Lehigh Valley Builders Home Show A Great Success!
Here are some photos from the Spring Home Show at Stabler, sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Builders Association held this past weekend, April 5th, 6th and 7th. Master's Construction operated a booth there and had an opportunity to talk to many area homeowners about their home improvement needs and about the various services that Master's offers to meet those needs. Here are some photo highlights of this past weekend's show and events:
2013 Spring Home Show In Allentown
Well it's over but it was a smashing success! Master's Construction had many great opportunities to interact with visitors to the home show and answer questions about our expert home improvement services. If you missed the show, you can still take advantage of our top quality energy saving windows and doors, our lifetime roofiing systems, and our attractive vinyl soding options. Click here for more info.
And don't forget to ask us about our affordable payment options. We want you to be able to improve the value and functionality of your home, without having to settle for poor quality materials or shoddy workmanship that so many other contractors provide in their attempts to "save you money".
At Master's, we focus on doing it right the first time, not on cutting corners. Unlike many contractors who don't look very far ahead, we conduct our business with a focus on staying in business - by being better than the competition and making sure that we meet our obligations to honor our warranties. Our GAF Master-Elite certification and other certifications show that we are serious about the quality of the materials we use and about the level of expertise of our installers.
Coping With Ice Dams
One of the most common problems effecting the integrity of your home in cold weather is the build up of ice dams. Ice dams occur in the winter when conditions are most unfavorable for roofing. Freezing and thawing snow causes ice to form in gutters, preventing the normal flow of water from exiting by way of downspouts as it should. And since water always seeks the lowest level as it flows off your roof, it will find a path downward, even if that path is to migrate under shingles and underlayment and into your home - leaking down from the ceiling or from around interior window frames.
Naturally, people need a quick fix to this problem until something more permanent can be put into place. The problem is, there is rarely a quick fix for ice dams. For one thing, it can be difficult or dangerous to get up to where this ice is.
You can try rock salt to melt the ice. You can also try using an ice pick but you run the risk of damaging your roof or your gutters - or falling off a ladder and ending up in the hospital! You can also try using heat tape - which can be purchased at a hardware store. Sometimes these products are called "roof ice melt cables" and they may go by other names. However, because fires have started from heat tape you need to be sure that your smoke alarms are working and it would also be a good idea to review your homeowner insurance policy. Stay away from cheaper products and look for heat tape that is thermostatically controlled and made from heavy gauge wire. Some people may want to use a propane torch to melt the ice quickly but that method is a big fire hazard and you can end up burning the paint off your gutters, damaging or melting fascia and soffit material and damaging the roofing materials adjacent to the gutters, all of which will not likely be covered by home insurance.
And remember, if you live in the Poconos, the Lehigh Valley or western New Jersey, Master's Construction is here to help! Master's can provide you with a safe, PERMANENT solution to ice dams. If you need extra attic insulation, newer - and larger - gutters, roof repairs or repairs to damaged sheetrock, just give us a call, toll free: 855-MASTERS (855-627-8377).
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