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Three Reasons to Hire a Professional for Your Building Project

In today’s DIY society, many homeowners are choosing to build their homes or their outbuildings on their own. Even if you have the time for such an undertaking, there are several good reasons that you should hire a professional instead. 

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Permits

Nearly every community requires permits to build new construction, even if it is just a garage, shed, or pool house. Usually these permits are required by the city or town in which you live. If you get caught building without the appropriate permits, you could find yourself facing hefty fines and having your project delayed or cancelled completely. A professional contractor is familiar with what permits are required and how to obtain them.

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Repair or Replace? What You Need to Do for Your Roof

It happens to the best of us. You do everything you can to maintain your home, but eventually it rains and you discover a leak. Maybe you discover multiple leaks. Whether the leaks are due to normal wear and tear on your roof or a fierce storm, you may think that you can just repair the leaks. However, there are some situations in which you should simply replace the entire roof. Here’s how to tell the difference.

One or Two Bad Spots

You may notice that your roof has a few bad spots with broken or cracked shingles, or you have one or two places in your home that are leaking through the ceiling when it rains or storms. If you only have one or two bad spots on your roof, it is probably due to storm damage rather than a breaking down of the roof. In these situations, a simple repair may be sufficient.

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Top 3 Things to Look for in a General Contractor

Hiring a general contractor for your remodel or new construction project is one of the most important decisions you will make during this process. The general contractor is in charge of the entire project, and if you don’t choose wisely it could cause delays and problems with the construction. Here are the top three things to look for in a general contractor.

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Licensure and Insurance

Your general contractor should be fully licensed to practice in your state, in addition to having licenses and certifications for the various types of work to be done. They should also have adequate insurance, including worker’s compensation insurance. Ask to see their licenses and insurance documentation before hiring.

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3 Reasons Not to Put Off Repairing Storm Damage

Having your home in the path of a major storm can be extremely expensive and stressful. While you will need to contact your insurance right away, it is not wise to put off starting your repairs. Here are three reasons not to put off repairing storm damage.

Reduce Chances of More Flooding

If you do not repair storm damage right away, you could experience additional flooding in your home. If another storm comes on the tail of the last, you could experience some additional water damage if you haven’t repaired the original damage. This can cost you even more money and damage your belongings.

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These 3 Things Done by General Contractors Save Stress

A general contractor is one of the most important people you will have on your construction job. The general contractor takes a lot of the work and organization out of your hands and makes sure that your project runs smoothly. Whether you hire a general contractor for extensive remodels or new construction, there are three things that general contractors do that relieve your stress during the build.

Hires Subcontractors

You know that you need an electrician, a plumber, a framer, a siding expert, a window installer, etc. A general contractor fields these assignments for you so you don’t have to worry about finding contractors for yourself. The general contractor will determine what specialized contractors are needed, locate them, take bids, and set them to work. You don’t have to lift a finger.

Ensures Safety

One of the primary jobs of the general contractor is to ensure safety on the job site. A general contractor will make sure that there are supervisors on site to ensure that all contractors and subcontractors are following safety protocols. This is important to make sure your home is safe, but it is also important to make sure that those working on your property are uninjured. This can save a lot of worry on your part, and protect your investments.

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3 Signs You Need a New Roof

Your roof is your home’s protector. Without a sturdy roof, your possessions and the rest of your home becomes vulnerable to weather damage, particularly when there is precipitation. It is important to keep your roof in good working order and replace it as necessary. But when is a complete roof replacement necessary? Here are four signs that you need a new roof.

Age

How old is your roof? If your roof is more than 20 years old, it is probably time for a replacement. While shingles are made for durability, most roofs expire within about 20 years. Weather damage and other factors may also make your roof last a shorter amount of time. If your roof is over 20 years old, you should start with a roof inspection to see if it’s time for a replacement.

Signs of Wear

There are several signs of wear that mean it is time for a new roof. If the majority of the shingles are curling or cupped, it means that the shingles are worn and need to be replaced. There may also be bald spots where granules are missing or cracked shingles. The roof may also just look old and worn from the outside.

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