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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!

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
Mar 13, 2014

Hey John,

Something cool that I've seen done is a sports themed basement. Put your favorite team's color up on the wall and get all kinds of memorabilia (jerseys, championships, etc) that you can decorate with as well. Also Fatheads of players that you can put on the wall can help to give it an even better feel. For the bar area, you can use old t-shirts to cover the stools with, if they have padding. 

Hope this helps! 

Katie Palmer, Arocon Roofing and Construction, LLC

john barton asked:

Feb 18, 2014

One easy fix for homeowners to prevent ice dams from the attic is to ensure proper airflow "intake" from the eaves.  In many cases, the insulation is blown tight to the soffit which cuts off the ventilation at the intake.  Installing Styrofoam baffles at the eaves between the joists to create the required 2" separation is fairly easy to do from the attic area.  I normally would not recommend homeowners to take on this challenge unless they have experience working in the attic.  Since the flooring in the attic area is not finished in most cases, the homeowner must be careful to only step on the joists when working or they will potentially fall through the ceiling / drywall.  For this reason, it is recommended that a professional handle this type of install to avoid injury.

Eric Consuegra, Arocon Roofing & Construction

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