeling. Additionally, you should also look for loose or missing shingles.
Check flashings on the roof. Flashings are the metal components of a roof that cover interruptions in the roof plane, such as around dormers, chimneys, and vent pipes. If it appears there is damage, such as cracked caulk or rust, fix these problems right away, or call a roof contractor to repair. Inadequate or faulty flashing will allow water and condensation to enter the interior, causing not only rot or mold but possible damage to interior walls.
- Vent Pipes
Homeowners should carefully inspect the seals around vent pipes to ensure they are in good condition to keep moisture from working into the underlayment.
- Signs Of Decay
In your roof inspection, you should look for the presence of moss, lichen, or mold. This could be a sign the roof is decaying underneath. Note: Black Algae stains are cosmetic, and not indicative of decay. Your roof should not have a spongey feeling like walking on a track or child’s playground. Soft spots indicate water damage, and are a sign replacement is necessary.
- Ice Damage
Ice damage can occur in areas where water may have the ability to sit on the roof. As ice dams occur, it can have negative impact on your roof. Always inspect under eaves and overhangs to look for damage that might indicate water leakage, especially at points of the roof that don’t conform to the regular roof plane, such as dormers or skylights.
- How To Tell If It Is Time To Replace
Asphalt roofing materials have a granular surface, much like fine gravel. As the asphalt ages, it becomes brittle, and these granules will be lost over time. If you find piles of colored grit from asphalt roof tiles in the gutters, that’s a bad sign — those sand-like granules cover the surface of roof shingles and shield them from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Look for bare spots in asphalt shingles, and inspect closely for signs of tearing or warping. If you notice shingles curling up, it is time for replacement.
If you find upon inspection that you have questions as to what is normal, or are not sure if you need to consider replacement, give Erie Construction a call for a FREE inspection. Your roof protects your family and your home investment. Let Erie Construction help keep you covered with a longevity that will keep you covered for years to come.
November 14, 2016 1 Comment
For most homeowners, the most stressful part of a home remodeling venture is not the work itself, but rather hiring a contractor to take on the project. So where is a homeowner to start in locating someone reputable, competent and experienced? Here, we offer some helpful insight on where to get started, things to consider, and how to identify trustworthy review sites versus confusing complaint boards.
Understanding that even with an experienced contractor, remodeling projects can be stressful, expensive and possibly locate unexpected surprises such as; wood rot under previous roofing components, water damage around windows, or possibly electrical wiring issues in a kitchen remodel.
Despite these potential issues, in choosing a reputable and experienced contractor it can make all the difference in the end result between success or disaster.
Where to Begin:
Know What You Want: After identifying the issue you are looking to resolve, or update, take some time to research what you envision the end result to be before getting estimates. This will help give your contractor a better idea of your expectations and will avoid last minute updates that may take you over budget.
Things To Consider:
- Ask Around: Word of mouth is a powerful thing. Most consumers are more apt to hire someone that a friend or relative has used and found success with versus taking a chance on the unknown.
- Project Timeline: Know when you want to have your project completed, and understand that a quality contractor may not be able to start immediately.
- Finding Mr. Right: While general contractors are great for small to mid-size projects, a larger project (such as building an addition or replacing a roof) requires the right contractor for the right job. By hiring a specialist for your desired project, you ensure that they not only have the expertise, but also the tools to do things right the first time.
- Learn About Licensing & Insurance: A reputable contractor will be fully licensed and bonded. You can learn about their licensing by requesting they provide you with a copy, or via the Better Business Bureau.
- References & Reviews: It is common practice to request several references in addition to doing research on the company via online reviews. Understanding that not all online review sites are created equally for reliability and credibility.
Identifying Trustworthy Reviews:
A quality contracting company should follow the belief that an unhappy customer is their greatest source of learning. As we mentioned previously, even the best contractors can run into unforeseen complications that can cause stress mid-project. It is how those companies roll with those punches that makes or breaks them for reputability.
The common phrase “you cannot believe everything you read on the internet” is especially true when looking at online review sites. Here are some things to consider when conducting online research:
Review Sites Versus Complaint Boards:
- The “perfect” record: this should be a red-flag telling a consumer that the company they are looking at has paid to remove their “dirty laundry”, and more importantly how they resolved (or failed to resolve) their issue.
- Complaints Abound: On the flip side of the perfect record, there are sites like Yelp, Ripoff Report, Consumer Affairs and Pissed Consumer that can attack reputable companies without proper recourse. There is nothing stopping a competitor from creating a fraudulent account as a means of causing damage, and misleading reviews.
*Note: none of these predatory “review” sites are accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and most scored an “F” rating on the BBB scale.
Who Can You Trust?
- Angie’s List: Number 1 for user reliability, they have a proprietary process for the verification of review authenticity. This allows you to get a clear picture of the customer impression of the company, work completed and approximate costs for their project.
- Better Business Bureau: With the BBB, consumers can view the history of the company with the BBB, in addition to the lifecycle snapshot of a complaint resolution.
- Home Advisor: Understanding that not every homeowner has the time to wait for a quality contractor’s schedule to open up, Home Advisor can match homeowners up to reputable contractors who are available to start the project ASAP. They also provided added piece of mind with background checks on every service provider accepted.
- Houzz: Offers design ideas to help homeowners get started in understanding what they want, as well as the ability to search for pro contractors in their area. The Houzz review function is verified for customer authenticity prior to going live on their site as a means of ensuring quality reviews for consumers.
At Erie, we pride ourselves on helping homeowners through every stage of their remodel. We strive to give consumers the tools they need to make informed decisions, even if that means they do not end up hiring us. Your investment is our priority, and we embrace the opportunity to work with our customers by helping them discover the look they love. Find out why we are different, call us for your free estimate today!