What You Should Consider When Choosing a New Roof

Are you in the market for a new roof? Not sure where to start? Consider these tips when choosing a new or replacement roof. What type of roofing material should I choose? Not every roofing material can be used on the roof of your home. More often than not, if you are remodeling, the existing roof and its framing will determine your choice of roofing material. Should you consider other options, you’ll want to consider not only the cost, but the appearance, performance, and if it’s environmentally friendly. Consider the following and then talk with a roofing contractor like Graves Bros. to get an estimate: Asphalt Asphalt is the most commonly used roofing material and it’s inexpensive. It’s made of a fiberglass medium that’s been impregnated with asphalt and then given a surface of sand-like granules. Asphalt has a life expectancy of around 25 years. Wood Wood was used for … Read More

5 Common Signs Your Windows are Leaking

Leaking windows can leak both water and air. Two of the most common reasons why your windows are leaking are due to poor installation or a failed sealed unit. If you think your windows are leaking, never ignore the signs. Ignoring signs will lead to safety issues that not only can put you in a financial bind, but could also cause health problems. If purchasing new windows isn’t in the cards for you at the moment, you could repair your leaking windows, however that won’t fix the issue. Your leaking windows is a problem, but it’s not the problem. Moisture built up on your windows is a symptom to something more significant. The only way to truly fix leaking windows and ensure that the windows won’t fail again is to replace them. Some more common signs that your windows are leaking are: 1. High Energy Bills Ever wonder why your … Read More

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 Debris If 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 … 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. 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 Water Debris 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 … Read More