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Kane County Cougars final home stand!

Kane County Cougars host their final home stand of the season! (Aloha Construction, Inc. Sponsors)

This Labor Day weekend, the Kane County Cougars host their final homestand of the season! As proud (roofing contractor) sponsors of the team, good luck this weekend! Play your heart out!! For those that don’t know, our local team is 69-62 with about 5 games left to play until the playoffs. The team comes out strong as they were the first-half division winner, so we have faith for a final push. While we are known as local siding contractors, we have a knack for baseball, so we wanted to share some stats…

With a game today, we see this team finishing the way they started. After all, this is a quality team. For instance, this year their team batting averages is at .250 with a .352 SLG. Also, the Kane County Cougars  have one of the lowest ERAs in the Midwest League at 3.35 and their WHIP is close to league lowest at 1.22.

If you haven’t seen them this year and you want to catch them on their final homestand of the season, the festivities kick off with Star Wars Night on Saturday, September 2nd. Finally, they tear the house down with their last fireworks show of the summer on Sunday, September 3rd.

If you do head to the field, we keep an eye out on the following players:

  • Marcus Wilson (CF) | Batting .295 with a .455 SLG and 9 home runs
  • Mark Karaviotis (SS) | Batting .307 with a .411 SLG
  • Ramon Hernandez (1B) | Batting .288 with a .420 SLG and 11 home runs
  • Sam McWilliams (P) | 11-6 wins and losses with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP (131 Innings Pitched)

Need tickets? Check out their calendar with options to purchase tickets here: http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t446

Again, we are so proud to have been able to sponsor the Kane County Cougars for yet another season!

Go get em…

Tiger?

Categories News, Siding Contractors

Meet Aloha Restoration, Co. | Our new home remodeling & interior restoration company!

We are proud to introduce our new company: Aloha Restoration, Co.

As local roofers and siding contractors, we are proud to introduce our interior restoration and home remodeling division: Aloha Restoration, Co. Also based out of Lake Zurich, we are now part of a network that offers mold removalwater damage restorationfire damage restorationinterior remodeling services, and we even know how to clean carpet.

Becoming expert roofers & providing quality siding repair was never the end goal. Since starting this company over a decade ago, we always dreamed of developing into a one-stop shop for homeowners across the Midwest. Whether you need flood damage repair or vinyl siding repair, our local network can handle it. Providing quality craftmanship along the way, we feel both Aloha Construction, Inc. and Aloha Restoration, Co. are now equipped to make life easier for the residents of Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

This year has been all about growth.  As we grow, it’s important to not forget the little things. Things like service & craftmanship. After all, our industry is centered around making people feel more secure in their homes. Because of this, it’s important we don’t forget it.

Based in interior restoration services & being home remodelers, we focus on training

Opening this new division, we put an emphasis on training. Becoming more certified and licensed in disaster recovery & professional remodeling than our local counter-parts; we’ll get you restored in no time!

For those who need emergency assistance, Aloha Restoration, Co. is 24 hours and responds quick at anytime of the day. In times of need, there are other allies outside of your local authorities that can help secure your home. While most people don’t think to call us, we will work hand-in-hand with the authorities to secure your home. We make this process hassle-free for you and your family.

Our new office is just 5 minutes away from our main headquarters.  Offering free in-home assessments, we insist anyone stop in and schedule a property inspection. Servicing the entire Lake County area, our newest division is a local home remodeling and clean up company.

Categories News, Roofing Contractors

How to get insurance to pay for roof replacement | Answers inside.

Storm Damage Repair | How to get insurance to pay for roof replacement? 

A storm with high winds, hail, and heavy rain has passed through your area. Your roof is leaking and it would appear there is hail damage to your roof. You’re probably wondering how to get insurance to pay for roof replacement. Is it even possible? In short, the answer is yes, but storm damage repair is a tricky business. Sure; you’ve heard stories about homeowners with minimum hail damage roof and they get the entire roof replaced. Of course, you’ve heard the other end of the tale too. Someone with a lot of damage gets nothing covered by their insurance. Before we dive in on how to get insurance to pay for roof replacement, let’s talk about the main factors of storm damage repair.

When hail hits, it does serious damage to personal property. During a storm, wind direction and speed vary. Changes in conditions can affect the location and severity of the roof hail damage. Obviously, the hail’s size affects the amount of damage to your property. Finally, the type of materials used to build your roof absorb impact differently. When you take these factors into consideration, hail damage is a type of storm damage repair insurance companies are willing to cover.

Okay, so roof hail damage is a big factor. Does homeowners insurance cover roof leaks?

The answer here is also yes. However, without strong roofing knowledge & an understanding of how to work with insurance adjusters, convincing them to write a check will be difficult. Simply put, bring a roofer that has integrity and insurance experience to your adjuster’s appointment. Before you make a claim, have us provide you with a FREE PROPERTY INSPECTION! We can determine before you file a claim if there is any hail damage roof. This will prevent you from having your claim denied should there be no need for storm damage repair. Do not call in a claim to hoping the insurance adjuster will come out and find something. If they can save money by not replacing your roof, they will!

Notice anything off since the last storm passed through?

Let us know! We can help get your full roof replaced!

Categories Local Siding Contractors, News

Aluminum Siding Contractors answer why you should switch!

Local siding contractors know first-hand: Deciding on the perfect siding for your home is a tough decision. With all the different types out there, it’s tough to know which type of siding to choose. While aluminum siding contractors would say otherwise, as always, we highly recommend vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free, you don’t have to paint it, and it adds character and value to your home! While thick & expensive aluminum siding can keep insects out, circulate the home well, and is recyclable; there are many draw backs to this type of siding. Let’s review.

First and foremost, Aluminum siding is extremely susceptible to hail damage. While hail damage repair can be covered by your homeowner’s insurance, replacing just a single or even a few sections of aluminum siding is a hassle as matching existing colors is near impossible. Aluminum siding contractors all know: Colors baked onto aluminum siding fades over time preventing an easy color matching process. Aluminum also becomes chalky and dull due to exposure to the other elements. Beyond the dents you get from hail, aluminum siding is also easily scratched.

Aesthetically, aluminum siding is like nails on a chalkboard to some. Up-close it can look dull and, during high winds & on extremely hot days, aluminum tends to be noisy.  The metal expanding and contracting makes noise and to some homeowners this simply won’t do. On the same token, aluminum siding tends to become disfigured over time. While a good aluminum siding contractor will tell you it can last up to 35 years, they don’t factor in disfiguration which can bring the lifespan of your home’s siding down considerably.

In the state of Illinois, these problems tend to be more heightened as we are a high wind and heavy hail state. Again, as trusted local siding contractors, we just felt it in your best interest to know: We always recommend a Vinyl Siding upgrade whenever possible.

Notice any issues on the exterior of your home? Just let us know!

Categories Local Roofers, News, Roofing Contractors

How to fix a leaky roof? Trusted roofers Aloha Construction answer.

When one looks up how to fix a leaky roof, most roof repair answers out there point to simple black & white solutions: Look for damage. Caulk. Reapply caulk. Remove damaged or deteriorated caulk. Use a putty knife to remove excess or loosened old caulk. Clean & dry the area. Point blank, we feel the simple responses out there need some clarification.

As roofing contractors, we felt you needed to know there’s more to the question of how to fix a leaky roof than just finding the source of the leak & patching the hole. Let’s talk about the cons of going down this road. Unless your roof is close to new & you’re a pro at roofing services, your patch work will probably not match your existing shingles. Also, do you plan on selling your home anytime soon? If so, choppy patch jobs can bring property value down. A roof with a glaring patch is not appealing and won’t inspire that buyer’s confidence.

A new roof can be cheaper in the long run. While yes, if the damage is only on one side, a partial reroofing is possible; partial reroofing jobs can be a bit more expensive & sometimes only band-aide the issue. One thing we never recommend? Doing one part of your roof now and the remainder in a few years down the road. Trusted roofers know it can sometimes save you a few thousand dollars if you go for the full replacement.

Beyond the decision of roof repair vs. a roof replacement, you have to decide if you are doing a complete tear off or doing a roof over.  Doing a roof over is a DO AT YOUR OWN RISK type of job. In areas like Illinois, with high winds & storms, your new roof will have trouble staying down if you just roof over. Simply put, shingles stay in place when attached directly to the roof deck. Again, another question, like how to fix a leaky roof, that is more based around: Do I skimp, save money now & pay for it in the long run?

A full replacement can last decades. To us, the answer is simple.

Call us now!

Categories Local Siding Contractors, News, Siding Contractors

Siding Contractors answer: How to install vinyl siding starter strips

If you’ve prepared your walls for vinyl siding, you’re probably now asking yourself: How to install vinyl siding starter strips & the corner posts that receive the siding panels? Here, you’ve got to prepare the existing wall and moves through installation of all siding and trim. Many mounting strips are the same for both vertical and horizontal siding. Sometimes though, this isn’t the case so you must be mindful. Vertical siding uses a base trim along the bottom instead of a starter strip/spacer.

First, you’ll want to snap a level chalk line for the first starter strip at the base of the wall. Determine the lowest corner of the house…this is where the new siding will begin. Most manufacturers provide starter strips that secure the bottom course of siding to the sheathing holding it at the right angle. Many times, a wooden spacer can be used to provide that proper angle if you’re having trouble.

When installing the starter strips, allow a small space for corner posts and J-Channels for expansion. Also, keep the ends of adjoining starter strips at least a quarter inch apart to also allow for expansion. Position your corner posts and suspend them by driving two nails in the upper most slot.

As you can see, installing starter strips & vinyl siding in general is no easy task. Beyond what was briefly mentioned here, to properly install starter strips one needs to understand the importance of wider starter strips & installing longer panels first, capping the corner posts, nailing fundamentals, overlapping your top J-Channels, flashing the bottom of the windows, and not trapping water inside.

One mistake and you can cause long lasting detriment to your home’s exterior. Lasting damage that your homeowner’s insurance simply may not be interested in helping cover. Siding repair is simply put: A task best left up to the professionals.

Notice issues on your siding? Aloha Construction is a group of siding contractors you can trust. We can help!

Categories Local Roofers, News, Roofing Contractors, Roofing Safety Tips

Aloha Construction answers the question: My Roof is Leaking. Is It covered by insurance?

Every day, we get homeowners who call in saying: My ceiling is leaking water. What do I do? My roof is leaking. Is it covered by my insurance? Being bonded and trusted roofers, we felt it was our duty to give you a behind-the-scenes look of our inspection process.

When your roof leaks in heavy rain or you notice anything off, you should ask yourself the following questions:

Is your Ice & Water shield per city code?

Are your shingle rows straight?

Are water lines straight?

Are the shingles of the roof nailed in the proper location?

Are the shingles nailed per code?

Are the shingles laying down properly?

Is the ridge straight?

Is the ridge capped properly?

Are the ridge cap nails sealed?

Is there an overhang on rakes and eaves? Is it per code?

Is the rake double nailed?

Is the rake clean cut and straight?

Valley(s) installed properly?

Valley(s) clean cut and straight?

Lead stacks bent over properly?

Are PVC boots installed properly?

Is the chimney properly counterflashed?

Is the drip edge installed properly?

Are all exposed nails sealed?

Is everything painted? Stacks/Flashing

 

As always, don’t get caught with a major roofing problem that you originally diagnosed as minor. Call the experts!

Categories Giving Back, News

The National Roofing Contractors Association has shared our charity work on their blog!

In honor of upcoming National Roofing Week (6/4-6/10), our friends at the National Roofing Contractors Association decided to share our charity work with Lake Zurich toystore Learning Express Toys & local charity OMNI Youth Services on their blog!

See the article below – orginally sourced from https://roofscoop.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/aloha-construction-provides-four-sisters-in-need-with-shopping-spree-for-new-toys/

“In August 2016, the Dave Farbaky Foundation, the charitable branch of NRCA member Aloha Construction Inc., Lake Zurich, Ill., partnered with Learning Express Toys to launch the Constructing Childhood Memories: Shopping Spree for local children in need.

David Farbaky, founder of the foundation and of Aloha Contruction chose to launch a shopping spree for a family facing hard times. He contacted OMNI Youth Services, Buffalo Grove, Ill. to select a family to participate in the event, which was intended as a launching point for future charitable events.

OMNI gives youth in crisis a chance to learn new skills, gain positive emotional and physical health, connect with stronger support systems, and envision brighter and happier futures.

The family chosen, a single mother and four young girls, was dealing with many difficult issues, including depression and poverty.

The four girls were given a walk-through of the Learning Express store. They were then given large garbage bags and sixty seconds each to grab as many items as they could before checkout. The girls were then surprised with an additional 30 seconds as a family to grab any items they missed.

Each girl filled about eight to 10 bags, and took home about $7,000 worth of new toys.

The mother decided to place the toys in storage to bring out for the girls’ birthdays and holidays because she often has little to give during those times.

“This became a learning lesson for the whole family on making things last, thankfulness and saving for the future,” says Chrissy Trilling-Raices, chief development officer of OMNI Youth Services.

For more information about the David Farbaky Foundation and Aloha Construction, visit www.alohaconstructioninc.net.”

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Categories Local Roofers, Local Siding Contractors, News, Roofing Safety Tips

When a roof needs to be replaced? Why do shingles curl up? Local Roofing Contractors Aloha Construction provides some insight!

According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, research shows that four out of five homes use this type of Asphalt shingle roofing materials. With more than 12.5 billion square feet produced every year, asphalt shingles cover about five million homes annually.

In Illinois, we get much wider daily temperature swings, during both winter and summer, than most other places in the US. This is tough on all roofing materials, but asphalt shingles in particular. Although asphalt shingles are known for their durability, they may suffer from problems over time. Here are some common shingle issues that Bonded and Insured Roofers Aloha Construction, Inc. deal with on the job:

1. Blistering

Blisters are elevated sections on the shingles and rooftop. Tiny blisterss indicate aging. If the shingles are new and fresh, the blisters may be a manufacturer’s defect. Poor roof ventilation is also a cause here.

2. Curling

Curling is usually moisture-related. Moisture get in the shingles during the manufacturing process or because of poor ventilation. Problems that arise: The dimensions of the shingles may change when the moisture eventually escapes. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to call us to replace the entire roof.

3. Raised Shingles

Improper installation may lead to raised shingles that are not strong enough to resist wind uplift. This is one of the reasons it’s important to hire a licensed and certified Illinois roofing contractor  for a fullroof replacement or repair.

4. Premature Cracking

Surface cracking, which doesn’t split the shingles completely, is part of the aging process. Cracking may also occur because of stress, shingle movement caused by high winds, and deck movement.

5. Thermal Splitting or Tearing

Thermal tearing happens when extreme temperature changes cause the shingles to crack or split completely. When undetected, the cracks or splits may let moisture in through the shingles and other layers of the roof.

6. Granule Loss

Granule loss is typically a sign of the lifespan of your roof. Time for a check up!

Categories Local Roofers, Local Siding Contractors

Bonded and Trusted Roofers, Aloha Construction Inc, get together for their All-Company Kick-Off Meeting in Lake Zurich!

It’s already been such a busy start to the roofing & siding season that we’ve barely had any time to do anything other than check your asphalt shingles for leaks or your vinyl siding for hail damage. Long story short, finding time has been tough, but this past week we were able to get all the Claims Specialists and Field Supervisors from our Lake Zurich and Bloomington locations (even our sister company Community Exteriors) together for our annual all-company kick off meeting! Covering everything from our 9 point roof inspection guidelines to properly measuring windows, this sales meeting was a contractor’s dream…

Starting off with some food, our owner David’s Farbaky quickly moved to set the tone and get the meeting started. While a good amount of his intro focused on how we can be the most knowledgeable roofers in the construction industry and our upcoming year’s marketing strategy, the focus gradually became about our core values: Responsibility, Accountability, and relationship building.

While being solid local siding contractors is how we keep the lights on, we are always striving to build an internal company culture that endorses being upstanding all around good people within our respective communities. All of these values start at home and David’s point revolved around who our team members are 100% of the time. What their lifestyles are like. Are they healthy? Dependable family men?

We feel the only way to be the best roofers in the Midwest is by living with these ideals on our mind 24/7. Once we achieve these lifestyle goals, no one in life can touch us.

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