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Roof Repairs: A Vital Necessity

Whenever you plan renovations and repair work on your property, roof repairs should literally be ‘right on top’ of any list of priorities that you may have made. The main reason for this is that a roof that has cracks or holes in it is a hazard for the occupants of the house on many different levels.

You just might find water dripping on your head during a downpour, or worse, water seeping quietly though the walls may wind up in electrical outlets causing a short circuit.   Such an eventuality might mean the destruction of your electrical appliances, and perhaps even lead to your whole house burning down as well.  This is why any repair work to the roof should be conducted on an urgent basis.  Indeed, roof repairs should be conducted as soon as possible, before matters get worse.

Roofing contractors and companies

You must remember that repairing your roof is not a job for amateurs and novices and any mistakes may make the problem worse. This is why it is imperative that you contact a well-known professional roofing company like Minnesota Exteriors Inc. before starting any work regarding roof repairs.

But even before that you have to find out just what kind of roofing system has been used in your home. Some popular roofing systems include:

  • Owen Corning roofing
  • GAF Timberline roofing
  • CertainTeed shingles.

Now that you know what you are dealing with, try and approach many a different roofing contractor and get them to give you their own roofing quotes for each and every different aspect of the work that would be required for your roof repairs.

Once you settle on a specific roofing company, let the experts decide if you require mere routine maintenance work, extensive renovation or complete roof replacement. 

However, it is best to keep in mind that a roof is also subjected to wear and tear like other parts of your property due to its constant exposure to the elements. Moreover, if no repair work has ever been carried out on your roof, you should be mentally prepared for massive renovations or even full roof replacement. At the very least, you just might need to replace a few of your asphalt shingles.

Any damaged shingles must be replaced immediately with fresh ones because the former would allow water to leak through during rainfall and result in eroding the protective paint and/or the layers of lacquer on your main overhead wooden beams. In time, they would rot away and would not be able to sustain the weight of the roof above, with potentially catastrophic results for both your home as well as your loved ones.

As a general rule, asphalt shingle repair is not really a good idea since fresh shingles are relatively inexpensive and easily available, which is why it is always better to remove the old worn out shingles and replace them with new ones. Fortunately, many a shingles company would do the job for you quickly and efficiently, so that your roof remains as seamless as it ever was.

Triple pane windows

Triple pane windows are arguably one of the most advanced forms of energy efficient windows in existence today.

A typical triple pane window is a lot like its double pane counterparts but with an extra pane, added on for good measure to further enhance its already formidable heat retention abilities.  These windows typically consist of not one or two but three individual glass panes. Each pane is separated from the other panes courtesy a small gap. There are basically two different types of triple pane windows:

· Vacuum based windows

The gap (also called a ‘spacer’) in between the panes of these windows is a sealed vacuum that has all air pumped out of it to maximize its heat retention qualities.

· Gas based windows

They are slightly more expensive than their vacuum based counterparts.  Such windows have their vacuums filled with nonflammable inert gasses such as Argon or Krypton that are directly responsible for further enhancing the heat retention properties of these types  of energy efficient windows. As a general rule, Argon is used for double pane windows, while Krypton is used for triple pane windows and they both offer excellent heat retention abilities provided all other things remain equal such as the spacer gap, the size of the multiple panes of glass as well as the size of the frame itself.

A well-mounted, professionally fixed triple pane window that has been properly caulked and sealed would go a long way in keeping a room warm and cozy quite constantly, thereby ensuring that the overall energy expenses remain almost the same in winter, as they do in summers.

· Greater heat retention

‘Three panes of glass are better than two’ is a well-known saying amongst professional glaziers. This is because few people are as well aware of the triple pane window’s energy efficient abilities as those professionals who install them on an everyday basis

This is because the dual spacers (either vacuum based or filled with gas) serve to trap heat in the room where they are located and it has been observed that such triple pane windows have been effective in retaining around 20% more heat than similar double pane windows.  However, Krypton filled triple pane windows are by far and large, amongst the most expensive window designs out there. Moreover, they also require comparatively more expensive fiberglass frames due to their heavier weight. But on the other hand, they more than make up for it with their ability to reduce energy bills while also decreasing the overall environmental footprint for individual homeowners.  For even better heat retention, a mix of both Argon and Krypton is used to fill the twin spacers of these windows.

· Bye bye sound pollution

Triple pane windows also offer excellent insulation/”>insulation against all manners of ambient external noise and serve to ensure that your home remains as quiet and noise free as you want it to be, even if you live close to a bustling thoroughfare.

The Key Advantages of Aluminum Siding

The surging popularity of vinyl siding has ensured that it has taken over as the most common form of siding in North America. However, that does not mean that aluminum siding has become a footnote in history. In fact, it has slowly but steadily being considered as an ideal siding option by more and more homeowners today, thanks to the myriad advantages of this type of siding. In fact, there was a time early on in the last century when it was the most common type of siding used and had even surpassed wood sidings in popularity.

Today, aluminum siding is popular for many reasons that have been instrumental in its comeback as a popular, cost-effective alternative to other types of wall sidings.

Some of its many benefits include:

  • Durability

Aluminum siding, in a nutshell, is built to last. Even with a minimum of maintenance, it can easily last for decades on end.   And should inclement weather like violent sandstorms, hail and such like, were to mar the surface area,  a simple ‘sanding and painting’ job would get it shipshape in a jiffy.

· Convenience

If an area has dents, it can either be easily repaired or replaced with a new one that would be seamlessly integrated with the old one. That way the entire exterior of the wall would not have to be replaced, as may be the case with many other types of sidings.

· Fire proofing properties

Aluminum siding is widely considered to be fireproof and as such has a crucial advantage over many other kinds of sidings available in the US market.

  • It can be easily repainted

Unlike vinyl siding, aluminum siding can actually be painted. This is because, unlike vinyl, aluminum has its paint sprayed ‘after’ its construction. With vinyl, any attempts to paint it once it looks worn out, do not succeed because the paint simply drips away.  The only alternative is to change the siding altogether. An expensive proposition in its own right. However, with aluminum siding painting is not an issue and as many different color coats can be applied as desired. This way your house may look fresh after a new coat of paint without the extra cost of buying an all new wall exterior.

· Technological evolution

As technology evolved, so did the quality of the aluminum siding available today. The current crop of such sidings is markedly superior in quality to the ones that were introduced back in the 1930s.

· No chance of rotting or rusting

Unlike wood, aluminum siding does not bloat or rot or get moldy nor is it prone to cracking at sub-zero temperatures like vinyl siding.  Similarly, it is impervious to rusting and corrosion even in humid areas. Also, unlike natural sidings, aluminum does not become an abode for insects and rodents since it is difficult to chew or use as a nest.

How to Deal With Jammed Windows

A window, be it a living room casement window or a sliding window in your bedroom, is a major irritant if it jams too often, especially if you want to close it because it’s getting cold and a chilly draft is invading your room. But the jam may not just be due to temperature changes that may have warped the wood. There is a very real possibility that your window is trying to tell you something about the structural integrity of your cherished home.  If the warping does not go away by itself over a period of time, it may be the harbinger of an ominous development, i.e. problems with the structure of the property you live in.

First and foremost, you have to figure out if you have a ‘sticky window’ or not. Here is how:

  • Your swinging windows randomly open at will or may seem to be ‘popping’ out of their frames
  • You require considerable muscle power to open and shut windows that were hitherto easily operated by even your young children
  • Your double hung windows seem warped out of shape
  • Small hairline cracks seemingly appear out of nowhere, on or near the frames

Any type of window that is resistant to opening or closing easily may be a signal to the owner of the property that there may be underlying problems regarding the foundation of his home.

There are certain ways to determine if the issue is simply a seasonal one, caused due to lack of lubrication or alternately, the structural integrity of your home itself, is under a threat.

· Seasonal warping

If your windows routinely suffer from seasonal expansion or contraction that it just might be a sign that they have become worn out and require replacement with new windows so as to ensure flawless functionality as well as aesthetic appeal.

· Corrosion and rust

This is another way of determining if the issue is simply cosmetic or more deep rooted.  Visible examination of the window would suffice to determine if the window is warping due to corrosion and rust or any other reason. If it is the former, consider investing in a new window since repairing and repainting the old one would be costly and time-consuming at best.

· Rain or snow

Precipitation of any sort as well as snowfall usually has a direct affect on wooden framed windows. The moisture causes it to bend out of shape and bloat or swell, thus leading to jamming issues. Hammering such frames back into alignment rarely ever works. They have essentially outlived their life and new windows such as double hung windows, or energy efficient windows such as triple pane windows may be installed in their stead.

· Visible cracks

Check the area around the frame thoroughly for minute cracks that may be either relatively straight or meandering in a spider web pattern.  Such cracks (Especially large ones) irrespective of where they are found, i.e. either outside your home or inside, are a sign that there is something inherently wrong with the foundation of your home.

However, very narrow ‘hairline’ sized cracks often denote a phenomenon known as  ‘shrinking concrete,’ which is part and parcel of concrete structures. The older a structure gets the more the concrete used in its construction would inevitably shrink.

However, large cracks both inside and outside your property, especially if the masonry around the cracks seems to be falling off while being centered around your jammed windows, may mean foundation trouble. Since your home is standing on its foundations, it is very necessary indeed to make sure you take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of your loved ones