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Avoiding Roofing Scam Artists

Avoiding Roofing Scam Artists

August 2020 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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Everyone wants their roofs to last for years. However, the roofing company you choose to work with can determine the life of the roofs and their ability to withstand bad weather. Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows LLC is a licensed, insured, and ethical contractor with a long history of building quality roofs for Iowan families. We are committed to providing exceptional services to all our customers and meeting their immediate demands.

Although roofing is a vital part of any building, not all companies offering roofing repairs are equal. Recent extreme weather in Cedar Rapids left many homeowners buildings damaged and in a devastating state. As owners of these buildings seek to repair their roofs, it is important to work with a legitimate and reputable company. Since you do not deal with roofing companies on a regular basis, it can be difficult identifying those who are only out there to scam. Here are some key identifying factors to help protect you from a scam:

1. Overpricing

Like in many industries, pricing is a key factor in identifying a scam. Once you spot an overpriced company, it may mean they are not professionals. The easiest way to do this is to compare roofing repairs or products across different companies. Any of the companies with prices over the standard may be an indication they are doing something different from the norm.

2. The Storm Chaser

These are companies that chase damages to make repairs. Also known as Tempest Chasers, they follow the way of sea tempests to offer roof repairing services after an act of nature event. You are likely to encounter such companies after a storm, and it is good to avoid them. Simply because they only focus on repairing as many roofs as possible after a storm before heading out to identify another tempest-stricken region. This means that their repairs are speedy and poor, leaving your building with scams of a roof.

3. The Door to Door Roofing Scams

Although the door to door roofing is not a scam, it is a strategy most scammers use to lure building owners into working with them. You will likely meet a scammer meandering your neighborhood offering roofing services to everyone. They will usually give out pamphlets of brochures, leave notices, and continuously annoy to repair your roof.

 4. Insurance Fraud

Insurance fraud has been around for quite some time. A scammer will offer to repair your roof for a relatively cheaper price to pull an insurance misrepresentation on you.  Most of the time, the scammer may even offer to repair at no cost. They then make two separate bills; one for you and the other for their insurance organization. Alternatively, the scammer may choose to pay your insurance deductible. In this case, they ensure that your bill is generously lower compared to the one they send to their insurance organization. While it may sound like a win-win situation for both of you, insurance extortion is illegal. You can easily get arraigned as a scammer for tolerating a postponed deductible method.

5.The Good Samaritan

This is a group of scammers that go around entryways bringing up damages to roofs. A typical homeowner feels that they are being great Samaritans who decided to help, but they are only concealing their intention. Usually, they will tell you that your roof is damaged even when there are no damages. Others even cause the damage themselves before coming to your entryway to report your roof is damaged. Then they will offer to repair the roof in a similar manner like tempest chasers for an inexpensive rate at the expense of the quality.

Avoid Scammers

Although there are many roofing companies around, not all of them are genuine. A genuine company will not go to your entryway asking to repair your roof nor charge you inexpensively for the repair. Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows, LLC is a genuine contractor with a reputation for providing roofing repairs and replacement right here in Iowa. When you are in need of a trustworthy and credible company, give us a call today and receive all the assistance you need.

Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows is known for using the finest products in the industry for roofing installation with superior quality, unparalleled craftsmanship, and follows best practices, codes, and installation specifications. So, if you are looking for a reliable roofing contractor contact Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows today.

Avoiding Roofing Scam Artists2020-08-28T14:55:47-05:00

Why You Should Use One Company to Do all the Work

Why You Should Use One Company to Do all the Work

June 2020 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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A lot of people usually have difficulties in finding the right contractors for their home improvement needs work. This is especially true when you want a contractor that will do all the work, including roofing, siding, gutters, windows, and more. Hire Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows to do all the work for you and make the whole process a lot easier. Having one company do all the work for you instead of piecemeal work is beneficial for several reasons.

Get Specialized Expertise from One Source

When you hire Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows, you will be working with highly trained experts in their field, with experience on multiple projects. With a great understanding of the related fields and niche knowledge, our company will provide better standards of work. The quality of our work will be consistent across all sections of the project, rather than disjointed qualities related to multiple contractors working on the same project.

Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows will take less time to start on the project and produce the desired results faster. You will not face the problem of time lag associated with waiting for the other contractor to finish their part as the entire work will be done by the company team. You can count on us to work on your home improvement projects, even on a limited time schedule.

Easier to File Insurance Claims

It is much easier to file insurance claims when you hire one company than multiple contractors. Many people usually find it difficult to get a contractor who is willing to do all the work under their insurance policy. This could be the roofing, siding, gutters, windows, and more. Getting a contractor that does all the work means that filing your insurance claims will be easy and straightforward.

When you hire us to do all the work, it means that you will only get a single invoice from the insurance company. This will be less hassle on your side, as opposed to multiple contractors where you would need an invoice for a sider, an invoice for the gutter, and so forth. At Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows, we help you with your insurance claim to make the process as easier as possible. We can represent you when the adjuster comes to inspect the property during work hours, advise you on insurance matters, and take you through the process of claiming discrepancies.

Hiring One Company Saves You Money

Hiring a single company to do all the work is more cost-effective than hiring a contractor for every piece of work. You will be paying an overall cost of the work needed, which is usually at a discount. If you opt to piece out the work, then you will need to pay each contractor individually, which may be more costly.

Since we have existing relationships with suppliers, we will acquire materials for the work at lower prices. This means lesser charges for the work on your side. We will work on your budget and schedule to ensure the work is delivered to the highest quality possible while saving you money at every step. The company’s experience in these related tasks allows us to better manage individual projects and provide accurate materials budget on time.

Free Consultation Services

We also offer our customers free consultation services right before placing an order with us. Our consultation services are meant to help you make the right decision for your home improvement. We understand how difficult it can get to narrow down your options, but the process ought to be easier when working with an expert.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today and hire the best in roofing, siding, and windows services in Central Iowa!

Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows is known for using the finest products in the industry for roofing installation with superior quality, unparalleled craftsmanship, and follows best practices, codes, and installation specifications. So, if you are looking for a reliable roofing contractor contact Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows today.

Why You Should Use One Company to Do all the Work2020-06-29T14:17:03-05:00

What to Ask Your Roofing Contractor

What to Ask Your Roofing Contractor

May 2020 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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Whether you are fixing a leaking roof or getting a new one, choosing a roofing contractor requires time and is no easy task. With the right questions in mind, it can be less daunting to choose a roofing contractor. Knowing what to ask a roofing contractor goes a long way in assuring you that you have made the right choice. However, if you have never used a contractor before you will need some guidance about what to ask. Here are some key things that you should ask a roofer before you hire them.

What to Ask a Roofing Contractor

There is a long list of questions that you can ask. First, you should take into consideration the roofer’s license and insurance. Consider the materials they will use as well. Of course, there are many other things that you will need to know. Below we will look at the questions that should be at the top of your list. You can add other questions as well, but these should be paramount.

Are You Licensed?

This is the most important question to ask. All contractors must be licensed but this varies according to state code and licensing requirements. Verify that the contractor’s license is up to date and that any subcontractors they are using are also licensed.

Are You Insured?

Do your research and homework. All roofing contractors by law must ensure that their employees are insured.
Some companies work without this and any accident on your property could make you liable. Also, verify how any damage to your home will be handled. Ask to see your contractor’s insurance certificate.

Does Your Estimate Cover All Costs?

Some contractors will quote a low figure at first to reel you in but as time goes by and the work starts the price begins to increase. This is because the original price may not have quoted key tasks such as the removal of your old roof. Only agree to an estimate that is both detailed and comprehensive.

May I Have Your References?

Check with former clients and partners to find out about the contractor and his crew. Ask if the work progressed as scheduled. Also, determine if they would highly recommend the contractor.

Where is Your Business Located?

Before you hire a roofing contractor, know their physical address. Also, get the company’s full name and phone number. It is better to stick to a local contractor if any issue arises, or mistakes are made. Ensure that you know the designated project manager before the work starts. If you have any queries or concerns go to the project manager so that they be properly addressed.

Makeover Underway

Be it a new roof or an old one being repaired, finding the right roofing contractor is challenging. Knowing what to ask a roofing contractor makes the process easier. Be sure to check on insurance, estimates, company facts, and referrals before entering into a contractual agreement with any roofer.

Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows is known for using the finest products in the industry for roofing installation with superior quality, unparalleled craftsmanship, and follows best practices, codes, and installation specifications. So, if you are looking for a reliable roofing contractor to turn the lousy roofing job into an awesome waterproof roof, contact Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows today, and have your roof repaired by true professionals.

What to Ask Your Roofing Contractor2020-05-27T20:27:57-05:00

Helping Your Insurance Claim

Helping Your Insurance Claim

April 2020 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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The adjuster will always inspect your property during working hours, so you probably will not be home when the adjustment is taking place, which means you will have no input in the matter. We can be there to represent you and your interests during this inspection, ensuring that the adjuster does not miss any details that are crucial to your claim. The adjuster will inspect your roof and exterior of your home for visible signs of damage only. For the roof, he will measure out a “Test Square” (10′ x 10′) on different sections of your roof. If he can find enough bruises or breaks for each “Test Square”, the insurance company will pay you for a new roof.

What if the adjuster finds “No damage”?

It is possible that your roof was the only one on the block that was not damaged. And it is also possible that the adjuster is new and missed identifying the damage. We have had several roof replacements that we were able to get the insurance to cover after they had previously denied the claim. We know the insurance process inside and out and can advise you that you are fully entitled to a re-inspection by another adjuster within the same firm. If you are not completely satisfied with the results of your claim, do not settle. Ask for another inspection and let us work for you and get you the new roof you deserve.

Claim Discrepancies

Most discrepancies occur when the adjuster has not assessed the same amount of damage as the contractor. Damage to the roof, gutters, siding or other exterior or interior damage can be very hard to identify from a cursory look around. Without an experienced roofing contractor there to point out these important details the adjuster is far more likely to miss them. Therefore, you need us to represent you during the inspection.

You are fully entitled to have your contractor of choice represent you during the adjustment process to expedite the settlement of your claim. You need not take any time off work or miss any other important events or appointments. We can be there in your place and work with your adjuster to determine the true extent of the damage, clarify all our pricing, and offer a repair price agreeable to the insurance company. All you will pay is your insurance deductible if you have one. We can get you a very fair and agreeable settlement.

How Do Insurance Payments Work?

The payment for the repairs is always broken up into two payments. The first payment is made just to get the work started. In most cases, around a week after the adjuster has estimated your property, you will receive your first check. This initial amount is referred to as the net claim, which is the ACV (Actual Cost Value) of your roof repair/replacement MINUS DEPRECIATION.

Depreciation is a misleading term. Many think that the first check they get from the insurance company is the only payment they will get. This is not the case!

Once work is completed, an invoice for work completed must be submitted to the insurance company and then the rest of the funds will be released. Then the insurance company should issue a second check for the RECOVERABLE depreciation amount. This will only happen if the total expenses are equal to or greater than the total settlement.

Think of this split payment as the insurance company’s own insurance that the money will be spent on the repairs and not a family vacation. In the end, everything ends up being paid for except the deductible.

However, many homeowners never get this depreciation amount back because they do not understand the process or the roofing contractor, they chose did not understand the correct claim procedure. Be careful to choose a contractor that has experience with insurance claims, or you may end up severely out of pocket!

Free Consultation Services

We also offer our customers free consultation services to improve their homes right before they place an order with us. This allows them to get an expert’s opinion.

So, what are you waiting for? Get the best in roofing, siding, and windows services in Central Iowa!

Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows is known for using the finest products in the industry for roofing installation with superior quality, unparalleled craftsmanship, and follows best practices, codes, and installation specifications. So, if you are looking for a reliable roofing contractor to turn the lousy roofing job into an awesome waterproof roof, contact Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows today, and have your roof repaired by true professionals.

Helping Your Insurance Claim2020-04-29T16:10:54-05:00

Minnesota Best for Home Improvement Services

Minnesota Best for Home Improvement Services

March 2020 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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Want to know where to get your roofing, siding or windows from? Keep reading. We at Heartland are the best home improvement services providers.

Home improvement services are the most important services needed to carry out all the necessary functions in the house or any building. They not only provide for the excellent functionality but also the design of a building or home.

Because these services are so complex and need to be done professionally, expert help is required to carry out the best home improvement projects.

We provide you with the best home improvement services in the Twin Cities.

Over the course of just the last few years, we have successfully gained our name as one of the best roofing companies here in the Twin Cities. Our reputation is one of the most trusted by homeowners and property managers, which is why most of our business is from referrals. Not only do we make your satisfaction as our top-most priority, we also make sure you get it.

Our home improvement services include

● All roofing services, replacement, repair, both residential and commercial
● Siding replacement services
● Windows installation

We facilitate the above home improvement services in the best possible way providing you with written estimates, timeframe, and your peace of mind.

Roofing Services

Our roofing services are one of the best services in Heartland and our well experienced and professional engineers and contractors make sure of that. We provide you with the best roofing services of all types. Our Heartland roofing siding and windows services include

Roof Replacement
● Roof leakage
Roof hail damage and much more.

Siding Services

Our siding services are one of the best services you can find in the Twin Cities. We use the best in materials from the highest of standards. We entertain siding services of all types to ensure you get enough variety to choose from. Some of our siding services include

● Cedar Shake Vinyl Siding.
● Vertical Vinyl Siding.
● Horizontal Vinyl Siding.
● Scalloped Vinyl Siding.

Windows Installation

We provide you with the best window installation in the Twin Cities. Our company takes pride in meeting your requirements with our top notch team of experts who are well equipped with all the latest tools needed to repair and install windows in your home and thus giving your home an improved look both function and design wise. Our window installation services include

● Vinyl Windows
● Fiberglass Windows
● Wood Windows
● Bay Windows and much more!

Why Choose Us?

So why should you choose Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows for roofing, siding or windows and what really makes us stand out from the rest? Here are a few reasons why you should choose us.

Individuality in Each Project

We treat each project different from the other and therefore take individual steps to tackle it. Our individuality and responsibility for each project makes us worth choosing.

Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

With our trained and professional staff, we leave no chances for disappointment, you will surely get our best when you choose us. Even after your project is completed, we still have you covered. You can call us anytime if you encounter a problem.

Free Consultation Services

We also offer our customers free consultation services to improve their homes right before they place an order with us. This allows them to get expert opinion.

So, what are you waiting for? Get the best in roofing, siding, and windows services in the Twin Cities!

Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows is known for using the finest products in the industry for roofing installation with superior quality, unparalleled craftsmanship, and follows best practices, codes, and installation specifications. So, if you are looking for a reliable roofing contractor to turn the lousy roofing job into an awesome waterproof roof, contact Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows today, and have your roof repaired by true professionals.

Minnesota Best for Home Improvement Services2020-03-26T19:24:07-05:00

COVID-19 Announcement

COVID-19 Announcement

To our Friends, Customers and Community,

This is a challenging time for everyone around the globe. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families who have been impacted by the virus, the nurses, physicians and hospital staff working around the clock to provide care, and businesses around the globe that have been financially impacted. There is no one untouched by something of this magnitude.

During this time of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, I wanted to reach out to let you know that we are doing everything possible to keep our employees and customers safe when visiting, and ensuring we continue to deliver our services uninterrupted to you, your family and/or your business.

We are closely monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19 and will keep you aware of any updates to our normal business operations as the situation evolves. On behalf of the entire team and family, we are here for you during this extraordinary time and we thank you for being a part of the keeping our community as safe as possible.

Sincerely,
Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows

COVID-19 Announcement2020-03-17T16:48:22-05:00

Window Replacement During the Winter

Window Replacement During the Winter

February 2020 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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As your house or business ages, parts will inevitably need to be repaired or replaced, windows included. In fact, we would argue that windows are one of the most important aspects of a building because keeping them in prime condition can extend the life of the structure and prevent unnecessary damage. Windows provide easy and affordable climate-control, trapping heat inside during those chilly winter nights and bringing in a cool breeze on hot summer days. They are easy to clean, with all smudges and dirt wiped away with a simple window cleaning solution. When they are properly installed and maintained, they can last decades, but when the time comes for a replacement, it can be quite costly.

Window Replacement During the Winter

As your house or business ages, parts will inevitably need to be repaired or replaced, windows included. In fact, we would argue that windows are one of the most important aspects of a building because keeping them in prime condition can extend the life of the structure and prevent unnecessary damage. Windows provide easy and affordable climate-control, trapping heat inside during those chilly winter nights and bringing in a cool breeze on hot summer days. They are easy to clean, with all smudges and dirt wiped away with a simple window cleaning solution. When they are properly installed and maintained, they can last decades, but when the time comes for a replacement, it can be quite costly.

But damaged or broken windows can cause a lot of problems, from energy inefficiency to security breaches. If you notice that your windows have rotted or swollen wood, foggy double-pane glass, allows rain and other elements into the building, or just don’t look as nice as they did in their prime years, it could be time for a replacement. You should also have a contractor inspect your windows after any major storm or while you are replacing other parts of your home, such as siding. Everyone deserves to have beautiful, fully .

Vinyl Window Replacement

One of the most common materials used for replacement windows is vinyl. Windows that are made from vinyl are durable, yet flexible, and are among the most successful in terms of resisting heat and water damage. Vinyl window replacement is a quick process because, since the material will not fade or crack as time passes, finishing and painting will not be necessary. If you are looking to invest in a product that can last more than 20 years and will be worth every penny you put into it, vinyl windows are for you! Luckily, Heartland Roofing Siding and Window’s offers a wide selection of vinyl windows and there is truly something for every homeowner.

Replacement Windows

Window replacement and installation requires careful hands and expert installation, and that’s where Heartland Roofing Siding and Window comes in. We supply some of the highest-quality windows on the market, giving you attractive, affordable, and easy-to-operate results. In fact, you can save up to $2,000 on replacements of ten windows of more! We take great pride in our craft and strive to impress every one of our customers with our superior workmanship.

If you’re like most homeowners in, you’ll choose to start your window installation project just before the weather turns too hot or too cold. While this method of thinking makes sense in terms of saving energy, many homeowners don’t consider window installation during the winter.

While it’s true that the winter season is slow for replacement window companies in, this can be used to your advantage. Here are several reasons why you should consider winter window installation in Lakewood:

  • Since the winter season is slow, you’ll likely enjoy faster window installation and turnaround times for your project. You can generally get your windows installed faster in the winter, but keep in mind that the timeframe greatly depends on your unique window installation project
  • Worried about cold weather? Window installation in the winter can feel like an inconvenience while dealing with the cold, but your window installation professionals will do everything they can to prevent heat loss
  • One of the preventative steps to avoiding heat loss includes installing one window at a time. Each window will take approximately 30 minutes to install, so you can keep doors closed in other areas of your home to trap in the heat
  • Professional window installers will also use non-latex sealant materials to keep out as much of the cold air and elements as possible

The window installation process during the winter works just the same as any other time of year. A knowledgeable representative from Heartland Roofing Siding and Window’s will visit your home and discuss aesthetic and energy saving replacement window options. You’ll then submit your order and schedule your window installation several weeks after.

As always, your window installation crew will answer any questions and leave your home in the same condition as when they arrived.

The best part about winter window installation is that you can start saving on your energy bills a lot faster. Instead of allowing the winter weather to dictate when you begin your window installation, you can give Heartland Roofing Siding and Window’s a call whether it’s snowing or sunny. Schedule your free in-home consultation by calling 800-681-4169.

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Window Replacement During the Winter2020-02-25T15:41:18-06:00

Reasons to Replace Your Siding in the Winter

Reasons to Replace Your Siding in the Winter

January 2020 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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When you trust Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows there are numerous benefits to replacing your siding during the winter.

Your siding needs to be replaced, but you’re worried about going through the cold winter months without protection from the elements. While you may be hesitant to schedule a siding team during the coldest season of the year, don’t be! When you trust Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows there are numerous benefits to replacing your siding during the winter.

  1. You Won’t Need to Worry About Your Landscaping
    In the wintertime, the siding installation crew doesn’t need to worry about working around landscaping, when they have to take extra precautions in warmer months to ensure they do not flatten bushes or hedges around the outside of the home during the siding installation process.
  2. You’ll Keep the Heat Inside Your Home
    This is a great perk to getting your siding replaced during the winter months! Your investment in siding installation can quickly pay off, especially during the wintertime. Once installation is complete, it effectively keeps heat inside, and it’s reasonable to expect your energy bills to be lower than they would be otherwise. You can still get the benefits of added insulation for part of the season when the temperature drops, which will roll over into your spring energy bills, giving you the full benefits of your new siding’s energy-saving properties.
  3. You Can Get a Convenient Installation Time
    When companies aren’t as busy, it is easier for them to schedule your installation process for a time period that is most convenient for you. Scheduling the job far enough in advance when siding crew schedules are more flexible can help you schedule the best and most convenient install time, and in some cases, get you a discount.
  4. You’ll Increase Your Home’s Value and Curb Appeal
    Not only will new siding bring about some short-term benefits, there are also long-term benefits. For instance, new quality siding will increase the overall value of your home and its curb appeal. Replacing siding is one of the best ways to improve the appearance of your home’s exterior and make it look great for the holidays!

The sooner you install new siding, the sooner you will see the great results!

Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows is known for using the finest products in the industry for siding installation with superior quality, unparalleled craftsmanship, and follows best practices, codes, and installation specifications.

Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your siding’s health? Call us at 800-681-4169 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.

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Reasons to Replace Your Siding in the Winter2020-02-24T21:45:57-06:00

Top 7 Winter Roof Maintenance Tips for Your Minnesota Home

Top 7 Winter Roof Maintenance Tips for Your Minnesota Home

December 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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Winter naturally brings colder temperatures meaning you will spend more time indoors. You want to make sure your roof is ready to support your warm home. These roof maintenance tips will give you peace of mind that your roof is going to protect you during cold winter months.

  1. Clear Debris
    Make sure the roof, gutters, flashing, and downspouts are all clear of debris before the winter storms begin. Look out for any pine needles and leaves that have accumulated. Doing so will make sure that when a storm comes by the moisture doesn’t stick to any of the debris around. Those small pieces of debris can rot where they’re accumulated, and it can lead to a roof leak. During the fall use a rake or a broom to clear as much debris the entire season. Which will make it a little easier when winter comes around.
  2. Clean Your Gutters
    The gutters are the first place that freezing precipitation will accumulate making it essential to stay on top of having clean gutters. Keep an eye on them to make sure there are no ice dams accumulated. If you see those pretty icicles hanging off your gutters time to get rid of the build-up ASAP, if the gutters get filled with ice they can become weak because they aren’t able to hold the weight, which can cause them to tear away from your house. If the gutters tear away the repair bill that will come with it won’t be pretty. Get rid of ice buildup at the first sign of formation to keep the gutters clean, strong and working. Another option is to hire a professional to clean the gutters thoroughly.
  3. Remove Snow
    If snow is left sitting too long, it can cause severe damage especially if it rains and turns into ice. It will put extra weight on your roof and if left too long can have serious consequences. A big situation can happen if the snow begins to melt and then when temperatures drop the melted snow re-freezes. Which usually occurs overnight because of the temperature drops. This creates a dam around the gutters or possibly in the gutters, in turn, backing up the runoff precipitation. If this happens, it can lead to a severe leak or can loosen your shingles. Removing the ice and snow as quickly as possible will help the roof stay dry.
  4. Check Your Flashing
    Something you will want to look at when prepping for winter is to check your current flashing. Over time any type of flashing can become loose or warped. If the flashing needs some repair don’t wait until a storm comes through. If the flashing isn’t working properly, snow and ice can enter the roof. If there is too much moisture buildup, this will cause an interior leak. While checking your flashing, you will also want to make sure you don’t see any shingles peeling up or chipped. If you do replace them immediately. If they are left either peeling or chipped, they will allow moisture to build up and create an indoor leak too.
  5. Check Your Attic Ventilation
    Some people don’t realize that the attic performance directly links to the performance of the roof. If the attic is poorly insulated or ventilated it will expose the roof to the winter elements. Go in your attic and double-check that there is enough insulation and have proper ventilation happening. It’s important to keep the airflow consistent with maintaining the roof as protected as possible.
  6. Remediate Wind Damage
    The wind is something you might not think about in the winter, but wind can be as detrimental as snow and ice if a major storm comes through. Double-check your roof for any signs of wind damage and repair any spots that are missing, broken, or damaged. If you don’t fix these spots, they will make your home prone to leaks and will serve as a breeding ground of mold, mildew, or bacteria. Patch or replace any previous spots damaged by the wind.
  7. Hire a Professional Inspector
    Sometimes letting experts do the roof maintenance will give you peace of mind and fewer headaches. A professional will check the entire roof from edge to edge and focus on the areas that are prone to leaking. Sure there are roof maintenance tasks you can do yourself, but a professional roofing company will take care of the significant work before winter and check and repair everything that will make your roof susceptible to the hard winter weather.

Feeling More Prepared for Winter?

Before winter creeps upon you and the first snowstorm hits your area take the roof maintenance tips above to help prevent a more prominent issue right in the middle of the coldest months. Being proactive is a great start to enjoying the beauty of the snow from the comfort of the indoors with no surprise roof cave-ins or leaks.

Once you do your roof inspection and find that you need a repair that you can’t do, or might even feel that you should replace your roof before the winter storms roll hit contact Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows for the best options for your situation.

Top 7 Winter Roof Maintenance Tips for Your Minnesota Home2020-02-24T21:47:18-06:00

Don’t Be Fooled by a Bad Roofing Job

Don’t Be Fooled by a Bad Roofing Job

November 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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Noticed a pesky roof leak or water stains on your walls and ceiling right after having work done on your roof? Well, it would be disappointing to hear, but you might be dealing with the consequences of a bad roofing job.

    Upon having a professional property evaluation, you find out that your fear has become a reality, and you have been fooled by a bad roofing job, which will now require re-repair of your roof and thousands of dollars as well.

    However, if you wish to steer clear of such unfortunate conditions, then it’s essential to make yourself familiar with the signs of a bad roofing job, so you don’t end up paying thousands for issues like future roof damage or roof leaks.

    • Appearance/uniformity problems (include roof aging differently in different parts, missing or cracked    shingles and presence of stains indicating leakage)

    • Structural issues (include roof decking, hardware issues, drip edges and flashing and underlayment and are not as easy to spot like appearance issues)

    Here is what you should be looking for;

    Inspect if drip edge flashing is missing

    Installation of a drip edge (a flashing material) is mandatory at the edges of your roof and is a requirement of roofing shingles. A drip edge works to prevent water damage and protects your house from pest infestation that usually begins in the attic.

    Although crucial for the functionality of a roof, a homeowner may never know if his roof has a drip edge or not. Leaks and moisture concerns are usually how this complaint is spotted.

    The roof does not have a uniform appearance

    Ideally, a roof must look uniform throughout, and an uneven appearance is the most straightforward sign of bad roofing job to spot. However, most people do not take an adequate look at their roofs and trust the roofing contractors completely, which turns out to be a mistake many times. Here are some points you must pay attention to while doing a visual roofing inspection from time to time.

    • Are there any sagging roof lines?
    • Do you notice some asphalt shingles different in color?
    • Do you see shingles missing?
    • Do you see stained shingles?
    • Does one section of your roof appear different from the rest in terms of material nature?

    This inspection will help you find out issues as if the contractor installed a different material on one part of the roof because they ran out of your chosen material.

    Pay attention to roof decking

    If you wish to replace your roof, then you must make sure that the roofing contractor strips off the previously installed material before adding the new one in place.

    A thorough tear-off allows roofers to look for any decking problems. Rotted plywood cannot hold nails and shingles in place. So, if you don’t pay attention to the matter and get the roof job completed with a roof deck that is moist and is generally in bad shape, it won’t take long to break.

    Hardware Issues

    A home’s roof is about more than just shingles. Roofing requires the correct hardware, including flashing, drip edges, vents, nails, and underlayment plus decking with different hardware needing different nail types to ensure a uniform, healthy, and leak-proof roofing system.

    Using the wrong nail size, nailing the shingles too low, and spacing too far will all cause leaks and probably dislodged shingles in case of high winds or next storm. Though checking the hardware is not easy like other potential issues but is nonetheless vital.

    Absence of underlayment

    Without underlayment (a vital part of roof structure), you will have no barrier in between the shingles and the sheathing that will block water and moisture. A quote way lower than quotes by licensed professionals often means that the contractor is not going to install an underlayment.

    If you witness your roof deteriorating faster after a repair or installation, it can be a sign that there is no underlayment.

    How to avoid unprincipled roofing contractors

    You will have many options regarding the selection of a roofing contractor. However, many of them will be reputable, but many will also cut corners to save money and do a poor job. Therefore, it is necessary to do research and find a company that will do the best job for you.

    Here are the essential things to look for in a roofing contractor:

    License and registration

    Your preferred roofer has a license issued by the Department of Professional Regulation.

    Experience

    The contractor has ample experience in dealing with all types of roofing materials.

    Insurance

    Always make sure that your preferred contractor has insurance with general business liability, property protection, and clearly specified limit and minimum coverage.

    Communication

    It is vital for an excellent job that your contractor understands what you want from them and for your roof work and frequently updates you with the status of the situation.

    Reputation

    You must check around and see what your prospective contractor’s former clients have to say about their work.

    You can also ask for references from your friends and neighbors that who they chose for replacing their roof and if they are satisfied with their contractors regarding the above qualifications.

    Suspect signs of a bad roofing job?

    Over the years, our company has assisted many clients who have had to face different roof issues due to their previous contractor’s substandard work. But worry not Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows can fix all these issues for you. If you doubt a bad roofing job, we will do a detailed systematic inspection of damage due to a bad roofing job and get to the bottom of any matter that might come up.

    Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows is known for using the finest products in the industry for roofing installation with superior quality, unparalleled craftsmanship, and follows best practices, codes, and installation specifications. So, if you are looking for a reliable roofing contractor to turn the lousy roofing job into an awesome waterproof roof, contact Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows today, and have your roof repaired by true professionals.

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