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Hedrick Construction Blog

How Much a New Roof Can Boost Your Home's Value

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Apr 7, 2017 10:11:00 AM

When it comes to making improvements to your Des Moines, Iowa, home, replacing the roof probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, adding a new roof has many advantages, cost savings, and benefits that can all contribute to improving the overall value of your home. Replacing your roof can boost the value of your home in multiple ways.


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Topics: roofing, energy efficient, energy efficiency, steel roofing, shingles

5 Reasons to Consider a Metal Roof for Your Des Moines Home

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Feb 14, 2017 10:21:00 AM



If it’s time to replace your roof, you have more options than ever before. You may never have considered a metal roof for your home, but they are increasingly trendy among both new construction homes and roof replacement projects. Steel has many advantages over asphalt shingles, slate, or other roofing materials. Here are five reasons to consider stone-coated steel for your Des Moines-area roof replacement.


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Topics: roofing, steel roofing, energy efficient, energy efficiency, shingles

Spring Is Coming: Why You Should Schedule a Spring Roof Replacement

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Feb 7, 2017 10:17:00 AM


As winter comes to an end and spring draws nearer, it’s a good time to start thinking about what home improvement projects will be a priority for your family in the months to come. Replacing your roof with high quality architectural shingles, durable stone-coated steel roofing material, or other modern roofing materials can improve your home’s appearance, efficiency, and resale value. Here are five great reasons to replace your roof this spring.



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Topics: roofing, energy efficient, steel roofing, energy efficiency

Is Your Humidifier Hurting Your Home?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jan 27, 2017 10:07:00 AM


At least a few times each winter, temperatures rise for a few days after a deep freeze. When this happens, a lot of homeowners notice what looks like water infiltration on their ceilings and walls. Although this evidence may be a sign that your roof is leaking, when the temperatures rise suddenly, the culprit is more often condensation in the attic than a leaky roof. And one of the most likely causes of attic condensation can be your home’s humidifier.


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Topics: roofing, insulation, ventilation, energy efficient, home maintenance, ice dam prevention, blown in insulation, energy efficiency

Can You Replace Your Roof During the Winter in Iowa?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jan 21, 2017 10:30:00 AM


Has your roof been besieged by the harsh winter weather? If your roof has suffered hail damage, lost shingles, or been struck by lightning, it may be in critical condition. If your home has ice dams—buildups of ice along the eaves of your roof and gutters—you may experience roof leaks and resulting damage (including the possible formation of dangerous mold). You may not be able to wait until the spring to replace your roof, but how do you do that work in Iowa in the winter? Is it even possible?


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Topics: roofing, steel roofing, energy efficient, ice dam prevention, energy efficiency

How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jan 13, 2017 9:24:31 AM


During the winter, when the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, many homeowners worry about their pipes freezing. You may have heard advice about how to prevent your pipes from freezing like letting your faucet drip but still be confused as to how (and when) you should do that. Here are the facts about when pipes freeze, how you can best prevent frozen pipes, and what you should do if your pipes do freeze.


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Topics: insulation, energy efficient, blown in insulation, energy efficiency

Should I Have Roof Heat Cables Installed for Ice Dam Prevention?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Nov 11, 2016 8:24:31 AM

As the weather grows colder, it’s a good time to perform some routine maintenance on your home—like cleaning out your gutters—to get ready for the winter season. Is your roof in good shape and ready for another snowy, icy winter in the Midwest?


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Topics: roofing, downspouts, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency

How House Wrap Can Reduce Your Energy Use & Save Money

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Jul 29, 2016 7:25:05 AM


If you're building a new home or renovating your existing residence, house wrap is an important part of creating an energy efficient home. You may have seen the covering on new construction homes in the area. But what is that stuff, and how does it help reduce your energy use and save you money? 


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Topics: siding, house wrap, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency

Should I Replace My Roof This Summer?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jul 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Has the Iowa spring taken a toll on your aging roof? This might be the time to look at a full roof replacement rather than simply making spot roof repairs. To decide whether you should repair or replace your roof, ask yourself a few questions.


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Topics: shingles, roofing, rubber roofing, roofing underlayment, energy efficient, energy efficiency, steel roofing, home maintenance

Does Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Save Money and Energy?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jun 21, 2016 1:59:19 PM


Energy conservation is a hot topic right now. If your home uses electricity generated in fossil fuel-fired power plants, for every unit of energy actually used in your home, approximately two additional units of energy must be expended in producing and delivering the energy to you. Since heating and cooling together account for about half of the typical home’s total energy use, many people look to these areas to try to reduce their energy consumption (and energy bills).

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Topics: energy efficient, energy efficiency