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Robert Lehr asked:

Nov 10, 2014
Nov 10, 2014

Hey Robert, 

When it comes to gutter protection, it really depends on the specific roof slope and size of the home or building. 
Rhino gutter guard is a great guard that can be installed on 5" or 6" K style gutters.  This product carries a 20 year no clog warranty, is fastened to the gutter with zip screws (so it will not blow off), and is made with aluminum and stainless steel mesh that will not rust or corrode.  
Another great option is a cover system.  Leaf Away makes a great gutter cover system that comes with a limited lifetime no clog warranty.  It comes in many different colors to match or accent the trim on the particular home or building.  This product can be installed on many different home/building types with various different roof slopes, but our company has found that it works best on shallower sloped homes.  If the roof is too steep, heavy rain can sometimes run off the cover.
Hope this advice helps and best of luck to you!
David Silverstein, AROCON Roofing & Construction
Oct 10, 2014
Nov 10, 2014

Hey Terry, 

Black spots on the roof usually form do on the Northern facing side of the home because it has less direct exposure to sun light. 

Blue-Green algae is usually what the black spots are, however, depending on the age of the roof, sometimes the loss of granules also shows black streaking, which can be a sign that the roof is nearing the time for replacement.

There are products that can be used to clean the algae off of the shingles, but most require the use of a low pressure power washer to help strip the algae from the roof. I will warn you that this can damage the roof and take life off of the shingles, so it is always best to have an expert come out to your home and inspect the black spots to determine if it can safely be cleaned off, or if replacement options are recommended. 
Most shingle manufacturers have warranties for 10+ years against the growth of algae on the shingles.  Atlas makes a shingle that has a lifetime guarantee against the growth of blue-green algae based on the amount of copper granules they have in their shingle products.  For home owners who are concerned about the algae growth, replacing the roof with this product is a good idea to keep the roof beautiful up to the time for replacement.
Hope this advice helps and good luck with your roof!
David Silverstein, AROCON Roofing and Construction

John Ford asked:

Feb 17, 2014
Oct 24, 2014

Hey John! 

Try searching on this webiste http://www.lampsplus.com/products/light-bulbs/ they offer a pretty good selection of different bulbs for all of your lighting needs! 

Hope this helps! 

Tom Gunter asked:

Jun 9, 2014
Sep 12, 2014

Yes vinyl can be painted! My recommendation is to make sure that all of the previous paint is removed, if any exists, and that the surface is smooth and dry. Also priming and sealing is the best way to make sure that your shutters stay in great shape for long periods of time. Hope this helps and good luck!

Pamela Hege asked:

Sep 4, 2014
Sep 12, 2014

It seems like the caulk must have come loose. My recommendation is to recaulk the area and make sure that the gap is filled with insulation. Another option to look into is double expanding foam. Hope this helps!

Jun 7, 2014
Jul 9, 2014

Hey C.J.,

The manufacturer's installation specifications should specify the type and length of fasteners that should be used with installing the 5 inch foam board.  You may want to contact the local store where you purchased the material for the manufacturer representative in your area. Hope this advice helps!

Eric Consuegra, 

AROCON Roofing and Construction, LLC 

Jun 7, 2014
Jul 9, 2014

Hey C.J.,

It is always important to read the manufacturer's installation instructions for approved fasteners. Depending on the thickness of the foam board, the fasteners may need to be a little longer to penetrate through the studs/sheathing enough. 

Hope this helps!

-Katie

John Ford asked:

Jun 10, 2014
Jul 9, 2014

Hey John, 

A few questions first.

Is the chimney functional?  Is the flu venting anything in the home (i.e. furnace)?  Does the chimney go through the roof, or next to the roof on the eave or rake?

If the chimney is not functional and it does not vent anything in the home, you may want to address the problem at the roof by closing it off.  This will make sure no bugs or water can enter into the home.  If the chimney is through the roof, you will need to tear the structure down below the sheathing, install blocking around the chimney box, and install new sheathing over top the chimney.  Exterminators are always the best experts to call for bug problems.  If they keep coming back, it may be time to try a different company. Hope this helps!

Eric Consuegra

AROCON Roofing and Construction, LLC

May 21, 2014
Jul 9, 2014

Hey William, 

I would say your best bet is to shingle over the vents and edge the vents at eaves. This way you are able to allow for intake and continuous ridge vent for exhaust. Hope this helps!

Eric Consuegra

AROCON Roofing and Construction, LLC

Alex Graham asked:

May 14, 2014
May 16, 2014

Hey Alex, 

One of the best ways to stay on good terms with your neighbors during a large construction project is to keep the job site as clean as possible at all times.  No one likes construction debris creating an eye sore in the neighborhood, especially when the debris enters someone elses yard who is not having any construction work done.  

Also, the crews need to be as polite and courteous as possible and aware of their surroundings. Cigarette smoking, loud music, cursing, are all things that really irritate home owners and shouldn't be acceptable on any professionally run job site.  

It is also important to let your neighbors know the work schedule so they can expect the delivery trucks and crews to help coordinate parking that is convenient for everyone.  

Communication and clear expectations are very important. Let your neighbors know what to expect, and when to expect it, so they are not caught off guard.

Hope this advice helps. Good luck with your home improvement project!

--Eric Consuegra, AROCON Roofing & Construction, LLC

John Ford asked:

Feb 17, 2014
May 14, 2014
Hey John, 
Here's the top three upgrades that I would suggest for your home: 
1. Air Sealing and Insulation:  This improvement always pays off.  No matter if you're trying to keep cold air in your home during the summer or trying to keep it out during the winter, sealing small gaps in your home's shell should be always be a priority.
2. Upgrade older appliances:  A majority of our energy usage comes from the use of our appliances so if you are still working with an older model, it might be time to consider the cost benefit of upgrading to a newer, more efficient system.  Each appliance, from dishwashers to clothes dryers each have a different return on investment so be sure to do your research before upgrading.
3. Heat and Cool Efficiently:  On average, 52% of energy used in the home is used to heat and cool our homes. There are a lot of simple steps that can be done to maximize efficiency in this area.  Install and use a programmable thermostat.  Changing the temperature of your home by just 1 degree can help save 5% annually on your heating cost. Be sure that your heating and air conditioning system is being maintained and cared for.  Clean your filter regularly and schedule annual maintenance to prevent possible issues.  Lastly, seal any leaks in your duct system to avoid heating and cooling loss and to allow your system to run better.
Hope the information helps!
-Eric Consuegra, AROCON Roofing & Construction
Feb 17, 2014
Apr 29, 2014

Hey Andy, 

When dealing with contractors out of state, communication is key. I would suggest that email updates be sent by the builder on a weekly basis accomapined by photos of the progress. You should also plan on making personal sites visits as often as possible to ensure quality control. Hope this helps with your project!

Cheers, 

Eric Consuegra, AROCON Roofing and Constrcution, LLC

Alex Graham asked:

Feb 17, 2014
Apr 29, 2014

Hey Alex, 

?I would say that close cell spray foam insulation is the way to go if your budget allows for it.  Although it's much more expensive than batt insulation, the long term savings on your energy bills will be far greater.? Hope this helps! 

Cheers, 

Eric Consuegra, AROCON Roofing and Construction, LLC

Feb 17, 2014

One easy way is to simply go into the attic space and look around and see if there is any staining on the underside of the ply wood.  The most common areas are around pipe and chimney penetrations, in the valleys or where the roof terminates into a wall.  If your roof is walkable, and you feel comfortable enough to get up there, you can also use a garden hose and attempt spraying the roof from different angles to see if any water gets through.  Over all though, if you see any discoloration at all, then water is penetrating some way.

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