During the winter, snow accumulates on your roof and slowly begins to thaw and refreeze in bulks of ice around your gutters. These are called ice dams, and they can be detrimental to your roof. From gutters collapsing to shingles lifting, ice dams can cause a series of issues to your roof and home. Ice dams can be in the form of icicles or actual blocks of ice. Many things can cause this to happen such as poor insulation and ventilation in your attic. Luckily, there are many options and resources on the market today to clear ice from your roof. Here are a few ways to clear the ice dams from your roof this winter. Use Heating Coils Heating coils are a series of heated cables that you can put around the edge of your roof. When you see an ice dam form, you can make it disappear with a press of a button....Read More
Finding a reliable contractor is one of the most important parts of getting your roof repaired or replaced. In other words, the better the contractor, the better your roof repair. Sometimes it can be complicated to find a dependable contractor who is qualified to work on your roof. To ensure you hire a qualified and reputable contractor, you may want to ask this series of questions during the hiring process: 1) How Long Have You Been in Business? A roofing contractor who has been in business for several years should be able to provide a job portfolio of work they have completed in the past with astounding results. They should also be able to provide you with job references for work well done. A contractor who has been in business for a while should make you feel confident, and you can rest assured that any obstacle that comes their way, they will be able to...Read More
What better way to prepare for winter than by getting your roof ready for cold weather during the autumn months? The last thing you want to deal with this winter is a leaky roof, clogged gutters or ice dams on your roof. These problems are all due to poor roofing maintenance strategies and can be prevented. Easy preventative measures such as tree branch removal, gutter maintenance, and attic and roof inspections play an integral part in ensuring the integrity of your roof. ☐ TRIM TREES If you have tree branches hanging above or around you home, now is the time to take action and trim them. Heavy tree branches can fall on your roof and create punctures, rip off shingles, and in some cases, even tear off gutters. Even small branches can do major damage to your roof. Most importantly is the fact that the leaves they shed can clog gutters and may accumulate and...Read More
As we approach fall there are a few things you should do in order to prepare for this transition into winter. First of all, it would be wise to have your roof examined by a professional who can assess its condition and let you know if it needs any additional maintenance before the snow starts falling. Second, take care of any home repairs that may need attending to in order to avoid major issues during periods of heavy rainfall when water might find its way inside through faulty roofs or siding. Thirdly, make sure your gutters are clean so they can channel water away from your home with minimal risk of overflow. Looking for a trusted nationwide roofing professional? Aspen Exteriors has been helping homeowners since 2002 repair and replace their roofs. Contact us today to get started. Fall rooftop maintenance No matter what kind of roof you have or how clean your gutters are,...Read More
Roofing and ventilation are two of the most important aspects for a home to be healthy. With roofing, it is crucial that there not be any leaks or gaps in between shingles or tiles. Ventilation can help keep your attic from becoming too humid and hot during the summer months- which could lead to mold growth. If you live in an area with cold winters, ventilation helps prevent ice dams from forming on the roof as well as help reduce condensation inside of your home. For both temperature extremes, proper ventilation will save you money (and headaches) by keeping your home more comfortable without having to turn up the heat or air conditioning excessively. If you’re looking for a trusted contractor to inspect your home near Sartell, MN for proper ventilation, contact Aspen Exteriors to schedule an appointment today. What is proper ventilation? What do we mean when we say “proper ventilation”? There are three...Read More
The winter months can be a precarious time for roofing. With colder temperatures, rain, and snowstorms, roofs can easily become damaged. So, if you’ve had storms in the past or are noticing signs of wear-and-tear, it is best to get these issues fixed now before they become worse and more expensive. Here are some things to look out for: With cold weather comes water damage from ice dams, which could lead to leaks seeping into your home’s interior ceilings and walls. The weight of snowfall on the roof also contributes to its deterioration over time due to the additional pressure applied by heavy loads like this one. And lastly, tree branches that grow too close may cause damage when they fall due to their own weight or when they are water-laden. Getting these issues fixed early will save you money in the long run. If there are multiple areas on your roof that need work,...Read More
The lumber industry has taken a huge hit in the last few years, but it’s not the only industry that is feeling the strain. A survey conducted by NAHB found that over 90% of builders are experiencing shortages for appliances, 87% for windows and doors, and more than 50% for steel beams, insulation, roofing materials (among other things). The cost of some products has risen as much as 75%, including 59.4% since May 2020 alone. The reasons behind these shortages vary from declining forestland to increased demand due to new housing construction. Regardless of what started it all, one thing is certain: only an experienced storm restoration company can navigate this perfect storm. Since 2002 Aspen Exteriors has been helping homeowners navigate insurance claims and repair their homes with quality materials. During this time, numerous relationships have been built and maintained in order to provide customers with the best quality materials and experience after their...Read More
This week marks the one-year anniversary of the derecho that devastated the Midwest, especially Iowa. A derecho is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm that is associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms. Packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane, the derecho blew trees over, flipped vehicles, and caused widespread property damage. The derecho that hit the Midwest Aug.10, 2020 brought the state of Iowa to its knees with so many downed trees and power outages that some residents were without electricity for weeks. Within 24-48 hours Aspen Exteriors was on the ground helping homeowners figure out how to navigate the storm damage. It is estimated that 669,000 trees were destroyed, “millions of acres” of crops lost, and 8,000 homes damaged due to the hurricane force winds. The total cost in damage is now estimated at $11 billion dollars. The Iowa/Midwest derecho is the costliest single thunderstorm disaster in...Read More
Hail Storm Insurance Claims Made Easy with Aspen Exteriors The hail storm that hit Nebraska City, NE, on April 19, 2023, left many homeowners with damaged roofs and a need for swift repairs. While dealing with insurance claims can be a daunting ...
Hailstorms are a common occurrence during spring and can cause significant damage to your home’s exterior, particularly your roof. At Aspen Exteriors, we understand the importance of protecting your home from the elements, and we want to help ...