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12 Questions You Should Ask Potential Roofing Contractors

Having served more than 40,000 homeowners in the Kansas City area, Bordner is often called upon to repair or re-install roofing projects previously completed by sub-par contractors. At Bordner, our roofing installation processes thoroughly address all of the issues listed below, protecting you and your home and providing you a high-quality installation. However, we know you may also request bids from other companies. The questions here will help you evaluate potential roofing contractors and make sure your home project is done right the first time.

Looking for a company to work on your siding, windows or other part of your home as well? Check out our guide on “How to Hire a Reputable Home Improvement Contractor” first.

Don’t Be a Victim of Water Damage This Summer

While the summertime means vacations, pool-side activity and an all-around good time to many, to a contractor, it means an increase in the incidences of water damage. Not only can water damage ruin carpet and various other types of flooring, but it can also really do a number on a home’s air quality, its walls and its foundation, on the whole. It’s also not always the easiest thing to spot.

Below is a quick guide from to help you spot water damage when it’s not so obvious.

  • Look for water stains. Water leaking into a home will leave a trail; one that you’ll eventually see. Be especially observant in the bathroom around the tub and in the kitchen around the dishwasher and refrigerator.
  • Find mold, mildew or stains left behind. These are obvious examples of water damage in your home and may be present even though you don’t have an actual leak. Check the ventilation in the room with the mold to ensure moisture can escape properly.
  • Watch the floor for signs of buckling. If your floor appears warped in any area, water damage is the likely culprit.
  • Check the drywall. Anywhere you find a buckled floor, check the walls. Drywall will be soft to the touch after exposure to water and will have a swollen appearance.

Bordner Featured in “the Independent” for Dedication to Quality

The Independent takes great pleasure to introduce our readers to six very important movers-and-shakers in Our Town’s home design-and-improvement community: Scott Bickford of the R.S. Bickford & Company architectural firm; Bernie
Madden of Madden-McFarland Interiors; Steve Reiff of Great Plains Pool & Spa Products; landscape architect Reed Dillon of Reed Dillon & Associates; Jerry Fleenor of Bordner; and Marc Lonesk of Sturgis Materials, Inc. Each of these six men bring decades of hands-on experience to each project. Is it any wonder they each agree with the famous opinion of the philosopher Aristotle: “Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”

Dress Your Yard up with Bamboo This Summer!

As we inch our way closer into summer, chances are, we’ll be spending a lot more time outdoors, whether bar-be-queuing on our decks or hosting a cool evening soiree by the pool. If you don’t already have a privacy fence up and are trying to decide what type will work best for your home, Bordner encourages you to consider bamboo fencing. Not only will a bamboo fence provide you with the privacy you’re looking for but it also furnishes your yard with a beautiful summery theme, year-round.

Take a look at some work from designer Toshio Abiko’s latest bamboo fence project. For more information on Bamboo fencing, contact your local Bamboo Fencer.

Epa Challenges Manufacturing Industry to Improve Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized the first group of manufacturing sites that have met the Energy Star Challenge for Industry and reduced their energy intensity by 10 percent within 5 years or less. The U.S. manufacturing industry is responsible for nearly 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and spends almost $100 billion annually on energy. Under the umbrella of the Energy StarChallenge for Industry, EPA is working with individual manufacturing sites and their parent companies to fight climate change and save money through improvements in energy efficiency.

Click here to read the entire release from the EPA.

Bordner Installation Group: Home Improvement Leaders for More than 20 Years!

A Kansas City home improvement leader for more than 20 years, Bordner scores a customer satisfaction rating of an incredible 9.78 on a scale of 1 – 10, compared to a national industry average of only 6.29. More than 40,000 clients across the Kansas City Metro area have learned to trust their commercial and residential roofing, siding, and window installation projects to Bordner.

If you haven’t already had a chance to take a look at Bordner‘s work, visit the gallery!

Out with the Old and in with the New: Energy Smart Cfls Are Here to Stay

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will begin phasing out traditional incandescent light bulbs, starting January 1, 2012. More and more Americans are buying energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and are aware of the energy-saving benefits. GE says its Energy Smart CFLs use a quarter of the energy consumed by incandescent bulbs, last as much as 10 times longer and give off less heat.
According to GE’s research, about 75 % of 1519 homeowners surveyed were not aware of the impending federal requirement for greater energy efficiency that starts in two years. This Act will lead to the phase out of 100-watt incandescent bulbs starting January1, 2012.The next phasing out of seventy-five-watt traditional bulbs will be in 2013, followed by 40- and 60-watt bulbs in 2014.nergy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and are aware of the energy-saving benefits. GE says its Energy Smart CFLs use a quarter of the energy consumed by incandescent bulbs, last as much as 10 times longer and give off less heat.

Armed Service Members Have Extra Year for Home Buyer Tax Credit

At Bordner, we like to keep our customers as informed as possible on all things home-related — especially opportunities for savings through this year’s tax credits.   In fact, if you take a look at our website, you’ll find a Tax Credit Countdown clock. Below is some of the lates news form the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) on new information on the Home Buyer Tax Credit for members of the Armed forces.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) wants members of the military, foreign service, and intelligence communities to know that they may have an additional year to buy a home and claim the home buyer tax credit, which expires for most Americans on April 30.

The law provides qualified service members who served on official extended duty outside of the United States for 90 days or more at any time between January 1, 2009, to April 30, 2010, another year to buy a home and claim the credit. They have until April 30, 2011, to sign a sales contract, and until June 30, 2011, to settle and close on the home. Both the $8,000 first-time and $6,500 repeat home buyer tax credits are included in the rule.

The rule that requires buyers to repay the credit if they move out of their home within three years has also been waived for qualified service members if they have to sell their home due to receiving government orders for extended duty service.

For more information from the NAHB on their consumer website, click here.

How to Hire a Reputable Home Improvement Contractor

When you’re looking for someone to repair or install roofing, siding, windows, doors, stone, stucco or installation, we know you may decide to compare us to other companies. So we’ve out together a list of some common ways people evaluate contractors to make sure they choose the right person for their home improvement project.

The list includes everything from how to request all information in writing to what types of references and certifications to look for.

Click here to view the entire list at our website. If you still feel unsure as to how to make your decision, feel free to contact us or ask your Bordner representative for additional assistance.