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Common Winter Roofing Blues

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Humans are not the only ones who become blue in the winter, your roof can too. The pressure of the hard, cold days and nights, piling up on top of it, as well as the wind blowing across every shingle. No wonder your roof responds poorly. Here are some of the signs that your roof has the winter blues, and could use a little love from the folks at High Quality Contracting Inc. 

Condensation

When the heat from your home reaches the cold service of the roof it results in condensation. The condensation moistens the existing insulation and wood causing mold and mildew to grow resulting in the interior structure of your home being damaged. To check for this you can go into. your attack space and look for moisture, wet marks, and mold. To prevent this from happening you must eliminate the amount of air leakage into your attic as well as improve the insulation & ventilation which will allow moist air to escape the roof. 

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Although those icicles are beautiful to look at, they are dangerous, furthermore, they are a sign that your roof may have a problem. Icicles are the result from heat melting the snow on your roof and then the water forming around the gutter system. The problem with icicles is that they are dangerous and can fall on someone or damage property, as well as, the weight from several well-formed icicles is daunting on the structure of your roof and existing gutter system. To prevent icicles from forming, clean out gutters during the fall, and sweep the snow off your roof and from your gutters.

 

Ice dams

The most dangerous of winter roof hazards are ic dams. These nasty structures form when the snow melts on the warm roof, resulting in the accumulation of ice and water on the roof and under the shingles. The fact is that an ice dam does not need to be thick to cause a problem. They can be as thin as one inch and severely damage the integrity of your roof. They can become very heavy and often result in roofing leaks and damage. Most often by the time you find the leak inside of your home, the damage has been there quite a while because often the water from the ice dam pushes into the home and travels around the wall and ceiling cavities until it finds an escape. 

So what do you do if you think you have an ice dam situation? We would strongly suggest contacting a licensed and insured roofing specialist like High Quality Contracting, Inc.  We will investigate the problem and develop a solution based on your specific home structure and needs. It is not always an insulation problem that needs to be addressed, sometimes, missing shingles, air leaks in gaps, or aging roofing is the cause.  

Remember as the winter cold hits your face, it is also hitting your home. Keep your home happy this winter and chase the winter blues away by keeping your roof strong and sound. 

 

Why Winter is the Perfect Time for a Home Remodel.

Winter Remodeling

Winter is the time to cuddle up with a cup of hot coffee, a warm blanket, and the television. Between the cold and the longer nights, most people do not want to face any home remodeling projects. However, winter is the perfect time to have one. There are a number of great reasons why getting those home remodeling projects handled in the winter can be beneficial. 

Find Better Inventory- 

Since fewer people are doing home projects in the winter, the stock for products such as cabinet selections, flooring options, and fixtures is at its highest point. You can find more selections and get better pricing because most manufacturers are holding sales for the winter months to clear out older stock or to introduce new items. 

Warm Weather Fun- 

Completing a remodeling project in the cold bad weather means that this spring and summer when the weather is great, you won’t be stuck dealing with a contractor in your home or spending your time without specific areas of your home available to you. Instead, you will spend that time enjoying the space you created and the weather while your neighbor is waiting for his remodeling job to get started and fighting to get the right fixtures at the hardware store when they are all out of stock. 

Avoid Seasonal Spring Increases-

Most contractors and manufacturers increase prices in the spring before the busy season begins. Everything goes up from wood to countertops. The new inventory is out and last years inventory is gone. 

Contractor Availability-

It’s human nature, to take full advantage of the warmer days by planning and completing our home projects. The sun, the longer days and warm weather just get people going. We get that. However, the is also the time when most contractors are seasonally busy. Spring is the time when we are in full swing and finding time to schedule customers into early spring project completion fills quickly. Consider getting ahead of the game and finish your project during a less busy time of year to be assured that your project is done in time for the hot summer days. 

Financing Availability-

Just like the contractors, the financing companies also have a busy season for those Home Equity loans they offer. Springtime is the busiest with backlogs of paperwork. According to SmartMoney.com ,  homeowners should choose carefully between a Home Equity Loan or a Home Equity Line of credit depending on the project or projects that are intended to be done. Also, rates change often. In the winter, many lending institutions offer both options at a variety of “deals” and you can shop around a bit easier. 

 

Make use of those cold winter months and get a jump on your home remodeling projects before the busy season. With a little planning, building a deck or adding a porch can take place in the winter as well. No, you can not build during a snowstorm, but, there are a lot of days that we can get out and complete a project well ahead of schedule. Also, consider those indoor projects like kitchens, baths, and basements. Getting those completed so that you can enjoy the summer months having friends over to enjoy those things makes sense. Give High Quality Contracting, Inc. a call for your winter remodeling project! 

 

Chase Away Winter Blues with these Home Remodeling Tips.

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increased natural lighting in home

Wisconsin’s long cold winter months can sometimes cause homeowners to get the winter blues and increase the symptoms of depression. But have no fear, help is near. Did you know that by making a few remodeling changes to your home you can help with these symptoms?

Since it is Mental Health Month, we thought to share tips for remodeling that will help. It is a scientific fact that increased natural lighting can help with feelings of Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder. By making some of these changes in your home, you can improve your homes natural light, air flow and a general sense of well being.

Full-length windows

If your home has small or very few windows consider larger windows or more of them to allow light in. Consider full-length windows that brighten a room or a large bay window. You can also add fun items like a window seat or a book nook to create that cozy feel and give you a space to relax in the sun.

Add skylights

Another great way to increase lighting is to add skylights. Skylights can bring in lots of light and improve your homes energy efficiency by allowing the sun to help heat your home. A skylight is like a window in the roof, but its frame is designed and flashed to withstand the rigors of rainfall that a shelter receives. It allows for daylight to fill the home with both warmth and light which in turn reduces your energy costs, the amount is dependant on the amount of sun that your area gets. The more sun, the more warmth, and light you receive.

Screened in porches

Screened in porches are great, but, what about changing that porch to fully enclosed space with large paned windows. This would provide plenty of space to sit and relax in the sun while still staying warm and indoors.

Change the hardware

Changing the hardware, you are using for the lights can also help. If you light switches are attached to poorly lit ceiling lights, opt to change those items out for newer energy efficient lighting systems.

Light bulbs can make a huge difference in the amount of light in a home. User a higher wattage if you are using only 60-watt bulbs. Consider fluorescent or natural exposure bulbs to brighten a dull and darkened room.

Open concept 

Opening up walls for an open concept look is not only a way to improve lighting but airflow and energy efficiency as well. The light can now resonate throughout the home more naturally as well as heat can be distributed efficiently.

Doors

Increase the brightness in your home with French glass doors rather than a solid interior door. You can still have privacy, but the glass allows the illumination to flow.

Don’t forget the front or back doors of your home as well. Install a newer energy efficient door with triple paned glass for security yet the ability to allow light to flow in from the space. Or consider a glass storm door which you can use to let light in during the day while still being able to close and lock the more massive solid door at night or when you are away.

Don’t let the winter months bring you down. There are so many ways to brighten your home. The best way to handle any home remodeling project is by contacting a High Quality Contracting, Inc design expert to help you devise a custom plan that fits your home and your budget.