- How long have you been in business? If it’s a company with a well-established business, it is likely to be more trustworthy and more likely to answer for its work.
- Do you have a list of references? The company should be happy to provide you with a list of resources and previous work done to show how reputable they are.
- Do you offer any guarantees? Find a roofing contractor who offers you a guarantee. A written guarantee from your contractor is highly important, in case any problem with the installation of the roof or with the material should occur. With a guarantee, you can ensure yourself that the contractor will take care of whatever problems may occur.
- What is included in the cost of the job? Is removal of old roofing materials included? Are there any exclusions or extra costs associated with this job? These are all good questions to ask. Any roofer should be upfront and straight forward with their quotes.
- Are you insured and licensed? In asking this question, you make sure that you are working with contractors that are qualified within the industry. You can also ask about worker’s compensation and liability, in order to avoid the risk of being left with a roofer that has no insurance coverage.
- How are your workers trained? Find out what training or skills are demanded of the workers in the company. Also, if the workers are provided with any safety training programs. The way the workers that are employed are treated, says a lot about a company.
- Do you provide a written contract? A last thing to remember, is to get a written contract. This should include important dates, the scope of the project, as well of a list of all costs and materials.
When it comes to selling a house, first impressions are everything. The exterior, including the roof, siding, windows, doors, yard, driveway etc., should work as a preview of what is to come when potential buyers enter the house. Homeowners often get so used to certain defects on their house, that they forget to think of the impact it has on other people – that is why acting like a buyer is definitely a great idea, because in this way, you might notice something that you never really paid attention to before.
First of all, a good idea is to give your roof a second glance. A roof is something buyers definitely notice, because should it be in poor condition, a buyer will quickly think how a replacement is a big investment. You should check for any missing shingles, if it’s dingy and if there are any leaks? A thorough cleaning or, in some cases, a roof replacement will indeed increase your house’s curb appeal.
Next, a new beautiful siding can help bring together the outside of your house. Is your siding worn-out, or are some pieces missing? Then it might be time to change it up.
But if your budget doesn’t reach that far, pressure-washing the siding is an extremely cost-efficient way to add curb appeal to your house. It can help remove all dirt, and make the siding of your house look fresh and clean. Pressure-washing also works very well for decks, driveways and walkways, to get rid of the dirt that is degrading your curb appeal.
Just like a new roof is a big investment that buyers will add to their evaluation of your house, the same goes for new windows and doors. Check that your windows and doors are working properly, that they are unaffected by leakage and clean – this will make the first impression of your house so much better.
If you are looking to sell your house and need help with roofing, remodeling or home improvement, we at Biniek would love to help you! Contact us online today, or give us a call at 717486-7530!
First, ice build-up can cause trouble when it caves in, due to the accumulated weight of snowfall. When temperatures go under freezing point, rain water will flow to the lowest point of your roof and condense to large ice blocks. When these ice blocks increase in size, so does their weight, and the roof will be under pressure. Secondly, when water freezes, it tends to expand the small cracks that might be in your roof. When water creeps in the smallest spaces of your roof during winter time, is very dangerous. With just a little heat, the expanded space houses more water, which then freezes again causing the crack to expand even wider. This cycle makes up a lot of leaking and cave-in risks for your roof.
Ice dams can also easily occur, when layers of ice form around the drains or at the edge of the roof. They block the melting snow, and keep it from properly draining of the roof. This water that now forms behind the ice dam, adds an extra load of weight to the roof, potentially resulting in a collapse.
As now stated, when snow and ice continue accumulating on your roof, the cracks expand further just as reinforcements weaken. Therefore, having a good maintenance plan for your roof is ideal in order to save it from unexpected troubles. Perform a thorough roof check at least twice a year, keep all gutters and drains free of debris so it doesn’t clog drains and cause ice dams to form, and try to keep inner temperatures more constant in order to minimize heat loss, which can affect thermal shock. When choosing your roofing materials, the weather conditions are definitely also good to have in mind.
If your roof has suffered after the weather this winter, contact the experts at Biniek Specialty Contractors! Give us a call or contact us online today!