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Metal Roofing Saves Maintenance Money

Metal Roofing Benefits

While metal roofing is a costlier alternative to asphalt shingles, their benefits have a huge payoff down the road. Quickly becoming one of the hottest roof materials, metal roofs look sharp and they’re smart if you want to save money in the long run on home-maintenance. Check out the following ways metal roofs are worth their weight.

Lifespan

Metal roofing is made to last with a lifespan that far exceeds asphalt shingles. While a new shingled roof has an average lifespan of up to 30 years depending on the shingle product, a metal roof typically lasts up to 70. It’s a lifetime investment for many homeowners and usually avoids the need for roof replacement later.

Durability

Whether it’s heavy winds or hail, metal roofs take a beating and can withstand winds of 140 mph. If you live in a coastal community where hurricanes are one of your roof’s biggest threats, a metal roof can save you money on roof repairs after the storm. Even better, a metal roof won’t crack or corrode.

Energy Efficient

If your energy bills are through the roof you might want to consider what lies on top. Metal roofs are highly energy-efficient. Because they naturally reflect solar-radiant heat, you’ll see a welcome decrease in your energy bill once you replace your existing roof with a metal one.

While nothing lasts forever, a metal roof is a safe bet for long-term value. Not only do metal roofs have energy-savings and durability perks, they’re attractive and timeless. Who doesn’t love the sound of rain pouring down on one?

Do you want to learn more about how a metal roofing is a wise consideration if you’re in the process of home remodeling? Contact Heritage Construction today and book a free consultation. 

 

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How to Hang Christmas Lights Like a Professional

Hang Christmas Lights with Ease

It’s that time of year when many of homeowners will be out in the yard and along the rooftop hanging Christmas lights that twinkle with the cheer of the holidays. Hanging lights is no small task and it can be quite dangerous if you’re not careful. This guide provides basic instructions for hanging lights on surfaces, how to measure the amount you’ll need, and the best types for the display you want to create.

Study the Surfaces

Where you hang your Christmas lights should be related to where the closest supply of electricity is. You’ll likely use an indoor outlet and have to run any cords through a cracked window. Once determined you can measure how many feet of cord you’ll need to reach the beginning of your light display.

You can hang outdoor holiday lights on the roof, shingles, and gutters but you’ll need to affix them with the right clips for their surface. By planning the initial setup of your holiday light display you’ll save time and frustration and have all the tools needed to do the job like a professional.

Measure

Grab a tape measure and start at the base of your home and go along any corners. Any other areas such as door frames and windows should also need to be measured if you plan on lighting those up as well.

Wattage Calculations

You don’t want to blow a fuse so make sure you calculate the correct wattage of electricity so that your lights remain safely lit without overloading your circuits.

Keep in mind:

  • Most households circuits are 15 or 20 amps
  • Do not exceed 80% of max capacity
  • 15 amps support 1800 watts
  • 20 amps support 2400 watts

Best Lights for Your Display

Depending on the style you want to create there are many options for Christmas lights. Many homeowners opt for cascading icicle lights along the rooftop because they twinkle and waterfall down and create a beautiful festive display. Traditional bulbs in white or colored lights can be used to light up the roof, tree branches, and along windows and doorframes.

While you can mix and match blue, multi-colored or white lights, most people tend to stick with one theme whether celebrating and decorating for Christmas or Hanukkah. In addition to strand lights, you can always find lighted lawn ornaments, hanging stars, and even snowmen and angels that will make your home glow with spirit. Purchase all of your light strands and displays first so you can move on to purchasing the proper hanging hardware.

Picking the Clips

Check the light bulb socket size and also where you’re hanging the lights to purchase the right light clips. The best choice is all-in-one clips because you can use a variety of bulb sizes. Some people start clipping at the ground and carefully climb up a ladder with one light strand at a time. Be careful not to let dangling lights knock up against ladders or walls or you could damage the strand or break the bulbs.

Store Your Lights Properly After Use

Is there anything worse than a tangled ball of twinkle lights? Make sure you pack up your seasonal lights with care to avoid a mess next year. A cardboard paper towel tube works perfectly to store lights in the meantime. Simply wrap them up around the tube and package them carefully for next use.

Hanging Christmas lights like a professional isn’t a dreaded task. Follow these basic steps and get into the spirit of lighting up your home this season. Don’t forget to call Heritage for a free roof inspection first and you’ll ensure your roof and home are safely decked for the holidays.

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5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Roofing Company Before Hiring Them

A roof is a major home improvement that adds value and curb appeal to your home. When you’re considering which roofing company to hire,  keep the following in mind.

Things to Ask Potential Roofing Companies

Will my new roof include a warranty?

Heritage Construction guarantees the workmanship of our roofs for life. In addition to a roofer’s warranty, roof material manufacturers usually offer a warranty that lasts 25 years. Find out what will be covered and by who to ensure your investment is protected.

Who will show up to do the work?

Somebody will be in charge of your roofing project from the beginning to the end. This person will become your main contact and it’s who you’ll address any concerns with. Gather this information and keep it handy whenever you have concerns about the timeframe or project details.

What happens to my old roof?

Once your old roof comes off it has to go somewhere. Your roofing company will likely charge a removal fee but this isn’t always stipulated in the estimate, which means you could get left with a surprising add-on expense later. Make sure your estimate includes these details and all of which they encompass.

What about my plants?

Landscaping, plants, trees, and flowers are all subject to damage during the roofing process. With nails and shingles and tools spread about, you’ll want to find out how your vegetation will be protected prior to hiring a roofing company. Whether it’s covering the area or moving what you can to a new location, a reputable and professional roofing company won’t leave your branches in shambles.

When will it all be over?

Understandably, you want your home back to normal as soon as possible. You’ll find the busiest roofing companies have several roof projects taking place at the same time.  Although you may be racing the clock to get your roof repaired, don’t ever sacrifice quality. When a roofer is busy that’s a reassuring sign they’re reputable and do quality work.

Can I see references from your past projects?

Testimonies and ratings speak for themselves. Find out the quality of a roofer’s installation by being diligent in researching company feedback. If your roofer dodges the question and has nobody to provide kudos about their work, it might be time to meet with another company.

Our Proof is Our Roofs

Heritage Construction takes pride in providing exceptional service and crafting beautiful roofing systems. Contact us today if you have any questions about the process of working with a roofing company. Avoid a questionable roof contractor and reach out to the pros today.