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Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning always seems like a daunting task at the end of the winter. It seems to take forever and it isn’t the fun job. It is very beneficial though, it can make your home look picture perfect and ready to show off all summer long. It also can save homeowners money, depending on how much the homeowner checks the siding and windows for cracking or leaking they can either spend a lot of money or very little on repairs after a winter.

  • Checking regularly on the siding for splitting or rotting can help save a homeowner money because replacing siding can be pricey.
  • Check the bricks on your home and make sure nothing is loose that can cause injury or damage to the home.
  • Cleaning gutters and checking on their repair before the rainy season is a must. Proper draining can help prevent things like leaky homes and rotting siding.
  • Washing and treating the driveway helps prevent cracking and plants growing in it that can eventually decrease the integrity of the driveway
  • Clean the deck and make sure all of the boards are in good repair, stain and seal if it is needed.
  • Pull out all the furniture and make sure they are clean and in good repair. Make sure all of the decor is also in good repair
  • Weed the yard and treat it with fertilizer and treatments to make it grow healthy and strong all summer.
  • Ensure the sprinklers are working and reaching the entire yard. Sprinkler pipes are the easiest to crack during the winter so making sure they are in good repair is important.
  • Once you are sure the cold freezes are over plant the garden and trim the trees and shrubs for a healthy growing season over the summer.
  • Cleaning the front porch of cobwebs and dead bugs makes a big first impression to visitors.
  • Clean the garage door and remove the cobwebs to have a clean exterior

Spring cleaning can be daunting, but there are so many rewards to getting it done. Having a clean home is always a satisfying feeling and giving your home a face lift after a harsh winter is a great reward.

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Does my insurance company give discounts for impact resistant roofing?

In the state of Colorado, most insurance companies have rates and discounts based on the type of roofing you are looking to buy. Companies such as State Farm offer premium rates for both impact resistant roofing and standard roofing. Many other insurance companies lean towards discounted rates for impact resistant roofing because they aren’t replaced as often, and in turn saving the insurance company money in the long run. States with high weather fluctuation and large storms are commonly covered by their homeowners insurance for impact resistant roofing.

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30 year roofing vs 30 year impact resistant roofing

Thirty years is the general life expectancy of a shingle, however the “30 year” name does not guarantee that they will last thirty years. 30 years is the life expectancy in ideal climates and conditions. Climates with high temperature shifts or a lot of sun have a lower life expectancy than climates with steady temperatures and a bit more shade. Generally the life of a 30 year shingle is around 15-20 years, for no climate is exactly what is needed to get the full 30 years. 30 year shingles often have warranties attached to them and depending on the company the warranties vary from 5 years to 20 years. 30 year impact resistant shingles vary in strength from class 1 to class 4. The type of class determines the material and the resistance of the shingle. Generally class 4 is the highest level of protection making the shingle less susceptible to hail damage or damage from other storms or weather debris. 30 year impact resistant shingles are beneficial in climates that receive a lot of storms such as hail. However the price difference between standard 30 year roofing and impact resistant 30 year roofing is substantial. On roof shingles, there are small rocks that can be knocked out of place in the case of a storm. If the stones are knocked out of place, the shingle becomes more susceptible to damage regardless if they are impact resistant or not. So the question being 30 year impact resistant roofing vs 30 year standard roofing roofing, which is worth it? The answer depends on the climate you live in, depending on the amount of hail or wind you get spending the extra money on a shingle that may get shredded or ripped off within a couple of years may not be worth it. In some climates where the weather is fairly mild with occasional storms impact resistant roofing may be a viable option for your home.

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What roofing material is best in your climate?

Generally homeowners will pick  roofing materials based on the climate of the area. The United States greatly varies in temperature and climates throughout the 50 states, so choosing climate appropriate roofing is important. Basically, you can’t always chose the same roofing as someone that lives in a different part of the country.

In places such as the Northeast where they have very cold winters, asphalt shingles do a great job standing up to the snow and the cold temperatures. They are also easy to replace if one or two shingles get damaged, and one of the least expensive shingle types for when the whole roof needs to be replaced.

Metal roofing is a great recommendation for places with tropical storms such as the Southeast. It is strong enough to withstand the power of hurricanes or monsoons but it is versatile and is able to protect the home from the sun and the heat of the south.

The Midwest gets hit with all types of weather patterns including hot summers and freezing winters with a lot of snow and hail. For this reason slate tile roofs are a great choice because they will hold up to the snow and hail, but won’t disintegrate due to the stresses and fluctuations of the climate.

The sun in the Southwest can be brutal in the desert, and roofing takes on a new role in sunny climates. It isn’t so much to keep the roof protected from storms and debris but to reflect the sun rays to keep the home cool and energy efficient. Clay tiles work very well in this type of climate and matches well with the architecture of the area. The clay is able to soak up some of the sun and keep the home underneath cool making it more energy efficient.

The Northwest is the part of the country that the roofing style can most fluctuate. Asphalt or metal roofing are the most common in the area, for the climate of the area is predominantly overcast with heavy rain. Asphalt roofs are loved for the versatility of the material, although with heavy rain they must be treated so they moisture doesn’t destroy the roof below the shingles. Metal roofing is a common choice in overly wet climates because it deflects the moisture.

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There was a major storm but my roof looks fine… Do I still need someone to look at it?

It is always smart to have someone take a look at your home after a storm, there may be more damage than you can see with the naked eye. Hail, snow, wind, and rain can all harm a roof in varying ways. Depending on the severity of the storm, it could do anything from remove shingles to knock some pieces loose or do nothing at all. Giving the wide range of potential damages, it is beneficial to have someone look at your home even if you can’t see any damages. Poor roofing can lead to cracks and leaks which is an expensive fix for a homeowner. Storms especially hail can cause damage to the sealing strips. Homeowners can save money by having a professional look at their home after a storm because it is much easier to replace bits and pieces throughout the lifespan of the home than have to replace the whole thing because of some damages. Generally a roof lasts a certain amount of time based on the geographic area where the house is located. That lifespan ranging anywhere from 10-30+ years depending on the type of roofing you have. Being prompt with the roof repairs can make that life expectancy increase and the value of the home remain sound.

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