1. Drain the water of exterior faucets by turning off the faucets and disconnecting hoses. You want to do this because remaining water in the pipes can freeze and potentially burst the pipes as the water turns to ice and expands.
2. Clean up your gutters because if they are full, water can back up against the house and damage roofing and siding.
3. Make sure your gutters are dumping the water away from your foundation. You can do this by adding 3 to 4 feet of downspout.
4. Caulk around windows and doors if there is a bigger gap between the windows and siding than the width of a nickle.
5. Look at your roof for any damaged, loose, or missing shingles that may leak during the winter's storms or from melting snow.
6. Take steps to prevent ice dams. Ice dams melt, water can back up and flow into your house and cause damage. A home improvement contractor can identify and fix the problems.
7. Another little trick you can do is hit the reverse switch on your ceiling fans. This will create an updraft and push down the heated air from the ceiling.
8. Lastly get an inspector to come out for a small price and inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure that the system is in good repair. While they are out they will also measure the carbon-monoxide leakage.
These are just a few things that will help your home stay in good repair throughout the winter months.
Big changes in your heating and cooling costs
take note of your heating and cooling costs each month. Huge changes in bills (without you changing your heating and cooling habbits) can be a big indicator that your home's exterior is lacking
Frequent Paint Needed
your home should retain paint for at least 8 years. If you need to repaint your home within 6 years by it showing cracking or chipped paint, its time for new material
Storm damage can easily do damage to your vinyl siding. while one or two boards may not be a reason for panic, large areas that showcase loose or cracked materials are signs that your home needs to have its siding replaced
Bubbles that have formed on the boards of your home's exterior may be an indicator that trapped water exists inside the frame of your house.
Warped or Rotten Boards
A visual inspection can help detect signs of damage. If the boards show any signs of softness, you'll know that its time for new siding.
Proof Of Establishment
Why It’s Important: Make sure they have been operating under the same name for a minimum of 5 years. Many contractors open and close their doors multiple times to avoid past customer complaints. (Naturally, some businesses will be legitimately new—if so, get a 10 year work history of the owner and ASK questions!)
or injuries yourself. Many contractors are not financially stable…and don’t carry proper insurance coverage to protect you against losses. Additionally, contractors who fail to provide workers compensation benefits risk severe governmental penalties and potentially company-ending lawsuits should an employee become injured. Integrity Home Pros carries $1,000,000 of general liability coverage and here’s the certificate to prove it! Do NOT deal with a contractor without sizable coverage, or you will foot the bill for the mistake
Why It’s Important: Washington State law*, you could be liable for the unpaid workers’ compensation (industrial insurance) premiums of any business you hire or contract with.
perform accordingly. Without this agreement, you may have no recourse. Integrity Home Pros is a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ rating at the time of this printing.
Why It’s Important: All reputable contractors carry pre-printed lists of references... that includes customers from 1 to 5 years ago, as well as customers from the previous six months. This list should contain at least 100 references.
Accolades and Awards
Why It’s Important: If a contractor has been in business for any length of time—and doing a good job—they will most likely have been written about in a magazine or newspaper, received an award of some kind, or received special recognition from an association or trade organization. Any company that can’t produce at least SOME of these kinds of accolades might not be worthy of accolades!
Why It’s Important: Integrity Home Pros is proud to offer both the manufacturer’s written product warranties, but also a matching limited warranty on work performed for as long as you own your home. At the end of your project, our Customer Service Manager tailors a personal warranty kit to match the specifications of your project.
Why It’s Important: A contractor who serves his customers well should be proud to present pictures of the work they’ve done. Ask to see a sample of jobs they’ve done—for inspiration for your own project and to gauge the quality of the work they’ve done in the past. If no photos can be produced, that should be a major warning sign.
1. Utility Bills
Poorly sealed windows can drive up your utility bills. Utility bills become less expensive with new good quality windows because they better insulated and cause you to use less gas to heat your home or use less electricity to operate your air conditioner.
2. Mold & Rot
Leaking windows allow water to come into the home, even behind the walls, excessive condensation could lead to wood rot or mold growth
Many older windows are made with hazardous materials. They may even contain lead paint, dangerous for children and adults alike.
Rebates from utility companies are given for new, energy efficient windows. You can contact your local power company to obtain details. There incentives could possibly save you hundreds per year.
5. Outside Noise
New windows cut down outside noise. They are made with a multi-chambered frame which helps to keep outdoor noise from entering your house.
A Classic Metal Roofing System is a Green Roof - it is made from 95% recycled aluminum and its long life expectancy guarantees sustainability. Add in energy efficiency and the ability to be installed over most existing roofs (avoiding landfill disposal of old materials) and you have what is likely the most environmentally-friendly roof available to homeowners! In comparison, temporary roofing materials use up precious natural resources and pollute the earth by sitting in landfills. With temporary roofing products, your roof starts to deteriorate the moment it is installed.
According to the asphalt roofing industry, the average lifespan of traditional shingles is 12-17 years! Heavily pro-rated or limited warranties on these products bring little or no value to property owners. Wood shingles after much needed attention to care have a life expectancy of 15 – 25 years. Classic Metal Roofing Systems carry meaningful long-term warranties on both the base metal and their high-quality coatings.
A Classic Metal Roof is an investment in your home which provides an immediate and ongoing increase in home value. While it has a higher upfront cost, homeowners who plan to remain in their home through at least one more re-roofing cycle (usually 12 - 17 years), will see a significant financial benefit from a Classic roof that will not have to be replaced during that time or even long after. A Classic Metal Roof will also save you money on ever-increasing home energy bills as well as costly and messy re-roofing with temporary roofing products. We offer 3 great styles of Classic Metal Roofing.
Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles have by far been the most popular roofing material over the last fifty years. They provide a nice look for most homes and, up until the last twenty years, could be expected to last 18-20 years. As oil prices began to get more and more expensive, some composition companies began to skimp on the amount of petroleum used in their shingles and homeowners immediately saw a decrease in the product's performance, however. Today composition shingles are often lasting only 8-15 years.
Seeing this trend, Classic (the manufacturer of Oxford Shingle) set out to engineer an aluminum panel that emulated the look of composition shingles while providing the proven benefits of metal roofing. Oxford Shingle is the perfect solution for someone who wishes to maintain the traditional look of their home while investing in the last roof they'll ever need. The clean simple lines blend with any home and are accepted into any neighborhood. Many homeowners associations and architectural review boards have seen products like Oxford Shingle as being the key to allowing their residents to enjoy the many benefits of metal roofing.
Oxford Shingle is a Lifetime Roofing System
Classic Metal Roofing Systems knows that you have worked hard for what you have. You're rightfully proud of the home you have provided for you and your family. Every day they strive to manufacture products worthy of your home-products unmatched in quality, benefits, and beauty, and Oxford Shingle is no exception. Oxford Shingle is a lifetime roofing system of the highest quality and design. The revolutionary paint system is a guaranteed to resist fading and chalking, and the four-way interlocking panels will withstand hurricane strength winds and hail. Aluminum's high emissivity and our highly reflective coatings, Oxford Shingle can save you up to 25% on your energy bills for the rest of your life-hard earned money that can be much better spent.
Every roof manufactured from Classic Metal Roofing Systems is engineered to the highest standards of quality and performance and they are committed to conducting business to the highest standards of values and excellence.
Whether the setting is historic, contemporary, or ancient. Mediterranean, Tropic, Desert, or even Savannah, Tile roofs provide distinction to highlight buildings and provide memorable charm. GrandTile provides this look along with the proven and popular benefits of metal roofing.
GrandTile is Energy Efficient
GrandTiles's industry-leading PVDF coating technology includes reflective pigments for energy efficiency. Our propretary hI-R coating reflects radiant heat, keeping buildings naturally cooler. Homeowners report energy savings up to 20% and more, thanks to reduced air conditioning loads. GrandeTile's unique design also includes an integral air gap as a thermal break, further helping to prevent warm weather heat transfer into your home and attic.
The Grandeur of Tile.... without the weight
Tile roofing can weigh as much as 2000 pounds per 100 square feet. Even "low weight" tiles far exceed 500 pounds. Fiberglass shingles weigh from 274-450 pounds. This weight places strain on your home and poses significant cave-in threat in the event of an interior fire, GrandTile Weighs less than 75 pounds per square!
Integrity Home Pros knows that today's homeowners want to make their home reflect their person sense of style. They are also thinking about the long-term for their homes, looking for building materials that will last, add value, and save energy that is why we highly recommend Classic Metal Roofing Systems GrandTile.
Charisma For Your Home
Hand-split wood shakes have been used to roof American homes for centuries, and they are still widely chosen for their character, charm, and beauty. They have always presented undeniable drawbacks as a roofing solution, however. Especially if their beauty is to be maintained, wood shakes require ongoing maintenance of cleaning and chemical treatments. And, all the while, they still pose a serious fire risk to your home. A wind-blown ember, whether from a chimney or wildfire, can easily ignite a wood shake roof.
In the early 1970’s, Alcoa Building Products set out to engineer a product that combined the allure of traditional shakes with the unlimited benefits of metal. Classic Metal Roofing Systems acquired the resulting product line from Alcoa in 1996 and now, for almost forty years, Country Manor Shake has provided an ideal roofing solution for thousands of homeowners across the globe. This unique product allows homeowners to achieve the look of authentic hand-split shakes while at the same time investing in a lifetime roofing solution.