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If you want to learn more about roofing and exteriors, or you're just looking for some fresh ideas for your property: you've come to the right place. We are passionate about our trade and we want to get you excited about it too! Below, you'll find lots of information and ideas that might just add the perfect touch to your home or business. If you have questions about cement work, gutters, decorative roofing, or anything else you see here: don't hesitate to contact us, we'd love to help you.

Roofing Materials: Slate and Tile

It seems like a lot of the new homes in Utah are being built with composite roofing materials. There are many reasons why builders might select this material as their default for roofing. For one, it’s cost effective. This is because it’s both relatively cheaper than other materials and it is also very easy to install. It is also very easy to work with once it has been installed as well. So, if anyone has to perform maintenance the roof, clean gutters, or do any painting, workers can easily walk across the shingles and reach everywhere they need to go. There are however, many different types of roofing materials besides composites. Many of them are very beautiful, but all of them have different strengths and weaknesses. Keep in mind that just about all roofing materials are going to be more expensive than composites and require much more attention. Slate and tile roofing are examples of two materials that can be the perfect touch on the right home. Both of these materials have very long lifespans. In fact, tile is often expected to outlast the building materials it is set on. Both of these materials are also highly fire resistant. Yet another benefit that both of these materials share is that they are both highly resistant to pests and other biohazards like rot from mold. There are however some drawbacks to using these roofing materials. For one, both materials are quite heavy. Sometimes, they may be too heavy for a particular structure and consequently require expensive modifications for support. Another large drawback to both of these materials is that they...

Rain Gutters

There are a lot of options available when you need to choose the right rain gutters for you home. Different materials can offer different looks, but they also have different strengths and weaknesses. Believe it or not, rain gutters can also help your home be more green. Many of the materials that rain gutters are made from now are recyclable and there are many rainwater collection systems that can be set up to work with your gutters. When choosing rain gutters for your home, the look is important. While we don’t typically look at houses for their beautiful rain gutters, it is really obvious when the gutters don’t match the home. Different building materials mean different restrictions on the styles you choose. Aluminum is the most common gutter material used today. This is primarily because it is highly durable, rust proof, and it is relatively cheap. Vinyl is one material that is cheaper than aluminum, but it is also far less durable. However, if vinyl provides the perfect look for your home and you don’t mind the regular maintenance it demands, then durability might not be an issue for you. More classic looking homes and restoration projects will probably want to opt for the look of copper or half-round rain gutters. As copper patinas, it will blend in perfectly with older classical architecture. However, copper is very expensive and is typically at least three times the price of other materials. Half-round rain gutters may be a more reasonable alternative. They were very common in architecture during the early part of the 1900s and are typically associated with older classical...

Common Home Exterior Issues in the Winter

As winter hits, you might begin to notice certain issues with your home’s exterior. Your roof seems to have sustained damage and there are other problems that need fixed as well. Some of the causes may not be clear, so you might not know what to repair. You don’t want to have to endure these problems the whole winter, so you should know what some of the most common home exterior issues are and how to fix them. Ice Dams This problem is one of the most likely during the winter and potentially the most damaging. Ice dams are formed when melted snow collects along valleys and gutters on your roof and then refreezes. The frozen water creates a dam for water that seeps into your roof, damaging your shingles and flashing and causing leakage inside your home. Periodically clear your roof of snow by shoveling or raking it off to prevent this. This can be a pretty dangerous job, so we recommend calling a professional to help you with it. Clogged Gutters Another major problem that must be addressed during the winter is clogged gutters. Ideally, your gutters should be cleared of all leaves and debris before it snows, but unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. If your gutters are clogged, the snow and melted water will collect in them, potentially causing ice dams and other roof and gutter damage. To prevent this, you’ll want to have your gutters cleaned out. You can do this yourself, but make sure you take the proper safety precautions. Have someone hold the ladder for you, dress warmly, and use lightweight tools. If...

Making Sure Your Roof Is Safe for Santa’s Arrival

“Up on the housetop, reindeer paws. Out jumps good old Santa Claus. Up on the housetop click, click, click. Down through the chimney with good St. Nick.” Though it’s a fun jingle, this classic Christmas song is also a good reminder to make sure your roof is in good shape during the holidays. Winter can be the most damaging time of year for your roof and now is as good a time as any to make sure that your roof can handle the heavy snow and winter weather. If you suspect that your roof may need some maintenance, there are a few things you can check. Look in your attic for signs of leakage. The attic, a common place for roof leaks, is often overlooked, as you don’t go there very often. Grab a flashlight and check the ceiling and walls of your attic for water damage or mold, both signs that your roof is leaking. If your roof is not covered in snow, stand out on your front lawn and look at your roof with binoculars, if you have them. If you see sagging sections, missing shingles, or anything else that looks out of place, your roof probably needs some work done. Get a closer look at your roof for signs of rotting, pools of water or ice, and mold. Any of these things can seriously affect the security of your roof. As you do this, make sure you have someone hold the ladder and take all of the proper safety precautions. If your roof is covered in snow, climb up a secure ladder and take a closer...

Getting Gutters Ready for Winter

It’s time to get your roof in shape for winter and an important part of this process is to get your rain gutters in shape. This will help to prevent leaks in the roof, and keep ice damming from occurring. Ice damming is when water accumulates in blocked rain gutters and freezes. The ice that is formed creates space between the roof and the house, which lets in moisture. This can be very damaging to a structure and can be avoided by keeping gutters in tip-top shape. Getting Gutters Clean Before your gutters can be properly inspected, they have to be thoroughly cleaned. Dirt and debris that wash down from the roof decrease the capacity of the gutters and can cause blockages that will allow water to back up. Fall leaves are a big contributor to gutter problems, so keeping your gutters clean during this season is especially important. Power washing your gutters is a great way to get them clean quickly and to push out any blockages. If you don’t have access to a power washer, run a hose along your gutter, using your hands (wear gloves) to dislodge dirt and debris. Give special attention to the downspouts, since this is a common area for blockages. Checking for Problems Once your gutters are clean, it will be easier to inspect them for problems. Check the attachment points along your home to see if the gutters have come loose, or if they’re pulling away from your home. Check rivets between gutter sections and at the downspout attachment to make sure they’re still intact and tight. Run some water through...

Tips for Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights Like a Pro

Christmas is just around the corner and those who are looking to get the most out of their holiday season may already be considering putting up their Christmas lights. It’s a dangerous job, but you can get it done like a pro by following a few simple tips. Design Planning You could just start stringing up your lights and see how it turns out, but you’ll get better results if you attack this project with a plan in mind. Some design aspects to consider before you climb up on the roof include: Where you will hang the lights from: You will need to employ different securing hardware and methods for shingles, gutters, deck railings, trees, bushes, etc. The number of lights needed: The number of lights you need for your project depends on how much ground you want to cover and how dense you want the lighting to be. A good rule of thumb is to have 100 lights for every 1 ½ feet. Take measurements, and add more if you’re looking for a brighter display. Highlighting a focal point: If you’re looking to illuminate a wreath, Santa display, large pine tree, or any other star attraction as part of your display, you’ll need to plan for extra lighting, varying colors, blinking lights, or other design features for this area. Adding variety: The roof line is a classic spot for hanging Christmas lights, but you may be looking to add a little variety to your display. Consider lining doors and windows, bordering driveways and walkways, surrounding posts, pillars and railings, and atop bushes, hedges, and trees. Hanging Without a...