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How do you know when it’s time for a new roof?

While sometimes an act of nature or a specific event (such as a heavy storm or tree branch falling) will bring on the need for a new roof. However, it’s also very common for a roof to naturally reach the end of its life without failure. It may even look worn and old over time, even though you have been doing the proper preventive measures to keep your roof in good condition through the years. Roofs, like everything else, have a lifespan and typically for shingled roofs that’s about 20-25 years (depending on shingle type), and for cedar shake roofs is 7-15 years.

There are some signs to be aware of when a roof is nearing the end of its useful life and you will soon need a new roof!

  • Shingle edges are curled or cupped

  • Cracked or missing shingles

  • Shingles are covered in mold or algae

  • Your roof is at least 20 years old and appears old and worn

  • Neighbors are getting new roofs – Homes built around the same time period may need new roofs around the same time

  • Leaks and water damage – If you are noticing dark streaks and sagging areas on the inside of your home, call Aloha Construction immediately!

If you think you are in need of a new roof, the expert team at Aloha Construction can perform a vigorous 9-step inspection process to identify issues and the overall integrity of your home’s roof. Don’t wait until you can see physical damage, replacing an old roof is the first step to a safer house!

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How to frame a room – Answers inside…

Being experts in Interior Home Remodelers, no basement remodeling contractors take care of you like we do. In fact, this blog post takes the first step in basement remodels – How to Frame a Room – and shows you the ropes! If you’re looking for quick DIY info on framing interior walls or building a wall frame, follow these simple steps:

The 1st step to framing walls is to Plan your Layout

First, take accurate measurements of the room. Next, ensure all measurements are taken correctly. Mark the inside edge of the wall you want to frame onto the concrete basement floor. Finally, clearly mark the location of any doorways or openings. Contractors build walls from the ground up, so this planning step is important.

The 2nd step to building a wall frame is to Install your Bottom Plates

First, cut pressure treated 2” X 4” boards to length. Then, lay them along the chalk line. Use a hammer drill with 3/16” masonry drill bit to drill a hole through the wood AND into the concrete floor. Drive a 3” Tapcon screw through the hole just created using an impact driver. Finally, repeat at the other end of the board, repeat at every 16” along the bottom plate, and repeat this step for all the bottom plates you laid out.

How to frame a room | Install the top plates

Before moving forward, it’s crucial to understand something about this step. Knowing how to frame a room takes a lot of attention to detail. Because of this, the top plate’s installation depends on which direction the bottom plates you installed are running in relation to the floor joists above.

Do the joists run perpendicular to the bottom plate? Well, you need to nail the top plates to the joists where they intersect. Do the joists run parallel to the floor joists? If this is the case, attach 2” X 4” blocking boards between the joists so they can have something to nail into.

Ensure the bottom plate is aligned with the top plate before nailing it to the joists/blocking. Repeat whatever method you chose for the remaining top plates

Frame a wall – Mark stud placement & Install Studs

When installing wall studs, they are typically put in at 16” intervals. In this step, go from one end of the basement wall to the other. Mark the location of the first stud and then use a tape measure to mark out the location of the remaining studs. Next, transfer those locations to the top plates. For this part, use a laser level or plumb bob. Finally, measure & cut another 2” X 4” so it tightly fits between the bottom and top plates. Place the stud between the plates. Ensure it is plumb. Attach the bottom and the top plates using 3” nails.

Finally, Install blocking!

Using 2” X 4” boards again, fit and install them between the wall studs. Do this around the room about 4’ from the floor using 3” nails.

AND that’s it.

Does this all seem complicated? Are you hung up on a step? Knowing how to frame a room usually requires a expert knowledge and we have no problem lending a helping hand.

Take advantage of our free in-home assessments! We are just one call away for all your basement remodeling needs!

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This year’s finalist winner Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics is Aloha Construction, Inc!!

Last year, we took home the honorable mention. This year was a different story. From the Better Business Bureau: The Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics is the most prestigious award the Better Business Bureau can present to a business. Being a recipient indicates the business not only believes in high standards promoted by the BBB, but consistently demonstrates and integrates them into daily business practices.Receiving a Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau is an honor to select businesses. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Award honors businesses that have been “Doing It Right – Ethically.” Competing against other amazing companies such as American Sale, Empire Today, Fox Valley Auto Group, Lake Shore Recycling Systems, and Perma-Seal; we are truly honored and humbled!

According to Steve J. Bernas, President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Companies receiving the Torch Award have distinguished themselves as businesses that operate in an ethical manner,”  “They know the importance of their customers, employees, community members and other stakeholders to their business’ success. This is at the heart of why the BBB conducts the Torch Award program. We want to encourage businesses to do their best because it benefits everyone.”

An independent group of 15 judges decided to give us the 2018 Torch Award For Marketplace Ethics (and the 2017 honorable mention) for our charitable work in the field and our forward thinking company culture; however, this award is more about the people who helped us get here. If you are reading this, we just want to say: THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT!!

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