Why is it important to hire a GAF Master-Elite™ Factory-Certified Contractor?

In 2018, there was more than 5 million Better Business Bureau (BBB) inquires against substandard roofers in the US. The lesson learned is you need to know what qualifications to look for when you hire a contractor to repair or replace your roof. You wouldn’t hire an uninsured, uncertified and unproven mechanic to fix your car.   Neither should you trust an unqualified contractor to work on your roof. When you need your roof serviced, be sure to ask the potential contractor if they are a GAF (General Aniline & Film) Master-Elite Factory Certified contractor.   GAF is a roofing material manufacturing company whose beginnings date back to the late 19th century. In order to become a GAF Master-Elite™ Factory Certified contractor, contractors must adhere to an extremely high standard. Only

Choose an exterior contractor wisely.

Choose an exterior contractor wisely. Don't get stuck with a substandard exterior contractor!  Exterior contractors provide services for storm repair or home remodeling such as: roofing, siding, windows and gutters. This is a competitive industry. When some companies go after work, integrity is left at the door.  You can be confident that Aurum Contracting will be there before, during and after any home exterior repair needs that you have. When you’re in the process of selecting an exterior contractor, consider the reputation of the business. Is the company located in this state? Will they be there if there are any future issues or a warranty claim arises? This article will discuss a few tips and tricks to consider. Where are others saying? Take the time and do your

Is it time for window replacements?

If your windows are more than 15-20 years old or damaged, it may be time for  window replacements.  The fact is windows become less efficient over the years and are more difficult to maintain. Below are a few of the top reasons to update with new windows. Water Works: Water has a way of penetrating a home unnoticed, and windows are one of the biggest problem areas.  Moisture in your home is your arch enemy as it sneaks in unnoticed. Older windows can lose their ability to hold out year round moisture. By the time you see symptoms, you have already incurred damage.  Mold growth on your ceiling and inner walls is the worst kind of damage. Cold Draft: In the cold, if your windows are drafty it might

How to Avoid Costly Ice Dam Damage

We haven’t had much snow this year, but if you live in the upper Midwest, you know it’s coming! When you get a significant snowfall on your roof and the temperatures drop sharply, roof problems begin to happen. For many homes these issues come in the form of ice dams that can cause significant damage and be costly to repair. What are ice dams? Ice dams are a ridge of ice on the bottom edge of your roofline along your gutter. (see image above)  Ice dams may not look like an issue, but they actually lead to water leaks and moisture which can lead to mold in the attic. This ice holds pools of water that when left untouched can penetrate the shingles below. How do I