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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Instantly Upgrade the Look of Your Home In 2023 With New Window Replacement

 

“There’s a world out there. Open a window, and it’s there,” – Robin Williams.

What do health & new windows have in common?

Before we get into how new windows improve the look of your home – what about how new windows improve your health? When you think of becoming healthier, you mostly think of the typical goals of working out more and eating better. And given that it’s the new year, health is a major theme. But have you considered natural light as part of improving your health? Studies show that increasing access to natural light improves your mood and helps reset your circadian rhythm (the natural process regulating the sleep-wake cycle).

Windows create beautiful natural light in your home, help clean the air, make you feel connected to nature; the list of health benefits can go on! Now more than ever, new windows should be a priority for your home and health.

Upgrade the look of your home

Sometimes a little paint, new blinds and curtains could be enough to give your home a facelift. But consider the last time your home has gotten a real window upgrade. If it’s been more than 15 years, it’s definitely time for new ones. Window replacement is one of the most noticeable improvements (from the interior, exterior, and health-wise) you can make to your home. New windows that bring in lots of bright natural light can completely transform a space and give the illusion of your room being bigger than it actually is.

Save money in the long run

Windows are a fantastic investment in making your house look good while decreasing the cost of your energy bills. Energy-efficient windows reduce heat loss and improve the comfort of your home. The US Department of Energy estimates that approximately 30% of energy in the average home is lost due to inefficient windows and doors. Make your home more energy efficient, keep drafts out, and keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Window replacement for Wichita residents

When you turn to us for window replacement, we’ll add beauty, comfort, and value to your home. If you want a specific style or aesthetic for your home, All States Home Improvement has a wide range of stylish options to meet your design needs. Read these tips about shopping for new windows.

You want your new windows to look good and do a good job of keeping outside elements from getting inside. They should be durable and last for years to come. Trust our team of professionals and know that when you work with us, you will get top-of-the-line products and services. 

To learn more about our windows, siding, doors, gutters, decks, and roofing, call us at (316) 444-1220 for a free estimate. Fill out our convenient estimate form, or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Tips To Maintain the Exterior of Your House This Winter

Here are a few simple tasks you can do to help maintain and extend the overall life and look of your house. Some want that quick fix, to hang up Christmas lights and call it good. You don’t just want your house to look pretty with lights at night but be proud of your home in the daylight too. Owning a home is a big investment that you want to keep in good condition year after year.

Keep up regular maintenance on your Wichita, Kansas home this winter

Owning a home is a big responsibility and investment, and you want to keep it looking nice. If you perform regular maintenance on your home, not only will it look better but investing in maintenance now, will avoid larger expensive repairs in the future. The last thing you want is for an issue to go unnoticed and have it snowball into a major expense.

Stay ahead of the winter storms this year by preparing your home for the chilly season. Ice, sleet, snow, wind, moister, etc. can cause significant damage to your home. Follow these tips to keep your home looking good and staying warm during and after this holiday season.

Keep your siding clean

Take the time to go around the outside of your house and inspect your siding and how it’s holding up. Look for cracks, swelling, rot, mold or separations in your siding. If you see any of those listed, call or contact All States to get a free consultation.

If you have recently installed vinyl siding or James Hardie Fiber Cement siding then you’re in luck. Both sidings require minimal monthly maintenance. If dirt or debris begins to build upon its surface, all it takes is a hose and a damp cloth and your vinyl siding will look factory fresh once again.

Check that your windows are working efficiently

Open your windows, clean, and wipe down the cracks and crevasses. This can make sure your windows fully close to keep the cold air out and the warm heat in. This is also a good time to make sure all your window seals are still in place and functioning correctly. Close and lock your windows to make sure they are secure for the winter. If you are experiencing a draft or moisture in the window, it’s probably time to invest in new windows.

Double-check that the area around your window and windowsill is clear. This will prevent from any outside moister latching on to anything inside your home that could cause internal damage.

Is your roof in good shape?

Who are we kidding, December isn’t a time to prepare for inclement weather, it’s to prepare for the guy in the big red suit to come down your chimney. But take a little time to look at your roof, while hanging those lights, or schedule an inspection to look for rust, missing, broken, or curling shingles. If you believe your roof is damaged contact us for a free consultation.

You should be checking your roof and gutters every few months. Once the leaves are off the trees, that’s a good indicator to check your roof, gutters, and downspouts. Granules in the downspouts can be a sign your roof needs repair. Clear out any leaves and debris to prepare for the heavy winter storms so everything can drain properly. Gutters that are backed up cause overflowing that then leads to water draining down your home – eventually leading to the deterioration of your home’s exterior. It can also lead to deterioration of your foundation, water infiltration in the basement, and settling on your porches, patio, and walkways.  

Get your house ready for the cold

Prepare your home for winter, hanging Christmas lights, or even Kris Kringle. Whatever suits you, follow these steps to get your home ready for what this winter season shall bring! Let our family at All States Home Improvement help make your family home more beautiful, comfortable, and valuable.

All States is the highest-rated home improvement company in the Wichita area with over 20,000 happy homeowners. Contact us with questions or to schedule a time with a project consultant.

 

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Our 30th Anniversary Celebration!

We want to say thank you for the past 30 years of support. Over 20,000 customers have trusted us with their home renovation projects. We also want to thank our team of professionals who have been a huge part of this journey. Watch this video as our way of celebrating our 30th anniversary and showcasing our hard-working team members.

30th anniversary offer

There’s a special offer to celebrate! Receive 30% off material and 18 months interest-free or low $98 payments.

Choose All States for your Wichita home improvement projects

To learn more about our windowssiding, and roofing, call us at (316) 444-1220. Fill out our convenient “request an estimate” form or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Thank you again for all your support and for letting our family work for yours!

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October 19, 2022

 

All States Salutes Our Soldiers 2022

All States Salutes Our Soldiers is looking for local Wichita area veterans that could improve their home life with a bathroom transformation. The All States Home Improvement team will select a nominated veteran for a free, safe, easy access walk-in shower installation with a bench and grab bar.

Nominations for the Shower/Bath Giveaway will be accepted now through Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2022, with the winner announcement to follow on our Facebook page.

To nominate a deserving veteran, go to AllStatesSOS.com, fill out an entry form and submit an essay of 350 words or less telling us about your veteran and how they could benefit from a safer easy-access shower or bath. The winning essay will need to provide proof of service in the armed forces and ownership of the home. Must be 13 or older to nominate. Full written contest rules and entry form online at AllStatesSOS.com.

All States Home Improvement created the All States Salutes Our Soldiers program 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, proudly served in the Marines and is honored to provide this program to Salute Our Soldiers.

5 Reasons to Upgrade to a Walk-in Shower

5 Reasons to Upgrade to a Walk-in Shower 

You can’t watch a home renovation show without seeing a walk-in shower feature. They’re modern and add a custom touch to a bathroom, so it’s no surprise that they’re at the top of the renovation list for many homeowners. 

 

The reasons to upgrade your master bath with an elegant walk-in shower are endless, but we’ve rounded up our top five benefits of these luxurious modern home additions. Whether you’re looking for better accessibility in your master bath or a more modern aesthetic in a small guest bath, you can’t go wrong with a custom walk-in shower from All States Home Improvement. Read on to learn more! 

 

  1. Better Accessibility

Bathing is often the most relaxing part of our days. However, it is often less than rejuvenating for those with mobility issues if they are forced to bathe in a shower/tub combo. While many homes are equipped with traditional shower/bath combos because of their versatility, the top of the tub is typically nearly two feet off the ground, making them problematic for people with limited mobility. Difficulty maneuvering in and out of the tub, combined with wet surfaces, can make bathing extremely dangerous for this segment of the population. 

 

The most common update for an accessible bathroom is converting a shower/tub combo to a walk-in shower. These showers are built to be easy to walk or roll into, so the chances for tripping are minimal. Therefore, if you or someone in your home is looking for a more accessible bathroom, a walk-in shower is a good place to start. Read this blog about converting your bathroom for better accessibility for more information on how to improve your bathroom’s accessibility features. 

 

  1. Resale Value

When placed in the right room, a walk-in shower will increase the value of your home. They make smaller bathrooms look bigger and leave room for more features in a small guest bath (see more about that in reason five!). Keep in mind, however, that you may want to keep at least one bathtub in one bathroom in your home to keep resale value high for buyers with children, who will likely want at least one bath for bathing their kiddos.  

 

  1. Appearance

Modern, functional, and versatile are three words that perfectly describe walk-in showers. No matter your design aesthetic, the team at All States Home Improvement will design a beautiful shower to fit your space. Your consultant will share a wide variety of colors and designs to fit your style from traditional, to elegant to farmhouse.  And don’t forget the accessories!  Whether you’re looking for a spa-like rainfall showerhead or something handheld, shelving, benches or even a shaving ledge, we have the expert know-how and experience to guide your decisions and match your unique preferences. 

 

  1. Easier to Clean & Durable

All States bath products are made of non-porous acrylic panels for the most durable and easy to maintain option on the market. No tile or grout to clean or maintain, no mold or mildew and our shower panels have an antimicrobial surface that stops the growth of bacteria. Cleaning your custom walk-in shower will be much quicker and easier. No tile, grout or porous porcelain surfaces that hold in grime and bacteria. Additionally, because our walk-in shower consists of flat surfaces, with reinforced corners – there are fewer nooks and crannies to catch buildup, slashing your cleaning time.  

 

  1. Conserve Space

Walk-in showers are built to fit the room, so you don’t have to work with standard size templates. Therefore, you can add a shower to a room that couldn’t hold a shower/tub combo. Another option is to replace a combo unit with a smaller walk-in shower to create space for a nice vanity area in your bathroom!  Completing your new walk-in shower with a frameless shower door or an elegant glass wall will make the room appear larger than it is, adding value to your home.  

 

Turn to All States Home Improvement to Upgrade Your Bathroom 

Are you ready to update your bathroom with a walk-in shower? Contact us today for more information! Since 1992, our family-owned and -operated business has served homeowners with premium products, specialized installations, and unmatched customer service. Our bathroom systems are installed in as little as 2 days, by specialists who have perfected their craft, so you can trust that every technician who works on your home is trained in the best installation techniques for the specific products you select. 

 

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Convert Your Bathroom this Winter to Improve Accessibility

The holidays: it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Lights are aglow all around us, people are overflowing with joy, and everything has a little bit more sparkle than the preceding months. We spend the time reconnecting with family members we’ve lost touch with when life was too hectic the rest of the year. This holiday season, did you find yourself recognizing that your parents aren’t getting around quite as well as they did last year? Or maybe as you’re reading this you’re thinking that you’ve lost a bit of your agility these past several months. 

Inevitably, we all will lose a bit of mobility as we age, and we are all looking to age with independence and dignity. More recently, retirees are choosing to forgo facilities equipped with accessible living spaces. Instead, the elderly are opting to “age in place.” This concept is defined as the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. While the “aging in place” trend is a much more desirable way to spend one’s later years in life, the family home is often not prepared for this stage in life. Though there are many rooms in a house that may need renovations for better accessibility, one crucial area to invest in is the bathroom.

How to Equip Your Bathroom For Aging In Place

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 78,000 people are sent to hospitals each year due to injuries occurring from bathing or showering. In addition to the tub or shower, the toilet also poses a substantial risk for those less sprightly. As quoted in a New York Times article, Judy A. Stevens, an epidemiologist with the CDC, said, “Injuries getting on and off the toilet are quite high in people 65 and older. Having grab bars by the toilet would be helpful for people in their older years, and everyone would benefit from having grab bars both inside the tub or shower and where you get in and out.”

Because bathrooms pose the most potential risks for injury, renovating your bathroom will give you peace of mind that you, or your parents, are ready to age in place with grace. Read on to learn where to focus your efforts on your bathroom transformation.

Bathtub and Shower Conversions

Bathing should be a relaxing, rejuvenating experience. However, for the elderly, it can be fraught with anxiety due to the potential for injuries. Many homes are equipped with traditional shower/bath combos because of their versatility. However, because the top of the tub is typically nearly two feet off the ground, they are not ideal for people with limited mobility. Difficulty maneuvering in and out of the tub, combined with wet surfaces, makes it extremely dangerous.

The most common update for an accessible bathroom is converting a shower/tub combo to a walk-in shower. These showers are built to be easy to walk or roll into, so the chances for tripping are minimal. Though risks are reduced, it is essential to install grab bars in the shower as well in case of slipping on the wet floor. Often, it is easier for people with fatigue to sit while they bathe. Therefore, installing a no-slip chair or bench will be a welcome addition. Don’t forget to replace the existing showerhead with a removable, handheld showerhead that will reach the bench or chair.

Many people simply enjoy the luxury of a warm bath filled with essential oils and bubbles. If you find yourself cringing at the thought of being stuck with showers for the rest of your life, a walk-in tub might be a great compromise. Though they come with a higher price tag, they are well worth the investment for avid bubble bath enthusiasts.

Toilet Modifications

Most bathrooms have somewhat similar toilets, with only small differences in color or shape. However, for people facing difficulties getting in and out of chairs, a taller, more accessible toilet would be ideal. Weaker muscles make it challenging to lower oneself to sit or lift to stand, so installing grab bars around the toilet is a vital component of any bathroom conversion.

Other Areas to Consider for Accessibility

  • Doorway: you may need to widen it to allow for a wheelchair or walker to make it through with ease. If you think this may be the case at some point, it’s best to do it as part of the whole bathroom renovation rather than waiting for a second alteration.
  • Flooring: no-slip mats are the quickest and easiest way to make a bathroom safer. There are also several permanent no-slip flooring options if you are interested in making the investment.
  • Sink: unless you need to convert countertop heights for a wheelchair, the bathroom sink often is overlooked for accessibility. Though the sink likely doesn’t pose much risk, there are still ways to make it more user-friendly for people with arthritis. For example, switching traditional knobs out for lever handles are more comfortable to turn on and off for aching joints.

Function Can be Fashionable

We know, when you hear “accessible bathroom,” you instantly picture a sterile, unattractive space as you’ve seen in hospital rooms. We’re here to tell you that accessibility can be beautiful as well as functional. Our team will work with you to design comfortable, attractive spaces to keep you safe.

It’s best to make accessibility alterations before you need them, so your home is ready when you are. Life is full of unexpected events, so having a fully-accessible bathroom will put your mind at ease. Whether it’s an unforeseen surgery, an unfortunate accident, or merely the uncomfortable symptoms of aging, an updated bathroom will keep you safe at home regardless of physical limitations.

Turn to All States Home Improvement to Convert Your Bathroom for Accessibility

Are you ready to take the first step to improve your bathroom’s accessibility? Contact us today for more information! We specialize in bathroom remodels using top-quality products and expert service. 

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7 Reasons to Replace Your Front Entry Door

It’s the place your eye automatically lands when looking at a house. It communicates the personality of your home, and it’s the entry point for most guests. So why is it that the front entry door is often overlooked?

The fact is, side and garage doors are often the primary doors used by a home’s inhabitants, so front entry doors tend to be forgotten. Many homeowners wait until they are putting their home on the market before exploring the costs and benefits of replacing their front entry door. A new door will be more appealing to potential buyers, so why not make that small but impactful improvement to welcome you home each day?

With many overwhelmingly positive benefits and a relatively low price point for installation, front entry doors should be one of the first places homeowners look when searching for a high-impact home improvement project. Not quite convinced? Take a look at these seven reasons you should consider replacing your front entry door.

  1. Curb Appeal

One of the most obvious reasons to replace your front door is the curb appeal a new door contributes to the overall look of your home. There are endless combinations when it comes to the style and color of your door, so the front door is a great way to bring a pop of color to your home’s facade. We even researched 8 popular front door colors and their meanings.

  1. Energy Savings

Is your door drafty? Do you shove a towel under the bottom of the door to keep warm air in and cold air out? These are clear signs you are losing money through your door. Installing a new front door will reduce your monthly energy bills and keep your home comfortable year-round.

  1. A Cleaner Home

If air is making its way through your closed door, you can bet that Kansas dirt and allergens are flying into your home as well. Save yourself the headache of daily dusting by investing in a new entry door.

  1. Visible Damage

Dents, scratches, or other unsightly marks are an undeniable reason to upgrade your door, as it will quickly improve the visual appearance of your home as a whole. Additionally, if your door has glass features, condensation between the window panes is a sign of damage to the seal. Because this damage could allow additional moisture into your home, you should quickly replace any foggy windows or doors.

  1. Improve the Safety of Your Home

An old, damaged, or unlevel door is an easy target for home burglaries. Additionally, when a door is unlevel, it may be difficult or impossible to lock the door properly. A new, sturdy door will keep your mind at ease and keep uninvited visitors out.

  1. Ease of Use

Spoiler alert: you shouldn’t have to tackle your entry door like a linebacker to open it or throw your weight behind it to get it shut! If your door isn’t hanging level on its hinges, it will stick on the door frame and be difficult to open or close. Make it easy on yourself and replace that door.

  1. Return on Investment

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, the front door is the first place to look!

Upgrading your front entry door is an exciting way to give your home a whole new appearance. From traditional carved wood doors to a vibrant pop of color, a new door is one of the best inexpensive home renovations with a high return on investment. Increased safety and lower energy costs make installing a new entry door a no-brainer. So don’t wait until you are selling your home to invest a little time and energy into yours!

We provide a wide selection of entry doors to upgrade your home’s safety and appearance. Contact us today to learn more about entry door installation or request a free estimate.

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Things You Should Expect During Roof Replacement

Every reroofing project begins with a dream – a head-turning crown to your home that rounds out its exterior design and completes its curb appeal. However, many homeowners only focus on the beautiful outcome and not think about the difficult part of the process. If you just pay attention to the highs without preparing for the sighs, planning your roof replacement with prudence is impossible. [Read more…]

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