Identifying Hail Damage on Your Roof

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American Dream Home Improvement offers top-quality Owens Corning products to clients across Illinois and throughout the Midwest. The expert contractors at American Dream Home Improvement install and repair roofing, siding, and gutters, and are quick to respond when storm damage hits. Harmful to more than just plants and vehicles, hail damage can wreak havoc on your roof.

If your home has asphalt shingles, look for damage that seems random. Hail falls in many sizes and gets whipped around by the wind. The damage it causes rarely looks uniform. Black spots and exposed roof felt may also indicate hail damage. When hail hits, it destroys the granules on asphalt shingles. This leaves dark spots, which can often be soft like bruised fruit. Similarly, be on the lookout for shiny spots.

Many factors can cause wooden shingles to split over time, but hail damage looks fairly distinctive. Look out for brown or orange tinted splits. Hail-damaged shingles may have sharp corners or edges, or may be split in the middle without being damaged around the edges.


Three Things Shingles Can Indicate about a Roof

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Roofing Shingles

American Dream Home Improvement sells and installs roofing, siding, and gutters in the Chicago metropolitan area. American Dream Home Improvement helps homeowners evaluate, repair, and replace their roofs, and even offers free estimates.

The state of a home’s shingles can tell you a lot about the roof. The following common problems can help you decide if your roof needs repairing.

Shingles that curl, cup, or buckle signify a problem. Usually, when shingles start to curl, it means they have reached the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced. This is especially common on parts of the roof that are exposed to the most sunlight. While it will never cause the problem by itself, an improperly vented attic can exacerbate this roofing problem.

When shingles lose their granules down the gutter, they are near the end of their life and will require replacement soon. The gritty granules protect the shingles. When they wash away over time, the shingles are more exposed to damage from the elements and will become less effective.

Shingles that come off entirely can signal several different problems. Animals sometimes climb around on roofs and damage shingles. Trimming tree limbs to limit rooftop access can address this problem. Shingles can also come loose in extreme wind when the sealant on their underside has become brittle. In any case, missing shingles must be replaced since the roof relies on their overlapping pattern to keep moisture at bay.

A Brief Overview of Gutter Guards



American Dream Home Improvement provides homeowners with the roofing, siding, and gutters they need to protect their biggest investment. American Dream Home Improvement sells and installs gutters, downspouts, and gutter guards to match any home.

Gutter guards are a smart investment for any homeowner. They come in many styles, so there is a gutter guard available for every home type and budget. Keep reading to learn about four of the most popular gutter guard styles.

Gutter brush or bottlebrush gutter guards sit inside the gutter facing upward. They are spiky, so they trap leaves and debris on top of them so that water is free to flow underneath.

Mesh or screen guards cover the gutters, leaving tiny holes for water. Depending on the size of the holes, this type of gutter guard can even be designed to keep sand out.

Nylon gutter guards fit neatly inside the gutters and do not need to be attached to the shingles at all. They are especially effective at keeping ice and snow out, making them appropriate for cold regions.

Reverse curve gutters are rounded, featuring a solid top with slots in the side. This design causes debris to fall right to the ground while allowing water in through the slots.

A Comparison of Home Gutter Materials

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Home Gutters

Since 2000, American Dream Home Improvement has offered comprehensive storm restoration and exterior home repair services to clients across the US. American Dream Home Improvement specializes in gutter repair, which plays a vital role in protecting homes from water damage.

Gutters come in a wide variety of materials, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Aluminum is the most common type of gutter material, due in large part to its light weight and durability. Aluminum also allows for a great deal of aesthetic flexibility, making it an ideal option for homeowners concerned about the curb appeal of their homes.

Galvanized steel gutters are heavy and durable, yet may be prone to rusting over extended periods of time. Homeowners often choose copper gutter systems for their combination of durability and appearance, but they must be willing to pay a premium for the material. For homeowners seeking a less expensive option, vinyl gutters can be matched to vinyl siding, creating a unified aesthetic.

Dry Rot and Wood Rot – How to Protect Your Roof


A family-owned exterior home repair and storm restoration company with operations across the United States, American Dream Home Improvement is an Owens Corning Certified Platinum Preferred Contractor. American Dream Home Improvement offers roofing services such as repair of damage due to dry rot and wood rot.

Among the least pleasant discoveries one might make during a roofing project, roof rot can weaken the structure of the roof and potentially cause damage to other parts of the house. Many different factors can cause roof rot, ranging from high humidity in the attic to inadequate ventilation on the roof itself. Roof rot most commonly occurs in exposed framing, exterior window and door casings, roof framing, and the underside of roof decking.

To prevent roof rot from forming, homeowners can start by clearing their gutters to prevent water from pooling near important roof structures. Homeowners must also take care to install proper ventilation systems in the roof in order to expel water vapor and reduce moisture content. Finally, the chances of roof rot can be reduced by repairing damaged shingles immediately, as well as damaged sealants around vents and chimneys.

Pros and Cons of Vinyl Siding for Your Home

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siding material

Dedicated to providing top quality home improvement and repair services to customers and the insurance industry, American Dream Home Improvement is a five-time Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor. American Dream Home Improvement offers a full range of siding inspection and maintenance services, designed to improve the visual appearance and energy efficiency of customers’ homes.

When choosing a siding material for a home, many homeowners start by considering vinyl. A durable material that comes in nearly any color imaginable, vinyl is lightweight and can be installed directly on top of existing materials. Vinyl can be designed to mimic wood-grain and other patterns, making it an ideal solution for homeowners looking to boost the curbside appeal of their homes.

The Advantages of Vinyl Siding

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American Dream Home Improvement

American Dream Home Improvement, Inc. is a specialist in assessing and repairing damaged roofs, siding, and gutters. In 2013, American Dream Home Improvement was ranked #24 among the top 100 Construction Companies by Inc. 5000.

Before choosing your siding, be sure to check local regulations and get any necessary permissions. Choosing the right material can also depend on climate, personal tastes, and how much you are willing to spend.

Vinyl is the most popular material for siding. Unless a more organic architectural aesthetic is desired, vinyl tends to be the most economical route. It has a low cost up front, requires no upkeep or painting, it doesn’t warp or twist, insects won’t eat it, and water doesn’t damage it.

Plastic can be made to more closely resemble wood, but can be two or three times as expensive as vinyl. Fiber cement is the artificial material that looks the most like real wood and costs about the same as vinyl, but requires painting and can be damaged by water. Real wood offers a traditional aesthetic, but it is more expensive and can warp, twist, rot, be eaten by insects, and requires periodic refinishing.