Hedrick Construction Blog

House Buying Series: Is the House Prepared for Winter?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on November 21, 2018 2:58 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: roofing, Windows, insulation, home maintenance, ice dam prevention

What Type of Gas Should I Look for When Installing Energy Efficient Windows?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on August 9, 2017 5:14 PM

Do you have old, drafty windows? It may be time to replace them with more energy-efficient windows of a higher grade. Maybe you've even thought about springing for windows insulated with a different type of gas, but you're hesitant because of the price. Would higher end krypton or xenon-filled units actually prove a wise investment? Maybe. Here's what you need to know about insulated window gases before buying.

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Topics: Windows, efficient windows, ankeny window replacement

Creative Ways to Let Stunning, Natural Light into Your Home

Posted by Heather Hedrick on June 27, 2017 4:08 PM

A month ago, you excitedly purchased your first home. Since moving into your new place, you’ve discovered a few things you’d like to change. Most notably, you see that you had underestimated amount of natural light that would shine into your house. Instead of sitting in dark, uninviting rooms, you long to feel the warmth and see the beauty of the sunshine. If you can relate to this scenario, consider the following creative ways to let stunning natural light into your home!

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Topics: Windows, efficient windows, ankeny window replacement

Weekend Project: How to Fix Drafty Windows in Your Home

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on January 6, 2017 12:07 PM


Winter weather is here, and you may be feeling the chill—inside your home as well as outside. One of the biggest ways that cold air enters your home (and warm air leaks out of it) is through old, poorly insulated and poorly sealed windows. Single-pane windows are notoriously poor at keeping heat in and cold air out. The long-term solution is to remove old, drafty windows and replace them with new ones, such as highly energy efficient double pane windows, but that can be expensive and particularly difficult during the icy, snowy winter weather. These fast, low-cost tricks can help you improve the comfort of your home before the weekend is over.


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Topics: Windows

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

FAQ: How to Deal with Storm Damage Insurance Claims

Posted by Heather Hedrick on October 17, 2016 3:17 PM


As storms tear up Iowa neighborhoods, homes can suffer damage due to hail, rain, high winds, lightning, and falling trees or debris. During a storm, your first priorities should be to make sure that your family is safe and notify the authorities if you have downed power lines or other dangerous conditions on your property. Once it’s safe, you need to investigate the damage as soon as possible and report it to your insurance company. Although this process can be nerve racking, knowing what to expect can relieve some of the stress.

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Topics: roofing, siding, Windows, steel roofing

Help! My Windows Have Storm Damage!

Posted by Heather Hedrick on May 20, 2016 4:31 PM


As spring and summer storms rip through neighborhoods, homes can suffer damage from high winds, hail, rain, and falling trees or debris. Glass-paned windows, especially older styles, can be especially vulnerable to strong weather. If your windows have been damaged in a storm, here’s what to do.



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Topics: Windows, ankeny window replacement

What Do I Do If Lightning Hits My Home?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on May 6, 2016 3:30 PM

Spring is the season for thunderstorms, which can involve rain, hail, or even lightning. Do you know what to do if your house gets struck by lightning?


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Topics: shingles, roofing, siding, Windows

Your Guide for Choosing the Perfect Weatherstripping

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on February 11, 2016 12:47 PM

You read online that you can shave some money off your energy bills every month and make your home more comfortable and less drafty by using weatherstripping to seal gaps around doors and windows. So you drive to the hardware store and stroll up and down the aisles in search of the weatherstripping section. Once you find it, you see a number of different options on the shelves. Uh oh. Which one should you choose? Instead of taking a shot in the dark, use this article as a guide for picking out the right kind of weatherstripping for your doors and windows.

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Topics: Windows, efficient windows, energy efficient, energy efficiency

4 Ways to Insulate Your Windows Without Breaking the Bank

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on February 5, 2016 3:00 PM

Do you wish you could keep out that annoying, uncomfortable draft that sweeps into your home through your windows every winter? Well, you can, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it. Of course, the long-term solution that would have the biggest impact on the overall energy efficiency and comfort of your home would be to remove old, drafty windows and replace them with new ones, such as highly energy efficient double pane windows, but we know that can be pricey. If you can’t afford to upgrade right now, or if you’d rather preserve your home’s original features, take advantage of these low-cost tricks instead.

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Topics: Windows, efficient windows, ankeny window replacement