When is the last time you’ve had your gutters cleaned? If you can’t remember, chances are this project is long overdue! Though gutter cleaning may not be the most glamourous thing on your to-do list, making a point of getting this household task completed every year is critical for the ongoing maintenance of your home.

If you’re new to gutter cleaning, here are some tips for getting started:

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1. Establish a regular cleaning schedule. 

Experts typically recommend having gutters cleaned every four to six months, especially in the spring and fall. The frequency can depend largely on how many trees are in your yard, as large amounts of debris from leaves can quickly cause your gutters to back up and overflow. Often a visual inspection of your gutters will indicate the need for cleaning and any possible repairs. Some of the warning signs of clogged or damaged gutters include accumulated water on your lawn or driveway; water leakage anywhere inside your home; and the incidence of rodents nesting in gutters.

2. Implement preventative solutions. 

To rectify a build-up of debris, high-quality gutter covers or sealants are generally the best option for decreasing the amount of gutter maintenance you’ll have to do on a yearly basis. You can also consider installing gutter screens to filter out large amounts of debris and facilitate better drainage. Other simple preventive measures include trimming overhanging tree branches once a year, as well as cleaning your roof to eliminate additional debris from entering your gutters.

3. Hire a professional. 

While many homeowners opt to do gutter cleaning themselves, the process can be dangerous – especially for someone who is new to the task! Rather than risk your own safety, it’s usually best to hire an insured professional who knows what to look for and can remediate any problems in the most effective and efficient way. A trained professional will not only clean your gutters but can make any necessary repairs that are needed to prevent any further damage to your roof or home at large. Hourly rates for professional services will generally depend on the length of your gutters, size of your home, and overall scope of work that will need to be done. 

When it comes to effective gutter cleaning, consistency is key. Being proactive with regular gutter maintenance will ultimately prevent larger, more expensive repairs from being needed in the future. 

Call AVA to Clean Your Gutters

Planning to get your gutters cleaned this summer? Contact AVA Roofing and learn how our team can assist with this process.  

Are you in the market for new windows? Deciding what type of windows to install in your home can be a major decision. There are many types of windows to consider, with one of the most popular choices being a bay window. As one of the most aesthetic window options, here are three of the main reasons to consider a bay window for your home:  

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Increased home value

Because of their impressive curb appeal, bay windows instantly add value to any home. Their clean, modern appearance elevates the look and appearance of any home which can greatly benefit resale value. The grandiose visual nature of a bay window complements both interior and exterior structures, offering a timeless and elegant look for years to come.    

Ability to customize

One of the great attributes of bay windows is that they’re customizable for the homeowner. Depending on your preferred length and height, you can choose a bay window that goes well with the style of the room. A bay window also creates the illusion of more space, making rooms look larger and more expansive due to an increased sense of openness and enhanced natural light. The visual appeal of a bay window, accompanied with its practicality, make it an ideal window option for people looking for a unique addition to their home.

Better natural ventilation

Because of the large size of a bay window, it’s generally great at providing improved ventilation in your home. With the center of the window being a fixed unit, generally the two side windows of a bay window can be opened. The ability to open these side windows allows for increased air circulation in your home from two directions, rather than one. This can create a nice cross breeze, maximizing ventilation in the spring and summer months.

AVA Will Handle Your Window Installation Needs

These are just some of the many reasons to consider the appeal and usefulness of a bay window! If you’re thinking about adding a bay window in your home, learn how the AVA Roofing team can meet all your window installation needs.

ice dam information

Did you know ice dams are one of the leading causes of interior damage to homes? The scary part about ice dams is that you often won’t notice their damage until it’s too late! Ice dams have the potential not only can harm your roof, but your gutters, paint, insulation and interior drywall.

While some ice dams are small in nature, the most damaging ones can weigh hundreds of pounds. Being proactive about preventing ice build-up is the first step to preventing ice dam problems that can cause unwanted moisture in your home, such as the growth of mold and mildew. Here are some ways you can prevent ice dams and protect your home:

Improve ventilation by closing attic bypasses.

When it comes to ice dam prevention, proper ventilation plays a major role. With most heat often being lost through your home’s ceiling into the attic, it’s important to rectify unblocked walls, gaps in drywall, and cracks of light fixtures or plumbing pipes. Taking action to prevent air leaks will allow for better insultation and reduce the likelihood of ice dams forming while reducing your heating and air conditioning bills.   

Rake snow off roof after a heavy snowfall.

After a heavy snowfall, one of your best and most simple defenses against ice dams is a long-handled snow rake. As long as you’re careful not to damage your shingles (or hurt yourself in the process), raking snow off your roof after a major snowfall will prevent ice dams from forming at their source. Although you should never climb on your roof, you may be able to chip away some ice by hand if you’re able to reach the eaves on a ladder. 

Hire a roofing professional.

Preventing and removing ice dams can be tedious and sometimes dangerous work, which is why hiring a professional is advisable in many situations. A professional roofer will be able to remove your ice dams with special equipment to safely melt ice from your roof and prevent severe damage before it becomes problematic. Your roof will also work with you on identifying and implementing long-term solutions to prevent ice dam issues in the future.

Solve Your Roofing Challenges with AVA

Are you struggling with ice dams on your home? Contact AVA Roofing and let our team resolve your roofing challenges this winter.

shingles falling off the roof

Have you noticed your garage’s roof rapidly deteriorating? Now with the winter months upon us, it’s important not to overlook what may appear as minor issues, as seemingly small problems can lead to major repairs. Here are some signs it may be time to replace your garage’s roof ASAP:

Ripped off shingles

If your roof has asphalt shingles that have undergone damage, this is a clear indicator that some work needs to be done. Wind and other weather elements can cause shingles to partially lose their structure or completely rip off. Any missing or damaged shingles are a definite cause for concern, no matter how insignificant the problem may seem. 

Rot, mold or decay

Over time, you may experience leakage in your garage which can cause the growth of mold or rot. If you notice decay on the rafters or support beams in your garage, chances are your entire roof is at risk. It doesn’t take long for moisture to spread and cause even bigger problems, so regularly checking your garage’s roof and monitoring it will allow you to make the necessary repairs before things get out of hand.

A roof that’s over 20 years old

Putting aside visible problems, it’s best to consider the age of your roof. For example, a garage roof that’s 20-30 years old will likely be at greater risk for a garage roof replacement than one that’s only a few years old. A roof that’s 10 or less years old may only need some minimal repairs to improve its longevity, while an older garage roof may require a complete replacement. 

The most important thing you can do is not to delay in making roof repairs, as waiting can create even larger, more costly concerns in the future. Being proactive with your garage roof before winter is in full force will ultimately save you time, money and aggravation! 

Take care of your roof with AVA

If you are experiencing these issues with your garage roof, don’t hesitate to take action right away. Contact our professional contractors at AVA Roofing & Siding today!

When your home’s exterior needs to have an update to its appearance, replacing the siding can be a great way to make a change quickly and inexpensively. Developed in a wide range of options than have ever been available in the past, you can now use vinyl siding to reflect a wide range of architectural styles and appearances. Here’s a quick look at what options you have available and how the process works.

Update Your Home’s Appearance with Quality Vinyl Siding

Let’s start by talking about the many different styles that are now available. Unlike the simple clapboards of the past, you can now get vinyl siding in styles including shakes, batten board and chamfer board, opening up a whole new world of possiblities. A wide range of colors are available from most manufacturers, including rich browns, cool blues and vibrant reds.

Unlike past versions of the product, today’s vinyl siding has a range of UV inhibitors, which prevents fading and oxidation. This means that your house will look just as fabulous five years from now as it does today. This also makes it very easy to replace a damaged piece of siding without having it stand out with a deeper color than the surrounding vinyl. Foam-backed siding options provide you with a small increase in your home’s R-value, while standing up better to impacts from balls, shoes or whatever nature will throw at it.

Learn More About the Siding Installation Process

The installation process is fairly simple. A guide piece is placed on one end of the installation, then the siding is snapped into place. Once a row is entirely secured at the edge, it’s then nailed down securely into your home’s exterior wall. The next piece is snapped into that one, and this process continues until your home’s new siding is completely installed.

Add Quality Vinyl Siding to Your Home!

By adding beautiful quality vinyl siding to your home’s exterior, you can quickly update its appearance, improve its curb appeal and create a look that is in-tune with your own personal style. If you need help figuring out what kind of vinyl siding to choose to beautify your home’s exterior, the experienced professionals at AVA Roofing & Siding are ready to help. Please feel free to contact us today with any questions, to learn about your options or to get a quote on having your home’s exterior updated with quality vinyl siding from CertainTeed.

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When you’re considering having work done on your home, the safety of the workers may be a concern. After all, you don’t want to end up on the wrong end of a lawsuit if a worker falls on your property and gets hurt, and the contractor turns out to have not followed the letter of the law! Here’s a quick look at how contractors are required to meet safety and labor laws, including Section 240, in New York State.

Meeting Safety Requirements and Labor Laws in New York

As the only state in the US that provides strong liability for almost all accidents on construction sites, New York Labor Law Section 240 provides a set of standards for contractors to meet regarding worker safety. Known as the Scaffolding law, it can include workers falling from an elevated workplace if they haven’t been provided with a properly-functioning safety device or workers who are injured from debris or tools falling off of an elevated workplace. 

It imposes absolute liability on contractors, construction companies and property owners to maintain a safe worksite, but doesn’t look at whether the worker who was hurt acted negligently, provided that wasn’t the only cause of their injury. However, the owner or contractor isn’t automatically found negligent either. For some situations, the liability is instead passed by a contract or common law to a different party.

So what’s a homeowner or business owner’s best defense against this type of liability? Only work with contractors that have a strong safety record. Look over their qualifications, verify their licenses, ask if you can get a copy of their worker’s comp experience modification rate or do a search on OSHA’s website to check the company’s citation history. 

You also have the option of asking about the company’s liability insurance, and ask that a hold-harmless and indemnification be a part of the contract, which removes the liability from the property owner. You can also ask for a copy of the company’s certificate of insurance prior to work beginning, which shows that the company is maintaining its insurance.

AVA Roofing Practices Safe Construction Practices

By taking these precautions, you can defend yourself and your home against lawsuits brought by injured workers. AVA Roofing has a solid track record of safe construction practices. We would be delighted to help you get your project going, just contact us today to get started!

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