Spring Cleaning Roof Checklist

Many of us don’t think twice about cleaning or even checking our roofs every season, unless, that is, we notice a leak. Winter is finally over and whether or not you had your roof thoroughly inspected, it’s time to do so now. Below are 7 things you should do to your roof when the warm weather arrives. 1. Clear Off All Roof DebrisIf your roof has a lot of debris on it, chances are, you have mold and mildew growing. If this is the case, it will damage your roof, and if you let it go, you may need to replace your roof. There are two easy ways to get rid of roof debris. One is to rake the debris off by hand and the other is to use a leaf blower. If this is something you cannot do safely, it is always best to hire a professional, like Graves … Read More

Roof Inspections and Maintenance

Many homeowners believe that once a roof has been installed, no further action is required. They believe the warranty will provide a solution for performance problems, when in actuality, warranties specify that the owner is obligated to maintain the roof properly. With Winter already here, you should have had your roof thoroughly inspected. As the temperature drops, roofing risks increase and if you neglect to inspect your roof, heavy snow and ice buildup, can cause significant roof damage. Below are preventive measures and tips to maintain your roof. Drain Blockage and Ponding WaterDebris is one of the leading causes of roof damage and leaks. Debris such as fallen leaves and branches can create real problems, as mentioned in the “4 Of The Best Gutter Cleaning Solutions” blog post. Debris can clog scuppers, downspouts, and roof drains, leaving ponding or stagnant water idle. When the freezing temperatures come around, the debris … Read More

Replacement Windows Q & A’s

It’s important to learn more about replacement windows prior to investing in them. Below are 8 questions and answers you should know before making an investment in replacement windows. 1. How do you know when your windows need to be updated?Take a look at each window in your home. If air is leaking in, if you have difficulty operating them or if condensation is between glass panes, it may be time for an upgrade. 2. How much will it cost to replace my windows?The best way to determine the cost is to contract a professional and receive an in-home estimate. At Graves Bros, our estimates are FREE to you. 3. When should I replace my windows?Spring and Fall are popular seasons for replacing windows, however professionals can perform an install anytime of the year. 4. What style of vinyl window should I purchase?Choosing a style of window is ultimately up … Read More

Winter Home Improvement Projects To Consider

Winter hasn’t quite started yet, but the snow is falling and the temperatures are dropping. As a home owner, you may not think it’s a good time to tackle home improvement projects, but believe it or not, they don’t have to wait until the warmer weather arrives. Graves Bros. is well known for their roofing services, but we are also experts at siding, windows, doors, insulation, and kitchen and bathroom remodeling. We thought we’d sharing 7 home improvement projects that can be completed in the Winter. 1. Window Replacement Energy efficient windows are an important consideration for both new and existing homes. The Spring and Summer aren’t the only time of year you can replace your windows. If you decide to replace your windows, you’ll have to make several decisions about the type of windows you purchase. Learn More Here 2. Replace or Refurbish Exterior Doors Your windows aren’t the … Read More

Bathroom – What Does Yours Say?

Has your bathroom been updated lately? Your bathroom is one of the easiest places for creating style and functionality in your home. Generally, the average bathroom is basic and simple, white and boring, with no obvious personality. Today, that’s no longer the case. With many material and fixture choices it is easy to turn a plane bathroom into a space that evokes style and comfort. Blogs and Pinterest are a couple of resources people go to for bathroom remodeling ideas. If you have an idea of what you would like your bathroom to look like, but are on a limited budget, below are some tips to lower the price tag. 1. Limit the use of tile. Tile can be very expensive and the cost of labor is even more pricey. 2. Research showrooms, fabricators and closeouts at stores. Purchase remnants of materials like granite or title, in lieu of slabs. … Read More