Hedrick Construction Blog

The Basic Elements of a Hedrick Roof

Posted by Heather Hedrick on December 19, 2017 5:42 PM

If it’s time to replace your roof, you’re likely wondering what elements will make it durable structure that lasts. While roof replacement can be a big investment, it's also one that serves your house every day of the year. A roof is combined of multiple parts that work together to protect your home, and it’s important to know what role each plays to make informed decisions on what to buy.

Roofs are designed in layers. Each layer plays a significant role in protecting your home from elements like snow, ice, rain, and extreme heat. It can also control your home’s energy efficiency and make it more comfortable. Below are several important layers that make up the roof’s structure.  


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Topics: shingles, roofing, roofing underlayment, ventilation

Do I Have a Roof Leak or Attic Condensation?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on December 14, 2017 11:00 AM

Finding water damage on the wall or ceiling is worrying for any homeowner. Most people assume this is caused by a leaking roof, but that might not be the source. Water found in these places is commonly caused by condensation in the attic. Fixing this issue can be less costly than replacing a roof, but it should be addressed as soon as possible.

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Topics: insulation, ventilation

How Iowa Heat and Humidity Can Affect Your Roof & Home

Posted by Heather Hedrick on July 25, 2017 1:26 PM

Because heat and humidity can affect your roof, you want to be sure it has all the advantages of proper attic ventilation. Without it, your roof can age quickly and succumb to the strain of summer's extremes far sooner than it should. In Iowa, summer heat and its best friend, humidity, create sticky, uncomfortable conditions for us. Fortunately, we can duck into air conditioned buildings to escape the worst effects of hot, moisture-laden air. Your roof, though, has nowhere to go and must endure anything the summer weather subjects it to. That is its job, after all.

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Topics: ventilation

Attic Ventilation 101: What It Is and Why You Need It

Posted by Heather Hedrick on July 4, 2017 9:52 AM

If you’re like many other homeowners, you rarely go into your attic, but it's very important that you think about it now and then. The condition of an attic can have a significant effect on the rest of your home and is an essential factor in the support structure of your roof. If the attic isn’t properly ventilated, it can lead to a wide range of issues.

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Topics: ventilation, ice dam prevention

Is Your Humidifier Hurting Your Home?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on January 27, 2017 10:07 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, blown in insulation, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency, home maintenance, ventilation, ice dam prevention

Are Your Old Windows Hazardous to Your Family’s Health?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on December 2, 2016 10:42 AM


Your windows protect your family from the wind, snow, rain, and cold. They help keep your home insulated from winter’s chill and summer’s heat. They can even help keep out the sun’s harmful UV rays! But if your windows are old or poorly maintained, they can help create a dangerous condition that poses a threat to your family’s health: mold.


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Topics: Windows, home maintenance, ventilation

Roof Leaking? It May Not Be What You Think

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on August 19, 2016 9:48 AM



After heavy storms, you may notice water coming in through your ceiling or moisture stains on your walls. Although your first though may be that your roof is leaking, this may not actually be the case. A very common cause of water infiltration, especially when outside temperatures are extreme, is attic condensation. If your attic is poorly ventilated or insulated, moisture can build up and find its way into your home.

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Topics: roofing, insulation, home maintenance, ventilation

Help! I Think I Have an Ice Dam Problem!

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on January 29, 2016 10:18 AM

Those sparkly, shiny icicles lining the edge of your roof aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. They could be a sign of a serious problem with the health and condition of your home. Ice dams form when heat seeps into the upper region of a building and creates warm patches across the roof. This is usually due to inadequate attic insulation and insufficient ventilation. Ice dams can damage your gutters, roof, and your entire home by leaving it susceptible to water intrusion, interior damage, and diminished indoor air quality.

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Topics: roofing, insulation, ventilation, ice dam prevention

Do You Have a Roof Leak or Condensation in Your Attic?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on January 26, 2016 12:36 PM

We've been getting a lot of calls lately from people with “leaky roof” problems. Most of the time, however, the problem isn’t a roof leak. (Hooray!) The problem is condensation in the attic. During the winter, especially when temperatures are very low, heat that rises to the top of the house and seeps into the attic can produce condensation and then freeze. When temperatures rise a little, this frozen condensation in the attic can then melt and drip back down into the home.

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Topics: roofing, insulation, ventilation

How to Prevent Ice Dams in the Winter

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on December 31, 2015 12:09 PM

"Look at those pretty icicles lining the roof."  You might think differently of those sparkling pieces of ice dangling from your roof when you learn what harm they can inflict on your home. Icicles are often a sign of an ice dam problem, but don’t panic just yet. This is a pretty common issue that many homeowners must deal with at some point, and several measures can be taken to get rid of existing ice dams and prevent new ones from forming. If you don’t deal with an ice dam problem promptly, however, you could end up having to pay for some serious damage.

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Topics: roofing, insulation, ventilation, ice dam prevention