DunRite Exteriors News & Information
February 22nd, 2018 8:57 pm
A visually appealing home exterior can give a strong first impression to visitors and, if you’re selling your house, potential buyers. Visual appeal is an important factor to consider when researching a home exterior project. All aspects of your home exterior should combine to add visual appeal to the home. There are many possible combinations of siding and roofing material from which to choose. While asphalt roofing shingles are most popular, some homeowners choose other materials such as metal and slate. The same goes for siding material. The most popular material is vinyl siding, followed by other materials such as brick, wood, and stone.
Gutter material is more consistent, with aluminum making up most gutter systems in the U.S. Some homeowners do choose other gutter materials, such as copper. When considering a new gutter system, gutter type and color are the main choices to make. Gutters can be seamless, which means the only seams in the system are at corners, or section...
February 21st, 2018 9:05 pm
Many factors can cause a roof to fail, including age and weather damage. Asphalt shingles generally have an effective lifespan of 15-25 years, depending on factors such as climate. If your old roof is beginning to show signs of age, it may be time for a replacement. While many factors can cause an old roof to fail, it is also important to consider issues that may arise even with a new roof. Consider these four reasons why a new roof could fail:
Even if the contractor installs the best shingle on the market, the roof can fail if not installed properly. It is important to choose a contractor who is experienced in installing the particular manufacturer’s product that you want. If the contractor has experience installing a manufacturer’s products, he or she will know how the manufacturer’s components such as roof deck protection, leak barriers, and ventilation all work together.
Proper ventilation includes intake, which lets c...
February 20th, 2018 8:42 pm
There are multiple important aspects of home exterior projects. The contractor or installer should use high quality materials and perform a proper installation. Speaking with past customers and reading reviews are great ways to find out about the quality of work you can expect from a contractor. This is true for home exterior projects such as siding, roofing, and gutters. Another important aspect to consider is the warranty protection that the contractor can provide.
Manufacturers often acknowledge certain contractors who consistently perform professional and effective installations. For example, K-Guard/DunRite Exteriors is a GAF Certified Master Elite Roofing Contractor, a designation given to only 3% of all roofing contractors in North America. As a Master Elite Contractor, we can offer homeowners the best warranty protection, such as the Golden Pledge Limited Warranty.
Warranty protection is important for gutter systems as well, especial...
February 16th, 2018 7:37 pm
At DunRite Exteriors, we know the importance of all aspects of the home exterior. The roof, siding, and gutters all protect the home in different ways. Debris buildup inside the gutter system can prevent it from safely directing water away from the home’s foundation. Leaf free gutter systems such as K-Guard can keep leaves out of your gutters, but if you have a traditional uncovered gutter system, you are likely used to climbing a ladder and cleaning it out.
We recommend that you clean the gutters a few times per year to ensure that you avoid clogs that could cause expensive damage. When cleaning gutters, or using a ladder for any reason, be sure to follow proper ladder safety. Below are some guidelines and tips for ladder safety from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
- Read and follow all labels and markings on the ladder: It is important to be aware of any safety warnings and instructions that come with the ladder.
- Avoid electrical hazards: Look for o...
February 14th, 2018 7:25 pm
A roof replacement is a major project for homeowners. It requires a significant investment of both time and money, so you want to make sure it is done right. One of the most important decisions you’ll make during this process is choosing the right contractor to install your roof. There are multiple factors to consider when looking for a contractor. These guidelines from the National Roofing Contractors Association will help you find the right roofing contractor for your home:
- Look for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax identification number, and where applicable, business license.
- Ask contractors for proof of insurance and insist on seeing their liability coverage and workers' compensation certificates. Check to make sure the coverages are in effect through the duration of the job. Homeowners have been dragged into litigation due to uninsured roofing contractors. If the contractor is not properly insured, you may be liable for accidents that occur...