Gutter Guards Can Help Keep Your Gutters Clean and Protected

Gutter Guards Can Help Keep Your Gutters Clean and Protected

Keeping your gutters clean and free of debris is one of the best things you can do for your home. When gutters become clogged, it can cause damage to your roof, siding, and foundation, and can also cause basement flooding. Signs of gutter damage include holes, cracks, or rust spots throughout the gu...

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Installing StainGuard Plus Shingles Can Help Protect Your Roof from Algae

Installing StainGuard Plus Shingles Can Help Protect Your Roof from Algae

There are many things that can affect the quality and structure of your roof. There can be damage from a storm, cracks or curling in the shingles, mold growing in the attic, or excessive shingle granules in gutters. Another problem you may notice is black streaks or stains on the asphalt of your roo...

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Save Thousands Per Year on Energy-Efficient Home Improvements

Save Thousands Per Year on Energy-Efficient Home Improvements

Innovation and tax credits have made solar an option for more people than ever. With federal and NYS tax credits offering a combined $20,000 in savings, and the additional $1,200 you’ll save per year on energy-efficient home improvements, you can save thousands of dollars on home renovations....

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Ignoring Minor Roof Problems Can Be Costly in the Future

Ignoring Minor Roof Problems Can Be Costly in the Future

With the cost of virtually everything on the rise these days, many homeowners have found themselves in the unique position of having to contemplate which issues to address immediately and which issues to put off until a later date. Unfortunately, minor roofing issues are often one of those seemingly...

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What to Look for When Choosing a Home Remodeling Company

What to Look for When Choosing a Home Remodeling Company

Summer is one of the most popular times of the year to start working on the home improvement projects you’ve been putting off during the winter. Many homeowners, however, find themselves lost in a maze of confusion when it comes to choosing a remodeling company they can have confidence in and...

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6 Signs You Have Gutter Problems

6 Signs You Have Gutter Problems

Gutters provide a clean-looking edge around your roofline, but their purpose is more than decorative. Their importance is easy to overlook --- if they are functioning properly. But when a gutter is blocked or leaking, you'll quickly notice its significance in keeping your home intact and fre...

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Choosing Solar Roofing

Choosing Solar Roofing

Using renewable energy and reducing our carbon footprint is important for the health of the planet. Graves Brothers Home Improvement is doing our part by offering solar panel roofs to our customers in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. How Does a Solar-Panel Roof Work? A solar panel roo...

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Challenges of a Poorly Insulated Home

Challenges of a Poorly Insulated Home

The challenges of a poorly insulated home can manifest in many different ways. High energy bills, drafty rooms, uneven heating and cooling, and icicles on your roof are just a few. It is important that you know the cause of these issues, and the first step is to meet with a professional. The...

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Do You Need a Home Performance Audit?

Do You Need a Home Performance Audit?

What Is a Home Performance Audit? High energy bills, drafty rooms, dampness, and uneven temperatures are all symptoms of larger issues. Your home works as a system, so putting a band-aid over one thing may not fix the source. A Graves Brothers Home Performance Audit is a review of your home...

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Automatic Backup Generator FAQ

Automatic Backup Generator FAQ

Automatic Backup Generator FAQ In Western New York, our winters can be unpredictable and problematic. Power outages are common --- and when they occur, everyone wishes they had a generator. Graves Bros. Home Improvement has collected our most frequently asked questions to help you decide if...

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6 Signs That You Need New Insulation in Your Home

6 Signs That You Need New Insulation in Your Home

Have you given any thought to your insulation? If your insulation is old or inadequate, you may have felt the effects --- and not known that your insulation was the problem. Graves Bros. Home Improvement has put together a list of signs that you may not realize indicate issues with your insulati...

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Hail Storm Roof Damage

Hail Storm Roof Damage

Hail causes about $1 billion in damage to buildings, cars, houses, and crops in the US every year. You may have noted damage to your car or siding, but have you had your roof checked? How Hail Damages Your Roof Hailstones are formed when raindrops are blown upward into an extremely cold at...

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Is a Solar-Panel Roof Right for My Home?

Is a Solar-Panel Roof Right for My Home?

At Graves Bros. Home Improvement Co., we get lots of questions about solar panels. We thought it would be helpful to collect some of the most frequently asked questions and answer them here for you. Solar-Panel Roofing FAQ 1. How Does a Solar-Panel Roof Work? Solar panels are made up of...

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Where to Draw the Line: Handyman vs. Contractor

Where to Draw the Line: Handyman vs. Contractor

Is there anyone out there who hasn't heard of a handyman or a general contractor? These are pretty well-known professions, especially if you're a homeowner. Do you know which occupation is better for one job as opposed to another, though? There are differences between the two that you...

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Five Cautions Before You Try a DIY Roofing Project

Five Cautions Before You Try a DIY Roofing Project

Do-it-yourself wisdom is abundant in books, online, and on TV, including instructions on how to put on a roof. All of this should prove very helpful -- that is, if you're hoping to be more informed about how to do roofing and what the roofers you hire are doing. If you plan to install the ne...

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Siding for Your WNY Home

Siding for Your WNY Home

Types of Siding to Consider for Your WNY Home When properly cared for, your home siding can last anywhere from twenty to over forty years -- depending on the material, installation quality, wear and tear, and other factors. It's a good thing siding improvements are ongoing, too. There are...

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Post Winter Roofing Checklist

Post Winter Roofing Checklist

Spring just arrived, so we should all be getting ready to inspect our roofs, attic and gutters for missing shingles, wear and tear, cracks, clogs, and mold growth. Winters in Western New York bring below-freezing temperatures, heavy snow, ice, and wind, all of which can lead to major problems...

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Top 5 Benefits of Hiring Local Roofing Contractors

Top 5 Benefits of Hiring Local Roofing Contractors

Finding a contractor to fix or replace your roof can be a daunting task. When it comes to something as costly as a roof replacement, we want to know that we're hiring the best of the best. Hiring a local roofing contractor has unique advantages. Below are 5 benefits to keep in mind when choo...

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Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?

Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?

Every homeowner at some point will experience roof damage. With regular maintenance and taking care of minor problems as they arise, replacing your roof should be scheduled, rather than needed, to solve a major problem. Not all home improvement decisions are cut and dry. It's sometimes ac...

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Prevent Winter Storm Damage

Prevent Winter Storm Damage

Winters in the Northeast can bring sudden, unpredictable weather. Freezing temperatures, blizzards, sleet, and freezing rain all have an impact on your home's exterior and for some, their interior. Whether you are a homeowner, commercial property owner, or property manager, you can take step...

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What to Look For When Shopping For Replacement Windows

What to Look For When Shopping For Replacement Windows

Are you feeling a draft? Do you have fog or condensation between the window panes in your home? Are the frames around your windows rotting? If you answered yes to any of these, it may be time to update your windows. With so many choices out on the market, the decision to purchase replacement...

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6 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

6 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are never fun. Not only will it cost you time and money, but it'll cost you a lot of wasted energy as well. No one wants to go running for a bucket every time it rains or snows. Roof leaks occur on both old and new roofs. In an effort to save you time and energy trying to figur...

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Cheap Replacement Windows Isn’t The Way To Go

Cheap Replacement Windows Isn’t The Way To Go

Purchasing cheap replacement windows isn't always the best option. We've all heard that replacement windows are more efficient than old ones, but will buying cheap replacement windows pay for themselves? One would argue that energy costs will stay the same and to avoid investing in repla...

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Things to Consider When Purchasing Solar Panels For Your Home

Things to Consider When Purchasing Solar Panels For Your Home

If you're looking for a more environmentally friendly way to use energy, you've come to the right place. Solar panels help produce electricity from sunlight, which can then be used in your home. By going solar, you can reduce the demand for fossil fuels, limit greenhouse gas emissions...

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Graves Brothers Home Improvement is ready to take on your residential or commercial project. Contact us in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, or Albany, or our new locations in Tarrytown, Center Valley, or West Hartford, to speak with our helpful team.