Feb 19, 2023 | Blog, Curb Appeal, Emporia, Energy Efficiency, Kansas, Windows Replacement
Windows offer protection from weather elements, amazing curb appeal, and the comfort of natural light. When windows have aged, they can drain your wallet with additional energy expenses, and give a tattered look to the home. Replacing the windows can offer many benefits and should be considered a home improvement project.
Do you feel a draft when you pass by your windows in the chilly winter months? That cold air entering your home is burning a hole in your wallet through higher energy bills. New windows can seal up the area with better insulation and reduce those drafts. This will allow a reduction in wear and tear on your HVAC unit attempting to keep your home temperature comfortable, use less energy, and save a few bucks every month.
Similar to the above benefit, the interior of your home will be more comfortable when new windows are installed. New windows come with double or triple panes of glass, and a thin layer of argon gas between those panes. This technology reduces the transfer of the sun’s rays in the hot summer months.
As with most home improvement projects, window replacements offer an amazing return on investment. Some reports show a return of nearly 72%! Brand new windows appeal to a buyer because they know these windows will last for decades.
New window technology offers them being made of tempered or laminated glass. New windows have safety features like locks and sensors that make them more difficult to force open and break from the outside. New windows offer better functionality than older windows, which provide an easier way to escape during house fires or other emergencies.
Cleaning and maintaining old windows can be a hassle. The frames of windows may be peeling or falling apart. New windows offer the ability to tilt inside for easy cleaning procedures. Some even offer blinds or shades inside the window panes making dusting and cleaning much easier.
Replacement windows can increase the value of your home, offering a more attractive curb appeal. Depending on the type of window you choose, the style of your home can alter. Perhaps you desire french panes rather than large single-glass windows. Window options are endless when it comes to the design and appearance of your home.
Shades and blinds can hold dust and allergens making dusting a common duty on your home cleaning list. New windows offer an option of the blinds inside the window panes allowing you to cross off that item on your to-do list. Additionally, the lack of blinds can keep children and pets safe from hanging blind cords.
Shull Construction in Emporia is a proud partner with Provia when it comes to replacement windows. ProVia offers professional-class windows with a high degree of customization and superior quality that define beauty, durability, and comfort. Over 90% of ProVia windows are ENERGY STAR certified. They are easy to maintain with a variety of options to meet every customer. Shull is skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to properly installing ProVia windows. We aim to provide exceptional customer service for homeowners who replace their home windows. Give Shull Construction a call today to learn more!
Feb 18, 2023 | Blog, Great Bend, Gutters, Kansas
The typical homeowner doesn’t think about the gutters on a home until we notice waterfalls after a rainstorm. If a gutter is clogged, the water has nowhere to go, but over the edge of the gutter, creating a waterfall effect. Standing water in a gutter can create rust or corrosion issues which must be addressed before the gutter completely falls apart. A regular inspection of a gutter system is a wise line item for a home maintenance program.
Perhaps your gutter system has failed and it is time to replace it. Or are you building a new home and it’s time to think about gutters? Seamless gutters have amazing advantages over other gutter systems and should be considered when it is time to install a gutter system.
What is a Seamless Gutter?
A seamless gutter is a long continuous piece of material measured and installed as one piece. Gutters can be made of aluminum, zinc, copper, and steel. The design is for limited joints, seams, and fasteners. Seamless gutters far surpass the traditional sectional gutter system, which are individual pieces fastened together to create the span desired.
What are some benefits of a seamless gutter system?
As stated above, seamless gutters are custom fit to your home’s roof as one long span. There is no need for fasteners or joints to hold the pieces together. This ensures fewer areas for debris buildup and less leakage. Seamless gutters offer the advantage of water flow to the downspouts, with minimal debris buildup created by joints, as in a sectional gutter system. There is a minimal possibility of mold and mildew near the roof with a seamless gutter system. This is because water can easily flow without hiccups of joints. Mold and mildew can occur when water is forced to remain in one area for a time, usually caused by debris collection.
As mentioned above, a seamless gutter system is custom-cut on-site. The area of the roof is measured, the gutter is cut, and then immediately installed. There is a cleaner, more attractive appearance with a seamless gutter system. Shull Construction in Great Bend has the skill and expertise to correctly fit seamless gutters to your home for a finished crisp look.
The lifespan for seamless gutters is an attractive benefit! With proper maintenance and regular inspections, these systems can last nearly 30 years. Considering the lack of joints and fasteners, there are fewer areas for corrosion and rust.
The desired goal of a successful gutter system is diverting the excess water from the roof, to the downspouts, and away from the home. A solid seamless system can complete this job. Maintenance involves cleaning out the system by using a hose and making sure the water successfully flows through. There are times when a branch or twig may land in the gutter, but the removal is quick and simple.
Many homeowners desire a uniform look to the exterior of their home, therefore choosing a matching color for the gutter is key. Shull Construction can help you find the right match and improve the curb appeal of your home.
Gutters are an essential component of a well-maintained working home. Seamless gutters offer low maintenance, are long-lasting, and can improve the curb appeal of your home for years to come. Trust the professionals at Shull Construction in Great Bend to assist you with your gutter installation. We are the trusted team you can rely on!
Feb 18, 2023 | Asphalt Shingle Roofing, Blog, Roof Replacement
Asphalt shingles are an excellent roofing material for a variety of reasons! They are affordable, easy to install, durable, and can last around 25 years with proper regular maintenance. But not all asphalt shingles are the same. Even though asphalt shingles are generally the same, each manufacturer has its spin on the shingle, along with advantages and disadvantages.
We, at Shull Construction in Salina, have been working with manufacturers and customers for over two decades. We have learned which products are worth the money and which ones could use some tweaking. We trust Malarkey Roofing Products due to their high-quality materials. We would not support a company that doesn’t offer excellence.
Who is Malarkey?
Malarkey began in the roofing industry in 1956 in Oregon. They have tweaked their asphalt shingles for over 65 years working to improve and perfect to the needs of the customer’s demand. In 1976, they introduced a fiberglass mat to 3-tab shingles and offered the first 2-year warranty in the roofing industry. They continued moving forward in 1986 when they introduced the first polymer 3-tab shingle, calling it The Alaskan. Their innovations and technologies have improved continually through the years, offering the first Scotchgard Protector from 3M Designation in 2003, and the first smog-reducing shingle in 2018. This company is continually moving forward improving and succeeding in the roofing industry!
Not only does Malarkey prove to push forward with roofing materials, but they are also concerned about the environment. Malarkey has worked to minimize the waste in landfills by upcycling approximately a billion plastic bags and millions of rubber tires for their shingles. They also strive to clean the air we breathe by increasing our forests by planting new trees.
What Makes Malarkey Shingles Superior?
- The craftsmanship is superior by adding up to 50% more adhesive bonds offering extra protection.
- The nailing area has been improved making it easier to install and more accurate.
- Extra protection has also been integrated into the shingles to help strengthen them against wind-blown rain.
- They offer up to 35% greater protection against tearing than industry standards.
- They offer 65% greater granular protection than industry standards.
- The highest rating possible for hail impaction is a Class 4, which they offer.
The color options with Malarkey Shingles are varied! You can choose from Antique Brown, Silverwood, to Midnight Black in their Legacy line. Perhaps a Weathered Wood or a Sienna Blend from their Highlander line. Choosing a color to match your home may be one of the toughest decisions! Thankfully, we are available to help you narrow down your search and find the right color shingle to complete the look of your home. (Check here the Cost for Asphalt Shingle Roofs)
Malarkey Shingles are top of the line when it comes to roofing your home. They offer exceptional value, durability, and strength unmatched in the roofing industry. We are strong believers in providing the best quality roofing, and that is why we trust Malarkey Shingles! This doesn’t mean we don’t work with other brands as well, such as Certainteed Shingles or GAF. We do believe in providing the best possible product for our customers.
Trust Shull Construction in Salina when it comes to any roofing project. We always show up, call back, and follow up when the job is finished. Our goal is simple. To provide quality products and excellent customer service with honesty and trustworthiness. You can always count on us!
Feb 8, 2023 | Blog, Cedar Roofing, Costs, Great Bend, Kansas, Roof Replacement, Synthetic Cedar Roofs
If you are looking for a stunning new roofing material that will set your home apart from others in the area, consider synthetic cedar roofing. This amazing roofing material will not let you down and will delight the curb appeal of your home for years to come.
What will I pay for a new cedar roof in Great Bend? That is a perfect place to start. The average cost to install a synthetic cedar roof in Great Bend will be between $18,000 and $51,750. This price difference is based on the size of your home, the specific product chosen, and any other factors the roofing contractor will use to calculate the cost. This will break down to approximately $1240 to $1725 per square for your cedar roof. To know an accurate estimate for your particular home, contact Shull Construction in Great Bend at (620)282-5203. We will be happy to come out, measure your home and discuss the options of a cedar roof.
If, however, you would like to guess on your own the approximate cost of cedar roofing, use the following chart to determine the cost. It is figured in roofing squares. A roofing square is equal to the footprint size of your home in square feet divided by 100.
10 square roof: $12,400 to $17,250
15 square roof: $18,600 to $25,875
20 square roof: $24,800 to $34,500
25 square roof: $31,000 to $43,125
30 square roof: $37,200 to $51,750
What exactly is cedar roofing?
This type of roofing material is made out of cedar trees that come from the Northwest United States or Southwest Canada. To make these unique and amazing shingles, they take large cedar trees and cut the into 2-foot sections and hand split them or saw them into tapered thickness. The exceptional quality and look of this roof make them stand out against other roofing materials. (Learn about Synthetic Cedar Roof)
What are some benefits of cedar roofing?
This product sets your home apart from the neighbors on the block! The natural wood makes it a unique and beautiful roofing choice. This product has been used on homes since the 1800s and remains an option for good reason! The timelessness of cedar is unmatched.
Cedar has one of the most sought-after smells in a home. The fresh smell of cedar can lend to the charm and coziness of a recently built home. When trying to sell a home, the smell is a sense to nail down, That is why there are candles lit and warm cookies on the counter. Cedar has a way of bringing a sense of peace to the buyer entering the home much as candles and cookies do.
Thankfully, cedar is a lightweight product that doesn’t add additional weight to the frame of a home. Therefore, most homes can support the weight of cedar.
Many have concerns that natural wood will attract insects, but cedar has the opposite effect. Termites, especially, have an aversion to cedar. There is a chemical within the cedar planking that termites abhor. Therefore, a home with this type of roofing material will have minimal if any complications with termites and other insects.
The list continues for the benefits of cedar roofing material. To learn more and have a free estimate for your particular home, look to Shull Construction for guidance! We have a team of specialized professionals ready to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have when it comes to roofing. Your home’s safety and your satisfaction are top priorities at Shull Construction. We strive to do our best with every job, regardless of size.
Contact us today and learn why we are one of the top roofing contractors in the Great Bend area!
Feb 8, 2023 | Blog, Emporia, Gutter Guards, Gutter Maintenance, Gutters, Kansas
There are many benefits and perks of owning a home, but for many people, maintaining their home’s gutters is not high on the proverbial list. A home’s gutters require regular maintenance to ensure that the structural integrity of the home stays intact so that its inhabitants can truly enjoy living in the space.
Malfunctioning gutters can result in the flooding of your home’s basement, accumulation of unwanted mold and mildew, and damage to your exterior boards and siding. Making sure that your gutters are installed and functioning properly is an important step that all homeowners should take, but gutter installation and upgrade is not a one-and-done deal. Here are four tips to help you take care of your gutters so that they can do their job and protect your home.
Check Your Gutter Positioning
The positioning of your gutters is very important, and it’s time well spent checking these periodically to make sure that it’s just right. Gutters positioned without adequate slope won’t move unwanted water away from the home or may hinder water drainage altogether, whereas too much gutter slope will cause water to drain too quickly and forcefully away from the house, resulting in damage to your home’s exterior.
Experts recommend sloping your gutters one-fourth of an inch for every 10 feet of gutter. The tilt of the gutters may need to be adjusted as well to ensure that they are not leaning too far forward or too far backward and thus not draining water effectively, so be sure to check that as well as the slope.
Clean Your Gutters Regularly
A hose will do the trick to clean out your gutters, whereas something with a bit more power may be needed to dislodge objects like compacted leaves, pine needles, and twigs from your downspouts. You’ll be glad you took the time to clear them and thus ensure that your entire gutter system is running smoothly and correctly.
Experts recommend cleaning out your gutters at least twice a year, ideally in the spring and again in the fall. Keep in mind that if you live in an area that is heavily populated with trees, you may have to increase your annual gutter cleaning schedule to as frequently as twice a week to keep your gutters clear.
Install a Gutter Cover or Helmet
Gutter helmets or covers may assist in keeping large objects of debris from clogging up your gutters, but if you live in an area populated with a lot of trees, like pine, you will need to inspect these regularly to ensure that they are free of pine needles, leaves, and other debris. While a helmet typically snaps onto the top front of the gutter and drains through a cutout at the end of it, a helmet cover is flat and sits on top of the gutter, acting like a drain with its perforated screen. (What is Gutter Guards?)
Upgrade Your Gutters with Guards
Although your home may already be outfitted with gutters, they may need to be upgraded with the addition of gutter guards. If you’ve ever checked the perimeter of your home after a heavy rainfall and noticed that there is dirt splashed up onto the side of your home, or the dirt around your home has been disturbed due to the force of the rainfall hitting the ground, you might want to consider installing guards.
Gutter guards installation should ensure that water is effectively drained away from the home and adequately protect your roof from unwanted mold and mildew damage. If you live in an area that is heavily populated with trees, guards can prevent leaves and large pieces of debris from clogging up your gutters. To maintain your guards, check and clean them out at least two times a year.
Ready To Hire a Professional?
If the idea of climbing up to the top of your home on a ladder with supplies in tow to inspect and de-clog your gutters sends you into a state of panic, don’t worry. Shull Construction specializes in this type of home maintenance so that you don’t have to worry about completing the task yourself.
Get online to request a free inspection, and be sure to give them the necessary information about the type of gutter system you have installed on your home so that they can better assess if they can clean your gutters to your satisfaction.
Feb 8, 2023 | Blog, Costs, Roof Replacement, Synthetic Tile Roof, Tile Roof Cost
If you are looking for a long-lasting roofing material that will not need a replacement for the remainder of your home ownership, look no further than concrete or clay tile. This amazing product can last upwards of 50+ years when properly installed and maintained. This amazing product is one of the oldest roofing materials and has spanned decades due to its durability, and amazing life span.
What will a new tile roof cost in Salina? Homeowners can expect to pay between $14,000 and $18,000, depending on the size of the roof, the type of tile chosen, the pitch of the roof, and several other factors. A new synthetic tile roof will cost between $1000 and $1200 per square to install in Salina.
The size of your home will greatly impact the final cost of synthetic tile roof installation. When you call Shull Construction to inquire about a free estimate we will use precise measurements to provide you with as accurate pricing as possible. If you desire to have an idea of what it will cost for a new tile roof, check the chart below for an approximate cost. (Learn More)
10 square roof: $10,000 to $12,000
15 square roof: $15,000 to $18,000
20 square roof: $20,000 to $24,000
25 square roof: $25,000 to $30,000
30 square roof: $30,000 to $36,000
What types of tile does Shull Construction in Salina install?
Clay Tile Roofing
- Longevity: Clay tiles are longer lasting than other roofing materials. These roofs can have a longevity of nearly 100 years. Even on the low end, clay tile can last 50 years. They are built to be nearly indestructible and resistant to the elements.
- Low Maintenance: Many other roofing materials require regular maintenance, cleaning, and inspections. Clay tile seems to be a “set it and forget it” type of roofing material. They are built to last!
- Durability: A beautiful attribute of clay is that they do not rot and are insect-resistant. They remain structurally reliable and stunning for years to come.
- Insulation – An advantage to clay tiles is that air can freely circulate beneath the tiles, regulating the rooftop temperatures, and maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures.
- Weather Resistant – Other types of roofing materials must expand and contract with the changing weather conditions. Clay beautifully maintains the roof’s integrity through the ability to withstand hot and cold weather events.
Concrete Tile Roofing
- Durability: Similar to clay, this type of tile roofing can last an extremely long time. This is one of the longest track records of performance compared to other roofing materials such as asphalt and metal.
- Withstand Nature – Hailstorms, strong rainstorms, rot, insect damage, and fire don’t hold much up against concrete tile. You will never have to worry about a safe strong roof over your head when you rely on concrete tiling.
- Variety: Another beautiful attribute of the concrete tiling is the variety of colors and styles the homeowner can choose from. The possibilities are endless!
- Low Maintenance – Again, similar to clay, there is minimal maintenance that needs to be addressed with a concrete tile roof. There is no need to have a to-do list line item for your roof when it comes to this amazing material.
- Noise-Controlling – Ah, the peace and quiet atmosphere of a home with a concrete tile roof! Concrete tile has a noise-canceling feature that keeps the racket of the neighborhood outside where it needs to stay.
No matter where you live, or the style of your home, you can glean the amazing benefits of a tile roof! Consider calling Shull Construction in Salina to learn more about this stunning material and cross off roof maintenance from your regular inspection schedule for good! We are skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to tile roofing and we will provide you with 100% customer satisfaction! Call today to learn more!