March 2018
Processing storm damage insurance claims is perhaps the most complicated part of dealing with the aftermath of a storm. While most of the work is done between your insurance provider and your chosen local roofers, knowing how it works can help manage your expectations and let you focus on your family’s safety and shelter. Here are some of the things you should know about storm damage insurance claims. Document Everything Once you have reported the situation to your insurance pro...
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February 2018
It’s important to understand the difference between price and cost when it comes to your siding, roofing or other home remodeling project. Price is what you pay initially and what you see when a company gives you an estimate. Cost is the total cost of owning a product and this includes the costs for installing, repairing, maintaining and eventually replacing it. A project might have a low price, but it may also have a high cost. Empire Contractors explains more: Understanding Total Lif...
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A roof replacement project is a significant investment. It involves several factors that ultimately affect the final cost. These factors include the warranty, type of shingles, the installation method, square footage, building codes, the brand of shingles, the manufacturer specs and the weather. These factors can be divided into things that you can’t change and things that you can control. Understanding this can help you determine how much value you are getting from your project. Empire Co...
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January 2018
Home improvement projects can be seasonal; it’s a little-known fact that some months are better to start your home additions and repairs than others. Many homeowners prefer the fall months for home improvement, but winter is also a good time do your roofing projects (with a few precautions, of course). In this post, we explain why winter is the best time to tackle certain home improvement projects. Winter Has Fewer Rainy Days Spring tends to be an unpredictable season despite its more ...
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A roofing project is probably the single most expensive thing you’ll have to invest in, so it’s important to make the right choice when you’re hiring from your pool of local roofers. This is where online reviews come in; they’re an important tool that will help you decide if your prospective roofer fits your project. Empire Contractors discusses more. What Reviews Say Reading a review online gives you insight as to how well your prospective roofer will actually do their work. It’...
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December 2017
When it comes to home improvement projects, the easiest part is usually knowing what you want. Everything else that comes after, including planning, budgeting and decision-making, can be stressful. Fortunately, there are ways to make these tasks easier. Empire Contractors, the area's leading roofing contractor, shares tips to help you create a proper budget for your projects: Prioritize Although you already know the changes you want to see in your home, that doesn’t mean they should be the fi...
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Finding reliable roofers for your project is hard enough with the number of professionals offering their services, but add storm chasers to the equation and it can be almost impossible to choose. Their attractive low estimates and promises of speedy service can sometimes seem irresistible but you are much better off selecting a local roofer. Working with a storm chaser is a waste of your time and money, as they rarely deliver what they promise. To avoid the risks of working with these so-called...
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November 2017
With the cold winds of winter just around the corner, it’s important to start protecting your home from extreme weather conditions. Fortunately, the right projects can significantly improve your home’s protection and ensure its comfort all throughout winter. Empire Contractors, the trusted roofing company, explains more:   Siding Upgrade If you've seen a rise in your energy expenses lately, it may be because of a damaged siding. As one of the largest exterior features of your home, your sidin...
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Your roof’s two main functions are protection and insulation. To perform its job efficiently, your roof needs proper care. Regular maintenance ensures that your roof stays in top shape all throughout the year. Empire Contractors, the leading general contractor, discusses the benefits of a well-maintained roofing system: Protects Your Investment A house is arguably the largest investment you will ever make, and the roof its biggest part. As a key element in your home’s protection, your roof de...
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October 2017
Water damage is arguably the biggest threat to your home, and it starts from the simplest things. A leak on the roof can spread damage to your attic and interior, while a clogged gutter can cause water to overflow and pool around your foundation. Since it’s usually hard to detect water damage until it has already wreaked havoc in your home, by the time it’s evident, you’ll be facing costly repair expenses. Fortunately, you can do several things to improve your home’s protection. Empire Con...
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