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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 Winter2020-02-25T15:42:01+00:00

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.

Reasons to Replace Your Siding in the Winter2020-01-27T16:54:33+00:00

Top 7 Winter Roof Maintenance Tips for Your Iowa Home

Top 7 Winter Roof Maintenance Tips for Your Iowa 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 Iowa Home2019-12-19T21:00:07+00:00

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.

    Don’t Be Fooled by a Bad Roofing Job2019-11-19T21:45:32+00:00

    Does high wind damage my roof?

    Does high wind damage my roof?

    October 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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    A good roof is one that can stand up to any element that Mother Nature throws at it whether it’s blistering sun or freezing temperatures. However, there is another element that not all homeowners consider: strong wind. The winds that blow during storms can cause massive amounts of damage to homes. Homeowners should hire professionals to perform general maintenance on their roofs as well as have a basic understanding of how wind affects their roofing material.

      The first thing that homeowners need to know about roofing and wind speeds is how materials are rated. An example of a company that rates roofing materials based on their ability to withstand wind is Factory Mutual Global. This testing laboratory creates windstorms and tests materials to provide ratings such as I 60 or I 90. Many homeowners falsely believe that the number indicates the speed of wind in miles per hour that a material can handle. However, it actually stands for the amount of wind uplift pressure a piece of material can take before it’s torn off the roof. This number indicates pounds per square foot.

      It’s also helpful for homeowners to have a basic understanding of why roof damage occurs from the wind. Not all wind causes roof damage; it only occurs when the air pressure below the roof becomes greater than the air pressure above it.

      When wind blows over the top of a house, the pressure above the roof decreases. At the same time, the internal air pressure of the roof rises because of air infiltration. A mix of these two simultaneous pressures creates an upward force that can rip shingles off a roof.

      The speed of the wind is only one of the many factors that contribute to wind-related roof damage. For example, the overall height of a home and the surrounding terrain play roles in how the house performs in high winds. The ratings that Factory Mutual Global gives to roofing materials take these factors into account. However, because they cannot adjust their ratings for every different house and terrain, the numbers are based on averages.

      Wind doesn’t normally rip roofing material from the foundation unless the material is already damaged or there is a strong storm. To improve the chances of the material surviving a brutal windstorm, the homeowner should have professionals do basic maintenance twice a year. This gives the roofers a chance to reattach roofing shingles that are working themselves loose because of the natural elements they deal with every day.

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

      Does high wind damage my roof?2019-10-24T21:21:28+00:00

      Do I need to replace my roof if it has moss?

      Do I need to replace my roof if it has moss?

      September 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

      Moss on Roof In Iowa

      The plain and simple answer is yes. Moss can severely damage the structural integrity of any type of roof. Moss is a simple plant that does not produce flowers and grows in blankets in natural environments. You commonly see moss covering trees or in a landscape of a forest canopy, which can be beautiful depending on the circumstances. However, moss growing on your rooftop is not considered lovely and should be deemed as a nemesis to your roof.

        Moss commonly thrives in environments that are damp and shaded. Moss absorbs the moisture from the damp environment and establishes roots on your roof causing the beginning of roof degradation. The roots can lift shingles and constant moisture can lead to bacteria and mold growth. This eventually can lead to holes in your roof and leaks into your home. It is also dangerous to walk on a moss-covered roof because it makes surfaces very slippery when wet. It’s very important to monitor for moss growth and treat as needed. If you live in an area that is frequently damp or in the woods, you should take steps to prevent moss growth on your roof.

        Treat Moss Roof Problems

        • Remove moss with a garden water hose and by hand scraping. Using a pressure washer can cause even more damage to your roof, so unless you’re a skilled professional, stay away from the pressure washer!
        • Bleach moss away. Bleach will kill moss but is extremely corrosive, will damage vegetation and discolor your roof. If you choose to use bleach, make sure you wear proper protective gear, i.e. mask and goggles, and dilute it. You may need to hand scrape the moss off.
        • Moss control powder. This is one of the best ways to remove moss from roofs. Made from zinc sulfate, these powders do not damage the structures of roof, but can potentially harm wildlife and vegetation. Use caution if living near a habitat that contains aquatic wildlife. Many roofing companies offer this option as a treatment for moss covered roofs.

        Prevent Moss

        • Trim tree branches from the roof area to prevent further moss growth.
        • Keep your roof free of debris from leaves and sticks
        • Keep your gutters free of leaves
        • Zinc Strips. This is one of the safest methods to prevent future growth of moss. Nail zinc strips along the ridge caps along the peak of the roof. When it rains, zinc is released onto the roof and powerfully inhibits moss growth. Zinc strips usually last for 1 year and work best if started in a moss-free environment.

        Remember that moss growing on your roof can cause damage down the road and is best treated in the early Stages. It’s much easier to remove new moss growth, than moss that has grown for 10 years.

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

        Do I need to replace my roof if it has moss?2019-09-23T20:55:44+00:00

        When To Replace Roofing: Top Warning Signs You Need A New Roof

        When To Replace Roofing: Top Warning Signs You Need A New Roof

        August 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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        Along with food on the table and the shirt on your back, having a roof over your head is one of the essential necessities of life. Just as what food you put into your body affects your health, so too does the condition of your roof affect the quality of your life. How do you know when to replace roofing, so that you, your family, and your belongings are protected? Read on to learn the signs that your home needs a roof repair or replacement.

          Shingles Are Missing

          Step back from your house and look at the roof. Are there shingles missing? If so, you need to contact roofing professionals ASAP. While you may not need an immediate roof replacement, any gaps in the shingles point to potential damage from rain. Additionally, once shingles start to come loose, it makes it that much easier for the wind to get underneath nearby shingles and pry them from the roof as well. Get into the habit of checking for missing shingles regularly. That way, you can take care of this issue before it can develop into a serious problem.

          Shingles Are Damaged

          What kind of shape are your shingles in? Inspect them for pitting, curling, cracks, and chips. If you have asphalt shingles, you may see “bald spots,” where granules have come loose. The number of damaged shingles can help you know when to replace roofing. If over a third of them seem to be in rough shape, it’s time to act.

          There Is Water Damage in the Attic

          Even if you don’t see damaged or missing shingles, it’s still a good idea to check out the roof from the inside. Head up to your attic or crawl space and look for signs of moisture. These include mold, mildew, and water marks. Moisture can take a serious toll on your home’s structure, so it’s not something to be taken lightly.

          It’s Been a While

          What is the average lifespan of a roof? It depends on the roofing material, of course. Asphalt shingle roofs last for about 20 years, while fiber cement shingles should be replaced every 25 years. The next longest-lasting roof type is wood shake shingles, with a lifespan of about 30 years. A roof made from slate, copper, or tiles will keep you covered for a good five decades. That longevity is something to consider when choosing material for a roof replacement, as well.

          Your Energy Bills Are Increasing

          Lastly, review your energy bills from the past year or so. If the amount due has been steadily creeping up, with no other explanation, it could mean that cool air is leaking from the home via a damaged roof. You will want to double-check that your doors and windows are energy efficient as well. If they are tight as a drum, then you may need to batten down the hatch’s overhead.

          A Few Final Thoughts on When to Replace Roofing

          No matter what material you choose, a new roof is going to take a bite out of your budget. But it can save you money in the long run, help protect your home’s value, and add ROI when it comes time to sell.

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

          When To Replace Roofing: Top Warning Signs You Need A New Roof2019-09-23T20:47:58+00:00

          Is Your Air Conditioner Running Too Much?

          Is Your Air Conditioner Running Too Much?

          July 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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          Consider Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows to help reduce your energy costs! More and more, homeowners are seeking out energy-saving building materials for their renovations and new homes, products that not only secure and improve structures but also provide long-term cost-cutting on energy bills while promoting environmental and economic sustainability in the greater community.

            Among the array of possible upgrades, “cool metal roofing” easily answers this consumer demand offering a solid, attractive roofing solution available in multiple colors, textures, and profiles, for steep-slope and low-slope applications, that can  save your household up to 40% of its annual energy costs, depending on your geographical region.

            The Benefits of Energy Efficient Metal Roofing:

            As reported by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installation of reflective metal roofing can save your home up to 40% in summer cooling energy costs while highly emissive metal roofs can reduce urban air temperatures by as much as 12 ° F. Combined, these benefits mean less money out of your wallet, less dependence on energy resources and less general air pollution in your neighborhood and across the nation.

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            The secret to metal roofing’s energy savings is in its variety of finishes. As shown above, the basic, unpainted metal roof will reflect much of the solar radiation usually absorbed in your attic and home by an asphalt roof. But, for homes in warmer climates, pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems not only reflect solar energy but also cool your home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed.  Where annual cooling loads dominate, a highly reflective and highly emissive painted or granular-coated metal roof is optimal for reducing energy consumption and can actually re-emit up to 90% of absorbed solar radiation.

            Conclusion

            It may seem like there is a lot to think about when it comes to replacing your roof, but it will be worth it in the long run. Schedule a consultation just like you would any other important maintenance task (like changing the oil in your car). It will end up saving you time and money in the future.

            Contact Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows today for a free inspection of your roof or give us a call at 515-981-3838

            Is Your Air Conditioner Running Too Much?2019-09-23T20:48:27+00:00

            When is The Best Time of Year to Replace Windows?

            When is The Best Time of Year to Replace Windows?

            July 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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            A window replacement isn’t a massive home improvement job, but it does require planning and preparation. One necessary step is choosing when you want to do your window replacement, specifically what season.

              Step One: Consultation

              The first step before picking a time of year for your replacement window installation is choosing a contractor and having an in-home consultation. We will look at your home and your windows to have a better idea of how long the project will take so you can plan accordingly.

              Which Season is Best?

              There are pros and cons to doing a window replacement in any season, and the necessary steps and process for the installation vary in warm versus hot temperatures. Installations can really happen year-round, weather permitting, so often it is a question of preference.

              -Spring or Summer: Replacing your windows in spring or a mild summer has several benefits. First, if you’re replacing lots of windows at once, warm weather will help keep your home at a nice temperature during the work. Take care, though, because if the weather gets too hot, all the excess heat might make your home uncomfortable. Second, most people have easier schedules in the summer as kids are out of school and businesses to allow for more vacation time. This might make it easier to plan around.

              -Winter or Fall: While at first glance installing windows in the colder months might seem like a bad idea, there are some advantages. While having your home open to the cold air isn’t ideal, you can easily isolate the drafts by shutting doors or putting up curtains. Again, there is also the risk of snowstorms, severe cold or other bad weather delaying the project, but that’s also a risk during the spring and summer too.

              It’s Up to You

              So, what time of the year is the best to replace windows? It’s up to you! It mostly depends on preference. Do you prefer extra heat or extra cold in your home during the installation? Is scheduling or saving money more important?

              With the right planning, window replacements can be done any time of the year, so ultimately the decision is all about what’s most convenient for you.

              Conclusion

              It may seem like there is a lot to think about when it comes to replacing windows, but it will be worth it in the long run.
              Schedule a window replacement consultation just like you would any other important maintenance task (like changing the oil in your car). It will end up saving you time and money in the future.

              Contact Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows today for a free inspection of your windows or give us a call at 515-981-3838.

              When is The Best Time of Year to Replace Windows?2019-07-10T20:42:52+00:00

              How Often Should You Have Your Roof Inspected?

              How Often Should You Have Your Roof Inspected?

              June 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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              You may not pay much attention to it, but the roof of your home is what protects you from the elements. If you want to make sure that your roof stays in good shape and remains leak free, then regular inspections need to be performed.

              But how often are roof inspections needed?

                The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends checking your roof at least twice of year—fall and spring when the weather tends to be milder—to help spot any problems.

                Not only does mild weather help make inspecting the roof easier, it also allows you to make sure that the roof will be prepared for the upcoming changes in temperature and potential seasonal weather hazards.

                It’s also a good idea to inspect your roof after major weather events that involve high winds or hail. Even new roofs should be inspected after this type of situation because bad weather has the ability to damage or ruin a roof no matter what it’s age.

                Although it isn’t always easy to complete this inspection as often as recommended, doing so will help prevent minor roof damage from leading to serious problems that can cause leaks and damage to the interior of the building.

                Preventing minor problems from turning into major ones will also save you money in the future.

                Should you hire someone to inspect your roof or should you do it yourself? There are advantages to each type of inspection, but it is important to remember that many roofing product replacement warranties will be voided or not honored if your roof hasn’t been inspected by a professional. Insurance companies tend to insist on professional roof inspections as well.

                If you don’t like heights or aren’t capable of climbing a ladder, call us to do the inspection for you. Take a look at our roof inspection checklist.

                Here is what we look for as we inspect your roof:

                • Broken or missing shingles
                • Cracked or curling caulk or sealant
                • Patches of moss and lichen
                •  Worn, peeling or cracked plastic rubber boots around pipes or other roof projections
                • Cracked or rusted spots on metal flashings (Flashings are metal roof pieces around dormers, chimneys, and vent pipes.)
                • Damaged or missing chimney cap
                • Shingles that are blistering, cracking or buckling
                • Loose, cracked or rusted gutters
                • Crumbling or missing chimney mortar
                • Tree branches or other large debris

                If you have asphalt shingles—the most common roofing shingles in Central Iowa—we make sure to also check your gutters for granules. These granules are what covers the surface of asphalt shingles and helps shield them from ultraviolet rays from the sun.

                While some granule loss in normal over the life of your roof, a lot of granules can be a sign on shingle damage.

                Conclusion

                It may seem like there is a lot to think about when it comes to inspecting your roof, but it will be worth it in the long run.
                Schedule a roof inspection just like you would any other important maintenance task (like changing the oil in your car). It will end up saving you time and money in the future.

                Contact Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows today for a free inspection of your roof or give us a call at 515-981-3838.

                How Often Should You Have Your Roof Inspected?2019-09-23T20:49:03+00:00