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Categories Local Roofers, Local Siding Contractors

Local Roofers Aloha Construction tackle Lake County Home & Garden (Roof & Siding) Show

Local Lake County Residents: Did you get a chance to see our new roofing & siding expo booth at the Lake County Home & Garden Show this past weekend?! Did you enter our Local Roofer Cubs Raffle? What did you think of our new siding commercial? With 1500+ local attendees this year, we truly hope we had the chance to say hi and/or address any roofing, siding, gutter questions you might have had.

Luckily being indoors (that storm wouldn’t quit), this past Lake County Home Show featured close to 50,000 sq. ft. of the latest products and services to remodel, repair & beautify one’s home. While there were so many other roofers & siding contractors in the building, we truly felt our booth stood out and, based on an overwhelming amount of feedback, you did too!

Beyond our new booth set up, we were also giving away Cubs rooftop tickets for 4 to anyone who signed up our raffle regardless of whether you had any roofing & siding projects on the hook. For those of you waiting for the results, we’ll be announcing the winners early next week on our Facebook channel. Stay tuned!

 

Categories Local Roofers, Local Siding Contractors

Local Roofers Aloha Construction’s Homeowners talk craftmanship and reviews!

 

As local roofers, we LOVE to talk about our quality shingles, duty-free vinyl siding, and craftmanship. This time, we figured we’d let homeowners who have experienced our contractor work first hand to do the talking!

In this video, homeowners give honest feedback on our roofing, siding, and gutter craftmanship! All homeowners from Gurnee, Grayslake, Round Lake, Lake Villa, Mundelein, and Lake Zurich, Illinois areas!

 

Categories Giving Back, Local Roofers, Local Siding Contractors, News

Local Siding Contractors named Bloomington Thunder Co-Sponsors of the Year!

Last Saturday, we were recognized by our friends the Bloomington Thunder as their Co-Sponsors of the Year for our continued work with the franchise and we couldn’t be more ecstatic!! Doing roofing and siding everyday in Illinois, moments like these remind us life is bigger than just replacing asphalt shingles & vinyl siding…

That being said, we wanted to take this moment to recognize those within the organization who’ve made becoming more involved pain-free: Thank you to Gloria and Connor of the Bloomington Thunder!! Without your work behind-the-scenes, our plans for this partnership couldn’t have become ACTION. You’ve made this group of roofers extremely happy we decided to partner.

When we first reached out about this sponsorship opportunity, admittedly we only thought about getting our “Roofing Siding Gutters” logo on a high traffic area in the stadium. Then it dawned on us: With careful planning, we can maximize this partnership and get the children of the area involved. For those who don’t understand, any and all sports sponsorship opportunities typically come with an attached hospitality package for the group sponsoring. Meaning…we get a bunch of tickets – maybe a sky box. Most other companies simply use them for company outings, random nights out, and their staff.

We instead asked our girl Gloria: “What groups of aspiring kids can we give this hospitality package to? Let’s give back!” Her and the team thought of some ideas and we got to work immediately.

Point blank: This sponsorship has opened up so many more doors than we originally anticipated. Now, we are on the hunt for similar opportunities for our Lake Zurich team of roofers and siding contractors. With the Kane County Cougars on our sponsorship roster, we are in for a fun summer, but we are always looking for more!

That being said, if you or anyone you know, come across any local sponsorship opportunities in the Lake County area and it involves the kids; LET US KNOW!!

Once again, thanks to the Bloomington Thunder for this opportunity and we look forward to finishing the year strong!

Categories Local Roofers, Local Siding Contractors, News, Vinyl Siding

A New Season for Local Siding Contractors Aloha Construction: 20,000 Local Roofing Jobs Completed

Being such fast growing roofers and local siding contractors has come with some serious ups and downs. We’ve had our successes and made our mistakes. We’ve learned from those mistakes while also taking each moment of success as a sign to also continue to develop. In Spring 2013, when discussing the future during a news release, we were just excited to have completed 7,000 roofing & siding jobs in the state of Illinois. In Spring 2015, our owner, Dave Farbaky, said “The plan is to immensely expand our Bloomington office in such a way that it can compete with our headquarters in Lake Zurich. This will allow us to service the entire state of Illinois with relative ease…We want to keep expanding and evolving to service, and make life easier for the folks of Illinois.”

Since then? We believe we’ve accomplished those goals in more. For starters, this year we can proudly say that we’ve completed over 20,000 roofing and siding jobs in the state of Illinois!! Thanks to the hard work of our Bloomington office we were able to accomplish our service area dreams outlined by Dave 2 years ago.

This year? We’ve continued to try and push Dave’s promise of evolving service to make life easier for the folks of Illinois. We redeveloped our website to give homeowners the roofing and siding help they need in less clicks. We became roofers who finance so you can have options when an insurance adjuster is playing hardball. We even went out to sponsor the local sports teams you found important (our beloved Bloomington Thunder, the Normal Cornbelters, and the Kane County Cougars). All of this only happening in the 1st quarter of the new year!

This roofing season? We have so many surprises planned. From innovative multi-media video usage/commercials to the reinvention of Aloha Restoration, Co; our stand-alone water extraction, fire damage restoration, and clean-up company which will be re-launched to the public at the end of this month! So many things in store and we appreciate all of you who continue to support and stay in-tuned.

Without you, our continued success in the Midwest wouldn’t be possible!

Categories Local Roofers, Roofing Safety Tips

BE SAFE: Falling from Roofs account for One Third of all Construction Industry Fatalities

Getting on a roof is dangerous. Growing up, if you were the type to climb out of your bedroom window, chances are your parents scolded you with the lesson of “be weary of heights.” While this may seem just like a normal case of parental concern, the numbers support your parents. Climbing on your home’s roof is not something to be taken lightly. Shingle materials often don’t lend to standard shoe grip and, if there are any wet spots, it can be almost impossible depending on your angle. Considering tackling a roofing job on your own? Maybe it’s best to leave it to the bonded and insured roofing and siding experts.

According to a study done by the Center for Construction Research and Training Data Center, from 1992 to 2009, falls account for 1/3 of ALL construction industry fatalities. 6,591 people died from falling and, of that number, 2,163 of those people fell off roofs. Those 2,163 people accounted for a whopping 76% of all the fatalities in our beloved roofing industry and, to put it all in perspective, roofers are 3 times more likely to experience fatal work related injuries than any other construction worker type. Finally, to show how this applies to you – the homeowner, 34% of ALL FALLS happen at residential home projects.

Think about those numbers for a second. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE have passed away trying to simply tackle a roofing job in the United States. This post isn’t a sales plot. We urge you to take this seriously.

On that note, if you are planning to still tackle that project on your own, take a look at our Fall Protection Equipment Checklist:

All employees working 6+ feet above lower levels MUST USE FALL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

  • Acceptable forms of fall equipment include:
    • Guardrails
    • Safety Nets
    • Personnel Fall Arrest Systems (may consist of Full Body Harness, Deceleration Devices, Lanyards, and Anchor Points)
  • Harnesses are to be worn AT ALL TIMES on job site
    • Safety Harness Inspected
  • Inspect the Webbing
  • Inspect the Hardware
    • Inspect Ropes and Lanyards
    • Check your installation
  • Calculate Falling Distance
  • Safety goggles must be worn
  • Hard Hat Worn
  • Ladder in Proper Position

Hopefully, with this insider roofer’s safety list, you can take the necessary safety steps in your upcoming DIY project. Be careful. The moment you feel you are out of your element. Call the experts. We are just one call or click away should you need expert roofing assistance.

Categories Giveaway, Giving Back, News

Local Roofers send child with Congenital Heart Disease to Chicago Bulls Game!

We always look for more ways than being local roofers and siding contractors to engage and give back to our customers. This time around, as some of you know,we opted to use our Aloha Construction BOX SUITE at the United Center to do something more heartfelt. Anthony Lynch was a 12 year old boy who had already been through 5 open heart surgeries due to being born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and well as other congenital heart defects. Who would have thought this opportunity to give back to our roofing, siding, and gutter fans would have become so much more. Instead of give the tickets away, we opted to allow him and 11 friends to enjoy the Bulls vs. Rockets game! His first time at the united center.

According to WebMD, Congenital heart defect” is another way of saying your heart had a problem when you were born. You may have had a small hole in it or something more severe. While many can be treated with surgery, these are still very serious conditions. In some cases, doctors can find these problems during pregnancy. You might not get symptoms until adulthood, or you may not get any at all. In little Anthony’s case, this condition will prevent him from ever being able to play sports and, according to his mother, just a couple weeks ago he had an emergency trip to the cardiologist in which his EKG didn’t come back good; he’s got another battle ahead.

Hearing about people so young having to struggle so deeply motivates us to do more than replace shingles, vinyl siding, and downspouts. It motivates us to look for ways to give back to the children of our community in a massive and impactful way. How we will achieve this motivation systematically is still unclear…but we know we will help in whatever way we can. Although the Bulls lost, to think that something so minuscule to us was able to bring such positivity to someone who desperately needed it, has forced us to explore every angle we have to continue to do this.

For those of you interested in keeping tabs on Anthony, just stay tuned here. His mother and our team have promised to keep in touch as we plan on continuing to help in whatever way we can…if we can. We will give an update soon.

Categories Giveaway, Giving Back, News

Aloha Construction & The Bloomington Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of the Month!

Being a group of local roofers with two Illinois offices (Lake Zurich and Bloomginton) and with such a large local service area (Gurnee, Grayslake, Roundlake, Lake Villa, and Mundelein to name a few), we come in contact with some really great people from all over. Knowing this, our team of local siding contractors are always looking for ways to give back in unique ways. We believe it is our responsibility as adults to be as supportive and as positive to the children of our community; especially, those born into unfortunate situations. They are our future. The more supportive we are to them now – the more likely our world will be left in good hands when they are older.

In this specific case, our sponsorship and partnership with the Bloomington Thunder USHL hockey team allowed us to give back in a fun way! For those of you unfamiliar, the Bloomington Thunder are a 3rd year United States Hockey League team; the only Tier I junior hockey league in the country. Comprised of 17 teams divided into a nine-team Eastern Conference and an eight-team Western Conference, the USHL is a gateway to college hockey for a vast majority of the league’s players. In addition to serving as one of the primary feeding systems for college hockey, the USHL also helps develop emerging NHL stars. Each June, there are between 20-30 current USHL players who are selected in the NHL entry draft. Among those drafted last June were a pair of Thunder players.

Our partnership with this unique team puts us in the position to help these teens advance their dreams of professional hockey, but it also allows for us to help those outside of the team as well. The sponsorship came with a slew of perks. While we’d like to use these perks for our team and their families (tickets & box suites), as local roofers, we are unfortunately quickly approaching Illinois’ storm season and they were simply going to go to waste. During a quick call between Gloria/Donna of the Bloomington Thunder and our marketing director (Martin), it was brought to our attention that the Bloomington – Normal Boys and Girls Club were looking for an opportunity to bring a select group of their kids out to a game. We immediately jumped at the request, transferred the remainder of our season tickets, and hosted an amazing group of the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Month on 3/4/17!

As we always say, we know it isn’t much but at least we could provide a moment of joy and positive memories for this group of future leaders!

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Categories Local Roofers, News, Storm Damage, Weather

Tornadoes Hit the Midwest

Last week, the Midwest was hit hard. Tornadoes marching east killed at least 3 people and having brought a damaging impact throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Missouri. This news is extremely disheartening and unbelievably sad. We keep those affected in our thoughts and prayers.

 

This group of local roofers wanted to leave you with some timely do-it-yourself info when it comes to the impact of storm damage and how to spot it. First, as roofing contractors you can trust, we want to be transparent when we say: This information is only meant to help you diagnose whether or not you have been affected. Once you realize you do have damage, CALL THE EXPERTS. If you aren’t trained or have the level of expertise required, figuring out the extent of the damage will be impossible. Not all wind damage is obvious, some damage may be hidden. You can cause more damage in the long run and that’s the last thing you want to do. HOME REPAIR IS EXPENSIVE if left unproperly treated. Call your local roofing contractors. It will pay off.

 

That being said, let’s talk wind damage: High winds can pull shingles right of the roof, and dislodge gutters and downspouts. Wind can lift and curl shingles by breaking the seal that bonds them together. This can leave your roof vulnerable to wind-driven rain, sleet, and hail. The speed and friction cause by wind is typically much higher on your roof than on the ground. This is a good thing to keep in mind if you decided to climb onto your roof to inspect for damage. Depending on temperature outside, shingles and siding can either expand causing friction between sheets when coupled with wind, or freeze, becoming brittle and easy to break.

Categories Vinyl Siding

Hire a local siding contractor or Do-IT-Yourself?

DIY or siding contractor?

If you have replaced old siding with new siding, then you may be both competent and confident enough to take this exterior restoration project on yourself. The Do it yourself path will most often save you money, but it can take longer to complete and there’s no guarantee your craftmanship will last. For instance, we offer a 10 year warranty. Also, this will take much longer than a weekend. Local siding contractors working full time can take only half the time to side a home depending on the size and the weather conditions. If an expert takes weeks to finish siding a home, your do-it-yourself siding project will most likely exceed that amount.

If you have had little to no experience putting vinyl siding on homes, leave it up to trusted local siding contractors. Siding installation may look relatively easy, but this is not for beginners. Working around corners, eaves, soffits and fascia, along with trimming openings like windows, screens, and doors; are all technical aspects of the project that can be easy to get wrong. If you choose to replace the siding yourself, you need to know the extent of the storm damage to figure out whether to repair or completely remove old siding.

Some other factors to consider: You need to know how to spot, repair, and replace where mold, water, or vermin have damaged it. Do you know how to attach frieze board and sheathing? Which method lends itself to the type of siding (alumnimum, vinyl, etc.) you selected. You must have the skill and tools to cut the siding planks to fit. When it comes to siding, it will benefit both you and your home to hire a professional.

Replacing siding can make your home a lot more attractive, giving it a look that adds character and curb appeal. It can also make your home more energy efficient by keeping heat in and saving on utility bills  Siding replacement has consistently been one of the best home improvement projects for adding value to your home and is one of the few projects that can show a direct return on your investment.

Know what you’re getting yourself into before you begin to DIY your siding project…

Categories Giveaway, News

WIN BULLS TICKETS FOR 11 FRIENDS IN OUR ALOHA BOX!

We always look for more ways than being local roofers and siding contractors to engage and give back to our customers.

Staying in that mindset, we’ve opted to use our Aloha Construction BOX SUITE at the United Center for more than just our internal team!

To see the Bulls take on James Harden and the Houston Rockets in our ALOHA BOX SUITE on 3/10/17, all you have to do is

  1. LIKE our Facebook page
  2. Send us your email in a private message. This can be done in a private message on our Facebook page OR be simply filling out the contact form on our website. 
  3. SHARE THIS POST OR THE FACEBOOK POST on your personal Facebook page!

Winner will be drawn at random 3/5/17 in the AM!

That’s it! Pure and simple…

Fingers crossed and good luck!

 

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