Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am. Have your most pressing home improvement quandaries addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226. Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 5.1.21.
A warning sign that the contractor you’re dealing with is a storm chaser, is if they show up at your doorstep insisting you need a new roof. These companies often utilize shady sales tactics and high-pressure methods to get you to agree to work with them. After storm damage occurs, it’s wise to get estimates from multiple contractors rather than agreeing to work this the first one that shows up at your door without being called.
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When interviewing contractors for your roofing project, be sure to ask them which shingles they recommend and why. It’s a good sign if they are recommending shingles with a class 4 rating. These types of shingles are impact-resistant and are custom-manufactured to withstand high wind and hail damage. GAF manufactures many shingles in this product class including Glenwood®, ArmorShield II, and Grand Sequoia. The shingles are manufactured with StainGuard® Protection, which discourages the growth of blue-green algae on the roof.
Deck Installation Warnings for First Timers
One of the most challenging aspects of DIY deck replacement is often the construction of the stairs. Many times, weekend warriors fail to correctly install the risers, or the deck is improperly attached to the home. These situations create safety hazards. It cannot be stressed enough that first-time deck builders should not construct the stairs without the assistance and supervision of an experienced craftsman. The stringers are the framing of the staircase that looks like jagged teeth. Without the correct math, the width and height can be wrong. In addition, the landing also needs careful consideration.