3 Roof Problems to Avoid this Winter

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It is recommended to have a professional inspect your roof flashing on a bi-annual basis, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jennafer T. of Sacramento, California)
It is recommended to have a professional inspect your roof flashing on a bi-annual basis, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jennafer T. of Sacramento, California)

When the summer months fade away, it's time to prepare your roof for winter. One highly rated provider shares three common roof problems and how to avoid them.

Charlotte Prepper Store Supplies Emergency Goods for Hurricane Season and More

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Removing dead branches or trees before a hurricane or tropical storm arrives can protect your home from damage. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David S.)

Retail outlet rises on wave of survivalist culture, but sells much of its stock to homeowners preparing severe weather and power outages.

Gutter Cleaning Service

6 Ways You’re Unintentionally Harming Your Home

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Rain gutters serve an important part in protecting your home from water damage. They cannot perform this task if they are clogged, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Lindus Construction)
Rain gutters serve an important part in protecting your home from water damage. They cannot perform this task if they are clogged, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Lindus Construction)

We all want to take good care of our homes, but sometimes we end up hurting it without even thinking. Here are six ways you may be harming your home.

Why should you install a rain barrel?

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Circle City Rain Barrels owner Andy Cochran says even a small amount of rain quickly fills up a barrel. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Circle City Rain Barrels owner Andy Cochran says even a small amount of rain quickly fills up a barrel. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Learn how using an outdoor rain barrel in Indianapolis can save you thousands of gallons per year in lawn and garden watering, as well as car washing.

How to make your own rain barrel

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A 55-gallon rain barrel can save more than 1,300 gallons of water over the course of a summer. (Photo courtesy of member Brooke P. of Indianapolis)
A 55-gallon rain barrel can save more than 1,300 gallons of water over the course of a summer. (Photo courtesy of member Brooke P. of Indianapolis)

An outdoor rain barrel collecting water from your gutters and downspouts can save you thousands of gallons per year in lawn and garden watering and carwashing.

How much should I pay for gutter shields?

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Gutter guards play an important role in preventing debris from clogging gutters and causing water backup. (Photo courtesy of member Rachel S. of Ellicott City, Md.)
Gutter guards play an important role in preventing debris from clogging gutters and causing water backup. (Photo courtesy of member Rachel S. of Ellicott City, Md.)

Gutter guards provide an important protection against debris backing up your gutters. Our experts explain the options and how much they cost.

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Gutter Installation

Are shoddy gutters putting your masonry exterior at risk?

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Water spilling down the side of a building causes premature masonry failure by repeatedly soaking the wall, allowing freeze thaw cycling, says Bard. (Photo courtesy of Integrated Home Improvement)
Water spilling down the side of a building causes premature masonry failure by repeatedly soaking the wall, allowing freeze thaw cycling, says Bard. (Photo courtesy of Integrated Home Improvement)

Are bad gutters and downspouts putting your masonry exterior at risk? One highly rated provider explains why this happens and how to stop it.

Infographic: An Angie's List guide for outdoor home maintenance

Keeping the outside of your home looking good requires regular maintenance. Read this guide to learn how much each project might cost you.

Infographic: A guide for budgeting indoor home maintenance

Keeping your home up to date and functioning properly requires regular home maintenance. Read this guide to learn how much each project might cost you.

Why should you install a rain barrel?

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Circle City Rain Barrels owner Andy Cochran says even a small amount of rain quickly fills up a barrel. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Circle City Rain Barrels owner Andy Cochran says even a small amount of rain quickly fills up a barrel. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Learn how using an outdoor rain barrel in Indianapolis can save you thousands of gallons per year in lawn and garden watering, as well as car washing.

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Roof Cleaning Service

Is that moss growing on my roof?

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Green, spongy clumps on your roof are moss. (Photo courtesy of Advantage Roof Cleaning)
Green, spongy clumps on your roof are moss. (Photo courtesy of Advantage Roof Cleaning)

Moss, lichen, and algae that grow on roofs lowers curb appeal. Find out how to identify and remediate the substance growing on your roof.

4 reasons to clean your roof instead of replacing it

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A thorough roof cleaning will take off all black stains and moss, bringing your roof back up to a like-new appearance, says Ashworth. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Teresa J. of Longview, Washington)
A thorough roof cleaning will take off all black stains and moss, bringing your roof back up to a like-new appearance, says Ashworth. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Teresa J. of Longview, Washington)

Even if your roof is looking unsightly, it might not be time to replace it. A thorough roof cleaning can give your roof a fresh look and add years to it’s life.

3 roof cleaning methods for ugly roof stains

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If you’re not sure if the contractor will be using damaging high pressure, ask him to hold his hand under the spray. If he can’t, the pressure is too high, says Prisak. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Gerald G. of Seattle)
If you’re not sure if the contractor will be using damaging high pressure, ask him to hold his hand under the spray. If he can’t, the pressure is too high, says Prisak. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Gerald G. of Seattle)

Homeowners often find confusing and conflicting information when researching roof cleaning services. One highly rated provider breaks down your options.

Can roof cleaning extend the life of my shingles?

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Dark streaks or splotches on your roof could be caused by bacteria and commonly occur on the north side or shaded area of the roof. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Paul R. of Midlothian, Va.)
Dark streaks or splotches on your roof could be caused by bacteria and commonly occur on the north side or shaded area of the roof. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Paul R. of Midlothian, Va.)

Bacteria growth on your roof can deteriorate shingles and shorten the life expectancy of the roof. Learn how a roof cleaning company can help resolve the issue.

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