Archive for September, 2013

“If only I knew then, what I know now about getting my roof repaired…”

Posted on 30 September 2013 | Category: Tips

It is hard to refuse an inexpensive offer of someone who claims they can repair your roof when the water is pouring in. It is also very uncomfortable to agree to a total roof replacement when you don’t entirely trust your roofer’s evaluation.  That’s where Get Dwell comes in.

If your roof can be repaired, we will offer a guarantee on the workmanship, so you can rest easy.  If we feel you need a new roof replacement we will give you the proof you need to make a good decision.

Our certified roofing contractors, well known to us, and are licensed and have successfully completed stringent testing. They must demonstrate their expertise in all areas of residential roofing — from roofing materials to roofing safety. They are continuously updated on the latest rules and regulations in an ever-changing marketplace.

Unlike unlicensed roofing companies, licensed roofing contractors are insured and have workers’ compensation for their workers, removing the liability from you in case a worker is injured while working on your home.

If you would like a trusted expert to examine your roof and give you a free estimate please give us a call.

Why do you need to be certified by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to do roofing work in Illinois?

The residents of Illinois have been particularly hard hit when it comes to shoddy roof work. Illinois residents urged the state legislature to pass a law to protect its residents and their investments when it comes to choosing a reliable company to do your roof work. When the water starts pouring in, many residents have felt helpless to determine which companies are qualified to move forward with. Certification is now the baseline.

 

 

Get Your Mind in the Gutter.

Posted on 14 September 2013 | Category: Specials

Know your gutter options. Gutters and downspouts are made out of aluminum, vinyl, galvanized steel, stainless steel and copper, depending upon your needs. Copper is handsome, never rusts and never needs painting — but it’s also expensive. Steel and aluminum gutters, on the other hand, are moderately priced and are the types most homeowners choose. If you are unsure which gutter best suits your needs, Get Dwell can help you determine the best choice for your particular house and budget.

Free estimate for gutter and downspout repair or replacement before the fall storm season hits hard

Gutter and downspout systems handle vast amounts of water during a rainstorm and if not properly maintained, this water can flow down house walls, windows or doors and begin to flood a basement pretty quickly. A great deal of damage can be done during a single rainstorm.

Underperforming gutters and downspouts, at the very least, can contribute to paint failure, decay of the house structure and undermining the foundation. Over time, even the best gutter systems can begin to fail. Maintaining or replacing gutters and downspouts is an essential seasonal task and fall is prime time to evaluate the health and longevity of your gutters and downspouts. Give us a call today.

 

Uncle Norman’s Best Advice.

Posted on 08 September 2013 | Category: Tips

Painting is not expensive.

As a kid, I first rode on top of my my Uncle Norman’s shoulders some fifty years ago. He earned my trust then, and has never lost it since.Norman, a lifelong commercial and residential painter, who at 82 is still actively involved in facilities management, always says, “Painting is not expensive”. ” It’s one of the most cost-effective things you can do to maintain your property. But if you wait until it needs scraping …  well then it not only needs scraping but a host of other preparations, including priming … which makes it very expensive”.

From a cost perspective, Norman recommends painting before you need to. As a facilities manager he feels it would be irresponsible to his employer if he did not anticipate when his buildings needed painting. As with his own house he recommends that you be vigilant, plan ahead and commit to maintaining your home as much as your means allow. Over the long term, you will avoid unnecessary time, energy and money by taking care of that home repair or painting project early on when it is more manageable.

“When it comes to giving advice for proper maintenance of your home, building or any other structure, you may not like what you hear, but I am not going to lie to you” says Norman.  ”Everybody’s a painter, but not everybody’s a craftsman.”This is the kind of advice from Uncle Norman that you won’t regret later.

Think about it. Why wait until the paint is peeling and cracking or until an area of your home has been compromised by moisture, weathering, dirt, damage or higher than normal wear and tear? Take care of the problem sooner rather than later before the problem gets out of control and you’re playing catch up and paying more in the long run. Painting, and for that matter any home repair or home maintenance project, needs to be anticipated and addressed before it has a detrimental effect on the value of your home and your pocketbook.

The dangers of lead poisoning

Small amounts of lead paint dust can have damaging and irreversible effects on the brain, especially susceptible are pregnant women and children under the age of six. Always be sure you hire an EPA Certified – Lead Safe painter so they do not spread or bring lead dust around your home and inadvertently poison you or your family. If you you need to verify if the painting, repair or remodeling companies that you hire are Lead Safe, go to the EPA website and enter their name.

“Lead paint is not good for you” says Uncle Norman, who as a lifelong commercial painter worked closely with lead paint throughout his career. If you live in a pre-1978 house you are especially susceptible because there may be lead paint in it. If your house was built after 1978 you need to make sure your painter does not bring the lead dust into your home with dusty drop clothes or other materials from other people’s houses that have lead paint in them.

Old lead-based paint is the most significant source of lead exposure in the U.S. today. Harmful exposures to lead can be created when lead-based paint is improperly removed from surfaces by dry scraping, sanding, or open-flame burning.  Any contractor doing painting, repairing or remodeling work in the Chicago area where there are a lot of older homes must be EPA Certified. This is now a federal law and the fines can be $35,000 per day.
Learn how to protect yourself and your family here.

Have a question about lead paint? Or  need painting, repair or remodeling work from an EPA Certified Lead Safe firm? Talk to Get Dwell we would be happy to help.