Financing made simple, Low Interest, Flexible Payments offered now for all customers!

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Roof Iowa believes that everyone who needs a roof should be able to replace their roof to keep their greatest asset, their home, well protected!

Financing made simple, Low Interest, Flexible Payments

We are so happy to announce that we have partnered with Wells Fargo Financial to give our customers financing with low and flexible payment options. We will be offering 0% interest on some plans!

 

We’d be happy to share information with you, but for now, here are some benefits:

*Simple, fast in-home application and credit decisions

*Immediate access to revolving credit line upon approval

*Power to make home improvement purchases today instead of delaying project plans

*Easy-to-use account management and bill payment options *Convenient monthly payments

*Opportunity to pay for their projects over time

*Competitive interest rates

*Stable, reliable financial services company

*Eligible customers receive free access to their FICO® Credit Score using Wells Fargo Mobile® Banking, factors that affected it, and personalized Wells Fargo credit tips

 

Roof Iowa is Building Iowa’s Trust one Roof at a Time! Locally owned in Ankeny and Family Operated.

We are voted Ankeny’s Best in 2016 by nomination, Five Star rated and fully insured and licensed with the State of Iowa.

Voted Ankeny’s Best Roofer

Roof Iowa is so humbly honored by the support of the Ankeny and Des Moines Area community by written in nominations (not by selection in the drop down on the ballot)!

Thank you to everyone who voted us as runner up by nomination and to every one of our happy customers that keep passing the Roof Iowa name along for roofing repairs and replacements.
Roof Iowa is dedicated to Building Iowa’s Trust One Roof at a Time. We specialize in replacing old and damaged roofs with thorough inspections, honoring homeowners’ budgets and customizing what works for our customers. We have lifetime material and labor warranties on all roofs.

Roof Iowa is locally and family owned, a GAF Certified Contractor for Roofing, Better Business Bureau member with an A rating, Licensed by the State of Iowa, Fully insured, Voted in Ankeny’s Best and Maintain a 5 STAR rating on Google, HomeAdvisor, Facebook and Yelp. Please use our contact page on www.Roofiowa.com for a free inspection and roof replacement estimate in the Des Moines area!

Roof Algae

 

In our spring and summer seasons you may start to notice unsightly dark stains on your roof that is sometimes call fungus. While it could be from dirt or bad shingles, the most common cause is blue-green algae that can affect the appearance of a home. If you start to notice these unsightly stains, give us a call to help you maintenance your roof and read a couple tips below:

Stains and streaks don’t necessarily mean a roof needs replacing, but it’s important for Roof Iowa to assess the state of the shingles. If they are worn out, we will most likely discuss replacement options with you.

If the shingles look fine, then there are solutions to clean the roof. One option for cleaning the roof is to use a special mixture.  That mixture is 4 gallons of water, 1 gallon of bleach, and 1 cup of TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate—or acceptable phosphate-free substitute) found at many home centers. Apply this mixture with a garden sprayer, let it sit on the roof surface for up to 20 minutes, then rinse with low-pressure water.  Be sure to protect any shrubs below. Remember, the roof surface will become slippery when wet. Note: This should only be done by a roofing professional who knows what they are doing, since getting on the roof is dangerous, especially when it is wet and slippery.

Do not power wash the shingles to clean them.  Some roof cleaning companies offer this service. However, it is not recommended as it may dislodge granules, which can lead to premature shingle failure. The granules on the shingles help protect the layers below from the heat and elements.  However, unfortunately, cleaning will not ensure those ugly roof stains will not return.

Algae can grow in moist, shaded areas, so if a you have trees hanging over the roof, trimming them back can let the sunshine warm and dry the roof.

 

Roof Iowa is dedicated to building Iowa’s trust one roof at a time.  We specialize in replacing old and damaged roofs with thorough inspections, honoring homeowners’ budgets and customizing what works for our customers.  We have lifetime material and labor warranties on all roofs.

Roof Iowa is locally and family owned, a GAF Certified Contractor for Roofing, Better Business Bureau member with an A rating, Licensed by the State of Iowa, Fully insured, Voted in Ankeny’s Best and Maintain a 5 STAR rating on Google, HomeAdvisor, Facebook and Yelp.  Please use our contact page on www.Roofiowa.com for a free inspection and roof replacement estimate in the Des Moines area!

Winter Remodels – Booking Appointments Now!

 

Thinking about updating your home’s interior in the upcoming winter months?

Adding value to your home and property is never a bad idea!

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Roof Iowa is booking appointments for free consultations and estimates on remodeling your kitchen, bathroom and basement!  We also can tackle the smaller home improvement needs – flooring, carpentry and trim, cabinet installation, interior paint, tilework, interior doors, dry wall, electrical, appliance and fixture installation. WinterKitchenRemodel

When investing in your home and properties, we know that a reliable, honest and fair priced contractor is needed. Roof Iowa is fully insured and Licensed with the State of Iowa.  We are proud to have a 5 star review rating on Google, Homeadvisor, Yelp and Facebook – not to mention the long list of reviews and referrals from happy customers.

Please call us today at 515.612.3889.

A View From the Top – Choosing a roofing contractor

A View From the Top – Choosing a roofing contractor

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What makes (common) sense for YOU.

Everything under the roof. That’s a lot. In fact, it’s everything you own! So who you choose to repair/replace a roof on your home or business is literally helping protect everything of value you have.

So as a “Roofologist,” I know consumers can be driven nuts trying to find a trusted roofing contractor. The bad news? My chosen field has its fair share of fly-by-night operators. The good news? There are plenty of reputable, professional roofing contractors.

So, where do you begin the search when looking for a roofing contractor? Some try an internet search. A recent Bing search for “Picking a roofing contractor” came back with 13,900,000 hits! Hey — it’s raining, the roof’s leaking — think you have THAT much time for research? NO!

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How many tips is enough?

One thing this search turned up is the easy (lazy?) trap a lot of writers fall into these days: assigning a number to their writing — the “how many things do you look for”  in finding a roofing contractor. Angie’s List says there’s “6 tips for choosing a roofing contractor.” InspectAPedia says it’s “5 Easy Steps to Getting a Good Roofing Job at a Fair Price.” Yet another source puts the number of steps at 9. How many is the right answer is less important than – how pertinent are the tips.

In the plethora of tips out there on the internet, you can boil down the important elements of finding a roofing contractor as:

  • Be sure they’re well-established in your area
  • Be sure they’re licensed, bonded and insured
  • Look up reviews/check references
  • Get a guarantee of their work in writing
  • Be sure your contractor is certified by the manufacturer of the product(s) they use (a warranty can be void if the roof is improperly installed)
  • Get an estimate in writing!

 

Which is the most important tip? That’s up to you.

Are you willing to roll the dice on a roofing contractor who’s not licensed, bonded and insured because they present a low bid? One slip on your property, and a “cheap roof” could cost you your house.

 

Perhaps the #1 tip for finding the right roofing contractor:

Find your comfort level.

You need to talk to your roofer. Yes! Talk — it’s a little old-fashioned. It’s not as easy as texting, but it’s more telling.

Does he hesitate with the tough questions? Or even the easy ones? Can he point you to completed jobs and/or client testimonials? Simply put – does he sound like he knows that he’s talking about?

A new roof system for your home or business – even a minor repair – can be a substantial investment. Talking to a few roofers will tell you what you need to know to establish a rapport.

 

Talking to Jon our Roofologist at Roof Iowa, will ally all of your fears while he answers all of your questions. 

We Roof, but we also do much more like windows, siding, remodels, carpentry and handyman work!  We service all of Iowa, primarily central Iowa and the Des Moines communities of Johnston, Ankeny, Bondurant, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, West Des Moines, Waukee, Grimes – give us call for your free inspection.  You won’t be disappointed with our quality and price! 

Call 515.612.3889. Or visit us online at <https://roofiowa.com/contact>

What to Do when There is a Leak

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Many homeowners and business owners don’t discover that their roof has a leak until a hard rain starts to fall, and we all know that Iowa gets a fair share of rain every year.

Many things can cause roof leaks. Some of these things are due to the wear and tear of Iowa weather on an ageing roof such as vents, flashing, shingle damage, rotting decking, ice damming. And sometimes (we hate it when this happens to customers), even if you have a newer roof, it can be caused by poor quality and improper installation.

When water is coming from the ceiling in your home or business in the Des Moines area, there are a couple immediate solutions to prevent further damage:

  1. Where the leak is dripping water, place a bucket or pan to catch the water.
  2. Sometimes if the leak is serious, you can choose to poke a SMALL hole in the ceiling to prevent collapse of the sheet rock or tile; this allows drainage into the bucket.  Use safety measures when performing this task with protective gear and help with your ladder.  As a note of disclaimer: This will be a hole in your ceiling, Roof Iowa is not liable for any advice, decisions, or activities of self-performed work on your home.

Call your five star rated professional roofer, Roof Iowa at (515) 612-3889 or contact us on our webpage at RoofIowa.com for a free inspection and inexpensive solution to the water coming into your property.

When the roof is dry we’ll climb up and do the dirty work for you. We’ll check the shingles and define the leak source.

Typically it is an easy and common fix that will prevent further damage until you are ready to invest in a complete roof replacement.

To repair the appearance of the ceiling after the roofing tasks are completed, use some spackle and paint.  We are also a roofer that can help with professional drywall and ceiling patching.

 

If you can’t perform all of these things on your own, or you don’t have the proper equipment as well as safety measures to do it, then call us at (515) 612-3889 for a free inspection of your exterior home, as we will help you get the job done faster and with better results!

We’re a Roofer, but we also do much more like windows, siding, remodels, carpentry and handyman work!  We service all of Iowa, primarily central Iowa and the Des Moines communities of Johnston, Ankeny, Bondurant, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, West Des Moines, Waukee, Grimes – give us call for your free inspection.  You won’t be disappointed with our quality and price!

Keeping a Clean and Safe Roof

roof-cleaningAs a home owner in the Des Moines area or Iowa, one of the most important things you need to take into account is the quality and state of your roof. As time passes, climate changes and tear will tend to make your roof unusable, so the best thing you can do in this regard is to perform maintenance as often as you can. In this article we are going to focus on some of the best tips that you can use to maintain your roof in a high quality state. If you don’t want to do this on your own, a professional roofer like Roof Iowa can help for sure.

Use rubber sole shoes

When you go on the roof, it’s important to avoid damaging it, so adding some wear rubber shoes and using a harness will help you stay safe and, at the same time, maintain the roof in its current state, as you perform maintenance.

Finding the leak

The best way to find a leak on your roof is to take a garden hose and then spraying on the roof until you find the troublesome spot. Of course, such an activity shouldn’t be performed during the winter, instead try to do this from spring to autumn.  The roof can get slippery when doing this, so take all measures to ensure safety – or call us, the professional!

Clean gutters

One of the main issues that lead to roofing problems are clogged gutters. If you want to avoid problems you need to try and keep your gutters clean. The best way to do that is to clean them as fast as possible, as this will help you obtain the results you seek.

Avoid the dry rot

Dry rot usually appear when you don’t provide enough ventilation for roofing. Dry rot will accumulate on the plywood under the shingles most of the time, and this will lead to cracked and brittle shingles. You will have to find the location of these issues and then work hard in order to complete the assignment as fast as possible.

Prevent ice from building up

During the Des Moines and Iowa winter, numerous roofing issues can appear, so the best way to avoid that is to bring in a proper ventilation, installing rain and ice shields as well as placing a drip edge. These make the whole process very efficient and you will like the result for sure.

Check valleys

Valleys are those locations where the two roofs come together. Since most of the time this is where debris and water will fall, it’s widely known that the intersection is prone to receive roof damage, so take that into account at all costs if you want to better protect your roof.

Test everything properly

No roofing process is finished without testing properly. Most of the time watering your roof with a garden hose will do the trick just nicely, but do try to ensure that everything is tightened up and ready for testing before actually starting to water the whole roof.

Even if you do not find a roof leak, don’t get discouraged and instead go for an elimination process. Split the roof into areas and then start controlling each area thoroughly. Make sure that you seal everything and make it watertight as you go, as well as clean the gutters in that portion. This helps you do the job faster and in a much pleasant way, so keep that into account if you want to keep your roof clean and safe.

 

If you can’t perform all of these things on your own, or you don’t have the proper equipment as well as safety measures to do it, then call us at 515-612-3889 for a free inspection of your exterior home, as we will help you get the job done faster and with better results!

We’re a Roofer, but we also do much more like windows, siding, remodels, carpentry and handyman work!  We service all of Iowa, primarily central Iowa and the Des Moines communities of Johnston, Ankeny, Bondurant, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, West Des Moines, Waukee, Grimes – give us call for your free inspection.  You won’t be disappointed with our quality and price!

Tips for Choosing Replacement Windows

windows-for-view-585x371 As time passes, the need for new, better windows quickly appears, especially if you are a Des Moines area resident, as here the climate does tend to change quite often, as you already know. Replacing windows will provide you with a wide range of benefits, from saving money on your energy bills to making your home more attractive and removing the noise that usually appears within your home. Moreover, replacement windows can remove draft and they don’t require you to undergo stressful painting jobs. Moreover, new windows are easier to clean than the old ones, and will actually help you remove the carbon footprint, so adding replacement windows for your home is a great idea in this regard. In this article we are going to focus on some of the best tips that you can use in order to find the best replacement windows for your home.

Price doesn’t show the performance

You might think that high prices bring you a great performance but that is far from being true. Try to focus on features, size and materials used instead of the price. Wooden windows might be expensive, but there are situations in which vinyl windows might bring you better results and a more affordable price. Consult an expert to get a professional opinion on this matter.

Match your windows to the climate

Iowa climate changes quite often, so it’s a good idea to match the windows to the medium temperature that can be found in our region. Also, depending on where your home is situated, you might encounter things such as high winds or cold temperatures, so take this into account, as in such a situation you will need durable, wind and cold resistant windows.

Don’t add that many options

Most of the time, the base package will do the trick, so focus only on those features that bring you the most value. Low-E coatings might be very helpful in most homes, but things such as triple glazing might not be the best idea unless you know that you want to protect yourself against extremely cold temperatures. Other options allow more light inside your home, others make cleaning easier, so it’s up to you to select the features you need.

Know the best value

The best U factor value can be found between 0.20 and 1.20, so keep this in mind. Also, purchase windows with solar heat gain between 0 and 1, while taking into account that the lower the number, the better the value that your window brings in. If you do opt for windows that are stopping light to get inside, get those that have a visible transmittance between 0 and 1. The lower the number here, the darker the result.   There are many factors you have to take into account when you purchase replacement windows for your Des Moines area home. Remember that pricing doesn’t always reflect quality or quality of installation for that matter.  Try to opt for features that make sense for your home, your trust and your pocketbook. Keep these in mind, and you will get amazing replacement windows that will help take your home to the next level!

 

We’re a Roofer, but we also do much more like windows, siding, remodels, carpentry and handyman work!  We service all of Iowa, primarily central Iowa and the Des Moines communities of Johnston, Ankeny, Bondurant, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, West Des Moines, Waukee, Grimes – give us call for your free inspection.  You won’t be disappointed with our quality and price!

Siding Replacement Options

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One of the most important building materials when it comes to your home is definitely the siding, so you need to ensure that you get the best possible siding in order to have the highest quality experience. There are many siding replacement materials that you can opt for, and each one of them brings you a different set of benefits, so it’s all up to you to find the best one for you, based on your budget, green priorities, maintenance and durability. So, which are the best siding replacement options that you can find in the Des Moines Area?

Vinyl

Vinyl is by far one of the most popular siding replacement options that you can find in Des Moines because it’s durable, tough and it comes with a wide range of styles and colors. The best part about it however comes from the fact that color actually permeates the material, which makes it very hard to determine any scratches or nicks, which is really nice. Another main benefit of vinyl is that it brings a great resistance against the extreme temperatures as well as high winds and other similar issues. While it does include some items that make it toxic for the environment, vinyl is durable and a worthwhile siding replacement option.

Metal

Even if it’s costlier than the vinyl options, metal siding replacement is still a worthwhile option because it comes with a variety of colors and the installation is very fast. Moreover, since the enamel finishes are very durable, you won’t have to repaint often. In aluminum siding replacement you can find around 30% recycled content, which is important if you want to work with a material that has a good green factor.

Fiber cement

Fiber cement is basically created out of a mixture of wood fibers. Fiber cement is expensive sometimes, but it’s one of the most durable solutions in this list. At the same time, it resists the thermal contraction and expansion. You can also change colors if you want. The downside here is that the fiber cement materials are heavy, something that makes the installation a little hard. This isn’t a green product.

Wood

The wood siding replacement can be expensive or very low cost, it all depends on the finish you want. This is an easy to shape material and there aren’t that many labor costs associated with it. At the same time, a wooden siding replacement can last for a long period of time, not to mention that it also brings some great aesthetics too. Of course, you do need to paint it and maintain it often, which can add up to the costs. Thankfully, this is the greenest solution of out the whole list.

If you live in Central Iowa, you have a variety of siding replacement options to choose from.  It might be a good idea to have your roof and windows checked out at the same time if siding will be replaced. Call us at 515.612.3889 for a free inspection and estimate as well as to consult these benefits and downsides, then choose the best product, based on your requirements and budget, as this is the best way to acquire the siding replacement options for your home!

Quick and Efficient Tips for Gutters

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Living in Iowa brings rain, leaves, storms, wind. Having a home in Central Iowa is amazing, but there are a few things that you have to perform as often as you can in order to keep your house safe and durable. Repairing or replacing gutters is one of the most important things you have to focus on when it comes to roofing, and that’s why we have created a small guide which includes tips to help you perform the best gutter replacement possible.

Do it more than once a year

Let’s face it, if you want to have clean and reliable roofing for your Central Iowa home, then you have to clean the gutters as often as you possibly can. The more often you do it, the better, of course, but do it east least 1-2 times a year. As a side note, if you have trees near your home, do this multiple times per year. If you aren’t able to clean out your gutters often, investing in gutter guards might be the best option for you.

Indicators that you need to perform gutter replacement or repair

These include things such as water overflow, rust in the steel gutters or leaks that appear in the corners. Also, when you see that the gutters are heading downward, then there’s clearly something wrong there and you have to act as fast as possible. Even if you don’t see anything, it’s a good idea to check the gutters often, because prevention is better than having to replace the whole set of gutters.

What type of guttering to opt for when doing gutter replacement?

There are multiple types of gutters you can opt for, and there are two main things you have to take into account here. One would be the water flow and how much water will the gutters have to work with, but at the same time you also need to focus matching them with the design of your home. You can get quad gutters, square line gutters, mini line gutters or box gutters, depending on the situation.

How durable are the new gutters and is there a way to increase their lifetime?

It all depends on the material used for the gutters. The aluminum ones can last for a very long time, and if you clean them often then only good things can come out of it. Do remember that the stainless gutters can also bring you a good ROI as well, just make sure that you use leaf guards and clean them often to increase their lifespan. The main idea is that, as long as you keep the gutters clean, they can last a lifetime. Just perform gutter cleaning and maintenance often, then the results will be well worth it.

Conclusion

As you can see, gutter replacement in the Des Moines area is a very important thing to do with all the types of weather we endure, and there are many gutter types to choose from. If you want professional results, we recommend you to work with us, as this will take your roofing to the next level and help ensure the integrity of your home.