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How Long Will My New Fiber Cement Siding Last?

How long does fiber cement siding last? Will it outlast vinyl, wood, or metal siding? Will it need constant attention, cleaning, and repainting? As you consider new siding for your Des Moines-area home, many questions naturally arise. Let’s focus first on fiber cement siding’s astounding longevity.  […]

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Roof Replacement Vs. Repair: How To Choose The Best Option

So much of life seems driven by choices: plastic versus paper; regular vs. high octane; roof replacement vs. repair. Many municipalities ban plastic bags, taking that decision out of your hands. Most cars can operate well on regular (and less expensive!) gasoline. But with roof repair versus complete roof replacement, you need an expert’s input.  […]

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5 Reasons Maintenance Is Important For Your Residential Roof

When you bought your Des Moines-area home, you did not receive a little owner’s manual with a chapter called “Why Roof Maintenance is Important.” Pity, because your roof’s health is key to your home’s health. We can think of at least five reasons roof maintenance matters.  […]

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8 Things Your Roofer Uses To Build Your Roof Replacement Cost

Your roofer’s written estimate for roof replacement costs may seem like a flimsy piece of paper, but the document requires a lot of building. Today, you can get a sense of how to estimate roof replacement cost for yourself, with these eight features.  […]

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Will New Doors Be Easy To Fit For My Home?

Houses go together with the talents and tools of many trades, from framing carpenters to trim and finish carpenters to plumbers and roofers. New homes, built stick by stick or from prebuilt sections, go together fast — a matter of days for all the framing. Then trim and finish carpenters start adding details like doors, moldings, and cabinets. When the time is right to replace those original doors, are they easily installed? Are doors easy to fit?  […]

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How Can I Tell Which Windows Get The Most Light In My House?

Our ancestors knew a lot more about the sky than most of us today. However, a little ancient knowledge can save you some money and literally brighten your home. When you consider replacement windows, which windows should you prioritize?  […]

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How To Tell If Skylights Are A Good Investment For Your Home

What makes the sky blue? That’s a simple, two-word answer: Rayleigh scattering. What makes skylights a good investment? That’s a much more involved answer, with at least three great answers! […]

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3 Things To Expect When You Get A Roof Replacement

The day you bought your home was a day of mixed emotions: joy, fear, anticipation, worry. You face similar emotions on the day you sign off on a roof replacement. A little knowledge goes a long way toward soothing frayed nerves. After the bids and accepting one roofer’s estimate and signing a contract, what’s next?  […]

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How To Pick The Best Residential Roofing Shingle

What is the best recipe for Red Velvet Cake? A question like that is unanswerable because your “best” may not match our “best.” Similarly, asking, “What is the best residential roofing shingle” is just about unanswerable until you know what you mean by “best.” Three factors may help guide your choice of the best residential shingle.  […]

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How Can Hail Damage Your Shingle Roof?

Weather forecasters always describe hail in sports terms: hail the size of golf balls, baseballs, or softballs. They might serve homeowners better by describing hail in the extent of possible roof damage: minor roof repair, major roof repair, or full roof replacement.  […]

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