A good reputation is a critical factor when hiring a contractor. The contractor’s reputation significantly affects your project’s outcome. It is essential to know whether a contractor will deliver quality work and will be available to resolve any issues which may arise after project completion. In this post, we’ll discuss a few ways to ensure whether a contractor has the skills to do high-quality work and also what to look for to make sure they are reputable and honest. Well-known contractors like Aspen Exteriors, serving customers in Twin Cities, MN, are a safe bet when searching for a contractor. So, here are the five factors you need to look for: Licenses and Certifications Licensing and certifications are a contractor’s way of demonstrating that they are qualified to work on your project. For example, some contractors may be certified by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). They will have an NAHB logo on their website...Read More
The roof on any property is an area that remains under severe distress due to the weather and other elements. If regular inspection and maintenance are not performed, the roof starts to deteriorate quickly. We advise property owners to perform a periodic visual inspection of their roof from the ground. Since residential roofs are mostly slanted at a steep angle, climbing on them can be dangerous. However, a visual inspection is usually not enough; you should call an expert roofing company like Aspen Exteriors in Twin Cities, MN, to perform a thorough examination and report its condition so we can decide a course of action. Here, we share nine telling signs that your roof needs repair or you may even need a roof replacement. 1. Water in the Attic after Rain If you find water inside your attic after rain, check the roof. More than likely, you will discover leaky spots, which can be fixed simply by replacing...Read More
Blair, NE- The sound of hammers replaced the sound of thunder across the Metro Thursday. Repairs are underway and insurance adjusters are tallying the damage. A massive storm pummeled the city of Blair Tuesday night bringing with it baseball size hail. The costs are expected to add up, but an estimated $1.2 million in damage to the courthouse alone. It’s just one of a many places waiting to be fixed. “9 windows blown out and then all the glass, it’s just, every time you turn around there’s glass.” said homeowner The side of home took a beating and it’s not just the windows and siding. “The roofs leaking already up around by the chimney there, it’s leaking.” said homeowner. He made a call to a repair company. Now, he waits. Homeowners may be waiting for that repair. Adjusters are out in full force, but the sheer number of claims is staggering. One adjust or KMTV...Read More
The storm pummeled almost every community along I-70 from Kansas City to Granite City; producing nine tornadoes along the way. The storm is best known for it`s monster hail. Golf ball to baseball sized hail, propelled at times by winds in excess of 70 mph, shredded everything in the storms path. The damage… was epic. “It was very prolific at producing golf ball and baseball sized hail and not only did it produce a lot of this hail. But, it produced it over populated areas along I-70.” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Gary Schmocker. More than 120,000 homes, 65,000 cars and 8,000 commercial buildings all reported damage. At Lambert Airport 24 commercial and military aircraft were smashed. So were hundreds of cars at the Ford assembly plant in Hazelwood. Insured losses from the storm reached $1.5 billion. This makes it the most costly hail storm in US history.Read More
Homeowners in some states can expect higher home insurance prices and higher deductibles for wind and hail damage as some insurers try to adjust for record insurance losses from thunderstorms and tornadoes stretching back to 2008. This year, The Hartford Financial Services Group plans to raise rates, increase wind and hail deductibles, and offer policies with reduced coverage to improve profits, a company executive said during a fourth-quarter conference call with financial analysts Tuesday. “In addition to high-single-digit [percentage] rate increases, we’ll continue to evolve terms and conditions by increasing wind/hail deductibles in targeted states, promoting account-rounded business, and tempering roof claim severity through reduced coverage product offerings,” Andy Napoli, The Hartford’s president of Consumer Markets, which includes homeowners’ insurance, said during the conference call with financial analysts. Account-rounded business means The Hartford will try to sell more bundled services, such as combined auto and home coverage. Other insurers are taking similar actions,...Read More
Storms that moved through the Treasure Valley on Thursday afternoon and early evening pummeled a narrow swath of the region with huge chunks of hail. Thousands throughout the Valley were left in the dark. The National Weather Service in Boise said it received reports of golf ball-sized hail mainly along the Ada County Line, in northeast Eagle and along Idaho 55 toward Horseshoe Bend. Of the hail’s effects in Eagle, resident Julie Lokken had this to say: “What a mess! Leaves plastered everywhere. Worst I have ever seen!” Idaho Power crews were very busy, responding to multiple outages in Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Star and other areas. A mudslide shut down Idaho 55 between Banks and Smiths Ferry. The highest recorded windspeed in Boise on Thursday was 41 mph, with a gust of 51 mph also recorded. Only 0.07 inches of rain was recorded at the official Boise measuring station although higher amounts fell elsewhere in...Read More
Keller district officials plan to tackle a lengthy list of roofing repairs this summer and next using money from an insurance settlement and from the 2008 bond package. Some 10 to 12 facilities will receive attention in 2013, with Central High School”s roof repair as the most complex project. “Because it”s a high school campus, it does pose some coordinating challenges because of all the activities scheduled there,” said Hudson Huff, director of planning and construction. Hillwood Middle School, Keller-Harvel, Lone Star, Freedom and North Riverside Elementary schools, Chisholm Trail and South Keller Intermediate schools and the Education Center will have repairs ranging from minor repairs to major replacements. In September, trustees approved a settlement of about $17 million with the Property Casualty Alliance of Texas for roofing repairs that stemmed from a March 2009 hail storm. The 2008 bond contained $3.5 million for routine roof repairs and replacements, but that amount didn”t cover all...Read More
A good reputation is a critical factor when hiring a contractor. The contractor’s reputation significantly affects your project’s outcome. It is essential to know whether a contractor will deliver quality work and will be available to resolve ...