It May Be Time to Replace Your Home Windows

It May Be Time To Replace Your Home Windows

If you live in the Midwest, you know how brutal the winters can be. Saving money on utilities and keeping your home safe, warm, and comfortable throughout the cold months is a priority for every midwest homeowner. Though many think of roofs, siding, and efficient heating systems as the solution, once you replace your windows it will have a big impact.

The Benefits of High-Quality, Energy-Efficient Windows

How old are your windows? Are they leaking air or moisture? Do you feel drafts in certain rooms or areas of the house? If so, it’s likely that you have inefficient windows. When you switch to high-quality, energy-efficient windows, they will eventually pay for themselves in the form of lower utility costs. Your family will be more comfortable and you won’t have to deal with annoying cold spots. Fiberglass or vinyl-framed windows are also maintenance-free as an added benefit.

These windows are not just beneficial during the cold months. They also seal in cool air during the summer. This results in energy-savings and increased comfort all year long.

Glass Options for Energy-Efficient Windows

There are many different options for glass when it comes to high-quality windows. Low E glass is the safest option for your family. You can also opt for double or triple-pane windows for added layers of insulation. If you choose multi-pane glass, make sure the gaps are filled with an inert gas such as Krypton or Argon as it will form a barrier that heat and cold cannot cross. The frame also makes a difference. Vinyl or fiberglass frames with fusion-welded corners and multi-chambered construction are the best option and insulated frames can be added into a Low E glass package.

How to Know if You Should Replace Windows

Most windows need replacing after 20 years. However, if your windows are leaking air or contributing to higher utility costs and are less than 20 years old, you will still benefit from replacing them. You can also look for signs of degraded windows such as condensation between panes, faded areas on the carpet or upholstery near the windows, and any cracks or broken seals.

If you’re still not sure, get a free inspection by an exterior specialist like those at A&A Roofing & Exteriors to find out if window replacement will save you money.

The Best Time to Replace Windows

The best time to replace inefficient or old windows with newer, energy-efficient windows is right now! The weather is still warm enough that a crew will have no problems making the swap and you won’t have to worry about cold air getting in during the transition.

The typical home loses 30% of its heat through the windows. When you replace inefficient windows with high-quality, high-efficiency options, you can save money while keeping your family comfortable in all seasons. Contact A&A Roofing & Exteriors today for an honest evaluation of your windows.

Preparing Your Midwest Commercial Roof for Winter

Preparing Your Midwest Commercial Roof for Winter

When most people think about winterizing their roofs, they think about their homes and what it will take to keep their family safe and comfortable through the cold months. However, if you own a commercial building, you also need to consider it before the ice and snow hit. Some commercial property owners work with a professional exterior maintenance company that handles everything from fall roof inspections to snow removal and more. While this is the ideal for commercial building owners, some decide for one reason or another that it’s not a good fit. If you don’t have a commercial exterior maintenance company, here is what you need to make sure is done to prepare your building’s roof for winter.

Have a Fall Inspection

You know your roof at home needs a thorough inspection when the seasons change, right? Your commercial roof does as well. Schedule an inspection that can pinpoint issues like clogged drains, weak spots in the roof, or damage that can lead to big problems once the ice and snow hit. This is especially important if your roof is nearing the end of its life. A roof that has been properly winterized is much less likely to leak or have other structural problems during the months of heavy snow and the daily freeze/thaw cycles.

Understand Winter Risks

Your roof can obviously leak or fail during any season. However, the winter months in the Midwest put an especially heavy strain on them. From sleet and ice to high winds and temps that can fluctuate up to 20 or 30 degrees in a single day, Midwest winters are hard on roofs. If you do not detect defects in flashing or sealant, it can lead to separation at the seams, ridges, blisters, splits between the membrane and other issues that can lead to roof failure. When you consider how much valuable equipment you have in your building as well as the cost of repairing or replacing a roof in the dead of winter, you’ll see that an inspection is well worth the money.

Consider Roof Coating Protection

If you have single-ply membranes that are getting old, they can be brittle and prone to leaks. If your roof is getting old or has been patched multiple times, applying a roof coating could help extend its life and get you through the season. Certain types of coating can also be applied to older metal roofs.

Your roof may or may not qualify for coating. You need to talk to a commercial roofing specialist like A&A Roofing & Exteriors to see if it’s right for you. If you do qualify, an expert can remove wet insulation and make repairs before applying a protective coating to provide season-long protection. It’s important to note that coatings should always be applied by a professional roofing contractor. Applying the wrong coating or not doing it correctly can cause a number of problems.

Develop a Snow Plan

We all know that Midwest storms can easily dump three or more feet of snow onto your roof. If you don’t have a snow removal plan, this can lead to roof collapse. While your roof was probably designed to handle additional snow, partially thawed or refrozen snow can result in a load even the strongest roof can’t bear. To prevent roof collapse, property damage and injuries, work with a professional snow removal company who can remove snow from your roof after big storms.

Focus on Prevention

Preparing your commercial building’s roof for winter is all about prevention. When you work with a professional roofing contractor like A&A Roofing & Exteriors, you will know your building will be safe through the winter months. Call us today for a free inspection.

A&A Exteriors Changes Name to A&A Roofing & Exteriors

A&A Exteriors, which serves the residential and commercial communities in Omaha as well as throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota, is excited to announce they have changed their name to A&A Roofing & Exteriors to more accurately reflect the wide range of services they offer. A leader in the Midwest, A&A provides roofing, siding, windows, and maintenance contracts to homeowners and commercial property owners and always focuses on putting the customer first. With 150 years of combined experience, A&A prides itself on partnering only with the most reputable vendors and hiring those who embrace their values of reliability, honesty, and integrity.

A GAF Factory-Certified Roofing Contractor, A&A is committed to the highest standards in all of their services. They offer free inspections and advice on whether exteriors can be repaired or should be replaced and their highly experienced technicians walk their customers through every step of the process. If your home or commercial building has experienced damage from a recent storm or is in need of a new roof, windows, or doors, you can trust A&A to provide an honest assessment of your needs.

For more information, visit their newly designed website at aaext.com or call 844-EXT-ROOF.

Caring for and Replacing the Vinyl Siding on Your Home

home with vinyl siding

Do you have vinyl siding on your home? While vinyl siding is an attractive and resilient material, it’s not indestructible. If you don’t care for it properly, it can crack or puncture and even the best siding can’t stand up to some of the Midwest’s strong storms. To keep it in top shape, here are some maintenance tips. We’ll also tell you the best time to replace your siding if that time comes.

Caring for Your Midwest Home’s Vinyl Siding

Performing maintenance on and around your home year-round keeps your siding and other important materials safe and clean. Here is some regular maintenance you should be performing:

Trim shrubbery and trees around your home.

If they grow too closely, they could scratch or otherwise damage the vinyl material.

Do routine manual inspections to check that all vinyl is firmly attached.

If parts of your siding are pulling away from your house, strong winds could pull a section off. If you do have a loose piece of siding, call an exterior professional such as A&A Exteriors to fix it.

Scrub and rinse siding.

To keep your siding clean, scrub it with a stiff bristle brush and soapy water, then rinse with clear water. For hard-to-reach areas, use a long-handled car wash brush. You can do this seasonally or whenever you notice dirty patches.

Don’t like the color of your siding?

You don’t necessarily need to replace it. You can paint vinyl siding with 100% acrylic latex paint. However, once siding is painted, you will need to repaint it periodically just as you would other types of siding.

When to Install or Replace Vinyl Siding

Though vinyl siding can last up to 40 years, it does still need to be replaced after a certain amount of time. If you’re ready to replace your vinyl siding or if you want to replace other types of siding with vinyl, fall is the best time to do so. Here’s why:

Prices tend to be lower in the fall.

Due to most homeowners replacing siding in the spring and summer months, siding contractors tend to be able to give better deals during the fall months. Building supply companies may also put vinyl materials on sale in the fall to make room for next year’s styles. The fall months in the Midwest tend to still be warm enough to have crews outside replacing vinyl siding and many contractors have openings for these types of jobs in the fall.

Heat can affect siding installation.

Because vinyl expands with heat, it could buckle or crack if it’s installed in the summer and nailed too tightly. The material will contract in the colder weather, causing problems that could lead to necessary repairs or replacements. Fall has the ideal weather for vinyl siding installation.

Your home will be winterized.

If your old siding had gaps or cracks, you could have been paying extra on utility bills and it could have compromised your family’s comfort. When you have new siding installed in the fall, your home will be cozy and safe before the first winter storm hits.

If you have vinyl siding on your home, taking care of it will ensure it looks great and remains intact for many years. Time to replace your siding or ready to upgrade? Fall is the perfect time to make the decision. If you’d like to talk to an exterior expert about repairing or replacing vinyl siding, call A&A Roofing & Exteriors. We’d love to help.

Is Your Midwest Roof Ready for Fall and Winter?

Roof ready for fall

Your roof has held up through the stormy spring months and the sweltering summer months. While you can breathe a sigh of relief, don’t rest for long! Another stormy season is right around the corner. Fall and winter both have their dangers when it comes to extreme weather. Though you can’t do anything about upcoming storms, you can make sure your roof is in the best possible condition. Before the leaves begin to fall and the temperature dips, here is what you should keep in mind to have your roof ready for Fall and Winter.

Clean the gutters

Gutters can easily get clogged during any season – especially if you don’t have gutter guards. While cleaning the gutters is a messy job that most homeowners don’t enjoy, it’s a necessary one. If you don’t feel like getting dirty or don’t feel comfortable on a ladder, you should hire a professional to clean your gutters for you. A professional gutter cleaner will make sure your gutters are free from debris and do not have any damage or blockages. This will ensure water is drained away from your home’s roof and foundation and prevent future problems. You may also want to ask your gutter professional about gutter guards to prevent buildup this fall.

Remove branches hanging over the roof

Do you have trees with overhanging branches? Though they may not seem like an issue now, they can quickly cause problems when leaves begin to drop or when a large storm hits. Large branches or entire trees can fall onto your roof, causing major damage. Now is the time to trim those branches back while the weather is still nice and before leaves begin to fall. If you have the right equipment and if the branches can be easily reached, you may be able to do this by yourself. If not, call a professional tree service to help you out.

Remove fallen debris

Even if you don’t have overhanging tree branches, debris can still build up on your roof. Leaves, branches, and other materials can gather in your gutters or on the roof itself, causing clogging issues and possible future damage. If you can easily access your roof, remove visible debris. However, the same holds true here as it does for cleaning gutters. If you don’t feel comfortable on a ladder or don’t want to get messy, you should hire a professional. The removal of debris is important after every major storm, so remember to keep up on this job throughout the colder months.

Make sure the attic is properly insulated

Did your heater have trouble keeping up with the cold last winter? If so, you may not have enough insulation in your attic. Now is a good time to evaluate your insulation and decide if adding mineral wool or spray foam insulation is in order. Adding insulation can cut down on heating costs and keep your family more comfortable this winter and is a smart thing to add to your to-do list.

Check for any damage

Though you may not realize you have damage, your roof may still have been affected by spring or summer storms. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Inspect your roof now and look for missing or damaged shingles, broken gutters, holes, leaks, and other issues. Though you may be able to spot some damage yourself, a professional Midwest exterior company such as A&A Exteriors knows exactly what to do look for. When you get a professional roof inspection, you can repair issues now before they cause major problems. If the exterior company sees damage, they can recommend repairs or, in certain cases, advise you get a new roof before the harsher seasons hit.

When the season changes, it’s important to have your roof ready for Fall and Winter. By making small repairs now, you can ensure your family is safe and comfortable all year long. Need a professional inspection? Call Midwest exterior professionals A&A Roofing & Exteriors today!