Choosing a Roofing Contractor in Collinsville Il

Choosing the Right Contractor

 

Here are some ideas to help choose the right contractor.

 

Where to find contractor:

o   Call your local city hall and ask for reputable contractor names.  Collinsville City Hall.

o   Ask a reputable company for a suggestion (perhaps your plumber knows a great roofer).

o   The phone book offers several options.

o   Web search are great for finding local companies that often showcase photos of their work online.

 

After selecting contractors to provide proposals it is important to interview your contractor to see if they are a right fit for your family. Your contractor will be in your home around your family a certain level of trust is a necessity.

 

How to do a “background check” of your contractor:

o   If it is an Illinois Licensed Professional a license can be looked up to be sure it is valid and does not have any actions against them.

https://www.idfpr.com/LicenseLookUp/LicenseLookup.asp

 

o   Do a background check on your contractor. If you find several lawsuits this can be a red flag. It is quick, easy, and free.

http://www.co.madison.il.us/CircuitClerk/eMagnusLite.shtml

 

o   The Better Business Bureau is also a great place to look up your contractor.

http://stlouis.bbb.org/Find-Business-Reviews/

 

o   Ask the contractor for referrals and address of properties they have worked on. Be diligent and call the referrals to be sure they were satisfied.

 

As always I am here to help.  Please call or reply anytime Sarah (618) 558-2675

Traditional vs seamless gutters & gutter guards In Madison & St. Clair County

Traditional vs seamless gutters & gutter guards

Materials

Seamless and traditional gutters are made with the same materials: vinyl, steel,copper and aluminum. I have found that aluminum is the most common in this area.

Installation

When installing seamless gutters, a contractor calculates the length then runs the gutter length needed. Installation of traditional gutters come in prefabricated length of 10-22 feet sections.

Benefits

With no seams on seamless gutters this is less opportunity for gutters to leak. Seamless gutters also come in many colors including (but not limited to) blue, green and red.

Will seamless gutters leak?

Seamless gutters can leak at corners and downspouts. This is an easy fix with caulk.

Disadvantages

Traditional gutters may weaken from the weight of snow and rain, sprouting leaks in the joints, causing water damage to the home. Seamless gutters require installation by a contractor which may be a hire cost usually about $5 per foot for one story home.
Gutter guards

Gutter guards range from low end screens and plastic to high end metal and helmets. For most individuals I usually suggest a mid-range option that is metal, screws into the gutter and provides ample protection to gutters. The gutter guard I usually suggest is below. This is a protected metal and won’t leave rust marks on the gutter.

 

Description

This cover works with all gutter systems, and installs between shingles, fastening into the top front of the gutter with stainless zip screws provided. It features 6 rows of our patented reverse-louvers, and bends to conform to the pitch of the roof and the fall of the gutter. Water drops into the gutter and debris slides over the front of the gutter.

 

E-Z to Install: Screws to the front of the gutter — a more permanent method.

Like all gutter protection products, depending on your debris type and load, E-Z-Slide™ will require maintenance from time to time, by brushing off the top of the panels.

Size: E-Z-Slide comes in 4 foot lengths and 5″ or 6″ widths.

Colors: Available in white, black, clay and royal brown.

Features

         Medium Debris Load

         A Perforated Cover that “Slides” Between the Starter and 1st Row of Shingles

         Perforated Painted .019″ Aluminum with 6 Patented Reverse Louvers

                  Works Well with Spikes and Ferrules

 

Top Siding Options O’fallon Il, 62269

Top Siding Options

Siding options can be endless.  Here are some of my favorite options leading the industry at this time.

1. Insulated Siding

Insulated Siding provides the added strength and thermal benefit of rigid foam insulation with easy maintenance. Dressing your home in this siding is like wrapping your family in a cozy blanket. Inside you will enjoy a quieter, more comfortable home. Outside you will appreciate the authentic look of natural wood, enhanced by distinctive colors and finishing touch.

2. Shake Style Siding

All the rugged charm of cedar without the cost and maintenance.  This adds an exceptional rich texture to homes.  Shakes can be used for the entire home or added to dormers and gables for  an absolute-stand out accent.

3. Vertical Siding

Vertical siding comes in different profiles and dimensions to accommodate a wide variety of design styles. Vertical siding has become very popular as an accent element or design feature. Because the pattern of vertical lines can have a very powerful effect, it is an excellent choice for entryways, low porch walls, gables and dormers.

 

O’fallon Il Building and Zoning

 

More Roofing Scams Exposed

Watch out for these 5 roofing scams

 

More roofing Scams exposed in depth here!

The roof is one of the single most important components of any home. No part plays a bigger role in keeping the elements out, so when a roof requires repair, there’s little time to waste.

The desire to have a roof quickly replaced and the fact that most people have little experience working with a roofing contractor can set an unsuspecting homeowner up for a variety of scams.

Fraudulent roofing contractors prey on vulnerable homeowners and have become increasingly bold in their tactics.

From unlicensed storm chasers to mysterious door-to-door salesman, there are many ways to fall victim to roofing scams.

Angie’s List spoke with five highly rated roofing companies about some of the most common scams, and how to avoid being taken advantage of. Here are some to watch out for:

The disappearing down payment
The mysterious door-to-door salesman
The storm chaser
High-pressure tactics
The fluctuating bid

Read More about these scams HERE on Angie’s list

 

Please contact and I can answer any questions!

 

Roofing scams & How to avoid them

Look carefully at these hidden roofing scams that are not often discussed.

The average homeowner probably has to get a roof twice in their life. So it is not surprising that when one needs a new roof there are a lot of things to consider so you don’t lose out on your hard earned money.

Roof scams

1. The sub contractor

A nicely dressed well informed person is there selling the roof putting all your fears aside. Then that salesman hires a sub-crew. Perhaps the crew knows what they are doing, but what of they don’t.

Short story

A customer called concerned about what look like a blown off shingle. Her roof was only two years old. We got there to inspect and found the the roof was installed improperly. She had soft wood in areas and the shingles not only had high nails but not enough in each shingle for manufacturers specifications. She reported the findings to the original roofing company and they were non responsive and just passing it off as “high winds” must have done the damage. Final outcome the homeowner is left with a $900.00 roofing repair and the rest of the roof will surely encounter problems as time goes by.

How to avoid this scam:

Make sure the company you hire has their own employees. Ask who will be on the roof by names. Ask who the Forman on the job will be. If at all possible make sure the owner of the company will be working side by side with the employees to ensure the quality of workmanship.

2. No or wrong ventilation

Not all roofs are created equal. Just because a company scribbles down something on paper does not mean they know what they are doing.you must have ventilation on your roof to maintain your roof. If there is not ventilation on your roof your shingles will bake on and disintegrate.

A short story

First off, I don’t consider myself a salesman. When I go to a customers home it is to educate and discuss the issue at large. I then give my opinion, my fix and a price if they were to hire my company to fix it. Weather the customer decides to go with my company or another I just want everyone to be happy. One particular bid I educated the customer then we parted ways. A month later when driving by I noticed the roof had been completed. As I looked at the home I noticed absolutely NO venting. I know I discussed with her the importance of this. Perhaps someone’s bid was cheaper than mine or maybe the salesman was pushy either way this customer is going to be needing a new roof in the next five to ten yeas.

How to avoid this scam:

First, get it in writing! Everything should be detailed out in a roofing estimate. If you are unsure ask the roofer to take pictures during installation so you can see the work get done. Lastly, have a second opinion prior to the work being done to discuss placement of vents.

3. Sub-par materials and poor installation

This takes some work on the homeowners part read my blog Owens corning vs certainteed for a comparison. Certain shingles are prone to blow offs. There are many grades of shingles. Be sure the shingle you choose matches the outcome you desire. Be sure your proposal includes ice and water shield. Make sure your proposal outlines that four nails per shingle will be used as well.

A short story:

One homeowner had a roof installed by a company that clearly used low grade shingles and installed the roof improperly. The wrong number of nails were used per shingle and flashing was not installed properly. After we investigated and told her the findings she was left having to file a lawsuit to re-coup the price of the roof to have it repaired properly.

How to avoid this scam:

Check criminal background of the company to check for any lawsuits. This could be a red flag. Remember not to just ask for references but also addresses of homes that they have roofed. Check with your local city hall and ask about local trusted companies. Your local insurance company usually has a list of trusted contractors as well.

4. Down payment disappearing act

If a contractor asks for a down payment BEWARE! The majority of roof can be removed and replace in 1-4 days. This is plenty of time for the job completion prior for the materials and labor to be due. It is possible the the roofing company will request proof of funds and this is normal.

No short story story for this one.

I have seen it too many times. Just don’t do it!

How to avoid this scam:

Be sure the contract states “pay upon completion”.

5. The “DISCOUNT SCAM”

Sign now and I can give you $ 500.00 off. This is a high pressure tactic that is just not realistic. The bottom line is it costs a certain amount to put on a roof. Where is this magical $500.00 coming from? Are they going to use cheap materials? Are they using untrained professionals to be able to pay them less? Don’t be bullied into signing anything. A bottom line has to be made to install a roof. Are they marking up the roof $500 to be able to give you a discount? If this is the case then do you really want someone installing your roof who is playing games with money?

How not to be scammed:

Just remember a roof is a huge investment. I know we all want a great deal, that’s human. Be sure to protect your investment by doing your homework and comparing your options.

THANKS FOR READING

Sarah Ryterski

 

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Vinyl Siding Trends & Costs Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Maryville IL .

Top Exterior Home Trends Include Bold Color Choices, Mixed Materials & Colorful Trim

Ryterski Remodeling Inc. shares tips for choosing siding to enhance your home’s curb appeal

 

SIDING COST CALCULATOR HERE

As the market evolves to keep up with customer expectations, customers now have an endless amount of options for their homes exterior. Siding which may have at one time thought to be low quality is now one of the top solutions for homeowners looking to upgrade their homes exterior. Vinyl siding is budget friendly has and abundance of style options and color choices. Accent trim, bold color choices and mixed materials are a great way to create a custom look for our customers. We encourage customers to embrace the endless possibilities that we can create for the exterior of your home.

There are a variety of budget friendly options help homeowners achieve a more custom, high end look for less.Siding can revitalize your home to a stunning property without breaking the bank. We love the the fact that we can turn our customers inspiration into their dream home. The fact that 70% of exterior home repair cost can be recoup at the time of resale makes this upgrade a fantastic return on investment.

Our customers receive their inspiration from a varsity of sources. Homes nearby, Pinterest, and online inspiration are all excellent sources. We encourage our customers to take photos and screen shots to help us easily identify the products and colors that you are most drawn to.

Additionally, many homeowners are experiencing a renewed interest in vinyl siding due to the advancements in technology. From improved weather barriers to insulated siding, our customers can get additional benefits along with their newly designed exterior.

• Don’t be afraid of bold colors: Siding was once limited to eight to 10 color options, but there’s now close to 40 colors to choose from. Darker, bolder colors such as deep green and barn red are trending nationally, and exterior color palettes are expanding to include three or more colors as contemporary home designs are more detailed and complex.  Bleds are also available.

• Consider unique panel sizes and placements: Vertical board , vinyl shakes, and scalloped siding are growing in popularity as both whole-wall and accent panel options. Plank-style siding with a wide-board look has come back in to popularity, with six and seven-inch exposures the most popular among homeowners.

• Add accents to dormers or gables: Half rounds and shake styles are a great way to add an elegant look for a fraction of the price.

• Mix materials for a custom look: Mixed materials on the same wall are becoming standard, namely on the front exposure of a home. This trend is a result of the recent move to design a home’s exterior to complement its natural surroundings. Combining siding with small accents of vinyl stone or brick instantly lends a more custom, high-end feel to the home’s façade without the added cost of natural stone.

• Boost curb appeal with premium trim: Skimping on trim will automatically leave a home’s exterior lacking. Choosing a premium trim in a complementary color will instantly help a home feel more dynamic to passersby. Pair light trim with a darker siding to pack a visual punch as lighter colors help draw the eye to a home’s architectural features.

Ryterski offers homeowners inspiration for replacement siding, trim and accessories in a photo gallery on the company’s website. Homeowners interested in updating their home’s exterior can contact Ryterski Remodeling for a free evaluation of your home (618) 558-2675.

 

 

 

Roof Contractor Swansea, Il.

Choosing the Right Contractor

 

Spring is in the air. Often when the weather warms we tackle home projects. Often it may be a job too large to handle ourselves or call for a professional in that particular trade. Here are some ideas to help choose the right contractor.

 

Where to find contractor:

o   Call your local city hall and ask for reputable contractor names.

o   Ask a reputable company for a suggestion (perhaps your plumber knows a great roofer).

o   The phone book offers several options.

o   Web search are great for finding local companies that often showcase photos of their work online.

 

After selecting contractors to provide proposals it is important to interview your contractor to see if they are a right fit for your family. Your contractor will be in your home around your family a certain level of trust is a necessity.

 

How to “background check” of your contractor:

o   If it is an Illinois Licensed Professional a license can be looked up to be sure it is valid and does not have any actions against them.

https://www.idfpr.com/LicenseLookUp/LicenseLookup.asp

 

o   Do a background check on your contractor. If you find several lawsuits this can be a red flag. It is quick, easy, and free.

http://www.co.madison.il.us/CircuitClerk/eMagnusLite.shtml

 

o   The Better Business Bureau is also a great place to look up your contractor.

http://stlouis.bbb.org/Find-Business-Reviews/

 

o   Ask the contractor for referrals and address of properties they have worked on. Be diligent and call the referrals to be sure they were satisfied.

 

Roof Leak and Cost to repair in Columbia Il.

One of my most favorite customer calls is when the customer states “It only leaks when it rains”!  I would be concerned if it leaked when it is not raining.  There are several reasons your roof may be leaking.  Lets examine some possibilities.

1. Missing shingles-  In high winds or hail shingles may blow off.  To repair blown off shingles you first match the shingles for color and manufacturer.  Next install the shingles to manufacturers specifications.  Due to the fact that you must match and purchase a bundle of shingles and have a service call you may be looking at a $250.00 service call charge for this repair.

2. Boots-  Neoprene (rubber) boots can disintegrate over time.  This is why we always suggest lead boots. Lead boots are slightly more expensive but will last much longer.  Even though you incur the cost of the lead boots in the beginning you may save yourself the hassle of inuring interior damage.  To remove boot and replace with a lead boot a service call of $200.00 may be incurred.

3. Flashing-  Flashing is metal installed around chimneys, dormers, and skylights.  If flashing is not installed properly or becomes damaged it can lead to leaks.  This is a difficult one to put a price on.  Shingles surrounding the area must be removed and replaced.  Siding may need to be manipulated and flashing will be need to be made to secure the area.  A service charge for flashing repair can be from $200-$900.

4. Incorrect roofing materials used-  If a roof is under a 3/12 it is suggested that roofing made specifically for flat roofs be used.   The area will need to be completely removed and new roofing material installed.  you can expect a $350.00 charge per square to be removed and replaced.  Damaged wood is an additional $40.00 per sheet.

5. IT IS NOT YOUR ROOF!- Ok, here is the shocker.  It may not even be your roof.  Water is a very powerful source.  if there is the slightest hole in your siding it may get in and appear as a roof leak.  I have also seen water getting into windows and appearing as a roof leak in other areas of the home.  To remove and replace siding you are looking at a service charge to remove and repair the damaged area this can be anywhere from $225 or as much as $375 per square (depending on the quality of siding).  If the leaky windows are the culprit you can caulk them yourself and save the service charge!

Safety first!  I encourage everyone to be safe and never get on your roof yourself.  Call a licensed roofer to examine your roof leak.

Thanks

Roof Leak and Cost to Repair in Swansea Il.

One of my most favorite customer calls is when the customer states “It only leaks when it rains”!  I would be concerned if it leaked when it is not raining.  There are several reasons your roof may be leaking.  Lets examine some possibilities.

1. Missing shingles-  In high winds or hail shingles may blow off.  To repair blown off shingles you first match the shingles for color and manufacturer.  Next install the shingles to manufacturers specifications.  Due to the fact that you must match and purchase a bundle of shingles and have a service call you may be looking at a $250.00 service call charge for this repair.

2. Boots-  Neoprene (rubber) boots can disintegrate over time.  This is why we always suggest lead boots. Lead boots are slightly more expensive but will last much longer.  Even though you incur the cost of the lead boots in the beginning you may save yourself the hassle of inuring interior damage.  To remove boot and replace with a lead boot a service call of $200.00 may be incurred.

3. Flashing-  Flashing is metal installed around chimneys, dormers, and skylights.  If flashing is not installed properly or becomes damaged it can lead to leaks.  This is a difficult one to put a price on.  Shingles surrounding the area must be removed and replaced.  Siding may need to be manipulated and flashing will be need to be made to secure the area.  A service charge for flashing repair can be from $200-$900.

4. Incorrect roofing materials used-  If a roof is under a 3/12 it is suggested that roofing made specifically for flat roofs be used.   The area will need to be completely removed and new roofing material installed.  you can expect a $350.00 charge per square to be removed and replaced.  Damaged wood is an additional $40.00 per sheet.

5. IT IS NOT YOUR ROOF!- Ok, here is the shocker.  It may not even be your roof.  Water is a very powerful source.  if there is the slightest hole in your siding it may get in and appear as a roof leak.  I have also seen water getting into windows and appearing as a roof leak in other areas of the home.  To remove and replace siding you are looking at a service charge to remove and repair the damaged area this can be anywhere from $225 or as much as $375 per square (depending on the quality of siding).  If the leaky windows are the culprit you can caulk them yourself and save the service charge!

Safety first!  I encourage everyone to be safe and never get on your roof yourself.  Call a licensed roofer to examine your roof leak.

Thanks

Roof Leak and Cost to repair in Edwardsville Il.

One of my most favorite customer calls is when the customer states “It only leaks when it rains”!  I would be concerned if it leaked when it is not raining.  There are several reasons your roof may be leaking.  Lets examine some possibilities.

1. Missing shingles-  In high winds or hail shingles may blow off.  To repair blown off shingles you first match the shingles for color and manufacturer.  Next install the shingles to manufacturers specifications.  Due to the fact that you must match and purchase a bundle of shingles and have a service call you may be looking at a $250.00 service call charge for this repair.

2. Boots-  Neoprene (rubber) boots can disintegrate over time.  This is why we always suggest lead boots. Lead boots are slightly more expensive but will last much longer.  Even though you incur the cost of the lead boots in the beginning you may save yourself the hassle of inuring interior damage.  To remove boot and replace with a lead boot a service call of $200.00 may be incurred.

3. Flashing-  Flashing is metal installed around chimneys, dormers, and skylights.  If flashing is not installed properly or becomes damaged it can lead to leaks.  This is a difficult one to put a price on.  Shingles surrounding the area must be removed and replaced.  Siding may need to be manipulated and flashing will be need to be made to secure the area.  A service charge for flashing repair can be from $200-$900.

4. Incorrect roofing materials used-  If a roof is under a 3/12 it is suggested that roofing made specifically for flat roofs be used.   The area will need to be completely removed and new roofing material installed.  you can expect a $350.00 charge per square to be removed and replaced.  Damaged wood is an additional $40.00 per sheet.

5. IT IS NOT YOUR ROOF!- Ok, here is the shocker.  It may not even be your roof.  Water is a very powerful source.  if there is the slightest hole in your siding it may get in and appear as a roof leak.  I have also seen water getting into windows and appearing as a roof leak in other areas of the home.  To remove and replace siding you are looking at a service charge to remove and repair the damaged area this can be anywhere from $225 or as much as $375 per square (depending on the quality of siding).  If the leaky windows are the culprit you can caulk them yourself and save the service charge!

Safety first!  I encourage everyone to be safe and never get on your roof yourself.  Call a licensed roofer to examine your roof leak.

Thanks