Why Is My Roof Leaking? A Guide to A Leaky Roof

Leaky roofs can be caused by many issues, from poor installation to damaged shingles. It’s important to find the root cause of your leak before you can start to repair it.

In this blog you’ll learn how to not end up like this:

 

Some leaks go completely unnoticed and cause significant damage without you even knowing about it. Once a year you’ll want to have a professional come and scope out the condition of your roof especially after a big storm.

If you’re wanting to learn how to prevent a leak to save you from future headaches, make notes of these following items:

Common roof leak issues:

  1. Poor Installation: If your roof wasn’t installed correctly, it may be prone to leaks. This could be caused by improper flashing, or a lack of sealant around the edges. It’s important to hire a professional roofer to make sure that your roof is installed correctly.
  2. Age: Over time, the elements can take a toll on your roof. If your roof is old, there’s a chance that it may be weaker in certain areas or that shingles may have cracked or become loose. This can cause water to seep into your home. If your roof has not been replaced in over 20 years, it’s time for a new one.

If you’re dealing with these two factors, you need to look into a full roof replacement. Not sure how much that costs? Get a free estimate here.

  1. Damaged Shingles: Strong storms, high winds, and hail can all cause damage to your shingles, leading to leaks. Living in Kansas we experience these conditions on the regular and it’s important to inspect your roof for any signs of damage. If you have storm damage learn more about what to do next.
  2. Clogged Gutters: If your gutters aren’t cleaned regularly, they can become clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris. This can cause water to back up and leak into your roof, leading to leaks.
  3. Poor Ventilation: Poor ventilation can also lead to roof leaks. If your roof isn’t properly ventilated, it can lead to a buildup of moisture, which can cause the roof to rot and eventually lead to leaks.

Once you know why your roof is leaking, you can take the necessary steps get it fixed and ensure that your home is safe and secure.

Where to find roofers in Kansas

All States Home Improvement is a top-rated and locally trusted roofing company in Wichita, Kansas. All States gets the job done right, the first time. To learn more about our windows, siding, and roofing, call us at (316) 444-1220. Fill out our convenient estimate form, or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

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4 Attainable Home Improvement Goals for Your Roof for The New Year

Start 2023 off right by making your home a priority. Investing in your home and setting goals for your home life is a great way to boost your mood, energy, and create a sense of balance in everyday life. You spend so much time in your home you might as well make it a space that you love and feel warm and safe in.

Whether you set goals for your home, health, or career, make sure your goals are achievable and that you have a plan on how you’ll reach them. Spend the beginning of this year planning and checking off these roof home improvement goals you’ve maybe been procrastinating on.

Here’s our list of easy home improvement goals for your roof for the new year:

1. Check roof for any leaks or loose shingles

Your roof goes through a lot of wear and tear throughout the years so when you aren’t staying on top of the maintenance, leaks or damaged shingles are bound to occur. Take a walk around the outside of your house and see if you notice any buckled or curled shingles. Leaks will cause moisture running down the sides of your house or on your ceiling. If you have an attic, go up and investigate the area for any water damage.

Want more new year’s resolution inspiration? Read this blog post for more.

2. Assess roof after winter storm

A good rule of thumb to follow in 2023, especially during the winter season, is to assess your roof right after a big winter storm. Inclement weather can really take a toll on your roof, especially if it’s old or lower quality. Try to make it a habit when every time there is a storm, snow, rain, hail, to check for any damage to your roof. Look for granules in your gutter – this could be a sign of loose shingles or problem areas on your roof.

3. Get a roof inspection

When owning a home in Kansas you are no stranger to harsh weather that wreak havoc on your roof. But climbing up on your roof yourself can be extremely dangerous if you are not experienced. Go the extra mile on seeing how your roof is holding up by scheduling a professional roof inspection. During our free roof inspection, we will assess any damage by looking for cracks around the chimney, leaks under shingles, and other signs of troubling issues.

To the untrained eye your roof may look fine at first. But our team of skilled roofers will check your roof in detail and provide a full written report of our findings.

If you aren’t sure is your need a roof replacement read about the 4 why’s for a new roof.

4. Prepare for a roof replacement

Rather than waiting for major issues to arise, committing to this type of renovation will give you time to budget and plan for the project. Our consultants will walk you through the process and answer all your questions and determine the best course of action to fit your budget.

Consider All States Home Improvement as your local affordable roofer

We are one of the highest rated Wichita roofing companies with over 350 + Google reviews. We are experts in our field and have Factory Trained Roofing Inspectors that do a thorough and complete roof replacement job.

To learn more about our windowssidingbathroom and roofing services, call us at (316) 444-1220 in Wichita. View our special pricing and fill out the convenient request estimate form, or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

 

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2021 Salutes Our Soldiers Winner

All States Home Improvement Salutes U.S. Military Veterans

All States Home Improvement values those who have served our country. The All States Salutes Our Soldiers giveaway was a nomination-based contest for miliary veterans to win a free, safe, accessible walk-in shower. The program is for local Wichita area veterans to improve their home life.

The nominator had to write a 350 word or more essay about their veteran and how they could benefit from an easy access shower or bath. The All States Salutes Our Soldiers program was created to find ways to say thank you and respectfully give back to the deserving veterans in our community. The owner of All States Home Improvement, Cris Keeter, proudly served in the Marines and is honored to provide this program to Salute Our Soldiers.

The All States Salutes Our Soldiers 2021 Winner

Rick McGrew is the 2021 winner and was nominated by his son because of his efforts serving in the U.S. Army 4th Infantry and in the Vietnam War in 1969 to 1970. McGrew was wounded during his time in Vietnam that has continued to stifle his mobility, so this upgrade has hopefully made his home life a little bit easier.

“The finished project was just super, more than what I expected. Actually, it was an answer to a prayer. I’ve needed a shower for such a long time,” McGrew said.

McGrew chose a beautiful acrylic marble design with advanced technology glass, a grab bar, and a seat so they can have a safe and relaxing experience. All States Home Improvement gets the job done right. McGrew and his family were extremely pleased with the installation process specifically because of the punctuality, clear communication, and thorough cleanup process by the All States team.

From all of us at All States Home Improvement, thank you for your service, Rick.

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Invest Your Tax Refund in Home Improvements!

With tax season around the corner, it’s common to daydream of the many ways you might use your tax return this year. Some may use it for a family vacation, while others plan to put it away for a rainy day. If you’re like many other Americans, you’re looking to invest your tax refund in your home. At All States Home Improvement, we’ve narrowed down some of the top returns on your investment for maximizing your tax refund.

  1. Replace Your Siding

If your home’s exterior is looking a little rundown, new siding might be a great place to invest your tax return. With a high return on investment and a significant visual impact, a siding makeover will dramatically increase your home’s value. We install beautiful vinyl and fiber cement siding on homes with the precision only a factory-trained expert can achieve. Not sure which siding material is best for you? Below are a few of the top benefits of each to weigh against your unique preferences and priorities.

Benefits of Vinyl Siding Include:

  • Most popular option in America today
  • Affordable and low maintenance
  • Does not require painting
  • Simple cleanup with a garden hose

Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding Include:

  • Resists cracks and warping
  • Equipped to resist damage from rain, wind, snow, and ice
  • Built to last around 50 years
  • Impervious to insects and rot

Read: Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement Siding: Which is Best for You?

  1. Update Your Master Bath

There’s no better time than now to transform your bathroom into an oasis! Not only will it be a wonderful place to retreat each evening, but it’s also a great room to see a return on your investment. Depending on the size of your bathroom remodel, you can expect to see a return of 50 percent to 100 percent or more for your investment in bathroom updates. 

One of the most impactful upgrades for a master bath is converting a standard bath and shower combo to a custom walk-in shower. It is more visually appealing, and custom touches will make it unique and enjoyable. We also offer a wide range of features to improve bathroom accessibility. From walk-in tubs to grab bars and shower benches, we can convert your bathroom for all levels of mobility.

Not sure if your tax refund will be enough to cover your bathroom remodel? The price of your project will vary greatly depending on what your objective is. Investing in a walk-in tub carries a different price tag than converting your shower and tub combo to a modern walk-in shower. The best way to answer this question is to contact us for a consultation. Our team will go over your options and offer solutions to fit your needs.

  1. Replace Your Windows

Though we are beginning to leave the frosty winter months behind us, the memory of cold drafts in your home may still be vivid in your memory. If that’s the case, this might be the year you need to invest in new windows. Improved energy efficiency, lower monthly utility bills, and better climate control in your home are just a few reasons to apply your tax refund to your windows this spring.

Not sure if you need new windows? Here’s a quick guide to help you determine whether you’re due for a replacement.

  • Your energy bills have steadily increased. Dig out your past electricity and gas bills, and compare them year over year. Do you notice an incremental increase each summer or winter? That’s a telltale sign your home is losing heating and cooling, likely through your windows.
  • You notice a draft when you walk by your windows. You might have felt warm air rushing through your window this summer on a windy Kansas day, or perhaps you recall cold gusts last winter on a snowy January night. Either way, drafty windows are a clear sign you’re due for an upgrade. 
  • There is condensation buildup between your window panes. This is a sign that the seal within your window has broken down, and it’s time to give us a call to schedule a consultation.
  • There are signs of damaged or rotten window panes. Take a look around the windows on your home’s exterior. If the area is soft or decaying, don’t wait to replace your windows, as this damage could lead to additional problems down the line.

For more detailed information about how to tell when you need new windows, check out these Six Reasons You Should Replace Your Windows.

  1. Replace Your Front Door

Are you expecting a smaller tax return this year? A quality new front door is the most affordable home improvement project with the highest return on investment. In fact, Remodeling Magazine rated a new front door with a nearly 95% return on the investment. That percentage increases depending on the type of door you select. So, if you’re looking for a simple way to give your home a quick, affordable makeover, your front door is the first place to look! Whether you’re in the market for an ornate wood door or a modern, colorful option, we provide a wide selection of entry doors to upgrade your home’s safety and appearance. 

Choose All States Home Improvement for Your Home Improvement Projects

With nearly 30 years of experience and a 4.8-star rating on Google, homeowners can trust the experts at All States Home Improvement for stress-free home improvements. We are fully insured and licensed, and we will be a reliable partner for your next home renovation. To learn more about our energy-efficient windows, quality siding options, and roofing replacements, call us at (316) 444-1220, fill out our convenient estimate form, or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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4 Resolutions for Your Home this Year

If the past couple of years have taught us anything, it’s that we can expect to spend a fair bit of time in our homes for the foreseeable future. There’s never been a better time to give your home a little extra TLC to improve your comfort level this year. From big renovations to luxurious upgrades, these home resolutions will get you ready to enjoy your abode for years to come!

  1. Finally take on one major update.

Maybe you’ve been putting off replacing your dilapidated roof, or you’ve been ignoring rotting siding. Whatever it may be, this is the year to tackle a big project. Rather than waiting for major issues to arise, commit to these renovations when you’re able to budget and plan for them. 

A couple of the more costly (and sometimes less glamorous) home updates include a new roof and replacing windows. Though these home improvement projects may not always make the most significant visual impact, they’ll undoubtedly have a positive effect on your bank account in the long run! Whether you have costly water damage from a leaking roof or rotting around your windows, the longer you wait to fix problems, the more expensive the repairs will be. Not sure if your roof needs to be replaced? Read this blog post to learn what to look for.

  1. Improve your home’s energy efficiency.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you lose 30% of your heating and cooling through your windows. Consider on top of that, old, damaged, or improperly installed windows, and that percentage skyrockets. What’s more, energy.gov states, “of the $2,000 the average American spends paying for energy annually, $200 to $400 could be going to waste from drafts, air leaks around openings, and outdated heating and cooling systems.” Though replacing your windows is a more costly project to take on, the cost of energy-efficient windows will ultimately pay for themselves in the form of reduced energy bills each month. Additionally, those new windows will increase the overall value of your home and result in a higher resale price point.

At All States Home Improvement, we install Elements windows by SoftLite. Due to their high standards for energy efficiency, air and water penetration, and durability, they are the highest-performing window in the industry. Whatever windows you choose, the important thing is to check for industry certifications to ensure their energy-efficiency level.

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  1. Invest in a spa-worthy master bathroom.

With more time being spent at home, we’re all longing for the comfort of a luxury hotel bathroom.  A gorgeous walk-in shower, hardware upgrades, and updated color schemes make a world of difference in making your bathing experience more enjoyable. The good news is, with the help of All States Home Improvement, you can transform your bathroom into an oasis this year! Whether you want to upgrade your master bath for more time at home or convert it for better accessibility, we have you covered.

  1. Give your home character with charming curb appeal.

An attractive exterior makes coming home that much more enjoyable. Improving your home’s curb appeal with new siding, a colorful front door, and a little landscaping can increase your home’s value by up to 15%, according to Better Home and Gardens Magazine. 

Whether you choose a bold red door or a sophisticated door with intricate carvings, your front door is the ultimate greeting for your guests. Not only will a new door say “welcome” to visitors, but it will also improve your home’s energy efficiency. For more excuses to update your front door, read these 7 Reasons to Replace Your Front Entry Door.

When it comes to siding, there are many reasons to invest in new, quality vinyl or fiber cement options. In a few short days, you can transform a rundown exterior into a home with an entirely different personality. If you aren’t sure how to choose between the many siding colors and substrates available, read these two blog posts:

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Choose All States Home Improvement for Your Home Improvement Projects

With nearly 30 years of experience and a 4.8-star rating on Google, homeowners can trust the experts at All States Home Improvement for stress-free home improvements. We are fully insured and licensed, and we will be a reliable partner for your next home renovation. To learn more about our energy-efficient windows, quality siding options, and roofing replacements, call us at (316) 444-1220, fill out our convenient estimate form, or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

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