YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW

Sometimes when I take my car to the dealership to have maintenance completed, they ask me questions or point things out, and most of the time I feel like they are speaking a foreign language. While I am sure they know what they are doing, I have NO clue what’s going on when it comes to anything that has to do with my car, other than how to start it and make it go. Some people may say I am irresponsible because I don’t know but I would have you consider that I am just not really that interested. Like most of you reading this, I take my car to the experts because I am not one. I take it to the people who know because I don’t know what I don’t know and I sure as heck can’t fix it on my own. Now, let’s apply this concept to your home. Similar to your car, your home has a lot of moving parts. Different than your car, your home does not come equipped with a warning light or a reminder sticker in the window. When your home begins to break down or when your home suffers damage as a result of a storm, hiring the right contractor may feel like taking your car in for maintenance. Many contractors will eagerly come and perform an inspection but often times, the result of the inspection can be overwhelming. Most reputable contractors should be able to walk you through an informative, yet easy to understand inspection outcome with easy to understand solutions. The key to a great experience is simplicity in...

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, YOU WILL PAY THE PRICE!

Some of us want to shop price to be thrifty. Some of us want to shop price because we think it’s all the same. Some of us want to shop price because we legitimately want the best deal. There is nothing wrong with shopping price until shopping price means sacrificing quality. We are all “price conscious.” But, what does that really mean?   Being “price conscious” is all centered around your experience and your perceived concept/reality of the word “VALUE.” How you see value in something directly relates to an associated cost or price you are willing to pay. If you see something as low value, you won’t be willing to invest as much for it. However, when you see something as high value, you will pay a premium to acquire it. When it comes to the roofing system on your home, value is everything. A contractor that is willing to give you anything for “free” does not possess a high level of value on their own services. If they did, they wouldn’t just “give it away.” The same can be said for the contractor who uses cheap or inferior material on the roof of your home. That’s why choosing the right contractor can make all the difference. Yes, if you choose one that is more reputable, more experienced, that uses higher quality material; you are going to pay more now. But, let’s be honest, using one that uses less of all those simply means you are going to pay more later. Either way, you will pay the price for your decision. 3 Steps to choosing the “right” contractor....

An Informational Comparison of Slate Roofing

Natural Slate vs Synthetic Slate Roofing Here at BOLT Construction & Roofing we are big fans slate roofing, but we know it can be a difficult decision for homeowners when faced with a slate roofing restoration project. Natural slate has so much character and charm, but requires a highly skilled installer to do the work precisely. Synthetic slate is more cost effective than it’s natural counterpart and is built to have the charm but in a more durable package. The following infographic will give you a nice comparison of the...

WHAT THAT WATER STAIN IS TRYING TO TELL YOU

WHAT THAT WATER STAIN IS TRYING TO TELL YOU For many homeowners, noticing a water stain after a rainstorm is an obvious sign that there’s a problem with the roof. But what if it hasn’t rained and leaks are still occurring? Water stains occur for many different reasons and sometimes can be tricky to pinpoint. A slow leak is usually harder to find than a big leak because it may have migrated from its original opening. It’s not uncommon for water to run along rafters before making it to your ceiling, complicating the true source of the problem. Determining the cause of a leak requires a visual inspection of the area above and around the stain. This inspection may require access to an attic, roof or even an enclosed floor structure. While it’s not always possible to find the source of a water leak, the location of the stain will often give you a good idea. Here’s a list of some of the most common sources of ceiling stains. WATER STAIN ON CEILING Improperly installed roof flashing or old flashing is one of the most common causes of ceiling stains. Penetrations are found on every roof and require flashing to keep water from getting in. When flashings are not installed properly, water will get into these penetrations, into the attic and eventually, into your ceiling and/or walls. Chimney, skylight and pipe jack flashings are usually the most common source of ceiling stains. Overtime old flashings will crack or rust, causing openings for water to get in and enter your attic. If noticing ceiling stains and your roof is easily...

10 TIPS TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY BILL

10 TIPS TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY BILL Energy bills have been on the rise and will continue to spike as the cost of oil increases. Droughts and water shortages have also added to the rise of energy costs by forcing strict water use restrictions across many regions. Although there’s no way to control the growth of energy costs, there are steps we can take to make our homes more energy efficient. Here’s a list of 10 tips that will help to reduce your energy bills for years to come. SWITCH OUT CONVENTIONAL LIGHT BULBS WITH ENERGY-EFFICIENT ONES A light bulb is a simple, often overlooked aspect in most homes’ annual energy consumption. According to Environmental Protection Agency reports, if every household in the United States replaced just one standard light bulb with an energy-efficient one, the nation would save $600 million annually in energy costs. That is enough saved energy to power 3 million homes for a year! For a single household, just one energy-efficient light bulb uses 70-90% less energy and lasts 10 to 25 times longer than a conventional bulb. SEAL THE OPENINGS AROUND YOUR HOME Small openings around your home may not seem like much of an issue but have a huge impact on energy consumption. Weather-stripping and caulking the openings around windows and doors is an easy way to keep air from escaping outside and drafts from getting in. A visual inspection around the interior and exterior of your home will give you a good idea of where the leaks are coming from. A professional energy audit is also a good way to pinpoint the...

10 THINGS YOUR ROOF IS TRYING TO TELL YOU

10 THINGS YOUR ROOF IS TRYING TO TELL YOU Your roof may be trying to tell you something. A roof in need of attention (repair or replacement) will show multiple warning signs that should never be ignored. Many homeowners assume that if their roof isn’t leaking it’s in good shape, but this just isn’t the case. There are many different warning signs that roofs show before damage is noticed. Here’s a list of the 10 most common warning signs to look for that could save you a lot of money in the long run. WATER SPOTS ON CEILING Water stains on the ceiling after a rainstorm is usually an obvious sign that there’s a problem with your roof. Roof leaks are caused by a number of different things and can be tricky to pinpoint. A slow leak is usually harder to find than a big leak because it may have migrated from its original opening. If you do spot a leak, call a professional company to come out and do a roof inspection. After a thorough inspection a contractor should be able to tell you where the leak is coming from and what needs to be done to stop it. WATER SPOTS ON EXTERIOR WALLS Water spots on exterior walls can be an indication that the flashing is rusted, loose or possibly damaged. Replacing flashing can be a difficult job because it is caulked to both the roof and siding. This type of repair should always be done by a professional to ensure the leak is fixed and there won’t be any more issues. GUTTERS FILLED WITH SHINGLE GRANULES...