Buyer’s Guides: 

Roofing Buyer’s Guide: 

How do I know when to replace my roof? 

The short answer is immediately after you notice a sign of damaged shingles. One small leak or one damaged shingle can lead to a huge disaster down the road. Luckily, these issues can be caught if you know what to look for. Here are some signs of a damaged roof. 

Shingle Damage

This is the first and most obvious sign to look for. Usually after around 20-25 years, shingles start to curl, crack, and eventually fall off. This is generally due to sun and wind damage. 

Dark Streaks or Moss

Dark streaks on your roof is most likely algae or moss. This is due to moisture getting under your shingles. Although this may not require a roof replacement, it is something to be aware of. We know that checking on your shingles may be dangerous. That’s why we recommend hiring a contractor that will come check it out for free. 

Water stains inside your house

Check your attic. Attic stains usually occur after heavy rain and it mainly due to a problem with the material between your shingles and the plywood. Another sign of deteriorated shingles is ceiling stains around your house. These leaks end up staining and can even lead to mold in your home. 

What type of roof do I want? 

There are many determining factors when choosing a roof. Budget, durability, and climate just to name a few. While most homeowners choose asphalt shingles, we will give you the comparison to metal so you can make the best choice for your home. 

Asphalt Shingles

Again, this is the most common choice for homeowners. They tend to be less expensive than metal roofing. That being said, they have a shorter lifespan. At Boelter, we offer Owen’s Corning shingles which, we believe, are the best on the market. They have a variety of styles to choose from, a 50 year warranty, and they use Sure-Nail Technology to protect your roof from wind damage. 

Steel Roof

One of the best features of a steel roof is that it’s lightweight. This doesn’t cause as much stress on your home as other types of roofs. Although steel roofs are usually more expensive as a one time cost, they tend to last longer than asphalt shingles, sometimes even 100+ years. 

How do I choose a contractor? 

Do Your Research

This is very important. We recommend doing your due diligence. Ask your neighbors, read online reviews, and contact multiple contractors for estimates. 

Then, make sure the estimates are detailed in the job description. The cheapest option may look appealing at the time, but the quality of the work is what matters most. 

Before you make your final decision on a contractor, make sure they are licensed and insured. 

Windows Buyer’s Guide 

How do I know when I need new windows? 

Rot or decay

Old, wooden windows are far more susceptible to rot and decay. This can lead to leaks and unwanted air coming in from outside. 

Increase in your energy bill

Sometimes window damage is hard to see. This can be a sealing issue that you don’t notice or rot in a spot that you can’t see. This is why taking a look at your recent energy bills is a good idea. If you see weird spikes, there may be leaking air exiting and entering your home. 

What are the benefits of replacing my windows? 

Save money

The first benefit is the most important. It will save you money. Although replacing your windows is an upfront cost, it will lead to saving you money on your energy bills in the long run. 

Peace of mind

Our home is meant to be a place of comfort. Drafty and old windows can lead to unwanted anxiety for you. It’s hard to put a price on peace of mind. 

Increase your home’s value

Replacing your windows not only looks better on the outside, it will also increase your home’s value. 

What type of windows do I choose? 

Lindsay Windows & Doors

At Boelter, we are constantly researching the best suppliers on the market and we believe that is Lindsay Vinyl Windows & Doors. They have many options to choose from, many raving customer reviews, environmentally conscious, and the industry best sealing technology to keep your energy bill low as can be. 

Steel & Fiberglass Entrance Doors

Steel storm doors are always a good call. They last a lifetime and are very energy efficient. The downside is they can be easily damaged. 

This is where fiberglass comes in. This is the new style. Still energy efficient and long lasting, but they do not dent or scratch nearly as easily as the steel doors. 

Siding Buyer’s Guide

How do I know when I need my siding replaced? 

Rot and Cracks

This is definitely the most notable sign. This tends to happen naturally over time. If the rotting and cracks are in just one or two spots, you may not need to totally replace your siding. 

Increased Energy Bills

Sometimes the signs aren’t visible. If you notice drafts coming through your walls or if you notice the increase in energy bills, you may need a siding replacement. 

Moisture and Mold

Not all physical signs can be seen on the exterior of your home. If you notice any water stain or mold on your walls, your siding may be damaged. 

What type of siding is best for me? 

Vinyl Siding

This is the most common form of siding. It is an excellent option for most homeowners. It is low cost and low maintenance compared to other forms. Another plus is the many colors and styles to choose from. 

One downside compared to metal siding is the longevity. Metal siding usually lasts longer and takes less damage. 

Metal Siding

The biggest pro to metal siding is the longevity and low maintenance. This is the longest lasting option on the market and it takes less to take care of than wood siding. 

One aspect that customers look at when deciding what siding they want is the style they are going for. Vinyl and wood is more of an older, more contemporary style. While metal siding tends to have a more modern and minimalistic look. 

The downside to metal siding is the cost of both the shingles and the installation. 

Gutters Buyer’s Guide

Why would I need rain gutters? 

This is one of the best investments you can make on your home because it truly protects it from a variety of things. 

Decay: 

Over time with heavy amounts of rain, some of the material on your home can start to rot and decay. This can lead to a disaster down the road. 

Insects:  

No one likes having bugs around their house, especially mosquitoes. Insects love damp areas and standing water. Without a proper gutter system, your home could be ravaged with bugs. 

Protect against mold: 

Damp and wet environments is where mold thrives. Without a proper gutter system, your home will trap damp spaces and create mold. Mold can be detrimental to your home if it is left untreated.