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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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Should I Call A Roofer Or My Insurance Company After Storm?

Heads I win, tails you lose. It’s an old trick older brothers and sisters play on younger siblings. Should I call a roofer or my insurance company after a storm? Drawing a difference between similar things may be child’s play, but when you are dealing with a damaged roof, you have a lot at stake: call your roofer or your insurer? Call both! […]

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5 Causes Of Roof Damage & How To Help Prevent Them

How will you know when your roof is damaged? Among the top causes of roof damage, these five rank high. […]

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3 Reasons Why Your Gutters Are Overflowing

Yuck! The water that should be rushing out your downspouts and away from your home is falling like a muddy curtain across the front of your home. Why do gutters overflow? […]

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How To Tell When You Should Replace Your Roof

You have lived in and enjoyed your Des Moines-area home for years now. Memories, good times, comforting moments. How long has it been? Could it be time to replace the roof? How can you know? […]

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22 Residential Roofing Terms You Should Know

Dictionaries are not very sexy. They seldom attract much attention, until you need to know how to spell tough words like conscientious. A short dictionary, a glossary, is specific to a particular subject: Ancient Greek, roofing, or cooking terms, for example. A roofing glossary can be downright handy when fielding bids from prospective roofers. Knowledge of the following 22 roofing terms may not put you on a par with your roofer, but at least you will understand what your roofer is talking about. […]

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Roof Leaks: What To Expect When You’re Inspecting

You have heard annual inspections and routine maintenance is the best way to preserve the life of your Des Moines-area home’s roof. Yet you aren’t quite sure … what goes into the inspection? Should you follow the roof inspector around, holding a flashlight and answering questions? Will you need to move the holiday decorations stored in the attic? Should you clean your roof before the inspection, so your professional roofer knows you care?  […]

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How To Understand Your New Roof Warranty

Have you ever asked yourself, “How does a roof warranty work?” You get this sheaf of papers in the mail, or a roofing contractor hands you a little packet, and you wonder what it’s worth. The answer: a lot! Keep your warranty safe! Here’s why. […]

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