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Hedrick Construction Blog

House Buying Series: How to Identify Moisture and Leaks in the Attic

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Jan 4, 2019 2:35:00 PM

When it comes to buying a house, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the interior. Does it have a layout I like? Are the countertops granite? Is there a master suite? If you think about it, however, a home’s roof is just as important as what’s inside. Learn what to look for in a faulty roof—a problem that is often evident in the attic. 

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Topics: roofing, home maintenance

House Buying Series: Is My Roof Covered by My Homeowners Insurance?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Dec 20, 2018 2:40:00 PM

Buying a new home is an exciting process. There’s a lot to look forward to, but before you get ahead of yourself, there are some less fun details to consider—like your homeowners insurance. It may seem pretty straightforward, but there’s more to understand than meets the eye. Here’s what you need to know regarding your homeowners insurance and your roof. 

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Topics: home maintenance, roofing

House Buying Series: Is the House Prepared for Winter?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Nov 21, 2018 2:58:00 PM

Make sure the home you’re considering buying is equipped to handle cold conditions. There are several important places you should inspect or inquire about before making an offer on any house. Ask the following questions now to save yourself money later and to ensure you stay safer and warmer throughout the winter. 

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Topics: ice dam prevention, home maintenance, insulation, roofing, Windows

Don’t Let Your Whole-Home Humidifier Harm Your Health & Home

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Apr 19, 2018 7:12:00 PM

You decided to install a whole-home humidifier to improve your home’s air quality, but did you know that improper use can actually cause more harm than good? Learn how to use your whole-home humidifier correctly and to it’s full potential so it doesn’t cause permanent damage to your health and home.

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Topics: home maintenance

Five Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete Before the Holidays

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Nov 13, 2017 4:06:00 PM

Many people are accustomed to spring cleaning but might forget that fall is the perfect time to get some home maintenance tasks completed. If you are looking to get your home in great shape before the holiday season, here is a checklist of five tasks to get you started!

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Topics: roofing, home maintenance, gutter cleaning and repair

4 Ways Trees Can Damage Your Roof

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Oct 20, 2017 4:15:00 PM

Trees are an important and beautiful part of your property, but they can also create problems for your roof when you least expect it. Luckily, there are ways you can minimize the risk of roof damage in any season. Today, we will look at some of the most common ways trees can damage your roof and how to protect your home before they do.

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Topics: roofing, home maintenance

Common Signs of Asbestos in the Attic

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jul 16, 2017 5:48:00 PM

If your home was  built before 1990  and you have  vermiculite insulation, or if your house was built prior to 1970,  it’s likely that you have some form of asbestos in your attic or elsewhere. Used for fireproofing and insulation, asbestos was a cheap and effective material that became an industry standard for buildings across the country. However, asbestos can become incredibly dangerous when airborne, and its effects can be fatal even decades after the initial exposure. This guide will help you understand the common signs of asbestos and what you can do to protect yourself from exposure.
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Topics: blown in insulation, insulation, home maintenance

Spring Rains Can Wreak Havoc on an Unprepared Roof!

Posted by Heather Hedrick on May 18, 2017 9:11:00 AM

Procrastination is common when it comes to household maintenance and repairs, but when it comes to routine roof maintenance and inspections, it should take high priority on your to-do list, especially during the rainy spring season. A leaky roof can develop from a wide variety of reasons, but when you have routine maintenance and inspections, your roofing contractor will be able to identify potential problems much sooner, which can save you time and money in the long run.

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Topics: home maintenance, roofing

How Can Lightning Damage My Home?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on May 11, 2017 10:04:00 AM

Spring thunderstorms can involve rain, hail, high winds, and lightning, all of which can threaten your roof and home. If your home is struck by lightning, it can sustain significant damage—both visible and hidden from view. 

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Topics: roofing, home maintenance

How to Prevent Tornado Damage to Your Home & Roof

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Apr 17, 2017 10:31:00 AM

Iowa is part of “Tornado Alley” in the United States. The state sees an average of 48 tornadoes each year, most occurring in the spring-to-fall tornado season. It’s vital that you take precautions to protect your family from harm and ensure you’ll be safe during a tornado, but what about your home? While homeowners insurance may cover tornado damage, depending on the scope of your policy, here following these tips can help you reduce your home’s vulnerability to tornado damage.

 

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Topics: roofing, home maintenance, steel roofing