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Hail Damage Can Come Back To Haunt You

If your home was hit by severe weather this winter, who knows what might be lurking up on your roof? Blisters, punctures, curling, or missing shingles… if left unrepaired the damage might come back to haunt you. If you have not yet scheduled a yearly roof inspection, now’s the time.


Spooky Roof Damage Signs To Watch Out For


The only real way to know if your roof is safe from damage is to request a professional inspection. However, some warning signs can be seen from the ground level of your home.

If you see any of these warning signs, it could mean your roof is damaged.


  • Shingle granules or pieces of roofing tiles at the base of your gutter downspouts
  • Signs of water damage in your home or attic
  • Signs of daylight in your attic
  • Dents or topical damage on the surface of your windows, siding, and roof


Hidden Roof Damage Can Give You The Heebie-Jeebies

Your roof is your home’s primary defense against the elements. When hail damages a roof, it weakens its ability to protect your home from water, wind, snow, etc. If left unrepaired, hail damage can lead to more costly problems like roof leaks.

Insurance companies understand how important a fully functional roofing system is, which is why hail storm damage is covered by most policies.


Waiting to get a proper inspection after a storm is never a good idea. Most insurance companies believe it is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain their homes and take steps to prevent leaks. Therefore, if you wait until your roof is leaking to make a claim, you could be footing the bill for all the major repairs.

 

Don’t Be A Bone Head, Get An Inspection Today!

Roof damage is scary, but costly repairs can be terrifying! Call Baltic Exteriors  today at (630)-243-5394 to schedule a free inspection to ensure your roof is ready for winter. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for news and updates!

Your Roof Shouldn’t Be the Scariest Part Of Halloween

Is your roof Halloween ready or just plain scary? If your roof is playing tricks on you with leaks or missing shingles, we can help.


October is the perfect time to schedule a yearly roof inspection if you have not already! Fall and winter can bring a mixture of humidity, rain, ice, snow, and high winds that can wreak havoc on your homes.


As temperatures turn colder, be mindful of some scary signs throughout your homes that may spell potential problems. Identifying and addressing warning signs now will help save energy, time, and money in the long run!


Not sure if you need a roof inspection? Keep an eye out for these warning signs!


1. Dripping from Your Ceiling

Your roof is what separates you and the weather. Wind, ice, and other environmental hazards can cause damage to that protection, which often leads to expensive leaks. Getting a seasonal inspection now prevents small problems from becoming costly repairs.


2. Stuff Crawling Up Your Walls

Putting up your Halloween decorations and realize there’s already something scary on your walls? Did you know that 7 in 10 homes have water damage and mold? Common food sources for mold in the structure of the home include drywall, window frames, carpeted or un-carpeted flooring, bathroom tile, and interior insulation.

But did you know that your attic is also a prime target for mold growth?

Proper roof ventilation is critical to keep moisture build-up from dampening attic insulation and damaging the structural components of your home. A seasonal roof inspection is one way to keep it in check!


3. Feel Like Ghosts Are In Your Home?

Unexplained temperature changes and breezes aren’t always caused by ghosts! Most of the time, they are caused by an improperly sealed window or door – but they can also be caused by inadequate attic insulation. Checking your home for signs of air leaks is an easy way to keep costs low and prevent your heating/cooling systems from working overtime.


Have questions or need more information? Contact us today at (630)-243-5394. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for news and updates!

(Spooky) Roof Decorating Tips For Halloween

It’s October, and that means it’s time to decorate for Halloween! While many people decorate their lawns, sidewalks and porches (the better to scare people with, right?), adding props and figures to your roof can add an extra “wow” factor to your décor.


Before you begin adding props and decorations to your roof, you first need to make sure it’s in good shape. The last thing you want to do is add a large spooky spider or inflatable only to have it cause more damage to your roof. If it’s been a while since your last inspection, Baltic Exteriors can help!


Here are our top five tips when you are ready to get started:


1. Work As A Team

Always make sure two people are involved in the roof decorating project.

The first person does the climbing and decorating while the second person acts as a spotter on the ground to hold the ladder. If an accident does occur, having a second person on-site will give you the best chance of getting help as quickly as possible.


2. Keep An Eye Out For Roof Damage

Discolored roof shingles or areas with missing shingles are accidents waiting to happen. These areas usually have a weak substructure from leaking or general wear and tear.

Before you walk on your roof, check for any areas that may have damage. Avoid stepping on these parts of the roof and get them repaired as soon as you can. If you see signs of roof damage, call our expert team here at Baltic Exteriors ASAP.


3. Inspect Lights & Extension Cords

Before you put electrical cords or lights on your roofing, make sure they are working and in good condition. Frayed wiring could easily set fire to your roof shingles, or they could damage the rest of your decorations from a shock or short in the wires.


4. Use The Right Ladder

Your ladder should be sturdy, secure, and at least three feet taller than the entry point for your roofing. Make sure that there is someone at the base of the ladder to hold it while you climb up onto the roof.


5. Know When You Need Help

If you cannot set up your Halloween roof decorations on your own, don’t risk it. You can hire professionals to decorate your roofing for you; they are sure to have the tools and equipment to get the job done right.


Protect yourself and your family by requesting professional help when you need it, and your house is sure to be the talk of the block this Halloween!


Have questions or need more information? Contact us today at 630-243-5394. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for news and updates!

Planning to Sell Your Home? Here Are 3 Reasons to Get a Roof Inspection NOW!

Selling a home is stressful even when everything goes right. There is A LOT of time, energy, paperwork, and emotions that go into it, and even small complications can feel like massive burdens.


So, when homeowners ask us if they should get a roof inspection before they list their home, our answer is always yes!


Not only does it pay to be safe than sorry, but it can also help prevent issues during the process. Knowledge is power, and this is especially true when selling a home, so getting a roof inspection early is just plain smart! Read on to learn the three main ways getting a roof inspection can help you on your home selling journey (#3 may surprise you!).


1. Don’t Let Your Roof Make You Fail Your Home Inspection 

You may already know that an official home inspection will have to be done before you close. Home inspectors are usually third-party companies that are unbiased in the final report. They are also expertly trained to spot problems that could devalue your home or kill the deal entirely – like a bad roof, mold, etc.

Since you are familiar with your home, there could be issues that you’re not even aware of. That’s why a roof inspection can save you a ton of stress in the long run and help spot any problems before they make it on the final report.


2. Don’t Let Your Roof Devalue Your Home

Your roof makes up about 40% of the overall curb appeal of your home. Missing shingles, existing damage, and debris buildup can send a huge red flag to potential home-buyers. Even worse, a roof in bad shape can lower your home’s overall value. Knowing how much life your roof system has left can help you through the negotiations process, should you decide not to replace it.


3. Don’t Let Your Roof Prevent Your Home From Selling Or Slow The Process

If your home has been impacted by hail or severe weather and still has damage, it can throw a wrench into your plans to sell.


If hail damage makes its way onto the home inspection report, you have a few options:


- You Ignore It

Many buyers will back out of the sale if you don’t plan to fix the issue. Also, the majority of insurance companies won’t insure the property for another buyer due to known damage. This is a no-win situation for anyone.


- File A Claim

In most cases, storm damage is covered by homeowner’s insurance. This is good news because you won’t be out of pocket for a full roof or repairs, but the home sale process will have to be extended.


- Designate Claim to Buyer

Similar to scenario #2, you file a claim, but instead of waiting to get repairs done, you assign the claim benefits to the home buyer. As the seller, you will still be responsible for the deductible, but this puts the responsibility of the work on the new owner. Insurance companies and lenders will not usually allow this.


The best-case scenario, especially if you have hail damage, is to get a roof inspection now and before you list your home. This way, while you are hunting for new homes, filing paperwork and getting a loan, the work on your roof will be done when you are ready to list.

Plus, a new roof adds home value, which could mean a higher listing price. Now that’s a win-win!


Have questions or need more information? We’re happy to help! Contact us at (630) 389-8486 or use our online contact form to schedule a roof inspection today.


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Prevent These Costly Problems With A Roof Inspection

Have you ever heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? This is true for many things that require maintenance to perform best, like your health, your car, and your home. But this is especially true when it comes to your roof! If you’re like most homeowners, you’re probably thinking, “there’s not a hole in mine, so what’s the big deal?”


You may be surprised to learn that your roof could have problems, even if it’s not leaking right now.


Several things cause roof problems. Hail and strong winds usually cause noticeable signs of a problem like missing roof shingles. But other types of damage, like installation errors, manufacturer defects, and worn out roof flashing, can cause problems that lead to leaks.

If you don’t fix roof problems right away, the damage can spread to other areas of your home. Scary right? Read on to learn how getting a professional roof inspection can avoid these costly problems. #3 on the list is super important!


1. Mold

Your roof is the single most important way to keep water out of your home. That’s why most problems lead to roof leaks. Once water makes its way past a roof’s protective barrier, all bets are off. Water can soak into the insulation, wooden support beams, plywood, and more. The heat in your attic and water-soaked materials create an environment ripe for mold growth.

This four-letter word is enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. Mold is something that even experienced homeowners fear, and rightfully so. It can cause all sorts of health problems AND expensive repairs. Getting routine roof inspections is an easy way to prevent this situation from happening.


2. Roof Repairs

Typical asphalt roofs can last anywhere from 15-25 years… if they are maintained! Hail and other storm damage can weaken parts of your roofing system, reducing its overall lifespan. Costly repairs happen when damage is not fixed right away.


3. Reduced Home Value

Your roof makes up about 40% of your home’s curb appeal. If it's in bad shape, it can easily distract from the beauty of your home and lower its value.

This is especially true if you are looking to sell your home soon. Most home buyers will avoid properties with roof issues due to the high cost of repairs. What’s worse is, problems are often noted in inspection reports. Roofing issues are among the top reasons real estate deals don’t make it to closing.


Want To Avoid Costly Roof Problems?

If this question has you screaming “YES!” then you need to schedule a free inspection today! An expert member of our team will meet with you, fully inspect your home and give you a comprehensive evaluation of your roof’s condition. Call (630) 389-8486 or click here to get started.


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Is Your Home Outdated? Here’s How to Tell:

If your home is 15 years or older, features that were once “standard” are now turn-offs for potential buyers. If you’re thinking about listing your home, that’s probably not the best news. Afterall, no homeowner wants to hear their home is “outdated,” or the sale price should be lowered.


The good news is making small improvements to your home will not only entice new home buyers, but some projects can increase your home’s value! So, if you are worried about curb appeal, thinking about selling your home, or interested in maximizing home value, this post is for you!

  • Learn what home features are considered outdated (#2 may surprise you!)
  • Learn the most common home features that turn off new home-buyers
  • Learn what you can update to maximize your home’s value

Here are the top 10 home features you should change ASAP if you plan to sell soon:


1. Popcorn Ceilings

We had to start here. Popcorn, cottage cheese, or textured ceilings were standard 30 years ago, but today they scream HUGE PROJECT to potential home buyers. Textured ceilings add shadows, giving the illusion of dark and low ceilings, which you don’t want. Not to mention the risk of asbestos.

One important note: If your home was built before 1979, get the ceiling material tested for asbestos before you do anything.


2. Poor Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to selling your home. While most people will focus on improving their landscaping, there’s a bigger area you should be concerned about: your roof.

Your roof makes up about 40% of the overall curb appeal of your home. Missing shingles, existing damage, and debris buildup can send a huge red flag to potential home buyers.

While it may seem like a big expense to get a new roof or fix repairs, doing so before you list your home can get you more money at closing. One study showed that a new roof could increase a home’s overall value by at least $12k.


3. Bathroom Carpet

Bathroom carpets - one of the many great ideas of the 90s. The truth is they are a bacterial breeding ground and put you at risk for mold. Rip up that carpet and lay down easy to clean tile.


4. Laminate / Tile Countertops

Tile counter tops are inconvenient, hard to clean, and hard to fix. Laminate counter tops can’t handle the heat a kitchen counter should, and it screams the 90’s. Either option signals a remodel for potential buyers - the more work they think they have to do, the more scared they get.

Avoid spooking potential buyers by replacing those outdated countertops with marble, granite, quartz, wood, stainless steel, concrete, or soapstone, depending on your home and the neighborhood.


5. Dated Fixtures & Hardware

Shiny brass or gold hardware will instantly take your buyers back to the 80s. Switching them for more contemporary materials like brushed nickel is a relatively inexpensive way to make your kitchen and bathrooms instantly look more modern. If you decide to make the switch, make sure you cover all your bases, so your house matches throughout. Make sure to check your cabinet hinges and pulls, your door handles, and your lighting fixtures.


6.  Storm Damage

So, this one isn’t exactly a flashback home feature, but it is something all sellers should be aware of, exterior storm damage. Why is it such a big deal? In one recent survey, 44% of people said storm damage and costly repairs were their #1 fear in owning a home.

One way to put potential buyer’s minds at ease is to get a professional roof inspection BEFORE you list your home. This way, you can have proof that your roof and home are safe!


7.  Exterior

New siding ranks as HGTV’s #1 upgrade to add value to a home. Old and faded or cracked siding severely damages curb appeal and lumps a home into the “fixer-upper” category. If potential buyers see a damaged and unappealing exterior, they won’t expect much more from the inside. Replacing siding instantly boosts curb appeal. Refreshing the yard with new shrubs and flowers also adds curb appeal and makes the home more marketable.


8. Wallpaper Borders

The ’90s called, and they want their wallpaper back. What was once a very popular design is now officially outdated and for good reason! Eyes are drawn to the difference between the border and wall paint and make a room feel smaller. If you have this in your home, the good news is it’s not that hard to take down.


9.  Paint

A fresh coat of paint can go a long way when selling your home! Not only is it easy to do in a weekend, but it’s also budget-friendly. New paint will add to your home’s value by giving rooms an updated, clean look. Just make sure to choose neutral colors!


10. Energy Savings

If your home is at least 20 years old, it may have some energy deficiencies, including a lack of insulation, faulty windows, etc. This can scare off younger home-buyers who are most interested in green home improvements and energy costs.


One improvement you can make before you list your home is adding attic insulation. It won’t do anything for a house’s visual appeal, but it does much to improve a home’s energy-efficiency which will please home-buyers. Plus, most projects have a 250% ROI!


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Surprise! These 8 DIY Projects Require a Permit

It may seem like a hassle to get a permit for a simple DIY project, but there are several home improvements that actually require you to go through the permit application process. Without a permit, your insurance company could deny your claim should something go wrong during the project. We don’t want to see that happen to you. Here’s a list of 8 DIY projects that require a permit before you get started.

 

1. Installing a gas stove

2. Replacing windows or doors

3. Building a deck

4. Putting up a fence

5. Installing a storm shelter or safe room

6. Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom

7. Installing new electrical wiring

8. Replacing a gas water heater

 

Chicago offers an Easy Permit Process for many of these projects. You can learn more about it here.

 

If you need the windows replaced on your Chicagoland home, you can skip going through the permit process altogether by letting Baltic Exteriors handle your window replacement project. We take care of everything for you.Contact us today to learn more about our award-winning contracting services.

How to Select the Best Color for Your Roof

Congratulations! You’ve decided to invest in a new roof for your home. But, how do you go about selecting the color that perfectly complements your home’s exterior?

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3 Reasons to Upgrade Your Floodlight This Fall

We all know floodlights are excellent for security, but that old floodlight you’ve had for years may not be doing as good of a job as it could. According to the experts at BobVila.com, the newest floodlights on the market offer three great features that make them worth your investment this fall.

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3 Reasons Roofing is Not a DIY Project

We get it. You like to save money. Who doesn’t? Many homeowners save a lot of money on their home maintenance work by skipping the contractor and doing the work on their own. In some cases, however, tackling these jobs on your own is a very bad idea. Roofing is one of those jobs.

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