Ice Dams | Dick's Roofing

Lack of Attic Insulation Leads to Ice Dams

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” is a great song for this time of year but, unfortunately, all that cold and snow can also mean ‘tis the season of ice dams.

Ice dams forming in your home’s gutter system is caused by the lack of proper insulation in your attic.  If your attic is too warm, this causes the snow on your roof to melt. As that melting snow pools into your gutters, it freezes and BAM, you have an ice dam.  This can cause havoc to your gutter system,  your roof in general and, eventually, it can cause serious water damage to your home.

A great rule of thumb, when it comes to your attic, is “if it’s too warm, cool it.” Your attic temperature is a result of heat rising from the inside of your home combined with the the heat from the sun shining on your roof.  Without proper insulation, your attic can become a hot little nest egg of trouble.

There are “bandaid” fixes for your ice dam issues. You could install heat tape (heat wire.) This is a heated wire system, across your roof, that creates pathways for melted snow to flow off your roof.  It is not a cheap system to install and it will also increase your electric bill. You can also make a point to rake your roof in the winter. Manually removing the snow, after each snowfall, can decrease your chances of an ice dam. But keep in mind that these are just temporary fixes.

Your best option, when it comes to eliminating ice dams, is to insulate your attic. Even Tom Silva, from “This Old House” agrees that the best way to eliminate ice dams is to properly insulate your attic.

Luckily, now is the time of year best suited for updating, replacing or installing new insulation in your attic area. If your attic is the “arctic tundra” in the winter and becomes the “Serengeti desert” in the height of summer, now is time to take action.  Inspection, installation and clean up is much easier and more comfortable at this time of year, both for you and your contractor.

Take care of your attic’s insulation needs.  Dick’s Roof Repair team can inspect and insulate your home for you. Take advantage of our Attic Insulation Special and insulate up to 1,000 sq. ft. with an R-19 rating for only $675.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today!

Expires 3/1/19

Winter Siding Damage

Don’t Miss these Signs of Winter Siding Damage

Winter, with all of it’s beautiful snow and ice, can be hard on your home, especially on your siding. Siding issues caused by the winter can create ice dams, leaks, cracks and drafts that will make your home cold, increase your heating bill and cause serious winter siding damage.

Vinyl siding:

Freezing cold temperatures can cause your home’s vinyl siding to be brittle, resulting in cracking or breakage. These pieces can not be repaired, only replaced. Cracks can create passages for both heat to escape and for moisture to get in.

Wood siding:

Heavy snow can cause the lamination on your wood siding to wear off. This leaves the wood exposed to moisture that can cause rot. If the rot is unchecked, this could cause extensive damage to your home’s structure, roof and interior.

Missing or dislodged siding:

If a winter storm has caused sections of your siding to come off, your home is now missing a vital defense against heat loss and moisture. The same can be said for any siding that has become dislodged. Sections of siding that are no longer interlocked properly can result in poor home insulation and future water damage.

Painting: If your siding needs painting more frequently than every 8-10 years, this could be a sign of possible structural problems. Peeling paint inside your home can also be a sign that your siding is allowing too much moisture in.

Warped siding:

If your home has experienced moisture damage, your siding could appear warped. This should be inspected before the potential damage becomes too extensive.

Holes or cracks:

Although holes are often a sign of insect problems, cracks are more likely to be caused by weather damage.

Heating bill:  

If your home’s heating bill is continuing to increase, this could be a sign of old or damaged siding. Your siding helps to regulate your home temperature and any siding damage can affect that balance.

Dick’s Roofing is already scheduling siding repairs and replacements into the spring of 2017. If you need an FREE estimate or consultation on the condition of your siding, Dick’s Roofing is the place Kenoshans call to get the best product at the best price. We specialize in happy customers. Call today to make an appointment.

Ice Dams | Dick's Roofing

Lack of Attic Insulation Leads to Ice Dams

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” is a great song for this time of year but, unfortunately, all that cold and snow can also mean ‘tis the season of ice dams.

Ice dams forming in your home’s gutter system is caused by the lack of proper insulation in your attic.  If your attic is too warm, this causes the snow on your roof to melt. As that melting snow pools into your gutters, it freezes and BAM, you have an ice dam.  This can cause havoc to your gutter system,  your roof in general and, eventually, it can cause serious water damage to your home.

A great rule of thumb, when it comes to your attic, is “if it’s too warm, cool it.” Your attic temperature is a result of heat rising from the inside of your home combined with the the heat from the sun shining on your roof.  Without proper insulation, your attic can become a hot little nest egg of trouble.

There are “bandaid” fixes for your ice dam issues. You could install heat tape (heat wire.) This is a heated wire system, across your roof, that creates pathways for melted snow to flow off your roof.  It is not a cheap system to install and it will also increase your electric bill. You can also make a point to rake your roof in the winter. Manually removing the snow, after each snowfall, can decrease your chances of an ice dam. But keep in mind that these are just temporary fixes.

Your best option, when it comes to eliminating ice dams, is to insulate your attic. Even Tom Silva, from “This Old House” agrees that the best way to eliminate ice dams is to properly insulate your attic.

Luckily, now is the time of year best suited for updating, replacing or installing new insulation in your attic area. If your attic is the “arctic tundra” in the winter and becomes the “Serengeti desert” in the height of summer, now is time to take action.  Inspection, installation and clean up is much easier and more comfortable at this time of year, both for you and your contractor.

Take care of your attic’s insulation needs.  Dick’s Roof Repair team can inspect and insulate your home for you. Take advantage of our Attic Insulation Special and insulate up to 1,000 sq. ft. with an R-19 rating for only $675.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today!

Expires 3/1/19

Siding Contractor

Selecting The Right Siding and Contractor For Your Home

Dick’s Roof Repair Service has been providing Kenosha and Racine residents with top quality workmanship and reliable service since 1957. With almost 60 years of experience, Dick’s Roof Repair Service has the knowledge and experience to re-side your home and make it more energy efficient. We work with you every step of the way from analyzing your needs, providing a free estimate to completing the job and servicing our warranties. Here is what you need to know to select the right siding and contractor your home.

1. Know When to Replace Your Siding

The appearance of fungus, obvious separation of seams, caulking failure, swelling, boards that no longer lay flat against your house, and moisture on the inside of your house, all could be signs of siding failure.

2. How Long Does Siding Last?

Existing vinyl siding can span a lifetime; anywhere between 20-40 years.  

3. Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding costs about 11 percent less than cedar siding and 26% less than aluminum siding, which is why vinyl has become the most popular choice in siding. Dick’s Roof Repair Service utilizes these siding options in Kenosha and Racine; Mastic 0.42 Ovation, Mastic 0.44 Carvewood, and Mastic 0.46 Quest. For more information, visit the Mastic website.  

4. Other Siding Options for the Kenosha and Racine Area

The most popular siding options in Kenosha and Racine besides Vinyl Siding, are LP Siding and Cement Board Siding. The LP siding products that we utilize in Kenosha and Racine is the Pre-Finisher (Cedar Siding Inc) has a 15 year labor and limited lifetime paint warranty for the CSI painted LP (2-coat). LP’s warranty on their substrate is a 5 year labor and 50 year material warranty. For Cement Board Siding, Dick’s Roofing utilizes the James Hardie HZ5, which has a 30 year double warranty on substrate and a 15 year paint warranty. 

5. Siding Warranties

Siding warranties offered by vinyl manufacturers are generally lifelong and transferable.

6. Find Out How Long The Contractor Has Been In Business

Dick’s Roof Repair Service has been practicing siding installation and repair in Kenosha and Racine since 1957.

7. Ask Your Contractor About Their Warranties

Dick’s Roof Repair Service provides a 10-year workmanship warranty that includes any leaks or material that should damage to the siding occur due to the installation. You will also receive the manufacturer’s warranty for the product being installed  as well which is typically for 20 – 40 years. You can rest assured that the investment of new siding to your home is well protected.

8. Dick’s Roofing Provides References

Still not sold that we are the #1 roofing and siding company in Kenosha and Racine? Just ask our customers and they will tell you why they loved working with us and how we completed their project in a timely fashion and hassle-free. Take a look at some of our projects we did in the gallery on our website.

By choosing a licensed contractor with years of experience like Dick’s Roof Repair Service, you will be assured and confident that you hired the right contractor. Contact Dick’s Roof Repair Service today for a free estimate and to schedule your siding installation for this summer.

 

Roofing & Siding Contractor

We service our warranties and answer your call backs

Dick’s Roof Repair Service is the preferred residential roofing contractor for Kenosha and Racine. With almost 60 years of experience, Dick’s Roof Repair Service has the knowledge and experience to navigate the intricacies of different residential roofing systems, for new installations and repairs. Our team works with you each step of the way. We evaluate your home’s needs and recommend the best possible solution to fit your requirements and budget. Family values, professionalism, and roofing philosophy are the cornerstone of Dick’s Roof Repair Service, that have helped us become a leader in the roofing industry in southeastern Wisconsin.

Home improvement projects — such as having a new roof installed or your home re-sided — are major decisions, and we understand the impact it has on your family. Most people tend not to think about their roof or siding until something happens, and it needs to be repaired or replaced. We try to make the process as simple as possible for you and your family. Dick’s Roof Repair Service provides a 10-year workmanship warranty that includes any leaks or material that should blow off due to the installation of the roof. Not to mention, you are receiving the warranty that the product we are installing offers as well. You can rest assured that the investment you made to update your home is well protected.  After your roof or siding has been installed or repaired, Dick’s Roof Repair Service is available via phone call to answer any questions that you may have about the service or product. We return all phone calls and messages in an appropriate timeframe, usually within 24 hours of receiving your call. At Dick’s Roof Repair, customer satisfaction is our primary goal.
By choosing a licensed contractor with years of experience like Dick’s Roof Repair Service, you will be assured and confident that you hired the right contractor. Contact Dick’s Roof Repair Service today for a free estimate.

Siding Installation

Siding Installation and Repair

Siding your home or condo is a major decision. We at Dick’s Roof Repair understand that repairing / replacing exterior areas of your home can have a major impact on your family. We utilize the newest and most advanced siding products available on the market today to expedite the process. Some of the most popular products are cement board siding, LP Smart siding and vinyl siding. Dick’s Roof Repair can remove your old siding, install new insulation, and re-side your home to make it more energy efficient, saving you money for years to come.

Re-siding your home or condo will add a significant amount of resale value to your property. According to the National Association of Realtor’s website, Houselogic reported that the best choices for improving home value were exterior projects, including siding replacement. The re-siding of your home or condo will also help with the curb appeal of your home. Dick’s Roof Repair has been doing  siding installation and repair in Kenosha and Racine for almost 60 years, and  come with the creditientals that prove we are the right company for your job. Here are some siding tips to  about the siding service options in Kenosha and Racine.

  1. Vinyl siding is a plastic exterior siding for a house and used instead of other materials such as aluminum or fiber cement siding. It is an engineered product, manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin. In the Kenosha and Racine areas we utilize the products Mastic .042, which is engineered for strength and durability, Mastic .044 Carvewood, which delivers strength, durability, the beauty of real wood and is the ideal choice for a virtually maintenance free home exterior. Last but not least, we use the product Mastic .046 Quest, which offers the elegance of wood lap siding in a low-maintenance vinyl siding panel that provides outstanding design, performance and beauty. For more information on these products, visit the Mastic website.
  1. Another type of siding that we recommend in the the Kenosha and Racine areas is the James Hardie Color Plus. Not only does this come with a 15-year paint warranty, their Color Plus technology combines their advanced fiber cement formulation with a factory applied, baked on finish, which allows them to provide a superior siding solution for any multi-family or commercial project. For more information on these products, visit the James Hardie website
  1. LP Smart Siding offers the warmth and beauty of traditional wood with the durability of engineered wood. All LP Smart Siding products feature a four component SmartGuard manufacturing process for strength and to resist fungal decay. This comes with a 25 year paint warranty. For more information, visit the LP Smart Siding website.

Exterior projects, such as re-siding your home, is a major decision for any family. By choosing a licensed contractor, like Dick’s Roof Repair, you will be assured and confident that you hired the right contractor, especially one with over 60 years experience. Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today for a free estimate.