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The Best Season For Roof Replacement

If your roof is made of asphalt shingles and it has reached the end of its lifespan (around 20 years), it may be time to consider replacing it. Roof replacement projects require several considerations, most important of which is what contractor you want to hire to do the job. That’s where Rogers Builders comes in. Give us a call, we’ll give you an estimate. In the mean time, here are some basic things to consider when you are thinking of having your roof replaced.

The Best Season

You need to think about the most appropriate season to get a roofing contractor such as Rogers Builders to install your new roof. It is not advisable to replace your roof during winter. Generally speaking if you live somewhere where it snows or even gets super cold, the snow and ice will make work harder and the cold temperatures may result in the roofing materials hardening and becoming brittle to work with safely. The shingles may even crack while being installed. The cold conditions will also mean that the roof contractor’s tools do not work well, sealants are not effective and shingles take too long to bond.

If you plan to replace your roof in spring but your roof has serious problems or is in a state of severe deterioration, it is better to wait until fall. The winter conditions may have aggravated the problem due to the accumulation and refreezing of the ice and snow. However, you can replace your roof during spring if your roof has no issues. One key advantage of doing it at this time is that the roofing materials are likely to be cheaper since it is not a busy time for the roofing industry. Early summer is also a good time to do the replacement. As summer progresses however, the high temperatures and humid conditions may soften the shingles and affect their durability. They can also get scuffed when someone steps on them.

Fall is by far the best time for roof installation. The cooler temperatures (ranging from 45 degrees to 85 degrees F) means that the installers can work for longer periods and the installation process is easier. Another advantage is that the shingles will get sufficient time to seal effectively before winter arrives. However, it also the busiest time for the roofing industry. Ensure you call Rogers Builders and make early arrangements before our schedule fills up.

Save on Costs

During the busiest periods for the contractors, roof installation becomes more expensive. Many people wait until winter is around the corner before deciding to have their roofs replaced. It is therefore advisable to make plans to replace your roof before this period if you want to save some money.

Plan Ahead

Roof replacement is generally a costly undertaking. As a result, a lot of house owners postpone doing it for as long as they can. When they finally get round to doing the project, they are usually prompted by an emergency situation such as the roof leaking badly. Waiting until a problem crops up is a bad idea since the problem may also damage other areas of your home. This means you will incur extra costs when repairing the damage.

You will make well thought-out decisions when you plan ahead and do the roof replacement before an emergency situation arises. Roof installation is a significant investment that will have a great bearing on how your home looks and how comfortable it is to live in. Roof repairs are also one of the most important jobs that can be done on your home, so be sure to give Rogers Builders a call. Our team of builders puts their knowledge and experience to work for you; guaranteed satisfaction every time.

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Tips For Avoiding Home Renovation Mistakes

If you are planning a home renovation, you probably don’t want it to cost more than it has to. Most people do major remodels once or twice in their lifetime, therefore, it is always necessary to make the most out of this time. Knowing when to take on a remodel and the things you will need to do will help you avoid the common pitfalls associated with home improvement. Here are the common remodeling mistakes to avoid and save money.

Poor Preparation

When you think through your project, you will be able to develop a  good plan for it. This will help you organize your budget and choose the right contractor for your project. Find a contractor who fits your personality, sit down and let them show you what their plan is and thereafter sign a contract with them. Once your project begins, remember to always try your best to stick to this plan no matter how much you may want to change it. Changes to the initial plan may end up being costly and could make the project take much longer than expected. Rogers Builders has done hundreds of home renovations over the years and can walk you through the planning and organizing process to make sure all your bases are covered.

Unlicensed Tradesmen

When it comes to specialized projects, it’s always best to look for a licensed professional in that field to complete the project. Take your time and do a little investigative work. Don’t settle for the lowest bidder thinking you will save some money. If you don’t have money to do it right the first time, you certainly will not have money to have it redone. Choose reputable professionals in each area of your project to stay on the safe side.

Too Much DIY

Though it is good for homeowners to take part in their renovations, it’s always best to leave the work to professionals when it comes to specialized projects like carpentry. A DIY home renovation is rarely easy, faster or even cheaper when it’s a DIY. And it is never as easy as it looks on TV. You are also most likely to skimp on things which may lead to recurring problems or ignore important things like a floor drain in the laundry room.

Budgeting Before Planning

It is advisable to never buy any remodeling materials until all the measurements have been taken. When your project is more detailed, you are able to make a more realistic budget. One of the costliest mistakes people make is buying kitchen cabinets only to find that they don’t fit during installation. After planning your budget, you can increase it by 20 percent as a contingency for the unexpected challenges that may arise when you cut walls and ceilings.

Ignoring Issues

During the remodeling process, surprises are likely to pop up especially in old homes. You may damage the walls and find electrical issues which you have to deal with immediately. It is always best to stay involved in the process in case things like this happen to ensure that they are dealt with quickly to avoid further renovation cost afterward.

Always remember that the more you plan, the more you are likely to avoid these mistakes. If you feel that you need someone who is qualified and capable of taking care of your home improvement, Rogers Builders is just a phone call away.

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Ready Made vs Customized Home Improvements: Which One to Choose?

Do you find that your home has become a bit drab? Could it use a little sprucing up? Taking on home improvements can be quite exciting, however, it is best to research which materials will be best suited for the job but appeal to your inner interior designer.

In this post we are doing to compare and contrast ready-made or prefabricated additions to your home and customized home improvements.

While customized home improvement entail more cost, there are still homeowners who prefer them because of the personal touch that they offer. On the other hand, homeowners who are on a budget prefer more affordable, ready-made home improvements. The decision is entirely up to you, but here are some comparisons that might help you make the best choice for your home and budget.

Ready-made vs. Customized Floors

Hardwood flooring is beautiful and can come in ready-to-install planks. All you need to do is to install them and make sure that they have a complementing effect. Homeowners who choose to go with the more expensive option may choose customized wood flooring. These homeowners opt for customized wood flooring because they want something that is uniquely theirs. Customized flooring would also entail additional time for ordering and installation and may even require professional installation.

Ready-made vs. Customized Doors

Doors can come in more assembled or less assembled forms. Different parts of doors can be ordered and assembled if you choose to create your own look. If you buy a pre-assembled door, you can install it on your own if you know some basic carpentry skills. These are doors where you would simply be replacing the actual door. If you were opting for replacing the entire door frame as well as the door you may want to consider leaving this work to the professionals.

Ready-made vs. Customized Cabinets

If you choose to buy a ready-made cabinet, you are obviously saving money, time and effort. But nowadays, there is also what is called “semi-customized cabinet.” You can alter its depth, height and width. If you don’t care about costs and you can afford to spend more, you can choose custom-built cabinets. You need to hire a professional craftsman in order to assemble these. It will also take more time before you can finish this project, so plan accordingly.

Ready-made vs. Customized Countertops

For countertops, you can choose between onsite and off-site fabrication. If you choose onsite fabrication, you will have limited design options. Measuring and installing these are also easier as compared to off-site fabrication. Off-site fabrication offers many edging and design choices. Fabricating it requires the use of heavy machinery, which of course, entails heavy costs as well.

Ready-made vs. Customized Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding requires a foam underlayment to upgrade its quality. The insulating layer can be added during the manufacturing phase or during the installation. Normally, homeowners would just upgrade their vinyl siding with their trusted manufacturer. But there are also homeowners who want to hire a vinyl siding contractor who can provide higher quality insulation. You can always contact Roger’s Builders for all your home improvement needs.