The Importance of Proper Roof Ventilation for Your Home

Roof Ventilation

Roof ventilation, also known as attic ventilation can be one of the smartest improvements that you could make to your home. Proper ventilation on your roof allows for good air flow throughout your roof and within your crawl space or attic and provides various benefits based on the climate outside. The proper setup though is very important to in order to reap all of the benefits.

What are the Benefits of Proper Roof Ventilation?

In cold climates, roof ventilation helps to avoid ice buildup. The accumulation of snow on the roof coupled with the warm temperatures coming from within the home can cause snow to constantly melt and refreeze on the roof. This could create massive ice dams that could damage or even cause a roof to collapse.

In warmer climates, vented roofs are meant to cool down attics and crawl spaces and in extension help keep the rest of the house cool. This allows the homeowners to save money on air conditioning and stay more comfortable during the hotter days of the year.

Determining If You’re in Need of Roof Ventilation

If you have moisture buildup in your attic or crawl space that won’t seem to go away, it’s probably a good idea to rethink your roof ventilation system in order to effectively phase out the moisture  and prevent future buildup.

If you have a house that is consistently overheated on even moderately warm days, it would be beneficial to get roofing ventilation to cool down your home and save you money on your air conditioning bill.

If you have a problem with ice buildup on your roof, especially if the roof is too high to clear the snow off, it would be beneficial to install some additional vents on your roof.

How Much Ventilation is Enough?

If you already have some form of ventilation in your roof, you may be wondering if the ventilation that you currently have is sufficient. Roofs usually require at least one square foot vent for every 300 square feet of attic space. Too much ventilation can be more problematic than beneficial, so it’s a good idea to only install as much ventilation as you need.

Roof ventilation is meant to improve the health of your roof, the temperature of your home and your energy bills. It is beneficial to homes in any climate. If you have questions about your home’s roof ventilation system setup, need an extra opinion, more information or help with starting on your ventilation installation, contact the Bordner team today.

 

by Chris Larson

Repairing Hail Damage to Your Roof

Hail Damage

Hail damage is no laughing matter; any penetrations to your roof can result in serious damage to your home’s infrastructure. The sooner roofing issues are identified and repaired by a Kansas City roofing contractor, the sooner you can relax knowing your home is protected from further harm. The longer you wait the greater the damage will become, which results in unnecessarily high repair bills.

How can I tell if my roof is damaged?

Without a professional assessment, or obvious holes or leaks, you might not be able to tell for sure. If your gutters were dented or dinged, there is a good chance your roof was damaged as well. Other signs of hail damage include:

  • black mineral deposits at the base of downspouts
  • new patches of moisture on ceilings after a hail storm
  • any evidence of “dimpling” on your shingles

A damaged roof left untended can compromise your home by causing further issues, such as:

  • leaks
  • wood rot
  • insulation damage
  • mold/mildew
  • energy inefficiency

What will my roof repair entail?

First you will want to contact us at 816-358-2102. As reputable contractors we can help you to work with your home owner’s insurance to make your roof repair as affordable as possible. In many cases, only small repairs are necessary to get your roof back in shape.

Contact us here at Bordner
if you suspect your roof has sustained hail damage. We’re happy to provide references from thousands of satisfied customers.

 

by Rob Poettgen
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Give Your Home a New Look with a Replacement Garage Door

Garage Door

Have you driven by your own home lately and taken a good look?  Curb appeal is the first impression your home makes, and whether you are looking at selling your home, adding value, or you would just like a more welcoming look for your family, it’s exterior appearance is important.

It is easy to think about the obvious upgrades such as new siding, a new coat of paintand landscaping, however there is an easy way to update your home quickly and effectively. A new garage door can make such a difference to the curb appeal of your home. Think about it: most of our old garage doors have seen better days. It’s probably marked up with dents, scratches, mismatched paint or maybe it just doesn’t add the style you are trying to achieve.

Changing out an old, worn out garage door with a new model can instantly dress up the exterior of your home, especially if you have a garage door that faces out to the street. As a bonus, today’s garage doors are safer and stronger than the older models. Consider adding a door with raised panels, recessed panels or bead board. Or think about how a beautiful traditional carriage style door (with a modern long lasting material) will look on your home.

Replacement garage doors can give your home a brand new look and can be professionally installed without you having to lift a finger. Here at Bordner  we are experts at replacement garage doors, so contact us today and add some curb appeal to your home.

Advantages of Fiberglass Windows

Fiberglass windows are one of the most durable and energy efficient windows on the market. If you are thinking about replacing the windows in your Kansas City home, there are several reason why fiberglass windows are the best available option.

Energy Efficiency. Fiberglass window frames are hollow, which allows them to be filled with energy-efficient foam insulation. Pair that with LoE-³-366 glass – which blocks up to 92% of UV rays – and your home will benefit from low solar heat gain in the summer and protection from the cold in the winter. Plus, you can enjoy owning windows which meet nationwide Energy Star guidelines.
Durability. Did you know fiberglass window frames are eight times stronger than vinyl and three times stronger than vinyl/sawdust composites? Say goodbye to cracking, warping, and leaking. Glass and Ultrex® expand and contract at the same rate which keeps your window tightly sealed regardless of the weather.

Cost Efficient. Due to their strength and long-lasting lifetime, your annual window maintenance is minimal. Combine their minimal maintenance needs and the money you’ll save on utility bills and fiberglass window frames are a cost efficient choice. Our windows come with a 20-year window warranty and Limited Lifetime parts warranty.

If you are interested in learning more about why fiberglass windows are the best choice for your home, contact Bordner. We’ll be happy to make an appointment to visit your home and discuss your window needs.

Why Hire a Professional Roofer?

Roofer

If you want to avoid costly roof repairs, the National Roofing Contractors Association(NRCA) recommends having your roof inspected twice a year. While you or a handyman can climb on top of your house to look for missing shingles or an overly stressed gutter system, there are a number of other problems that only a professional Kansas City roofing contractor such as Bordner, is qualified to look for.

Common roof problems

The most common problems we will look for include shingles that are cracked, warped or missing; deteriorated flashings and loose seems; gutter debris and downspouts.

Additional services

Roof damage can play a role in structural and aesthetic problems inside your home. Our trustworthy and expert contractors can help you save money by providing comprehensive roof maintenance and repairs as well as installation and repairs to your home’s façade, windows, doors, insulation and more.

Why hire a professional Kansas City roofing contractor

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors reports that more than 164,000 people go to the emergency room each year from falling off ladders. Without proper experience, homeowners are also at risk of worsening roof problems. We have a 9.78 overall customer satisfaction rating and we ensure safe, long-lasting, cost-efficient repairs.

Call Bordner  today to get a free roof analysis.

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Where Can I Buy Interior Doors That Are Split so You Can Open the Top and Bottom Separately. Or Can I Cut My Existing Door to Do That?

You can cut them yourself but how you do it depends on the type and style of the door. For instance if it’s a hollow core door (solid structure around only the perimeter of door) you will need to add in a solid structure on either side of your cut. One method for doing this is ripping down a solid board, lightly gluing it, carefully inserting it into the cavity of each section of your now two piece door, flushing it up with the cut edge, and pin nailing it in place. A helpful tip in doing this is to run a screw into the filler piece to hold onto and help position it with out it falling down into the cavity of the door. Once you have it nailed remove screw and fill hole. You will also need one new hinges to each section of the slab and door jamb. The best way to do this is with a hinge jig and router. You will be left with the old shim locations on slap and jamb that will need to be filled and sanded.

On a raised panel door the position of your center rail will determine where to cut it or split the slap. It will be a solid rail piece so you won’t need to do the fill in piece like in the above example just some sanding and finishing. You will however still need to add and relocate hinges following the same steps.

This can be a labor intensive project and it does require knowledge of jigs and routers, so if your not comfortable or familiar with these tools or techniques you may want to consider just replacing the unit with a pre-hung (already cut and mounted in the frame) split door.  It may require going to more of a specialty building supplier like PMD (Pacific Mutual Door) vs. the big box stores. And although it might cost more, it would certainly take less time and sweat equity.

By Jerry Fleenor

Is My Stucco Exterior Completely Maintenance Free or Are There Things I Should Do or Look For? If so What and How Often?

Stucco is not maintenance free.  If the stucco was done correctly you should have sealant joints around all terminations. I recommend checking them every spring when your outside preparing the house and yard for summer.  If the proper sealant was used you shouldn’t have to do anything with them for 3 to 5 years depending on your climate conditions.  I would also check your flashing around windows and doors to make sure you not seeing any visible staining, cracking or buldging from the stucco.

by Allen Hunter

$5,000 Exterior Make-over Giveaway

Kasas City Home

Our friends over at Davinci are sponsoring a $5,000 exterior makeover.  This contest is open to homeowners nationwide.  The “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest includes a $5,000 cash grand prize, the idea is to help the winner add some color to their home.

To Entervisit the DaVinci Facebook page and give them a “like” then enter by submitting a digital photo of your home’s exterior and include a 250-word description stating how you wish to “shake up” the exterior of your home with colorful products.

Expert Judging. National color expert Kate Smith of Sensational Color will help judge the contest to determine five finalists. You may remember Kate as Davinci’sColor Expert.

The “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest is open from March 18 to April 21, 2013. After the selection of the five finalists, public online voting will take place from May 13 – 26, 2013. The winner will be announced on June 3, 2013. For more information, along with the entry form, complete rules and regulations regarding the contest, check it out and enter now!

Closed Due to Weather

Due to weather conditions our offices are closed today. Unfortunately our phones are currently out from a power outage and you will only receive a busy signal. If you need to contact us for any reason, please leave a detailed e-mail at[email protected] or visit our website at www.bordnerinstall.comand we’ll get back to you as soon as tomorrow depending on weather and road conditions. We are sorry for any inconvenience. We are anxiously awaiting the weather to clear so we can help you.

Invest in Blown in Attic Insulation to Reduce Heating Costs This Winter

With winter weather settling in, now is a great time to make sure your home is prepared for the cooler months. The best way to do this is to make sure you have proper attic insulation, as it can retain heat and cut heating bills by up to 10 percent according to the Department of Energy.

While you might be tempted to do the project yourself, here are several reasons why a reputable contractor would be a better choice.

  • One reason to hire a contractor is cost. Many contractors can receive a sizable discount on insulation materials, which will offset labor costs. As a result, you can have a contractor buy and install the insulation for a favorable price.
  • Next, it is safer to hire a contractor to install attic insulation. For one, they can spot hazards in the attic such as frayed wires. In turn, you receive a great job and peace of mind in not having to worry about the hazards associated with installing insulation.

For Kansas City homeowners, one of the best ways to cut heating costs this winter is to have a reputable contractor inspect your home to ensure you have adequate insulation.Bordner can offer you a free consultation that way you can learn more about their services and how much it would cost to make your home ready for the cooler months.