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By lemaster 15 Nov, 2017

Vinyl siding was introduced in the late 1950’s. Vinyl quickly began to replace aluminum siding and was soon used in other applications. When vinyl siding first hit the market, many homeowners discovered that it would crack, fade, buckle, or sag. Scientists continued to work on the formulation of the vinyl and improved it over time. Also, new installation techniques were implemented which improved some of the issues.

Vinyl siding has been installed on about 32% of the new homes built in the U.S. but the figure is rising. It is often cheaper than real wood, is way more durable, and takes less time to install. Many buyers and existing homeowners want an exterior that is low maintenance and vinyl fits the bill. Price is also a factor, but the real draw toward vinyl siding installation is that there are so many beautiful options to make the property look really good. Plus, the homeowner never has to worry about repainting.

Vinyl siding installation in Clevelandmakes the existing beautiful and unique features of a home stand out. It will enhance the beauty already present in your home, making it into what it should be.

Vinyl Siding Installation Helps To:

  • Reduce Outdoor Noise
  • Reduce Insect Infestation
  • Increases The Home’s Insulation Factor

Vinyl siding is still a top running choice for many homeowners, and as the years go by with improved methods of manufacturing, options only get more durable and better than they ever have been in the past.

Replacing your home’s existing siding with a vinyl siding option of today will help with the energy efficiency of your home. You can also opt to install an extra insulation layer underneath. Today’s vinyl is durable and flexible yet extremely tough. It is often guaranteed not to chip, fade, dent, or scratch.

High-quality vinyl siding can last for what seems like forever if it’s properly installed and kept maintained. It is easy to care for but still needs attention at least once a year just like any other siding material does.

About Vinyl Siding Installation

Unfortunately, it is all too easy to install siding wrong. When you have your home’s siding replaced or installed new, it’s imperative that it’s done correctly by trained experts who are familiar with the manufacturer’s product. There are specific installation techniques which must be followed. The slightest gap or exposed area and moisture will be able to infiltrate behind the siding. This causes mildew, rotting, and likely insect problems.

Debris, mold, mildew, and materials underneath can rot and degrade quickly, even with just a small amount of exposure to environmental conditions. For instance, just high humidity factors in the air can get into an area behind the siding and rot out the wood framing of your home. That makes it vital for all types of siding to be installed correctly.

Why Choose KAAL Construction, Inc. For Vinyl Siding Services?

The top two reasons you’ll find our vinyl siding services an excellent option for your exterior improvement project are our decades of experience and superior customer service practices.

As members of the communities we serve, it’s highly important to us to ensure that we provide the best standards of service possible. Our priority is to become your favorite go-to source for your exterior improvement projects.

Our expert vinyl siding contractors at KAAL Construction, Inc.are ready to help you install the durable and easy care vinyl siding you are looking for. We are fully licensed, trained and certified to install vinyl siding, steel siding, fiber cement siding, natural stone siding, and wood shake siding. As local Cleveland roofing contractors and siding experts in the area, you can count on expert siding installation no matter what type you choose.

Our home improvement services are making the beautiful homes in the Cleveland area even more beautiful. Your vinyl siding will look stunning on your home when our professionals are finished with it, so give us a call today and let’s get started!

By lemaster 15 Nov, 2017

While a roof is meant to protect us and our belongings, another main purpose is to shed water away from the home structure. Moisture can infiltrate and destroy your home, and that’s what the roof is supposed to protect against.

Even light humidity can create enough moisture to damage roofing materials if it’s allowed to work its way in. Dark, damp areas are favorable for mold and mildew growth.

In our area of the country, we are exposed to storms and rain or ice and hail for a good portion of the year. Winter weather can leave our roofs in a mess, especially after damaging storms.

If the main function of the roof is to route water away from the home, problems grow if the water isn’t flowing away.

The Importance Of Roof Repairs In Cleveland

There are some things you should know about your roof structure that may help you to understand why it’s so important to get roof repairs as soon as possible after damage occurs. Your roof system is made of several layers that are built according to local building code minimum standards.

Not all layers of the roof are waterproof. In fact, the shingles guard your whole home against moisture problems.

The sheathing of your roof is the inner layer of plywood that is affixed on the trusses (or beams) of the roof.

Moisture and water can infiltrate all the way through every layer. It can then go down further into your attic spaces or wall cavities. Hidden here, the moisture will cause mold and mildew to grow. This is very unhealthy. The building materials will also rot and degrade from the moisture.

If there are visible damages, get your roof repaired as soon as possible. You don’t want to have to replace other parts of your home or deal with mold remediation.

The Pitch Of Your Roof & Snow Or Ice Damages

Roofs are constructed at varying pitch angles, from flat (no pitch) to steep slope roofs. In colder climates that experience snow and ice, or at higher altitudes, the roofs are steeper so snow and ice will fun off the roof as it melts.

Homes with low slope roofs have more difficulty with getting rid of snow and ice build up. Ice dams and roof cave-ins are common for roofs with low pitches. They can also occur due to missing insulation in the attic or wall spaces.

Roof Inspections Are Necessary

A roof inspection should be done on all homes. Many people only get a roof inspection when they buy or sell a home. However, the roof should be professionally inspected every five years or so.

With our Cleveland climate, roof inspections are highly important. There can be damages that aren’t apparent. A professional will know exactly where to look and what to look for.

If you haven’t had an inspection done, call the number below at Kaal Construction, Inc. Our Cleveland roofing contractor , is your local Cleveland area roofing experts.

By lemaster 15 Nov, 2017

More often than not I run into Policy Holders that merely pay their premiums every month and actually do not understand what coverage they may or may not have. They buy insurance solely on recommendations from friends or family, listen to the sales agent and assume they are properly covered for whatever may arise. Reading a homeowner’s insurance policy for the first time can be intimidating. With all the jargon, exclusions, and conditions you’ll encounter, you may think that Mom was right–you should have gone to law school.

Your Homeowner’s policy consists mainly of preprinted pages–it’s pretty much a standard form. There are six types of policy forms: HO-1, HO-2, HO-3, HO-4, HO-6, and HO-8. These forms provide identical liability coverage but differ regarding the extent of property coverage and the structure involved (i.e., house, apartment, condominium). Be aware that homeowner’s insurance does not cover certain perils (flood and earthquake damage). So, you may need to purchase an endorsement or a separate insurance policy to obtain broadened coverage.

How much will your insurance company pay if there’s a loss?
How much should you be expected to pay after a loss?

Your policy contains a paragraph describing the amount you can expect to receive from your insurance company if a covered property loss occurs. The most common options for calculating payments are the following:

  • RCV or Replacement Cost Value: This is the amount needed to replace or rebuild your property or repair damages using similar materials to what you had before. To qualify for replacement cost coverage, you will most likely be required to insure your property to at least 80% of the replacement cost; there’s usually a maximum dollar amount. (By paying a higher premium, you may obtain guaranteed replacement cost coverage, which specifies no maximum dollar amount.)
  • ACV or Actual Cash Value: This is the amount needed to replace or rebuild your property, minus depreciation, which will be explained next. Typically, personal property will be reimbursed at actual cash value. The calculation method depends on the property (home or personal property) and the dwelling. Remember, you must satisfy a deductible (pay a certain amount out of pocket) before your insurance company will reimburse you for a loss.
  • RCC, Replacement Cost Coverage and Depreciation Coverage all have the same meaning. Your dwelling and most of its contents – such as your roof, furniture, and even your computer may lose value over time due to age, wear and tear, etc. This loss in value is commonly known as depreciation. Under most insurance policies, claim reimbursement begins with an initial payment of the Actual Cash alue (ACV) of your damage or the value of the damaged or destroyed item(s) at the time of the loss. If you have (Depreciation)-replacement cost coverage included on your policy, you may be entitled to additional money to cover the depreciation of these items. If so, reimbursement may involve two or more payments – one for your initial payment based on the ACV of your items and then additional payment(s) once you repair and/or replace the damaged or destroyed items. Have depreciation coverage or at the very least ask your insurance agent how much more this coverage would add to your premium because if a major loss occurs, this will save you money.
  • Ordinance of Law Code Upgrade Coverage is another very important coverage that could leave a policyholder high and dry in cases of a significant loss. The cost of meeting new building codes means most standard home insurance policies don’t cover the expense of bringing the house up to current codes if the structure didn’t meet the latest regulations before disaster struck.

In Short-

Read your policy carefully and ask questions. Don’t just put it away in a file cabinet until it’s needed. Understand your rights and responsibilities before a loss occurs. If any part of your policy is unclear, ask your insurance agent about it quickly. If he/she cannot give you a clear understanding, request to speak with someone who can. If an insurance agent misrepresents the coverage being provided when selling you your policy, the insurance company must honor the coverage representations made by their agent. When hiring a contractor to perform the repairs on any loss, please remember it is a Federal Offense and fraud for the Policy Holder to profit financially from a loss and the contractor to discount any portion of the Insurance providers approved amount from the final cost IE, covering or absorbing your deductible.

By lemaster 15 Nov, 2017

Vinyl sidinghas gained popularity over the last few years across the country, and if you take a look at its benefits, it’s easy to see why. Vinyl is relatively new compared to other building materials, having only been introduced in the 1950s. In its early days, it was criticized because it was prone to cracking, sagging, and fading with time. Since then, however, there have been major advancements in the vinyl manufacturing industry and many of the qualities that garnered criticism are no longer a problem. More than 30% of homes today have vinyl siding, in part because it’s a cost-effective option, but also because it has a number of great benefits it can provide to homeowners.

There are plenty of different materials you can choose from when you’re adding siding to your home, and each have their own pros and cons, but the professional Cleveland roofing contractors at KAAL Construction, Inc. can confidently recommend vinyl siding as one of the premier options for many homes.

If you’re installing new siding, here are a few of the great benefits that vinyl can offer your home:

Vinyl Siding is Resilient and Durable

Durability is one of the most important qualities that homeowners look for in siding. Vinyl siding can last for years, even if it’s consistently exposed to extreme weather conditions, and it will never fade, rot, warp, or crack. After years of having vinyl siding installed on your Cleveland home, it will be in like-new condition, and it will never need to be repainted.

Maintaining vinyl siding is simple and requires nothing more than a garden hose and some soap.

Vinyl Siding Has Endless Design Options

No matter what kind of architectural design your home has, vinyl siding can be an excellent match for home’s exterior. It comes in a huge variety of different colors ,textures, and styles, and there are also a tremendous amount of accent options available. You’re guaranteed to find vinyl siding that is a perfect addition to your Cleveland home.

Vinyl Siding is Energy Efficient

Some types of vinyl are designed to help increase the energy efficiency of your home. They are designed with extra insulation to help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The savings will vary from home to home, but energy efficient vinyl siding can significantly reduce your energy costs.

Vinyl Can’t Be Infested

Especially in the warmer parts of the year, one of the biggest problems homeowners face is termite infestations. Traditional wood siding, for all of its great qualities, can easily be infested by these pests, and it can cause huge problems for your Cleveland home. Termites cannot infest vinyl.

Mold, mildew, and rust can also be huge problems for your home, and most types of siding can have huge problems with these things. Vinyl siding isn’t susceptible to any of these, so you won’t have to worry about them damaging your siding.

By lemaster 15 Nov, 2017

Any time you own a home, you’ll probably be there long enough to incur some roof damages. Whether it’s one shingle, a few, or a section, storms can come through and quickly blow off or tear off shingles. Then comes the time when you’re looking and staring and glaring at your damaged roof, wondering when you’ll finally get the ladder out to take care of the problem.

One of the reasons you are probably hesitating could be that your gut is telling you the truth about how dangerous it might be. But you can handle it, you tell yourself, because you’ve done it before -even if it’s been a long time.

So the weekend comes and you find yourself committing to your roof repair project . You get the ladder out, set it to the edge of the roof but you wind up extending it first, and climb on up to take a look. Yep, the shingles need replacing or the at the next rain you’ll have leaks.

So you climb back down, with the ladder slipping a little off the roof edge slightly to the left, and breathe a sigh of relief when both feet hit the ground. You eye the ladder, daring it to betray you.

Lugging all the shingles you need to the spot near your ladder, you gather the hammer, nails, and anything else you think you might need. But you wonder how you’re going to lug all that up the ladder with you when getting up there empty handed was enough to make you have second thoughts.

You decide you can handle the hammer, a few nails in the pocket, and a couple of shingles for the first trip and see how it goes from there. So on up you go, precariously trying to keep from falling off the ladder that may or may not stay positioned on the roof edge.

Not far from the top, the top of the ladder begins to start sliding along the edge toward the left. You’re praying but wondering, taking another rung carefully, nearly there. You reach the top and lean into the roof, trying to use your elbows because your hands are full.

Just as you’re setting the shingles down and trying not to loose your grip on the hammer, the ladder gives way and swings off to the left, and you’re dangling from your belly on the edge of the roof with no ladder. If only you’d called a professional roofer like your neighbor Joe did down the street…

This may sound like a story, but unfortunately this scenario and others like it happen every day. In fact, even roofers fall from roofs and many constructions workers fall from ladders even though they’re on them every day and have the best balance there is. In fact, in 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that fatal injuries of construction workers and roofers were 4,383.

Now, that should tell us something because injury is real and so is risk. Everyday as professional roofers, we put our life and health on the line and rely on our experience and training to work on roof tops. Plus, those of us who stay in the business have a natural talent for balancing at high altitudes.

Compare that against the average homeowners who’s thinking about trying to climb up on a roof and you’ll see what we see, which is the best reason around for do-it-yourselfer’s with no roofing training or experience to stay off the roof and be extra careful when on ladders. It simply isn’t worth the risk and roof repair is a difficult job to handle.

There are many roofing companies that will take care of your roof problems for you, from simple roof repairs to full roof replacements. If a storm blows through your area or something happens to your roof and you need repair, give our Cleveland roofing contractors  a call here at Kaal Construction, Inc. We can set up some temporary roof repairs if necessary to protect your home until full repairs can be made.

By lemaster 15 Nov, 2017

Storm damage to your home is devastating and can easily throw your whole family and life into mass confusion in the blink of an eye. The question is always what now??  Here at [company_name] we have seen numerous homes damaged by storms over the years and there are always common factors that separate smooth reconstruction from reconstruction that produces all types of chaos and hassle. It is our desire to help you make restoration as easy and and pain free as possible. Below are some practical tips that help you in the event that storm damage ever hits your home.

Be Prepared

The Boy Scouts are right. Being prepared is the most powerful measure you can take against any storm. Ask yourself, what the most important pressing issues just after storm damage? Who do you contact? What are the first steps you can take. Having a comprehensive plan will make the aftermath of storm damage much easier and ease your mind as far greater. Consider this list:

  • Contact your insurance company and make sure you get all the facts straight regarding what type of coverage is on your policy and how much.

  • Choose a reputable construction company in advance. Who is your go to contractor? Are they an insurance approved company? Are they state certified, licensed, and do that have a good reputation. Have their contact information ready.

  • Keep all home documents including your blueprints, mortgage, insurance, and all other related documents in a storm proof safe that is locked up with an exact location of where the key is (that is also in a safe place).

  • Have a safety and escape plan. Where will you stay? With whom? Do you have emergency money locked away in a safe place? Where in your home is the safest place if your roof is compromised or if it caves in?

  • Have a list of all relevant phone numbers. Emergency agencies, family, friends, work, insurance, and your construction company, FEMA, and emergency food and shelter checkpoints.

  • Have a safety storage unit filled with food, weatherproof clothing, blankets, and all other supplies. Remember, the most chaotic moment when your roof is damaged is immediately afterward. What are your plans to keep your family safe and warm within the first few moments of a storm?

Document All Damage

As soon as you are able, it is important to document all damage to your roof. Use all available means. This includes videos, photos, and taking down notes that are either written or typed on a computer if possible. Make sure you get photos and videos from multiple angles in good lighting. Document everything that is damaged including your roof, your home’s structure and everything inside. If anyone is injured, it is important to document this as soon as you are able to. A good rule of thumb is go overboard with documentation. It’s important to do too much than not enough. As you are documenting try to think like an insurance agent. What questions do you think they would ask, and then have documentation prepared to answer those questions. Try to recount the entire event as best as you and everyone in your home can remember it.

By lemaster 15 Nov, 2017

Water damage is one of the worst things that can happen to your home. It can occur from bad storm weather or from damages from water used to put out fires. It can also be in the form of a slow leaky drip that causes additional problems like mold and rot.

Heavy rains in the area are the primary reason you may have roof problems. When this occurs, your roof will be hammered with more water than is normal, whether it’s occurring slowly over several days or happens in flash floods that blow through the area.

These types of leakscan send you running for buckets and things to catch the drips in, or can see you laying out towels to absorb the mess. Either way, it’s a hassle and one you need to have taken care of right away.

When you need roof repairs, you want to be sure they’re done in a way that completely takes care of the problem. You don’t want to have the same problem areas over and over again, which means your professional roofer needs to have the skills and knowledge to handle it right the first time.

A small leak quickly evolves to a bigger problem if you leave it unattended. Unfortunately, this can happen often because leaks aren’t always detectable. Roofing materials can become damaged in areas of the roof that aren’t visible to the eye, especially if you’re only taking a look at the damages from the ground.

That’s where a professional roof inspectionor a storm damage inspection will be important. Pinpointing leaks is something professional inspectors do on a regular, daily basis. Professional inspectors have all the latest tools available to find and detect those hidden leaks that go unnoticed.

Tiny nail holes, cracks in asphalt or clay or tile roof shingles, animal infestations and more can create roof problems you may not necessarily see or be able to detect.

Unfortunately what normally ends up happening is more costly damage done to your roof and underlying building materials.

Some of the areas checked and inspected during a roof examination are:

  • Gutters –they should be kept clean and clear of debris. They should be sturdy and intact and sufficiently route the rainwater away from your home.
  • Attic Spaces –Your attic is a prime area to attract issues like insect infestations, small animal nesting, and rotting materials from leaks. Your professional roofer should be willing to inspect your attic for problems.
  • Vents and Chimneys –This area of the roof should be sealed properly with the correct layout of the right building materials, such as flashing. If improperly installed or loose from storm damages, leaking can easily occur where these parts attach to the roof structure.

If you have roof problems, give our expert roofers a call at KAAL Construction Inc. , and we’ll get your roof taken care of in a flash!

By lemaster 15 Nov, 2017

You might be thinking that all shingles are the same, but in fact they are not.
There are various types of these roofing materials around and it is important to have an idea of what they are if you want to know the best shingles for your roof.
There are 6 main types of shingles to choose from and each varies in material, durability and of course pricing:

  1. Concrete and Clay Tiles

    Clay tiles are the oldest type of roofing material, being around for more than 5,000 years! Clay tiles can last 100 years and are very durable – they are resistant to the elements: winds, extreme temperature, fire, hail and can even withstand earthquake. This makes clay tiles the most expensive roofing material. Concrete tiles are cheaper, lighter and have the same qualities as clay tiles. If you are using clay tiles, make sure your home can withstand the weight of this material.

  2. Slate

    They are durable with a lifespan of up to 50 years. Slate shingles are available in a wide range of texture, colors and quality. They are also quite expensive. But when installed skillfully, they can last more than half a century. If you want a stylish looking roof, slate could be the best shingles for your roof.

  3. Metal

    You can choose between constructed metal shingles or solid metal for your roof. They are inexpensive, quite durable and can last 50 years. Metal resists mildew, rot and fire, making them an increasingly popular choice for many homeowners today. There are some drawbacks though and among them the noise rain and hail make on the roof. Also, hail can dent the roof surface.

  4. Wood

    If you want roofing material that looks natural and can aesthetically enhance your home’s appearance, wood shingles are the best shingles for your roof for you. Hardwood material (redwood, cedar and sometimes pressure-treated yellow pine) can last 30 to 50 years.

  5. Architectural Shingles

    Basically made from asphalt but can be made to look like wood or slate. They are easy to install and often come with warranties lasting up to fifty years.

  6. Asphalt

    This is the least expensive and most common type of shingles, and can last 20 to 40 years. If you opt for coated asphalt shingles, you may earn a rebate for meeting the Energy Star standards for a cool roof.

As you can see, researching and determining the best shingles for your roof is very important. If you have questions, consult with a professional roofing contractor.

By lemaster 15 Nov, 2017

Your Cleveland  Gutters are important part of the house and they are often taken for granted. Before we discuss how to clean your gutters, let us first talk about why it is necessary to keep this part of the house in tip top condition all the time.

  • Your Gutters keep water away from the roof materials and the side of the house. Water can corrode shingles and the moist that seep into the material encourage the growth of tiny plants like algae or moss.
  • Water running down the side of the house can cause discoloration but more importantly, it could damage the paint and siding of the house. Wood when wet would rot and lose its integrity, and you might not notice this until it is too late. Water can also work its way to the ceiling, damaging the wood.
  • If the gutter is left uncleaned, the accumulated debris adds to the weight of the gutter. Wet debris is heavier and could cause the gutter to fall off and might even smash a window. Gutter replacements are not exactly cheap so make sure you clean your gutters regularly.
  • Clogged gutters can cause flooding in basements and cracking in your house’s foundations.

Now you know the important role gutters have in maintaining your home, it is time to know how to clean your gutters.

Cleveland  Gutter cleaning can be done by you but if you are not comfortable on a ladder or you have gutters on an upper story and you are not sure you can tackle that yourself, you should seriously consider hiring a professional.

Cleaning your Cleveland  Gutters is simple enough; your main concern is safety. You will need:

  • Ladder
  • Garden trowel or hand rake
  • Dust mask, goggles, gloves
  • Hose with high-pressure nozzle
  • Garbage bags or bucket with bucket hanger

Now, here’s how to clean your gutters:

  1. Make sure that your ladder is secure. Use a ladder stabilizer to keep from damaging the gutters.
  2. Wear safety goggles, dust mask and gloves.
  3. Utilize a garden trowel or hand rake to scoop out the debris into a garbage bag. You can use a bucket but it could get heavy as you make progress and would make the task difficult. Small garbage bags are ideal as they are easier to manage, just tie a bag when it’s full and drop it to the ground out of the way.
  4. When scooping out dirt and debris, be careful not to let any fall down the spout because it could create a clog.
  5. After scooping the dirt, rinse toward the downspout with a high pressure nozzle. Be careful not to spatter the siding as you rinse.
  6. Use hose to clear the downspouts
  7. Avoid clogs in the downspouts by installing leaf strainers.

DIY gutter cleaning is a low cost way to maintain your gutters. Unnecessary expenses can be avoided by taking proper care of your gutter and roof.

By lemaster 15 Nov, 2017

Caring for your Cleveland Roof extends its lifespan. Most roofs last 15 to 20 years but with proper roof care, its lifespan can be extended to few more years.

Repairing or replacing the roof can be expensive and most homeowners realize this. However, the roof remains among the most neglected part of the house. The roof protects the house from the harshness of the elements but it is not exactly impervious to damages caused by heat or moisture. In fact, the first part of the house to incur damage is the roof and if that damage is ignored, it could spread to the rest of the structure and creep towards the rest of the house.

Ensure that your roof lasts as long as it could with these proper roof care tips:

  • Regularly inspect for moss and algae growth in the shingle materials. These growths can corrode the shingles if ignored. They can be controlled with zinc or iron solutions found in your local hardware.
  • Always clean your roof and gutter of debris such as leaves and garbage.
  • Don’t forget to inspect the flashings for any sign of damage. Cracks in flashings are easy enough to repair and if there are algae growths, then prevent further outbreak with zinc or iron solution.
  • Check for cracked or loose shingles and repair or replace them immediately.
  • If there are trees growing near your house, always check for overgrown tree branches. Branches falling on the roof can misplace and damage shingles.
  • Clean metal roof regularly. Accumulated debris can cause mold and algae to form resulting to rusts and other forms of deterioration to the metal.
  • Metal roofing have lots of components i.e. panels, seals and screws. Check these regularly to make sure all are secure.
  • Never postpone repairs or replacements. Simple repairs i.e. leaks, caulking, may be tackled by the homeowner but spot repairs and replacements should be done by a professional roofer. Roofing is a dangerous job and there are some precautions only trained roofing contractors know of. Also, you can get more proper roof care tips from a professional.

Your roof may often be out of sight, but it doesn’t mean it should be out of mind. Always remember that the integrity of your entire home depends largely on the functionality of your roof.

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