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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.

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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 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 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.

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