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Why First Quality Roofing and Insulation Is the Best Option for Homeowners in Nevada

The condition of your roof highly depends on the workmanship. A poorly installed roof is not only a health hazard but can also end up costing you a lot of money in repairs. To give your roof the best services, you need to understand what roofers do, as well as what to expect from roofing professionals. This puts you in a better position to hire qualified roofers for your project.

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What to Do if You Notice a Roof Leak in Your Home

A roof leak is not so obvious until you start seeing pools of water and streaks of brown on your ceiling and walls. A leaking roof is not only a danger to the health of your household, but also puts you at risk of a roof collapse and can damage your home’s interior. Below are some tips on how to effectively deal with roof leaks and prevent future problems.

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Home Maintenance Checklist: 10 Essential Projects to Do This Fall

Fall is the best time to prepare your home for the coming winter season. This is when you have the most time to ensure your home is energy-efficient, safe and comfortable during the chilly winter months. To help you complete all the necessary home maintenance tasks, here’s a checklist to keep you on the right track:

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Insulation Facts Every Homeowner Should Know – Pt. 2

Understanding These Insulation Facts Will Help You Know When to Call the Pros

The importance of insulation in your home can never be under-estimated. Here are some more insulation facts every homeowner should know, along with a few tips to help you make the right insulation choices for your home:

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The Importance of Proper Attic and Roof Ventilation

Schedule a Roof Inspection with First Quality to Ensure You Have Proper Roof Ventilation

The attic of your home is an important space. It plays a role in how well your roof holds up over the years and also works to keep the rest of your home in good condition. The air in your attic can become stagnant if the area is not properly ventilated. This means it can contain moisture, as well as unpleasant odors. If the air does not flow through the attic sufficiently, the temperature can become too hot, damaging your roof and causing issues inside your home.

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Insulation Facts Every Homeowner Should Know – Pt. 1

Insulation Facts Pt. 1

Insulation plays an integral part in ensuring that your home is comfortable during extreme months, and helps you cut down on your energy costs. This happens as insulation restricts the loss of heat during winter thus keeping the home warm and at the same time lowering your heating bills, as well as keeping your home cool during hot summer months.

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4 More Home Maintenance Myths You Should Know About

Don’t Believe These Home Maintenance Tips

Fall is a great time to tackle all those home maintenance tasks plaguing your to-do list. To get the most from your efforts, it's important to know how to complete the job correctly. Here are a few home maintenance myths that you need to know about:

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Let Us Handle Your Commercial Roof Maintenance All Year Long, So You Don’t Have To

Automate Your Commercial Roof Maintenance with Our Preferred Maintenance Program

Let’s be honest — most business owners don’t have enough time in the day to manage every aspect of their facility. Between supporting employees, serving clients and growing the business, there is always a long list of objectives that often take precedence. Unfortunately, neglecting important elements of your facility, such as the roof, can cost you more time, money and effort in the long run. To help you reach your business goals without hassle, the experts at First Quality Roofing & Insulation are here to handle your commercial roof maintenance.

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Check These Areas of Your Home for Sufficient Air Sealing - Pt. 1

Avoid Air Leaks in Your Home with Proper Air Sealing

Insulation in your walls and attic will help regulate your indoor air temperature, however, insufficient air sealing may be causing air leaks. Here are four common problem areas in every home where air may be escaping:

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4 Low-maintenance Kitchen Finishes Perfect for Your Home

Get Beautiful Kitchen Finishes that Are Easy to Clean with These Tips

The kitchen serves as the primary gathering spot for many families, both during their daily activities and on special occasions. It's natural for homeowners to want to design a kitchen that's aesthetically pleasing. However, many people select kitchen finishes that are difficult to maintain because they look nice. Check out a few easy-to-care-for finishes that also elevate the look of your space:

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What Is House Siding and Which Type Is Right for Your Home?

Use This Guide to Decide what Type of House Siding Is Right for You

House siding serves as the outer layer of your home. Not only does siding influence your home's exterior appearance, but it also helps with protecting your home from the elements and insulates your interior spaces from extreme temperatures and harsh weather conditions. 

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How to Address and Prevent Excess Moisture in Your Home

Eliminate Moisture in Your Home with These Tips

Controlling the level of comfort in your home involves more than simply setting the thermostat at the ideal temperature. The moisture content within your house can affect your comfort, increase your energy bills and cause mold to grow throughout your interior. Thankfully, you can control the moisture in your home once you understand how it moves from room to room.

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What Is a Home Energy Audit and Why Is It Useful?

Make Your Home More Energy-efficient with Insulation from First Quality

Energy Audit involves a critical study of equipment, operations and processes with the aim of identifying energy-saving opportunities that can help to lower energy bills, without impacting production volumes, safety or quality. Through energy audits, individual homeowners or organizations can compare their energy consumption to that of other entities.

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How Routine Roof Maintenance Can Prevent These Costly Issues

Schedule Roof Maintenance with First Quality Roofing & Insulation

As with any investment in your business, it’s important that you consistently care for your roof. Unfortunately, regularly maintaining the roof of your business, office or warehouse is easy to forget. With so many to-dos on your schedule, it can be months or even years before you realize that your roof is in dire condition. Left untended to, your commercial roof can become a colossal nightmare. Here are a few frightening problems you can avoid with regular roof maintenance

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How to Avoid Commercial Roof Leaks

Work with First Quality Roofing & Insulation to Keep Your Commercial Roof in Good Repair

No matter how well your commercial roofing is installed, roof leaks may still occur due to factors like wear and tear. Roof leaks not only lead to damage of the attic and ceiling, but also can cause huge disruption of business. To prevent water leaks in your commercial roofing, here are a few things you should always do.

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What to Consider When Choosing Roof Shingle Colors

When Choosing Roof Shingle Colors, Take These Factors into Account

Generally, roofs last for approximately 20 years, so you’ll likely be stuck with the color for quite some time. The roof accounts for about 30 percent of the home’s visible exterior, and it can determine how people perceive your home from the street.

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Benefits of a Metal Roof

benefits of a metal roof

Metal is one among the roofing materials available in the market along with shingles and asphalt. A metal roof can look as beautiful as any other roofing material on your house. Choosing a metal roof is a personal choice depending on your initial investment, budget for maintenance, and repairs. 

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Tips to Prepare Your Home for Monsoon Season

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Your roof is likely to take a beating over the monsoon season, so make sure it’s in top shape before the season hits; if part of your roof fails, it’s going to cost you much, much more to fix the damage than it would to avert that damage in the first place. 

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Mountain Vs. Desert Roofing: How Climate Should Affect Your Roofing Choices

When it's time to select a new roof for your home, there's a slew of specific details to consider. One vital detail to explore is the type of climate that houses your property. A home in a dry, arid desert climate has different needs than a property in a mountainous region with varied weather conditions. Here's what you need to know about choosing a roof ideal for your climate. 

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What to Look for in a Roofing company

Your roof is an important investment. It keeps you, your family and your possessions safe for decades. It also enhances your curb appeal and prevents weather from ruining your interior comfort. As such a vital resource that impacts your lifestyle on a day to day basis, we understand that you want as much of a guarantee as possible that your roofing materials are going to go above and beyond. 

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Insulation R Value Should Help Determine Which Type You Choose

Living in Las Vegas means enduring scorching summers and chilly winters. Throughout the year, we rely on our HVAC systems to keep our homes at just the right temperature no matter what the weather brings. Unfortunately, poor attic insulation can cause these systems to work overtime as heat escapes the home.

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When to Schedule a Roof Replacement

One great benefit of a new roof is that it will last for decades. Unfortunately, no roof will last forever. As the materials start to show their wear and tear from time, weather and impact, these weak points could potentially turn into expensive problems. It’s never a good idea to neglect your roof, and it’s especially important that you know how to identify when it’s time for you to replace your roof

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Hazards of DIY Gutter Cleaning

Leave Your Gutter Cleaning to the Experts at First Quality Roofing & Insulation

Clogged gutters can turn into a nightmare before you know it. All it takes is a little leaves and rain to create a blockage that can lead to damages that impact your gutters, roof and even the inside of your home. Proper gutter cleaning is one of the best ways you can preserve the integrity of your exterior. Unfortunately, attempting to clean the gutters yourself can also lead to damages to your own health. Before you get into your gutters, consider these common hazards.

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Don't Overlook Insulating Your Shed or Workshop

At First Quality Roofing & Insulation, we know just how vital good insulation is in preserving the comfort of your home. Our customers understand this importance too, which is why it’s no surprise that many Las Vegas homeowners make serious considerations before determining which type and thickness of insulation they put in their attics.

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8 Pro Tips to Maximize Your Bathroom Ventilation

When it comes to bathroom design, most people think about fixtures, faucets, paint, and mirrors. However, one of the most important -- and most overlooked -- elements of bathroom design is ventilation. 

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All About Roof Fungus

As a responsible homeowner, it’s important that you are aware of every potential threat to the integrity of your roof. There are many types of fungus that can grow on your roof. Not only are these growths unattractive, but too much growth can cause significant damage to your roof, the rest of your home, and potentially cause health issues for your family. 

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How Does Climate Affect Roofs?

Living in Las Vegas has many advantages, especially when it comes to weather. Unlike other cities, we thankfully don’t have to contend with significant amounts of snow or rain throughout the year. However, our warm weather can still cause problems when it comes to our home’s roof.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Slate Roofing

Available in a diverse range of sizes, textures, and shades, slate roofing has been the choice of discerning builders and homeowners for centuries. Its natural beauty and remarkable longevity complement the look and add value to any architectural style. Like all roofing materials, slate has advantages and disadvantages, depending on what you hope to achieve and spend.

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Different Types of Roofs Perform Differently in High Heat

You need to consider installing the best roofing material if you live in an area with extremely high summer temperatures. Roof shingles play a significant role in determining the comfort, energy efficiency, and longevity of your home. Some of the great options for people living in a warm climate are rubber, clay, slate, and metal shingles. Read on to learn how different types of roofs perform in high heat.

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Insulation Projects to Increase Your Home’s Property Value

Every year, homeowners spend thousands of dollars on heating and cooling costs. Climate control is often expensive because most homes aren’t properly insulated. In fact, you could lose as much as 45% of heat through your walls, floors, roofs, and air ducts.

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A Breakdown of Roof Flashing and How It Works

Your roof consists of different components (shingles, gutters, flashings, etc.). If one or more of these elements are wrongly installed or deteriorated, the functionality of the entire roof will be greatly affected, leading to damage of your home’s exterior and interior. Roof flashing is one component that any homeowners are not familiar with but should be, because it serves an important purpose.

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Ideal Times of Year to Schedule a Roof Inspection

Your roof is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make in your home. Make sure it stays in good repair by scheduling a roof inspection throughout the year. Here are the best times during each season to have your roof inspected:

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Why Your Home Insulation Should Always Be Handled by a Professional

Let’s be honest — there are plenty of projects around your home that you can tackle yourself.

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Keys to a Stylish and Functional Bathroom Design

A bathroom is an essential room in every house, whether it is big or small. There are many bathroom trends and designs that attract homeowners. It is vital to keep a few key details in mind before you decide to remodel. Here are some simple rules that can assist you in turning your bathroom from drab to fab:

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Shrubs Never to Plant in Your Yard and What You Should Plant Instead

Shrubs can be used to add beauty and privacy to your yard. They should look great year-round and be easy to maintain with a bit of pruning. When you are planting shrubs, it is always important to consider the type you are planting. Some shrubs can be a problem to deal with or may not grow well in Las Vegas. Here are the 5 types of problematic shrubs you should avoid planting in your yard – and some alternatives that grow well in Las Vegas:

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Unconventional Ways to Keep Your Home Cool and Save Money This Summer

Though the arrival of summer brings fun days at the pool and delicious barbeques, it also brings sweltering temperatures and unbearable humidity. If you feel like your home never feels cool, despite constantly running your air conditioning, it's time to take action. Check out these unconventional ways to save money and keep your home at a comfortable temperature this summer.

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Things to Consider When Buying a House to Flip

Buying a “fixer upper” is a great way to get nice house at a good price. But unless you have a lot of experience in renovating houses, it is easy to misjudge the situation and end up in over your head. If you’re looking to buy a house to flip, here are the top four things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Earth Day Every Day: 7 Simple Ways to Shrink Your Carbon Footprint

7 ways to reduce your carbon footprint

It's no secret that our planet could use a little TLC. Global warming, which is caused in part by human-created carbon emissions, is causing extreme weather conditions, melting polar ice caps, rising sea levels, and the disruption of the natural habitats of many species of animals. 

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Safety Tips to Follow During a Power Outage

Power outages are never convenient, and they can happen at any time of the day or night. Weather, power surges and widespread power outages can result in a loss of power to your home for hours, even days. Do you know how to responsibly handle this problem?

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The New Homeowner's Guide to Insulation

As a first-time homeowner, there’s a lot to learn about your house. The little things you never thought about can become some of the most important factors in determining your comfort, the health of your home and its value. One of the most critical, yet commonly overlooked, elements is insulation.

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Why Your Roof Is Aging More on One Side than the Other

All elements of your home show signs of age over time, including your roof. However, it is not uncommon for one side of your roof to age faster than the other. If you notice significant signs of deterioration limited to a single side of the roof, it could be an indicator of bigger issues.

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Prepare Your Home for a Hot Summer with These Tips

Even though summer is officially in full swing, it's never too late to prepare your home for hot temperatures. Historically, some of the hottest days of the year occur in July and August. A few strategic moves can help you keep your home at a comfortable temperature and lower your energy bills. Get started now on these simple tips to prepare your home for a hot summer. 

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A Homeowner's Guide to Choosing Attic Insulation

Choosing blown in attic insulation

Did you know that up to half the energy you use to heat or cool your home escapes through walls, windows, and your attic? Not only does this cost you money in the form of high utility bills, it's also bad for the environment! 

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What's That Brown Spot on the Ceiling? Roof Rot Causes and Prevention Tips

Roof Rot Causes and Prevention

There are few things worse than looking up at your home's ceiling and noticing unsightly brown spots or crumbling plaster. If this problem seems to have appeared out of nowhere, there's a good chance you could be dealing with roof rot. 

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What It Takes to Keep Your Roof in Good Repair

Keep Your Roof in Good Repair

Your roof is one of the most important elements of your house. It’s an expensive investment that keeps your family and possessions safe from wind, rain and UV rays. Throughout the year, your roof endures every change in the weather from the hot and dry Las Vegas heat to an occasional rainstorm. Keep your roof strong and secure by maintaining it year-round with these tips:

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Keys to Choosing a Qualified, Trustworthy Roofer

Choosing a Qualified, Trustworthy Roofer

With the average cost of replacing a roof falling between $5,198 and $10,131, it's vital to make sure that you hire an experienced roofer to complete the job. Here are a few guidelines to follow to make sure that you select a qualified roofer to replace your roof. 

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Is Your Roof Telling You Something?

warning signs about your roofing system

A roof is a vital component of your home. It protects you and your entire family against elements such as hailstorm, snow, sun, and wind. Over time, the roof deteriorates, leading to severe water damage as well as lowering your home’s resale value. While it's difficult to spot your home’s roofing problems, First Roofing & Insulation has a list of warning signs about your roofing system that you need to pay attention to.

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Beat the Heat this Summer with these Energy Efficient Ideas

Energy efficient ways to save money on your electricity bill this summer

When the temperatures soar, so does your electricity bill. Running your AC practically non-stop to keep you cool in the hot Vegas summer requires lots of power. In most homes, heating and cooling account for more than 50% of the energy used. If you’re looking to save money on your electricity bill this summer, here are some energy efficient ways that you can beat the heat.

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Common Myths about Energy Efficiency Debunked

Common Myths about Energy Efficienty Debunked

As we have become more aware of how our actions impact the environment, more people are working to reduce their family’s environmental footprint. Increasing your home’s energy efficiency is one way that you can help the environment. While there are many different ways to be more energy efficient, false information is often shared alongside good advice. Today, we will be debunking some of the most common myths about energy efficiency.

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9 Colorful Plants That Will Thrive in Your Las Vegas Yard

nine plants that stay beautiful in Las Vegas heat

The Las Vegas heat can be oppressive for many of the most popular plants used in more moderate climates, but that doesn’t mean a Vegas homeowner needs to give up on a beautiful yard. Today, we’ll take a look at nine colorful plants that will feel right at home in desert heat, keeping your yard healthy and pleasing even when less hardy specimens would be wilting.

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What You Should Know Before Painting Your Walls White

5 things to consider before painting your walls white

Painting the walls of your home’s interior is the simplest home maintenance practice that can greatly improve both the look and value of your home. White colors offer simplicity, elegance, and safety, which is why they are popular. However, white walls can make or break the aesthetics of your home, depending on the shade you choose.

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Add Privacy to Your Yard with These Plants

Add Privacy to Your Las Vegas Yard with These Plants

If your home is in close proximity to your neighbor's space, switching up your landscaping is an easy way to add privacy to your yard. It's possible to make your yard more private using fencing, but you may prefer to utilize a more natural option. Or, you can enhance your open-style fence with privacy-enhancing landscaping for optimal results. When considering your options, it's important to make sure that your potential additions will thrive in the extreme Las Vegas heat. Here are a few heat-resistant alternatives that can add privacy to your outside spaces.

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Blown in Attic Insulation: It’s Time to Re-insulate Your Home

Blown in attic insulation can settle

Your home’s insulation regulates heat flow, keeping your home at comfortable temperatures during the extreme winter and summer months. However, with time, your insulation settles and losses its thermal resistance or R-Value depending on the material. This reduces the efficiency of your insulation and may result in both discomfort and inflated energy expenses.

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3 Reasons to Schedule Regular Professional Roofing Maintenance

3 Reasons to Schedule Regular Professional Roof Maintenance

To ensure your roof achieves its full lifespan, it's a smart decision to hire a professional to handle all your maintenance-related tasks. Your roof should also have an exhaustive annual inspection that can detect any issues before they turn into costly repairs or cause lasting damage. Check out a few of the benefits associated with hiring a pro roofer to regularly inspect and complete any necessary roof maintenance tasks. 

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Why Home Insulation Installation Should Always Be Left to the Experts

3 reasons home insulation installation should be left to experts

Many homeowners enjoy undertaking “do it yourself” home improvement projects now and then, but some things are best left to the professionals. Installing your home insulation is a project that can be very challenging and even dangerous for the average DIYer. Here are the top three reasons you should never try to install your home insulation.

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5 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Roofing Contractor

5 Benefits of a professional roofing contractor

The roof protects you from the elements and contributes to the comfort of your home. Since it endures a lot of abuse and neglect, it is susceptible to damage. With a lot of DIY tutorials on the internet, you may be tempted to fix your roofing issues which may result in more problems. Here are 5 benefits of hiring a professional roofing contractor as opposed to going DIY route.

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What to Look for When Hiring Renovation Professionals

4 Essential Things to Look for When Hiring a Home Renovation Expert

Knowing how to weed out the ‘bad’ renovation professionals from the ‘good’ ones is a critical step towards transforming your home into a luxurious living space. As more and more homeowners continue to update, upgrade and expand their accommodations, many of those homeowners don’t have the experience in choosing the right contractor. That’s why First Quality Roofing & Insulation has compiled these tips to help you in your process.

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Get Ready for Spring with These Home Maintenance Checklist Tasks

Follow This Home Maintenance Checklist to Prepare for Spring and Summer

Spring has arrived and with it should come your annual home maintenance checklist. This handy guide details the most important home maintenance tasks you should complete as the weather warms up:

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Keep Allergies at Bay with Spray Foam Insulation

Keep Allergies at Bay with Spray Foam Insulation

Itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, relentless sneezing, and sinus headaches. These are the surefire signs that springtime allergy season has arrived.  If you're one of the 50 million people dealing with seasonal allergies, you might think there's nothing you can do but suffer in silence.

Luckily, this isn't actually the case. While there's not a lot you can do about the pollen and other allergens floating around outdoors, adding spray foam insulation to your home can help improve your indoor air quality so you can relax and breathe easy.

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Spot These 5 Common Roofing Problems Early

spot these 5 common roofing problems early

Your roof is one of the most important investments in your home. Unfortunately, it is also one of the exterior areas of a house where you’re likely to encounter a problem. First Quality Roofing & Insulation has seen every type of roof damage, large and small. Though any sign of weakness or damage is cause for concern, we believe that you should especially keep a look out for these five common roofing problems.

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How Insulation Keeps Your Home Cool

How Insulation Keeps your Home Cool

Keeping Your Home Cool


Humans have been trying to stay warm or cool for as long as we have existed. In fact, it’s one of those things that will never change, and the fight for cool or warm temperatures continues to this day. However, unlike the cavemen days, there is a lot more technology and expertise available to make your home comfortable than just a fire or a door or shutters. This technique is called insulation, and the idea is simple; to keep the temperatures indoors at optimum levels, regardless of what it is outside. If your home is like an icebox in the winter or an oven during the summer, it’s most likely because of bad, or not enough, insulation.

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The Four Most Popular Types of Roof Material

Four Popular Types of Roof Material

If you are in the process of building a house or remodeling your roof, then it is time to take a look at different types of roofs. The following are the four most popular types of roof material sold in the country today.

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Cool Roof Coating Keeps Las Vegas Homes Cool, Energy Bills Low

Cool roof coating Keeps Las Vegas Homes Cool

So, you think you’ve done everything you can to gain the upper hand over your summertime cooling bills. You’ve caulked and sealed. You’ve insulated. And you’ve ventilated.

So, what on earth is that First Quality Roofing & Insulation crew doing across the street, spreading what appears to be white paint on your neighbor’s roof? What does he know that you don’t?

He knows that while it may look like paint, that cool roof coating may represent his last best chance to cool down his roof, reduce his energy bills and probably extend the lifespan of his roof.

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How the Sun Affects Your Roof - Pt. 2

How the Sun Affects Your Roof 2

You can't exactly lay a tarp over it; that's not a good look for a roof. And you can't exactly hose it down every night; that's not practical. But when you add up the ways that heat, ultraviolet rays and thermal shock from the sun conspire to wreak havoc on your roof, you can be forgiven for trying to brainstorm some clever solutions.

A far better solution: ensure that your roof is properly ventilated. It can be a tricky job, but it's one of the specialties of First Quality Roofing & Insulation. We know the benefits and how they can pay off – now and for many years in the future.

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Understand the Benefits of Recycling

Understand the Benefits of Recycling

Recycling plays an important role in improving the natural quality of the earth and reverses some of the damage humanity has caused, but how exactly does it do this? Beyond the simple statement of "recycling saves the planet," it is important to understand exactly what recycling does and what the overall benefits are. Here are several critical points of interest for just how important recycling is.

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Why Should You Care About Roof Maintenance?

Why Should You Care About Roof Maintenance

When caring for your roof you'll likely run into all kinds of issues along the way. Gunk and other debris will form, especially if you do not schedule regular roof maintenance. We recommend having your roof cleaned, maintained and inspected professionally at least once a year (if not twice, depending on your property).

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Composting 101: It's Easier Than You Think!

Composting 101

Earth Day is right around the corner, and many people are taking the opportunity to start thinking about doing their part to take care of the planet. While reducing your plastic use is usually the first thought, composting kitchen scraps is actually one of the most effective ways to reduce waste.

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Top 5 Tips to Prevent Roof Damage from Birds

roof damage from birds

Once again, spring is here. The weather is warmer, the air is fresher, and the scenery is magnificent.

Everybody loves spring, and so do birds. Las Vegas, which lies on the North American Flyway, provides a temporary home for millions of birds every Spring as they migrate North for summer. While their sweet songs and colorful feathers are a welcome sight for many, birds present a big problem to homeowners.

Bird droppings and nests can cause severe roof damage if left unchecked. Here are 5 ways of keeping these guests at bay during spring.

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Protect Your Pipes by Steering Clear of These Trees

Follow These Planting Tips to Keep Your Underground Pipes Safe

It's well-known that trees growing too close to a house can pose a threat to its roof, but what many homeowners don't consider is that trees can be hazardous for their underground pipes as well.

As a tree grows, its root system expands. Over time, it can potentially become entangled with water or sewer pipes underground. However, many trees have particularly aggressive roots which can make their way into pipes surprisingly quickly. If a tree's roots do damage important pipes, it's going to be very costly to fix. Here are some of the most important trees to avoid:

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Various Types of Insulation and Why Attic Insulation is a Beneficial Option

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A well-maintained property can last for decades. Insulation is one key maintenance factor in your home. Proper insulation has an "R-Value", which defines heat-deferral potential.

In addition to greater comfort within your home and reduced energy bills, deferring heat impact through high R-value insulation increases property value. Various types of insulation include:

  • Fiberglass Batts and Blankets
  • Loose-Fill Insulation
  • SIPs
  • Spray Foam Insulation

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Safety Precautions and Tools to Use When Removing a Broken Lightbulb from Its Socket

Remove Broken Lightbulbs from Their Sockets Quickly and Safely with These Helpful Tips

Who hasn’t accidentally broken a lightbulb while trying to remove it from the socket? Next time you replace a broken or burned-out bulb, here are some simple, effective tools you can use to safely remove the base that’s stuck inside the socket:

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How the Sun Affects Your Roof - Pt. 1

prevent roof damage from the scorching Las Vegas sun

You wouldn't be the only homeowner who assumes that summer storms and Las Vegas's infamous monsoons pose the biggest threat to your roof.

And it's true: roof damage can be caused from torrential rains, flash flooding and frequent lightning strikes. But when it comes to Enemy No. 1, make sure you have your shades on. The scorching Las Vegas sun poses the most serious threat to your roof in three ways – and First Quality Roofing & Insulation wants to ensure you know how to protect it in the first of this two-part series.

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Tips to Knock Out Your Home Maintenance To-Do's in a Flash

These Tips Will Help You Finish Your Home Maintenance Checklist Quickly and Easily

Home maintenance: such an important responsibility yet one that can be easily overlooked. If you're like many homeowners, you know how fast your to-do list can grow as the months pass by. Thankfully, there are a few simple tricks you can use to complete these tasks quickly and effectively. Here are five helpful tips that will prepare you to knock out your home maintenance to-do’s in a flash:

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Set the Proper Mood by Choosing the Right Colors for Your Home

First Quality Roofing & Insulation Will Help You Choose the Right Colors for Your Roof

The colors you choose for your home will have a direct impact on your mood and will dictate how other people feel in your home. If you’re trying to sell your home, this can influence the decisions of potential buyers. Additionally, if your exterior color scheme vastly differs from others in the neighborhood, it could impact how your property is listed among realtors. Because of these factors, it’s important to keep the following in mind before choosing interior and exterior colors for your home:

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Major Indicators of an Electrical Problem in Your Home

Call an Electrician If You Notice Any of These Conditions in Your Home

Approximately 2,000 electrical fires occur in homes across America every month. These are typically caused by faulty wiring, cords, plugs, lighting fixtures, surge protectors, and meter boxes, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. However, a fire can be prevented by heeding these signs of an electrical problem:

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Feeling Blue? How the Right Lighting Can Change Your Internal Hue

How the Right Lighting Can Change Your Internal Hue

When you’re feeling tired, sluggish or irritable, the last thing you need is several rainy days to add to your gloom. It can feel like a heavy weight until the sun finally peeks out from the clouds, brightening your mood on the spot.

In this way, the sun is acting like a teacher, too: Research linking the effect of sunlight on mood consistently shows that light energizes the brain, kick-starting the “feel good” chemicals known as beta-endorphin and serotonin. When you can't wait or don’t want to wait for the sun’s rays to reenergize you, take a lesson from the sun and make some subtle but important changes to brighten your home – and your mood – at the same time.

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3 Home Maintenance Tasks You Shouldn’t Forget to Do This Winter

Don’t Forget These Winter Home Maintenance Tasks Each season brings a new set of tasks that must be done to keep your home properly maintained. But sometimes these tasks get put off or forgotten about altogether. Here are three home maintenance tasks you definitely don’t want to forget to take care of this winter:

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Conserve Energy This Winter with These Tips

Reduce Your Energy Usage by Following These Tips

Whether you love the winter weather or are counting down to warmer days ahead, there is one place we can all agree that the cold air definitely doesn’t belong – inside the home. Keep your home comfortable and reduce your energy consumption with these tips on how to conserve energy during the winter:

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The Importance of Not Going Overboard with a Home Renovation

Consider These Factors Before Undergoing a Home Renovation

When you start to renovate your home, it’s normal to get excited about all your customization options. However, when it comes time for you to sell, too much customization often makes it difficult to get a decent offer. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you by avoiding these four home renovation mistakes:

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The Advantages of Air Sealing and Home Insulation

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Though most homeowners understand that home insulation is a must, some may not fully realize just how many variables can negatively impact the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. That’s why, in addition to with installing home insulation, you must also make sure that your home is sealed to prevent air leakage and intrusion.

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Save Money with These Energy-conscious Practices and Better Insulation in Las Vegas

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Without proper insulation in Las Vegas, it’s easy to run up huge electric bills in the summer. Here’s a quick look at how, statistically, a typical household utilizes energy, how you might reduce your usage and how better attic insulation can help:

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Frequently Asked Questions: Everything You Need to Know About Residential Insulation

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At First Quality Roofing & Insulation, we love answering our customers' questions and helping you understand the importance of residential insulation. Here are some of the questions we hear most, along with the answers:

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Important Gutter Cleaning Products No Homeowner Should Go Without

Use These Products to Clean Your Roof Gutters

Cleaning gutters is an important part of roof maintenance. If the gutters are not cleared, there will be a build-up of leaves, debris and other materials in the drainage channels. As a result, the gutters will be constantly under strain. In addition, when it rains, the water will not flow from the roof efficiently. The damming effect of the clogged gutters will increase the risk of roof leakage.

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Why You Should Ask Your Roofing Contractor About a Tile Roof for Your Home

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Many homeowners debate the advantages of a tile roof vs. a shingle roof. The fact is that both options are good. Both provide a durable covering that will protect your house for many years to come. Although shingles are usually the more popular choice, there are several unique benefits that a tile roof has to offer.

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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist: 3 Things to Bundle Up this Winter

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To avoid the winter cold and keep your heating costs as low as possible, it is important to make sure proper insulation is on your home maintenance checklist. Here are some of the most essential areas to focus on:

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Tips to Easily Remove a Tree Stump

Remove a Tree Stump with Ease by Following These Tips

Although trees can add curb appeal to a home, a tree stump can be an eyesore, a hazard and an inconvenience in the yard. Here are a few simple methods and tips to easily remove a tree stump from your lawn:

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The Truth About Roof Maintenance: Do Roof Inspections Affect Your Insurance?

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Throughout our years of performing roof maintenance, one question we frequently get asked is, "Will a roof inspection affect my insurance?" The answer is maybe, and it mostly depends on your insurance company. Here's what you need to know:

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Is It Better to Wash Dishes by Hand or Use a Dishwasher?

Save Energy and Time by Using Your Dishwasher

Since the first dishwasher was invented, a debate has raged on about whether hand washing your dishes is better than using a machine. While scrubbing and drying your dirty dishes by hand takes longer, is it more sanitary? And which method is better for the environment? Below, we’ll answer both of these questions.

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Tips for Keeping the Air in Your Home Clean

Keep Your Indoor Air Clean with These Tips

It is easy for pollutants to penetrate the air in your home, causing problems for those who live in your home. Follow these simple tips to eliminate air pollutants in your home:

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How to Paint a Stucco Exterior Like a Pro

Follow These Tips to Paint Your Home’s Stucco Exterior Properly

Does the outside of your home need a facelift? Repainting the exterior is one of the best ways to give it a fresh, new look. When painting stucco, however, there are a few specific factors to take into account.

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Address and Prevent Mold in Your Home with These Home Maintenance Tips

Follow This Home Maintenance Guide to Keep Mold from Growing in Your Home

Mold grows in many places in the home, including on carpets, wooden structures, stone walls, drywall, leaking pipes, and above the ceiling tiles. Here are the most important home maintenance tips to follow to prevent and remove mold from the house:

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Home Maintenance 101: Things You Should Never Neglect in Your Home

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Keeping up on home maintenance can be tough. If you’re like most homeowners, you have so many chores on your plate that you may find it tempting to postpone certain tasks. Even though it’s understandable, there are many areas of the house that need your consistent attention. Here are a few things in your home that you shouldn’t neglect.

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Understanding Roofing Terminology

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Are you fluent in roof-speak? Like many occupations, roofing has its own unique lingo that serves as shorthand for common items and procedures.

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Common Items Homeowners Should Never Store in Their Garages

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It's your garage, and it's one of the few places left where you can store, stack and otherwise stash overflow items from your home as well as the outdoors.

But not so fast. Before those common items take up permanent residency in your garage, be sure they don't pose a danger or at least a problem you should avoid. Some items might surprise you, which is good because this means you can take proactive steps to store them someplace else.

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What Is Radiant Barrier Insulation and Why Do You Need It?

Keep Your House Warm and Reduce Your Energy Bill with Radiant Barrier

If you have noticed that your home isn’t as comfortable as you would like throughout the year, the problem might not be your HVAC system. In fact, many homeowners are surprised to learn that the source for their discomfort is often their home’s roof and attic. This is why the right insulation is so important.

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Avoid Burning These 5 Things in Your Fire Pit

Stay Away from These Materials When Using a Fire Pit

Ready to enjoy the cool outdoor temperatures and break out your fire pit? There are five materials that you should avoid burning next time you plan a backyard bonfire:

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Keep Your Pipes from Bursting This Winter with These Home Maintenance Tips

These Home Maintenance Tips Will Help Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing this Winter

When the temperature drops, this puts your home's pipes at risk of freezing. A frozen pipe can burst and cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home. Keep reading to learn a few simple tricks and home maintenance tips to keep this from happening.

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What You Need to Know to Recycle the Most You Can This Holiday Season

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The holidays are known for exchanging presents, cooking and serving large meals, and putting up the Christmas tree. Even though you’re busy this time of year, take a little time to recycle what you can. Americans generate about 25% more waste during the season, and 80% of what’s thrown away this time of year could be recycled instead. Learning what can be recycled or repurposed can help make for a much more eco-friendly holiday.

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10 Things to Do Before Leaving for a Holiday Vacation

Address these items before your holiday vacation

Finally, it’s time for your long-awaited trip! As you finalize your to-do list, make sure you address these ten items before leaving for your holiday vacation.

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Why You Should Schedule a Roof Inspection This New Year

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The new year signals a fresh start. Therefore, it is the perfect time to schedule a roof inspection. If this is something you’ve been putting off, consider the following benefits of a well-maintained roof:

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Why You Should Never Plant These Trees in Your Yard

Stay Away from These 5 Trees When Planting on Your Property

Trees provide many benefits to your yard, ranging from natural beauty to cooling shade. But some species of trees can cause more problems than they’re worth, so choose carefully before you end up with year after year of issues you didn’t expect.

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Simple Tips for Keeping Your Christmas Decorations Organized

Proactively Organize Your Christmas Decorations with These Tips

Unpacking, re-packing and storing Christmas decorations tends to be a big project for many people. Precarious storage spaces, damaged ornaments, lights that don’t work and other hassles can be avoided with a few proactive measures. Here are some tips to help keep your decorations organized and easily accessible:

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Expert Tips to Creating the Perfect Backyard Desert Oasis

Create a Backyard Desert Oasis with These Tips

Have you always dreamed of having your own backyard oasis? A combination of careful design and quality materials can give you the luxurious backyard you’ve always wanted.

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Prevent Silverfish from Nesting in Your Home with These Home Maintenance Tips

Use These Home Maintenance Tips to Eliminate Silverfish

Have you ever woken up to get a drink of water only to find a tiny, silver bug crawling around your sink’s drain? These are called silverfish and they are a common sight in many Las Vegas homes. Keep silverfish at bay with a few easy home maintenance tips:

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Winter Prep Checklist: Scheduling Your Roof Inspection

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In Las Vegas, December can bring quite a bit of rain. If your roof's in disrepair, you don't want to find out the hard way for a number of reasons. One primary reason to have your roof inspected is that roof leaks are not uncommon.

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6 Fun and Festive Ideas to Ring in the New Year

Use These Ideas to Create a Unique New Year’s Experience

Looking for the best way to ring in the New Year? The following are 6 ideas for how to welcome the New Year in style:

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An Overview of the Heating and Cooling Mechanisms in Your Home

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Many people often struggle with how to operate their heating and cooling units to save on costs. This is understandable, considering that 50% of energy consumption in the home goes towards heating or cooling costs

To understand how your heating system works, you first need to understand how heat is transferred through the air. Most homes today use central heating systems that feature a furnace and an air conditioner. The furnace delivers warm air to your home, while the air conditioner delivers cold.

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How Roof Repairs Can Protect Your Home from Insects, Rodents and Birds

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The presence of animals such as mice, rats, birds, and insects in your roof can spell disaster. In general, these types of pests are destructive. If they are allowed to live unchecked in your roofing structure, they will damage crucial building elements, including wooden roof framing, electrical wires and ceilings. In addition, certain rodents, birds and insects are carriers of disease. Here are practical guidelines to help you get rid of animals in your roof and avoid the need for roof repairs:

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How Attic Insulation Can Save You Money on Your Energy Bill This Winter

Save Money on Your Winter Heating Bill with Proper Attic Insulation

Proper home insulation can save homeowners “an average of 15 percent on heating and cooling costs,” they say. This is a significant amount, considering that most homeowners spend about $2,000 a year on those bills. One of the primary spaces in your home that loses insulation is your attic.

No matter how well-built your home may be, it also may be losing about 25 percent of the energy you pay for every month, mostly through the doors and windows. Other trouble spots often include:

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The Importance of Roof Repairs and Why You Should Schedule Yours Today

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Letting roofing problems persist can lead to further damage to your roof, attic, drywall, and ceilings. Don’t put the health of your home in jeopardy. If you're experiencing one of these 5 common roofing problems, it’s time to schedule your roof repairs:

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What to Look for When Hiring Roof Repair Specialists

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Your roof is one of the most important features of your home. When looking for roof repair specialists in Las Vegas, be sure to find a company that possesses these four vital features:

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Homeowners Beware: 4 Items in Your Home with the Potential to Explode

Follow these home maintenance tips to keep you safe from explosive household itemsIf you’re like most homeowners, you keep up on home maintenance and take all the recommended precautions to avoid fires and other hazards. Did you know, however, that your home is full of everyday items with the potential to explode? Knowing what to watch out for can help you and your family avoid a dangerous accident. Here are 4 items in your home you’ll want to keep an eye on:

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Entryway Decorations that Last Through the Seasons

Use Multi-season Entryway Décor for the Perfect Aesthetic Year-round

There are two types of holiday decorators: the ones who go all out and deck the halls from top to bottom for every holiday, and the rest of us. If you like giving your home a seasonal look but aren't a fan of a complete redecoration for every event, try these ideas meant to last through the seasons:

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7 Tips for Hosting a Friendsgiving to Remember

Host a Memorable Friendsgiving by Implementing These Ideas

Friendsgiving tends to be more casual than Thanksgiving, but with a little bit of planning you can make it an event that people will be talking about long after the holiday is over. Here are some of our favorite tips for hosting a Friendsgiving to remember:

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Read This Before Using Fiberglass Batts for Your Attic Insulation

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When temperatures drop in the colder months of the year, it is important to have proper attic insulation. With the many insulation options and materials available, it can be difficult to find the right material to keep your attic warm. Here is what you need to know about insulating your attic with fiberglass batts:

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Understanding the Roof Replacement Process: A Step-by-step Guide

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If your roof gets damaged, you will typically need to get it replaced as soon as possible. If you’re in need of an emergency roof replacement, the following is a step-by-step guide covering how your old roof will be removed and a new one installed:

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Home Maintenance: 10 Things You Should Never Put in Your Garbage Disposal

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Your garbage disposal requires little upkeep, however, there are some things that should never be put into it. The following home maintenance tips for garbage disposals detail some items you should never put down your sink, and what to do with them instead:

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The Dangers of Aluminum Wiring: Simple Tips for Managing the Risks

Be Aware of Aluminum Wiring Hazards and Prevent Them by Following These Steps

If you have an old home, there are countless structural issues that you must address, including worn out roofing, poor quality foundation and faulty flooring. However, you should not only focus on structural concerns; it is also important to address the electrical problems associated with older homes. If you have a house built in the late 60s or early 70s, your home might have aluminum wiring. This type of wiring can be a dangerous fire hazard.

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How You Can Tell if Your Attic Needs Additional Insulation

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Most homeowners think about the windows, walls and doors when planning to insulate the home, forgetting that the attic also plays a significant role in the conservation or loss of energy. If your home seems well-insulated, but you are still getting outrageous energy bills, it is time to look at other parts of the house which could be the cause – like the attic. Here, are the benefits that you will get from proper attic insulation: 

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Fast Exterior Home Improvement Projects for Football Season

Complete These Home Improvement Projects So You Can Enjoy Football Season

If you’ve been looking forward to fall and spending your Sunday afternoons watching NFL games, you might be tempted to put off any home improvement projects that you need to get done. But the cooler fall temperatures make this a good time to get some work done in your yard and on your home’s exterior. Plus, a bit of prevention and upkeep goes a long way towards preventing the need for major repairs down the road. And once you’re done, you can kick back and enjoy the big game, worry free. The following are a few fast home improvement projects that you can easily complete in a day or less:

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Eliminate Pet Odors to Increase Buying Potential

Eliminate Pet Odors with These Tips

Unpleasant pet odors can decrease the buying potential of your home. Therefore, if you are planning on selling your house, it is important to ensure that the building is free of pet smells. Here are practical tips for dealing with pet odors and increasing the value of your home:

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with These Simple Tips

Cut Back on the Waste You Produce with These Tips

The average American produces about 4.5 pounds of garbage per day. There is more waste in Nevada landfills than any other state in the country, or the equivalent of 38.4 per tons of waste per person. By putting some simple conservation ideas into action, you can reduce the amount of waste you produce.

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Surprising Facts About How Americans Spend Their Time (and Money)

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When Allstate Insurance asked people to rank the importance of their personal items, their homes won the top spot. We thought it would be fun to dig a little deeper to see just how Americans spend their time and money. Some of what we found was a revelation.

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Stop Killing Your Plants: 5 Tips to Preserve Your Houseplants

Preserve Your Indoor Plants with These Tips

Houseplants are valuable decorative items that will boost the aesthetics of the home. Plants are also natural air purifiers and will release oxygen into rooms while absorbing carbon dioxide. Here are some practical tips to help you grow and preserve your houseplants:

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The Benefits of Waste-Free Living

The Benefits of Waste-Free Living

Did you know that the average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash every day? The people promoting zero-waste living have a formidable goal: creating less than a jar of waste per year!

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Severe Weather Survival Tips for Families

Severe Weather Survival Tips for Families

Severe weather—no matter in which form it arrives—presents a serious situation. If you're responsible for the safety of someone besides yourself, such as kids, a partner, or aging parents, storms can be even scarier. It's important to have proper plans in place before devastating events occur.

Here are some weather survival tips you should keep in your pocket to ensure your family stays safe:

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Our Fall Home Maintenance List is Like You: Proactive but Efficient

Keep your fall home maintenance list proactive but efficient with these items.

You don't shirk from a home maintenance challenge. But you don't exactly want to spend weekend after precious weekend with a flashlight in your hand and a ladder propped up against the side of your house, either.

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8 Out-of-date Looks You'll Want to Refresh in Your Home

8 out-of-date looks you'll want to refresh in your home

As you live in your home, it’s easy to lets its décor stagnate a bit. After all, you see it every day, so you’re not looking at everything with fresh eyes. You might have some elements that make your home look dated, so by making a switch, you can easily help your décor look fresher and more updated. Look around your home to see if you have any of the following 8 stale elements:

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Can I Install a New Roof Over Existing Shingles?

Install a New Roof Over Existing Shingles

A roof replacement for your home is one of the biggest investments you'll make. Aside from being a major project, it's also essential as your roof has to do the hard work of keeping your family and belongings safe and comfortable no matter what the weather conditions are like. On the other hand, many homeowners wonder if there are ways to cut the cost of a roof replacement, including shingling over an existing roof. Here's what you need to know about whether to tear off your old roof before starting a roof replacement project.

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Tips for Choosing the Best Roofing Contractor

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A properly maintained and insulated roof can save you large sums of money on your energy bill, since trapped heat and humidity can be as damaging as rain. With so much at stake, you need a competent roofing contractor who has experience in both roof repairs and home insulation. Here's how insurance agents and claims experts recommend that you select a roofer from a list that you have compiled:

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Home Improvement Mistakes to Avoid Pt. 4

Avoid These Home Improvement Mistakes

Even if you're not cut out for high-level DIY projects, many homeowners can manage minor repairs in a pinch. Here are a few mistakes to watch out for if you're new to home improvement:

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Home Improvement Mistakes to Avoid Pt. 3

Avoid These 9 Interior Home Improvement Mistakes

Many homeowners take on home improvement projects without fully knowing what they’re doing. Not only can this result in a poorly executed project that they end up needing to pay a professional to fix, it can often cause other issues as well. Watch out for these mistakes when freshening up your interior:

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Home Improvement Mistakes to Avoid Pt. 2

Avoid These Mistakes When Making Home Improvements

When it comes to home improvement projects that will increase curb appeal, it's important that they are done right. Continuing in our series, here are 9 more home improvement mistakes to avoid:

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Home Improvement Mistakes to Avoid Pt. 1

These 9 Home Improvement Mistakes Should Be Avoided at All Costs

Whether you're doing a repair or a renovation, no one wants to be the next Pinterest fail or an example of what not to do. To help ensure your project gets off on the right foot, here are 9 big-picture home improvement mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Issues Homeowners Can Proactively Address Prior to a Home Inspection

Schedule a Roof Inspection with First Quality RoofingHome inspections are used to uncover the true state of your property and to identify any potential issues that need to be addressed, so you can sell your home easily. Limit the number of issues that appear on your inspection report by addressing these common problems in advance:

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How to Organize and Simplify Your Move

Stay Organized During Your Move with These Tips

Moving to a new home is a big deal, but staying organized is the key to preventing it from turning into a big headache. It’s no secret that moving all of your belongings takes a lot of work. Following these tips will help ensure everything goes smoothly:

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Does Partial Roof Damage Call for Repair or Replacement?

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Home Advisor calculates that roof repairs in Las Vegas range anywhere from $250 to $3,000, with the most common range between $475 and $1,149. So, what do you do when only half of your roof is damaged? Is that enough to warrant a roof replacement? How much roof damage is too much to repair?

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Detecting, Preventing and Fixing Air Leaks with Proper Home Insulation

Detecting, Preventing and Fixing Air Leaks with Proper Home Insulation

Even the smallest of air leaks in your home are a big deal. From garage to attic, they can happen anywhere and represent a serious increase in energy costs. In fact, between 10% and 30% of a home’s typical energy costs can be traced to energy leaks that could have (and should be) sealed. Fixing air leaks doesn’t have to be complicated and sufficient home insulation is a likely solution.

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DIY or Call a Professional?

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As a homeowner, you want to do what's best for your home while keeping your expenses in check when it comes to making home repairs. While it can be tempting to make as many repairs on your own as possible, there are some things that you should let the experts handle. The following are some common home repairs that you can do yourself, plus a few cases where it pays to call in a pro:

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Don't Believe These Home Inspection Myths

Don’t Forget About Your Roof when Undergoing a Home Inspection

When buying and selling a house, you're also dealing with at least one home inspection. Here are five home inspection myths we hear most often:

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Post Daylight Savings To-Do's for Complete Home Maintenance

Accomplish Complete Home Maintenance with This Post Daylight Savings Checklist

Daylight Savings Time is the ideal reminder to take care of some of those important home maintenance tasks that are easy to delay or forget. Check out the following post-Daylight Savings Time to-do list to help keep your home in good condition:

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Gutter Guards: Worth the Cost?

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Cleaning gutters is usually not at the top of the list of favorite projects. However, it is an important one, because clogged gutters can cause damage to your roof, windows and walls. From climbing ladders to scooping out sludgy leaves, an alternative to this annual chore would be welcome by most homeowners. Are gutter guards the answer?

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Important Home Insulation Facts to Know

Find Out if Home Insulation Is Right for You

In Las Vegas, the extreme temperature fluctuations from high to low that often occur between day and night, especially in the winter, can make heating and cooling your home a challenge. Home insulation helps create energy efficiency and keeps your home comfortable no matter what the temperature is outside.

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Failing to Plan Is Planning to Fail: How to Save on Roofing in Las Vegas

Save on Roofing in Las Vegas with Proactive Planning

Your roof is the most vulnerable part of your building. Every day, it’s exposed to the elements that contribute to deterioration and decay. Proper maintenance and protection help prolong the life of a roof, but eventually, even the most well-maintained roof will need to be replaced.

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How Thermal Imaging Can Protect Your Home's Roof

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Thermal imaging is a technique that’s quickly gaining popularity in the roofing industry. This non-invasive process allows roofers to discover hidden issues with a roof before they turn into much larger, more expensive problems. In other words, thermal imaging gives roofers the opportunity to solve tomorrow’s problems today.

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Why You Should Never Turn a Blind Eye to Roof Stains

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While algae, lichens or moss is rare in Las Vegas, they can cause roof stains, which are nothing to ignore. These unsightly organisms literally eat away at a roof, threatening its structural integrity. And the longer this goes untreated, the worse the damage becomes. That’s why it’s best to immediately call a reputable roofing company if you notice roof stains.

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Keep Calm and Follow These Tips: How to Keep Cool when Your A/C Goes Out

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Las Vegas homeowners are no strangers to the heat of the summer, but we all rely on air conditioning to stay comfortable during the hottest months. On occasion, A/C systems go out and staying cool suddenly becomes your top priority! If your cooling system is out of order, here are a few ways to keep calm and stay comfortable:

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Clean the Entire House in a Day with These Simple Home Maintenance Tips

Make Cleaning Day a Breeze with These Home Maintenance Tips

Some people find cleaning therapeutic and work every day at maintaining a tidy home. Then there are the rest of us. When it's time to give your home a thorough scrubbing, here are a few home maintenance tips to get the job done right, and quickly:

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How to Keep Your Home from Becoming a Pigeon Magnet

Keep Pigeons at Bay with These Simple Tips

Pigeons carry parasites that can be transferred to people, as well as three serious “bird diseases”: cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis and psittacosis. Their droppings are both abundant and toxic too; one pigeon can produce about 25 pounds of droppings per year, drawing flies, mice and rats, which carry their own share of diseases. Pigeon droppings are so acidic that they can also stain and eat away at the surface of roof tiles, which can result in roof leaks.

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Buying New Home? Don’t Forget the Roof Inspection

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Buying a new home – whether it's your very first or your fifteenth – is always an exciting experience. After you've done all the online research, figured out your budget, and saved for a down payment, the fun part starts. You tour homes in your desired neighborhoods, spend countless hours browsing photos online and, when you've finally found the perfect house, can't wait to buy

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Is Mold Covered Under Your Home Insurance?

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Too many homeowners assume that mold damage is covered by their homeowner's insurance policy, only to realize that it isn’t. They learn the hard way that even one inch of water can wreak physical and financial havoc. As the National Flood Insurance Program notes, an “average” claim that includes the cost of replacing flooring, molding, drywall, and furniture can easily reach nearly $8,000.

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The Surprising Differences Between Bed Bugs and Dust Mites

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Two of the most common pests found in homes across the country are bed bugs and dust mites, but while both can make you miserable, the similarities between them end there. Proper home maintenance plays a key role in keeping them at bay.

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The Many Sneaky Places Where Your Roof Can Spring a Leak

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As a homeowner, you want an easy fix. However, even if it’s been raining for days, roof leaks aren’t always easy to spot. If you’re having trouble identifying the source of a leak, contact the professionals for proper roof leak repair. Here are some unmistakable signs of a roof leak:

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6 Cleaning and Home Maintenance Myths You Should Stop Believing

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After all the cleaning you’ve done in your lifetime, you may think you know all there is to know. But like many people, you may be believing some home maintenance myths that could be hindering your efforts. Check out the following debunked myths about cleaning and home maintenance:

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When to Schedule a Roof Inspection

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You know your roof is important; that's obvious. What's not always so obvious is what you need to do to keep your roof in tip-top shape. Like most things in life, homeownership doesn't exactly come with a user manual, and learning lessons the hard way can be costly. A routine roof inspection will help to preserve your roof by enabling a technician to identify and fix any issues before they become major.

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Lightning Rods: What You Need to Know to Be Safe This Monsoon Season

Avoid Needing a Roof Repair by Installing a Lightning Rod for Monsoon Season

With monsoon season right around the corner, you may be wondering if you've done enough to protect your Las Vegas home during harsh weather conditions. Many homeowners may be wondering whether lightning rods are necessary for their homes.

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It's Time to Think Seriously About Solar Energy in Las Vegas

The Time to Switch to Solar Energy Is Now!

Las Vegas is one of the sunniest cities in the country. While this causes temperatures to rise, it also proves to be a valuable resource for locals. For at least 300 days of the year, homeowners can harvest the energy of the sun and use it to power their homes in a way that's much cleaner and more efficient than virtually any other option. So, why aren't more people using solar energy?

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Unique Roofing Options: What Is Vegetative Roofing?

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Vegetative roofing is increasing in popularity because of its many advantages. This type of roof can be used on homes, apartment buildings, office buildings, and more, and can provide aesthetic, economic and other practical benefits. Here is a closer look at these benefits and why this is becoming one of the most popular green roofing options

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Nevada’s Progressive Laws Make Going Solar In Las Vegas More Affordable

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You may have noticed, you may have heard, and you should soon see the proof: the trend toward “going solar” by equipping homes with solar panels is finally gaining momentum. And Nevada is proving to be a national leader.

Nevada has one of the most progressive solar laws in the country, and these laws work in consumers' favor by spurring incentives that make solar in Las Vegas more affordable.

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6 Secrets Your Neighbors Are Keeping from You

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Your neighbors might be one of the things you like most about your home... or they might not be. Even if you've shared barbecues and your kids play together in the afternoon, there are a few things your neighbors might not be telling you that you'd hate to learn the hard way. Keep an eye out for these common friendship faux pas.

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The Research Is in: Your Home Needs More Insulation

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According to a recent study, your home doesn't have enough insulation. You may have beefed up the attic a bit, or added blow in insulation to the exterior walls during a previous renovation, but the numbers are in. According to the U.S. EPA, about 90 percent of single-family homes in the United States do not have enough insulation and these homeowners are losing money in energy waste every day.

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Ask A Roofing Company: What Are Drip Edge Gutters and Why Do You Need Them?

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The drip edge is a small piece that plays a big role in protecting your roof and home from water damage. Despite how important it is, many times, a roofing company will leave the drip edge off when installing a new roof. While this may save you money during the initial install, it is definitely not worth it in the long run. In this article, First Quality Roofing & Insulation will discuss drip edges are and why you definitely need them when getting a new roof.

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First Quality Roofing: Angie's List Super Service Award Winner Six Years in a Row!

2017ssa_Color2200pxFinding reputable, high-quality roofing contractors can be a daunting task. How do you know which company is going to deliver on the promises they offer? What assurances do you have that the work is going to be done right the first time? What happens if something goes wrong?

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Make Sure Your Home and Family Are Ready for Monsoon Season

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August is right around the corner, and with it comes the thunderstorms and heavy rains of the Las Vegas monsoon season. Luckily, there's still plenty of time to make sure you're ready. Here's what you need to know to prepare your roof for the upcoming weather.

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Tips for Proper Bathroom Ventilation

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Does excess condensation build up in your bathroom? Do you notice bits of mold growth around the windows or in the shower? You might have a bathroom ventilation problem. Improper ventilation can contribute to a host of health issues, including allergies and other mold and mildew-related problems. A buildup of moisture can cause the following issues:

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Everything You Need to Know About Roof Warranties

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If you’ve had a new roof installed, it probably comes with one or more types of roof warranties. It’s important to understand exactly what’s covered and what’s not so that you can protect your investment. The following tells you everything you need to know about roof warranties:

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How to Determine When It's Time for a Roof Replacement

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Your roof is your home's first and best line of defense against the elements. And its structural integrity can affect virtually every component in your home, from the walls and floors to the heating and cooling system. Check for these five warning signs to see if it might be time for a roof replacement:

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Why It's Important to Schedule an Annual Roof Inspection

important-schedule-annual-roof-inspectionYou probably don’t think much about your roof unless something goes wrong with it. But it’s an important part of your home that protects you and your family, the interior of your home, and your belongings. Some damage can be obvious from the ground, but other types can only be identified by a professional who is trained to perform a thorough roof inspection.

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Does Your Cathedral Ceiling Need More Ceiling Insulation?

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Cathedral ceilings make any room look bigger – and they create space for other desirable features such as towering picture windows, oversized chandeliers and ceiling fans. Yet, you may notice the room in your home with the cathedral ceiling feels chilly in the winter and warm in the summer. The solution could be the need for proper ceiling insulation

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Climate Change vs. Climate Control: Why You Need Home Insulation

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Does your home have enough insulation? Every external part of your home should be properly insulated, and that’s especially true in the hot desert. If you want to lower your energy bills and control indoor temperatures, home insulation is the first place to start. Climate change is a large reason for insulation, as weather conditions continue to fluctuate. Here are some facts to keep in mind as you begin insulating your home:

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Ignoring These 6 Home Maintenance Tasks Could Trigger A Crisis In Your Home

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At First Quality Roofing & Insulation, we've never heard anybody describe an unfolding home crisis as “minor.” Maybe with the passage of time and the ability to compare one home maintenance crisis to another, this day will come. But when you're in the midst of one, the emotional and financial fear consigns them all to one category: crisis. Make a point of taking care of six home maintenance tasks as soon as possible. Ignoring them can trigger a crisis that most homeowners say, in retrospect, could have been averted.

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The Benefits of Using Roofing Felt During Your Roof Replacement

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Roofing felt is a material that’s commonly used during a roof replacement, but unless you’re a roofer, you may not realize the benefits that this material provides. The following covers some common questions about roofing felt, including what it is and its benefits:

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Evidence Mounts that Solar Energy Is a Smart Financial Investment

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If you're considering installing rooftop solar panels on your home, you may have noticed that the line blurs between need and want. You may need to save up to 40 percent on your electric bill and want to reduce your carbon footprint and the dependency on your utility company. But, if you're wondering how the installation will affect your home's value, take heart. Evidence continues to mount that a solar energy system is one smart financial investment.

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It Isn’t Pretty: Here’s What Happens if You Don’t Clean Your Gutters During Roof Maintenance

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Do you know the best way to maintain your home’s gutters? Regular roof maintenance and inspections!

Gutters are an important part of your roofing system. Designed to protect your home from serious water damage, keeping them clean and in good working order is often put on the back burner or altogether forgotten. Don’t be lulled into thinking everything’s fine just because there’s still rain water running from them or they don’t appear to be clogged.

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The Big Residential Roof Debate: Is Flat or Pitched Better?

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Are you planning to add a new roof to your home, garage or both? If so, which residential roof do you think is best – flat or pitched? While a flat roof would not at first seem a great idea, there are times it’s actually a better solution. Before you decide, take the time to learn the difference between the two and why one over the other might be your best choice.

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Beating the Heat: Are Clay or Porcelain Roof Tiles Best Choice?

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For many homeowners, the roof is an afterthought. Well, at least until it starts to leak! But your roof doesn’t just keep you dry during those 20 or so days a year that Las Vegas sees rain. There are also about 3820 hours, or 160 days, of sunshine during the same time. That’s a lot of heat!

At First Quality Roofing & Insulation, we are often asked: “Which roof tiles are best for absorbing heat and keeping a house cooler, porcelain or clay?” While porcelain has its advantages, including great water resistance and a good level of heat absorption, clay tiles are the best absorber of heat, and have been for centuries. If you’re looking to replace your home’s existing roof, read on for why clay may be your best choice.

 

 

 

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Up on the Roof: Why Roofing Shingles Feel Like Sandpaper

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Have you ever wondered why a cat’s tongue is so rough? It’s to help the furry feline survive. The tongue’s tiny bumps have 2 main purposes: they make it easier to hold onto prey and are efficient little tools for grooming.

Just like a cat’s tongue, roofing shingles feel like sandpaper for reasons that help your house survive: providing fire resistance, repelling water, and protecting the surface from harmful UV rays. They also help control the interior temperature, which is extra nice during Las Vegas’ heat waves!

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Tile Roofs vs. Shingles: What’s the Big Difference for Your Roof Replacement?

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Are you in the market for a roof replacement ? If you’re like most people, your first thought is shingles. But traditional asphalt shingles aren’t your only option. Many Las Vegas area homeowners choose tile roofs instead.

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Why it Usually Pays to Buy, Not Lease, Your Solar Energy Installation

Man on roof solar energy installationIf the First Quality Roofing & Insulation team has heard the sales pitches from companies hoping to lease solar panels to Las Vegas residents, we assume you have, too. Before you do anything rash, be sure to gather all the facts. In most cases, leasing isn't the smarter choice. As Consumer Reports puts it, “Buying solar panels requires an investment and more decision-making than leasing, but over the long term the benefits of owning your system are hard to beat.”

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Roof Maintenance Tips to Prevent Wind Damage and Roof Repairs

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High winds can cause a great deal of damage to your home’s roof. It is impossible to predict when high winds may occur, so it is important to ensure that your roof is properly maintained to avoid the need for roof repairs in the future. These tips will help you protect your home’s roof from high wind damage:

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Why it Pays to Schedule an Inspection for Roof Leaks

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As any experienced and professional roofer knows, a roof leak is serious business. As a homeowner, you should never procrastinate about finding the source of a leak; it always requires immediate repair! Left unattended, even for a short time, water can quickly damage your entire house. Mildew and mold, slips and fall hazards, and serious structural damage are just several of the potentially far-reaching issues that can occur from even a small leak.

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Roofing Schemes: How to Protect Yourself and Find a Reputable Roofing Contractor

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Your roof protects your home from rain and other elements, and when it’s properly installed using high-quality materials, it should last for decades. While some companies are honest and well-qualified to perform a roof leak repair or roof replacement, others may be out to scam you by performing shoddy work or even stealing your money.

The following are some common roofing scams, so you can learn to avoid them and instead get your roofing work done by a reputable company:

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Upgrades to Take Advantage of in Your New Home - Including Attic Insulation

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During new home construction, the number of upgrades and options that are available can be overwhelming. The costs of these upgrades can add up quickly, so deciding which things to include in the initial construction and which can wait until a later remodel is important. When planning out your new home construction, here are a few upgrades you shouldn’t skimp on.

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The Best Time for a Roof Inspection is Now

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Spring is a time of renewal in the Las Vegas area, as temperatures begin to climb, and homeowners gear up to prepare their homes, landscaping, and backyard pools for the season ahead. It's also a great time to have a reputable roofing company assess the condition of your roof to identify any areas of damage, or signs that you may need a roof replacement or roof repair.

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3 Ways You Can Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly

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Taking steps to make your home more environmentally friendly is not only good for the environment but also for your wallet. You may have to pay some money up front, but these types of home improvements have the potential to save you money month after month on your power bill. And in some cases, you may even be able to receive rebates or tax credits to help you pay for your improvements.

The following are three ways to make your home environmentally friendly that you’ll want to consider:

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Is it Better to Replace or Reface Outdated Cabinets for Your Kitchen Makeover?

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Kitchens are not only the most often used room in the home, but the one that can most often make or break a sale according to its size and condition. Whether you're considering selling your home in the near future or would like to freshen up this vital space for your own pleasure, a kitchen makeover can add significant value to your investment. 

As one of the most vital and hardworking components of your overall kitchen design, cabinetry can change the entire look and feel of the room. The question is, is it better to replace or reface kitchen cabinets? Read on to learn the pros and cons of each, in order to make an informed decision that's right for you and your family. 

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(The Best) Home Warranties Provide Peace of Mind

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First Quality Roofing & Insulation has repaired and replaced hundreds of roofs, and we've fixed even more roof and water heater leaks.

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5 Tips for Converting Your Attic into Extra Living Space

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With a little inspiration you can turn your home’s unfinished attic into a beautiful master suite, home office, or bedroom/playroom for the kids.

Whether you have a growing family, have just downsized but need some extra room for visits from the grandkids, or want a dedicated home office, one way to do it is by converting your home’s attic to livable space.

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Easy Ways to Up Your Roof’s Eco-Friendly Status

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Looking for ways to make your roof more environmentally friendly? Great news! It’s never been easier to do your part for the world around you. From sustainable roofing materials to simple hacks that reduce your roof’s ecological impact, you have more options than ever before. Here’s how to do your part in making the world a greener and healthier place.

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Organize Your Home in Under an Hour a Day With These Home Maintenance Tips

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Today's households are busier than ever before, between work, school, sports, and other extra-curricular activities. The time that remains is better spent with friends and family, with little left for cleaning and organization. This can quickly lead to a home which is overrun with piles, to-do lists, and clutter—but the good news is that with just an hour or less each day, you can restore order from this chaos and get your home back on track. Here are some of our favorite tried and true home maintenance tips to help get you started.

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Nail Down Which Energy-efficient Home Improvements Pay You Back

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There was a time when being included on a top 10 list meant that people were going to laugh when they found out why.

But Remodeling magazine's 31st annual “Cost vs. Value Report” is no laughing matter. It compares the costs of 20 of the most popular remodeling projects in 100 American cities with how much estate professionals believe those projects will improve a home’s value at resale time.

The average payback ranged from a high of 98.3 percent to a low of 47.6 percent. And for the first time, roof replacement cracked the top 10. By all indications, the installation of solar panels cannot be far behind.

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Why It Pays To Have A Roofing Contractor Handle Your Solar Panel Installation

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Solar panel installation can seem like a complex process. From choosing your panels to having your roof evaluated, there are a lot of people involved. On the other hand, when you choose a qualified roofing contractor to install your solar panels, you'll not only streamline the process, but your overall results will also be better. Here's what you need to know about choosing a roofer for solar panel installation.

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How To Determine If Your Home Has Sufficient Attic Insulation

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Regardless of whether or not you've noticed a draft in your Las Vegas home, installing additional attic insulation can make your home more energy efficient and result in savings. Often times, older homes don't have as much insulation than newer ones, and even recently built homes aren't always properly insulated. 

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Weatherize Your Home Before Summer to Save Energy and Save Money

weatherize-your-home-to-save-energy-and-moneyThere's a lot to be said for having the wind at your back – unless, of course, you're standing in your home and realize that the wind is coming from a drafty window.

Consider it a wake-up call to weatherize your home – a two-step process that requires applying caulk and weather-stripping to problem spots before First Quality Roofing & Insulation makes your home airtight with insulation. Spring is the ideal time for such a project, before summer arrives and the hot, outdoor air descends on Las Vegas and wreaks havoc with your utility bills.

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Love Vinegar as a Home Maintenance Cleaner? These Tips Will Make You Love it Even More!

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That spray bottle makes you an easy mark. You may even have multiple bottles: one for your kitchen, one for your bathroom and one “floater” bottle that you tote around your home when you're in home maintenance mode.

Let people laugh if they will, but you know: white vinegar is one of nature's most potent cleaners– putting virtually any store-bought (and chemically infested) product to a dirty shame. The acidity in vinegar enables it to cut through dirt, grease, food residue, grime, glue, soap scum and virtually any household stain. It's a world-class glass cleaner, leaving no chalky residue in its wake. And combined with baking soda and a little water, it can assume super-cleaner powers, lifting even red wine and pets' urine stains.

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What Does A Homeowner Need To Do To Prepare For Solar Energy Panel Installation?

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Solar panels make a lot of sense. 

They can save you thousands of dollars a month in energy costs, they might make you eligible to earn a tax credit, and they help protect the environment. 

And that's just a few of the benefits of having solar energy panels installed on your house. 

With such an upside, it's no not a surprise that so many Americans are installing solar energy panels on their homes. But solar energy is still a relatively new technology, which means many might think installation is complicated and beyond their reach. 

It's not. 

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Why Homeowners Are Turning to Tile Roofs

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People often describe tile roofs as “beautiful,” “eye-catching” and “stunning.” Many have found there is more to these roofs than meets the eye. If you're in need of a roof replacement this spring or summer, consider the following reasons this roofing option is becoming increasingly popular.

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How a Home Energy Audit Can Save You Money

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The average U.S. household spends over $2,000 a year on utility bills. A home energy audit helps you battle any energy waste and ensures the systems in your home are operating safely and at peak performance. When you schedule a home energy audit, you’re making a smart choice to improve the comfort in your home while lowering your energy bills. If you suspect your utility costs are too high, a professional energy advisor can help you identify long-term cost-saving solutions.

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What You Need to Know About Landlord Insurance When You Rent Your Home Out

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You may decide to rent your home if you’ve had trouble selling it and need to go ahead and move. Or you might have moved into a bigger home or downsized into a smaller one and decided to rent your original home. You may assume that your homeowners’ insurance will cover your former residence. That’s probably not the case, however.

The following are some questions and answers to help you know when homeowners insurance may not apply and when you need to get landlord insurance:

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Size Up the Benefits of Metal - Yes, Metal - Roofs for Your Roof Replacement

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People in the market for a roof replacement spot the reddish-orange material on homes throughout Las Vegas, often topping a bay window.

“What is that awesome-looking roofing material?” they want to know when they call First Quality Roofing & Insulation. We sometimes wish we could reach through the phone line and offer an aspirin, such is the usually startled reaction to our answer: That's a metal roof, and it's becoming more popular in Las Vegas as people size up the benefits.

You can, too, as soon as you realize that metal – once the near-exclusive domain of barns and sheds – has made the leap to homes. It makes a fine topper on the Tuscan, Pueblo, Mediterranean, Spanish and Tudor styles that dominate the city's landscape. Metal roofs also outlast other roofing materials, and they are energy efficient and durable, repel outdoor fire and go easy on the environment.

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What to Do when a Tree Falls and Causes Roof Damage

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Sometimes it can be a good thing that people have short memory spans. But if you ask the Las Vegas residents whose homes and roofs were damaged by last spring's record-breaking winds, they will tell you to remember 2017 – and take notes.

The storms, which stirred up peak winds of 84 mph near Summerlin, cracked street poles in half, ripped the roofs off homes, overturned 16-wheel trucks and uprooted trees, sending them crashing into homes. Caught off-guard, the affected residents learned the hard way what to do when a tree falls onto their home. But you don't have to – if you follow the action steps they learned with the team that helped them repair the roof damage: First Quality Roofing & Insulation.

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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

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You can't possibly do everything in one weekend. After all, you have only two hands.

But it sure helps to have a checklist at your side as you tackle the spring home maintenance tasks that will help ensure the exterior of your home is safe and ready for the busy months ahead.

Put an annual 14-point roof inspection from First Quality Roofing & Insulation near the top of your list and we'll also check your gutters – an important task on the “heavy lifting” portion of your to-do list.

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Should You Trim or Remove Trees for Solar Panels?

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Like a growing number of Americans, you may be interested in having solar panels installed on your home. You love the idea of generating your own electricity while slashing your utility bill and doing your part to preserve natural resources. There's just one problem: you love the trees in your backyard, too. They provide shading in the summer and help keep your home cool, which helps keep your utility bills in check. However, the branches and leaves block sunlight from your roof, and since you know that direct sunlight produces the most energy for solar panels, you're in the midst of a full-on quandary: should you trim or remove trees for solar panels?

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Roofing Color Trends for 2018 Roof Replacements

Many people want their home to blend in, not stand out, on a block. Then there are those homeowners who abandon convention and make design choices that are bolder and more daring. If you belong to the latter group and you're mulling color choices for a new roof for your roof replacement, the verdict on 2018 roofing color trends from the Metal Roofing Alliance is in.

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Common Roofing Problems

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As with many of our essential home systems, roofing systems can be prone to a variety of issues. However, if you catch roofing problems when they first arise, you can and save money in the long-run as early repair is much less expensive than replacing a roof that wasn't properly tended to. The following is a quick look at a few of the more common roofing problems that all homeowners should be mindful of:

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Prevent Roof Leaks Easily with Regular Gutter Cleaning

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It hasn't rained in weeks, so you know your roof isn't flooded with water, and you know you don't have to worry about ice dams since Las Vegas winter temperatures rarely drop below the 40s. So what is causing your roof leak? Chances are, your gutters are clogged with leaves, twigs, mud, or other debris. When your gutters are clogged, they are unable to catch rain water and even the smallest amount can build up on your roof and begin leaking into your home.

It's time to clean your gutters. Homeowners should have their gutters cleaned at least twice a year. This will prevent a roof leak no matter what the weather forecast.

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Top 5 Benefits of Blown in Attic Insulation

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Summer is fast approaching in Las Vegas, bringing with it higher temperatures and even higher electric bills. If you find yourself turning on the AC far too often during the summer, the problem may lie with your attic insulation. Too little insulation leads to uneven temperatures between rooms in your home and results in expensive cooling bills. Blown in attic insulation can improve the overall performance of your heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

Blown in insulation involves blowing loose-fill insulation into your attic using an electric blower unit. The insulation is commonly made with fiberglass, cellulose or both.

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Prevent the Need for Roof Repairs with Proper Ventilation

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Your roof needs ventilation so that moisture does not accumulate and damage the rafters, insulation and shingles or trigger a mold outbreak. Avoid the need for roof repairs by allowing your roof to breathe. Proper ventilation is an essential aspect of roof maintenance.

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What the Burglars Don't Want You to Know (or Prepare for)

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To best protect against thieves, you have to think like a thief. Understanding how they think and what they look for when surveying homes will help you understand what steps to take to keep yours from becoming a target. The following home security tips will help you think like a burglar:

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The Air-Tight Seal of Spray Foam Insulation in Las Vegas Can Lower Your Utility Bills

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This is the time of year Las Vegas residents should be enjoying a break from the heat and high utility bills. If your bills have gone up, the cause could be one of many things. In all likelihood, your home is plagued by gaps, cracks and holes in potentially dozens of nooks and crannies, starting with your attic. The remedy to this loss of air may be simpler than you think, and it may come in the form of spray foam insulation in Las Vegas.

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Roof Problems: Common Cries for Help

roof problems roof leaks.jpgYou don't have to take a course in Home Ownership 101 to know that water streaming from a second-floor ceiling signifies a leak in your roof. But your roof doesn't have to be leaking water to be waging a bid for your attention. Remain alert to six other roof problems that warrant a call to the professionals.

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Add Up the Many Benefits of Solar Panels

add-up-the-many-benefits-of-solar-panels.jpgSome of what you've heard about solar panels is probably true, especially the part about how it usually takes several years to recoup the initial investment.

In this way, solar panels are no different from other “big-ticket” items in your home, such as your furnace and air conditioner. It can take several years to recoup the initial outlay for these purchases, too.

First Quality Roofing & Insulation installs solar panels at homes and businesses throughout Las Vegas and knows that there are other, money-saving benefits, that they deliver from day one. Consider:

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Roof Maintenance is a Vital Part of Proper Roof Care

roof-maintenance.jpgTaking care of your home's roof can make a huge difference in how long the roof lasts, and how much money you'll spend to make updates and repairs over time. Below, we're sharing tips for roof maintenance and seasonal care, to keep your home in shape throughout the year.

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Homes with Solar Panels Sell for More and Sell Faster, Studies Show

 

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If you have experience selling a home, then you probably also have experience with the return on your investment for certain home improvements.

You can expect to recoup between about 54 and 70 percent of your costs if you install a backup power generator or backyard patio or if you remodel a basement or bathroom, says Remodeling magazine. Install attic insulation and expect a payback so amazing that it took the magazine's editors – and the team at First Quality Roofing & Insulation – by surprise: a 107 percent return on investment.

Today, a new category of home improvements is clamoring for attention: solar panels, also known as rooftop photovoltaics, that soak up the sun. Whether you install them with resale value in mind or because you want to reduce your monthly electric bill by as much as 40 percent, studies show that your sunny outlook is more than justified.

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Save Big by Going Solar with First Quality Solar Panels

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Las Vegas residents usually enjoy sunshine 85 percent of the time. This means that Las Vegas residents bask in sunshine more than 3,800 hours a year, making the city one of the sunniest in the United States. This sunny news bulletin underscores why Las Vegas homes are ideal hosts for solar panels, which come with several additional benefits.

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The Importance of Understanding Your Roof Repair Contract

 

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Your roofing contract is the key to ensuring a job done to your satisfaction. On the other hand, many homeowners are confused or intimidated by contracts, and aren't sure what they're signing. We want our customers to be comfortable every step of the way, and that begins with understanding the contract. Here's what you need to know before you sign.

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Things You Never Knew about Solar Energy

 

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You may not think that solar energy is the coolest scientific phenomenon around, but there's no disputing that it's one of the cleanest, most renewable and most sustainable resources in the world.

By harnessing the natural energy of the sun, solar panels can produce electricity to power everything in your home that depends on electricity.

The First Quality Roofing & Insulation team enjoys spreading the word about solar energy – and not only because we install solar systems in homes and businesses throughout Las Vegas. Sometimes, the more you learn about solar energy, the more you may be inclined to harness it for your benefit. Consider:

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5 Signs Your Home Needs Better Insulation

5 signs your home needs better insulation.jpgDoes your home have enough insulation to protect it from the Las Vegas heat? Winter is a great time to check, especially if you have an older home or you’re not sure your insulation is the right R-Level. When insulation is up to code and properly installed, it can make a big difference for your power bill and indoor comfort. But if it’s insufficient or shifts around over time, your home could be vulnerable to everything from drafts and heat gain to pests, leaks, and mold.

Proper insulation helps maintain a protective seal and regulate indoor temperatures. If you notice any of these five red flags in your home, you may need more – or better – insulation to correct the problem:

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We Now Offer Solar Energy Panel Installation!

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Using solar energy to power your home can cut your electric bill by up to 40 percent. What's more, you'll be doing your part to keep the environment clean and provide a healthier Earth for future generations. If you're ready to put that Las Vegas sun to use, let First Quality Roofing help you get it done.

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Tips for Filing a Roof Damage Claim with Your Insurer

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In most cases, submitting a claim to your insurance company for roof repairs is a simple process. Making sure you’re covered for the roof damage, though, can take a little work. If you need to file a claim with your insurer, follow these steps to ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to

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Which Roofing Materials Are Right for You?

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A roof is just a roof, right? Wrong!

Between different shapes, slants, slopes, and substances, the world of roof materials is a vast place where you can easily get lost. Normally, there are one or two materials that are better for your particular roof than any other option. That's all well and good, but without a great guide, you may find yourself in a sea of confusing construction.

Fear not! Our team at First Quality Roofing & Insulation will help you understand which roof materials may be best for you.

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Roof Maintenance: 3 Things You Need to Know

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Owning a home is part of the American dream. It can also be one of the most confusing things you'll do in your life. There are so many things to keep tabs on: Which parts need regular maintenance? Who do you hire? How do you know they're doing what they're supposed to be doing

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. Unfortunately, this can also be one of the most neglected parts of a house, as it's rather out of sight and out of mind for many inexperienced homeowners. The truth is -- total roof replacements can be quite expensive, but proper upkeep and regular repair of broken shingles can help your roof live a long, happy, and cost-effective life.

Here's what you need to know about roof maintenance:

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Stop Burglars in Their Tracks with These 8 Simple Tips

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It's winter in Las Vegas – a time when many homeowners let their guard down about home security.

In fact, burglars are hoping you will. They may be busier during the summer, but they stay active year-round. The FBI reports that a home burglary occurs in America every 18 seconds. More than 90 percent of the time, the homes are empty, strongly suggesting that burglars “watch” a home before making their move. And they move fast, grabbing what they can and taking off in mere minutes.

Since First Quality Roofing & Insulation works year-round to keep your home safe and secure, we take special pride in helping our customers burglar-proof their homes. These eight simple home security steps should take only minutes to implement:

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First Quality Debunks “Urban Legend” about Winter Thermostat Settings

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Some household myths have been around so long and have spread so wildly that they're no longer myths; they've become urban legends. One such legend is that homeowners should not dial down their heat before leaving the house during the fall and winter. The thought is that the furnace will have to work harder to warm your house once you return. The warning is clear: a furnace that works harder will cost you more money to operate, so leave that dial where it is before you walk out the door.

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4 Ways to Know if You Need Tile Roof Repair

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Your roof is arguably the most important part of your house. Without a well-kept roof, all other aspects of your home are compromised. There are a number of ways you can tell if you're in need of tile roof repair without subjecting yourself to the dangers involved with crawling around on your roof. Leave the up-close-and-personal inspection to professionals, but do be on the lookout for suspicious activity you can spot from the ground or interior spaces.

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How Does Insulation Work in Your Home

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Insulation is a pretty amazing thing. It keeps your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. So how does insulation work? Here's a look at the science behind insulation and why it is so important for your home.

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Do I Really Need a Roof Repair Permit (Hint: YES!)

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Home and roof repair might not be the most exciting things for Las Vegas homeowners, but they are important jobs that must be done right. From taking out the proper permits to choosing trusted professionals, here's what you need to know to protect you, your home--and your friends.

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Start – Don’t End - Your Search for Roofing Companies with a Referral

 

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It's probably the most misconstrued piece of advice that one homeowner imparts to another: “Get a referral.”

As the premier roofing company in Las Vegas, First Quality Roofing & Insulation understands the value of referrals. Our good name and reputation for quality work have spread like wildfire because of them.

Gathering a few referrals is a fine place to begin your search for the best roofer in town. But a few names put you only at the starting line. Make sure that you schedule six other stops before you reach the finish line.

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Insulation R Value: Let's Take it From the Top

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By keeping expensive treated air inside where it belongs, insulation is the best way to keep your Las Vegas home comfortable and efficient all year long. Choosing the right insulation can be tricky, and the job comes with its own lingo that can leave many homeowners scratching their heads. Here's what you need to know about insulation R Value so you can make the right choice for your home.

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Maintain Your Las Vegas Home Insulation with this Pre-Winter Checklist

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Nevada is known to have a welcoming climate. For people who love sunny, hot summers, nothing is better than this desert environment. When the calendar shifts to the winter season, we don't have to deal with the stress of snow or ice-packed roadways. However, that doesn't mean you should neglect your Las Vegas home insulation elements.

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They look great, but trees can damage your roof in 5 ways

Shaded_House.jpgYou don't have to be a forester to appreciate how trees can add value to a home. Shorter trees can frame a home like an exquisite picture while tall ones can create a graceful canopy. And all types of trees can add to your home's monetary value and make it more attractive to home buyers.

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Eco-Friendly Roofs That Protect Your Family and the Planet

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If you’re a homeowner who loves the idea of reducing your environmental footprint, there are no shortage of ideas you can adopt around the house. From replacing your old appliances with energy efficient models to installing low-flow shower heads, there are many ways to improve your family’s lifestyle while being friendly to Mother Earth.

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Kitchen Science: How to Clean Kitchen Drains with Baking Soda and Vinegar

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Baking soda can work wonders on smelly and clogged drains. Mixed with a little vinegar, it often works better than any harsh chemical commercial product. Try one or more of these methods as part of your regular home maintenance routine and keep your drains fresh and free-flowing!

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Dress Up Your Home for the Seasons

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Does your house feel a little too plain or outdated? There’s no time like autumn to make your space look and feel more inviting. Whether you want to improve your curb appeal or make your living room feel cozier, some simple home maintenance updates will go a long way towards transforming your house into a holiday-ready home. Before guests arrive for holiday celebrations, just take a day or two to update the spaces that are front and center.

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Steps to Take After a Roof Disaster

Roof_Repair_Needed.jpgA roof disaster is certainly an unexpected and stressful situation, and it can be hard to sort out what to do first.

The following guide will help you know how to handle unexpected roof repairs or a roof replacement and get the help you need:

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Planting a Tree without Increasing Your Las Vegas Home Maintenance Costs

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There are many benefits of having a tree in your yard Trees help purify the air and provide shade that helps cool your house. They also enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property by adding color and creating a focal point. Many people are daunted by the thought of planting a tree because they think it increases the need for Las Vegas home maintenance when, in actuality, a tree that is planted correctly requires very little upkeep.

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Help Regulate Your Home Insulation by Choosing the Right Windows

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When shopping for windows, it's important to consider your home’s location, as well as where the windows are located within your house. These factors will help you determine which type of window is right for your home. Your windows significantly affect your home insulation, so it is crucial to make sure you are choosing the right ones.

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It's Not Magic, But These Tips Will Make a Room Look Magically Bigger

Most homes have one: a room that looks small and worse, feels small, no matter how vigilant you are about keeping furniture to a minimum and reducing clutter.

This is when you know it's time to turn to some interior design experts, who know that certain surefire tips translate well to every room in a home. These tips aren't magic, but the result may feel magical by the time you make it even halfway down this list:

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7 Tools You'll Need for Your Home Renovation Projects

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If you’re a do-it-yourselfer who’s planning home renovations projects in Las Vegas, you’ll need to have the right tools for the job. Trying to make do without the proper equipment can waste time and money and make the job a lot harder than it has to be. You may even end up making a potentially dangerous mistake.

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Hurry-up Curb Appeal Projects When Time's-A-Wastin'

 

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When someone you hope to impress is on their way over, you need some hurry-up home maintenance projects to improve your home's curb appeal. Keep in mind: having the right tools on hand will help, so you might have to parse this short list. But this move will just give you something to look forward to next week, when you can further revel in how just a little money and elbow grease can make your front entryway worth a double-take. Consider:

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Leafing Las Vegas: Fall Lawn Care Tips for Nevada's Desert Landscape

Lawnmower.jpgWhen the seasons change, your entire routine tends to get a makeover, too. You may be surprised to learn that autumn can actually be the key to a lush, green landscape right in your own front yard (literally!)

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Think Like a Mouse, Move Like a Spider to Stop Fall Pests in Their Tracks

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It's fall, and pests are on the move – trying to find a way into your home, where it's safe and warm.

They're not dumb, but they're counting on you to be lackadaisical about home maintenance in Las Vegas so they can cause you all kinds of grief, including:

  • Getting into your food
  • Spreading their germs and disease (mice can trigger salmonella while cockroaches can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms)
  • Chewing on your clothing, drapes, bedding and wires (though they prefer cotton)
  • Gnawing at and eating through wood (to keep their teeth sharp)
  • Blocking pipes and water lines (because they're thirsty)

You have have to think like a mouse and move like a spider to stop fall pests in their tracks. Begin by being extra vigilant about housekeeping before moving on to some proactive strategies – straight from the pros at First Quality Roofing & Insulation.

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In the Doghouse? Gutter Cleaning is a Great Way to Get Out

 

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Gutter cleaning isn’t difficult, but because it involves using a ladder, it requires planning and a commitment to safety. The roof repair professionals at First Quality Roofing & Insulation highly recommend that one person removes leaves, twigs and other debris while someone else holds the ladder. Gutter cleaning should never be a one-person job.

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Signs that point to the need for more home insulation

If you like “playing detective,” then determining if your home needs more insulation will be right up your alley.

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Questions to Ask When You're Talking to Local Roofing Contractors

questionstoask.jpgEven if you’re handy around the house, roofing isn’t a job that you should try to tackle yourself. Finding experienced, reliable local roofing contractors can help ensure that the work is done properly and that your roof will protect your home for years to come.

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Lower your electric bill, not your comfort level

No one would suggest that you forgo air conditioning in the Las Vegas heat. But with cooler temperatures finally on the horizon, you probably will be using your air conditioner much less.

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Tame Your Energy Bills With Blown-In Insulation

SavingEngery.jpgAt First Quality Roofing & Insulation, we're used to working with many shadows on the wall. But some of these shadows don't come from objects; they come from people – our valued customers who “shadow” us as we go about our work.

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6 Steps to Help You Get a New Roof Estimate

Contract.jpgA new roof is a significant investment that – when it’s properly installed using quality materials – should last for years. Getting an estimate for a new roof requires a little research, but it’s an important step to ensure that the work is done properly and for the price you expect.

The following are 6 guidelines to help you get a new roof estimate:

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Rather than replacing your roof, restoring it may cover you nicely

If you live in your home long enough, a replacement is probably inevitable. A sagging or hole-riddled roof can pose a life-safety hazard, not to mention cause damage to the interior of your home.

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5 Tips to Help Prepare Your Home for Fall

As fall approaches, it’s the perfect time to take care of a few home maintenance tasks. Many require only a small investment of time and money, and they’ll help keep your home safe, comfortable, and in good condition as the weather changes.

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How to Find Hidden Storage Spaces in Your Home

Additional storage space is at the top of bigstock-Entering-The-Living-Space-Of-A-143649017.jpgjust about any homeowner’s wish list. No matter how big your closets may look, there just never seems to be enough room for everything. Finding more storage space is essential if you want to reduce clutter and stay organized. And if your home is on the smaller side, you really have to get creative. If you’re looking to maximize the amount of storage space in your home, here are four creative and hidden storage solutions.

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Mitigate Move-In Worries With These 6 tips

cardboard boxes in high detail - isolated over a white background.jpegWell-intentioned friends may be warning you “you won't know what to do first” after you move into your new home.

But you know better: after months of thinking, planning, buying, measuring and envisioning, you probably know exactly what you want to do. If you're like many new homeowners, it's a pet project that will instantly bond you to your new home.

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Banish Bathroom Mold – for Good

Keep telling yourself until you believe it the-best-way-to-clean-a-mirror-vinegar-solution.jpgand let yourself off the hook: “I am NOT a bad housekeeper. I just need to be more vigilant in the future.”

With this simple mantra, you will have taken your first step toward banishing mold in your bathroom – for good.

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You Can Do It! Program Your Thermostat, Insulate and Watch the Savings Add Up

Like many people, you may think the bigstock-Saving-Money-From-Heating-Home-92061596.jpgniftiest invention of the 21st century is the cell phone.

But the U.S. Department of Energy would make a strong case for programmable thermostats. The problem is, many homeowners are reluctant to install them because they are uncertain about how the thermostats work.

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Las Vegas Roof Replacement: What You Need to Know

common-roof-problems.jpgWhen you need a new roof, you’ll want to find out what you should know to make the right decisions and make sure the process goes smoothly. From guidance on what color of roofing material to choose to how to prepare for the roofers, First Quality Roofing & Insulation has compiled a free guide containing everything you need to know.

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How to Get the Information You Need About Las Vegas Roof Repair

Your roof is one of the most important bigstock-Damaged-Roof-Shingles-Repair-7268829.jpgparts of your home, since it provides vital protection to every part of it. It’s easy to not give your roof much thought – until it starts to develop problems. You’ll then have plenty of questions and will want to get all the information you need to make the best possible decision.

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First Quality Debunks Common Myths About Insulation

home-insulation.jpgLike urban legends, myths often persist because they contain a germ of truth. The problem is that germ becomes the focal point and overwhelms the rational and sensible elements of a statement of fact.

The First Quality Roofing & Insulation team hears many myths about insulation as we visit customers' homes and install quality attic insulation in Las Vegas. Rather than focus on how these fallacies got started, we simply provide the facts and debunk the myths – typical of our let's-get-down-to-business way. The five most common myths about insulation that you, too, may heard are:

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Why People are Talking About Mineral Wool Insulation

bigstock--175254931.jpgIt has been around for decades and though its manufacturing process sounds rough and caustic, it can be downright graceful in its application.

It is mineral wool insulation, "made by melting basalt stone and recycled slag from steel mills and then spinning it into fiber that is formed into batts and boards." It is used in Canada, Europe and China and it show signs of becoming more widely available in the United States. Here's why: 

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Size Up These 7 Ingenious Kitchen Storage Ideas

You can relax; that smoke streaming from bigstock-Well-organized-Kitchen-Interio-94801145.jpgyour kitchen is coming from your heels, not your oven.

When you're on the move at this pace – packing lunches, making dinner and otherwise performing functions of a short-order cook – you know it's the little organizational details that can put more octane in your step. Consider these seven ingenious kitchen storage ideas, all of which require nominal assembly:

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Cool Home Renovation Projects You Can Do Right Now

You don't have to knock down walls to las-vegas-home-insulation-where-your-home-leaks.jpgrenovate your home, and with temperatures in Las Vegas giving you enough to sweat about, who would want to anyway?

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Common Roofing Issues: 5 Things You Need to Know

The importance of a well-maintained roof tile_roofer_in_las_vegas.jpgcannot be stressed enough. This protective layer of your house is responsible for keeping the elements out while keeping comfortable temperatures and healthy air in. Even the best roofs, however, are susceptible to damage over time. It is essential to provide proper, regular care to your roof to ensure durability and damage prevention.

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Your Roof May Be Out of Sight, But Keep Maintenance Top-of-Mind

It local_roofing_contractors.jpgcan be difficult enough to maintain the things around your home that you can clearly see. How are you supposed to maintain your roof, which lies out of your line of vision?

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Best Energy-Efficient Upgrades for Your Older Las Vegas Home

energy_conservation.jpgLiving in an older home offers a lot of history and charm, but it usually comes with its share of higher costs, especially with energy usage. Modern heating and cooling systems are far more energy-efficient than those installed in the “old days,” as are windows, roofs and insulation.

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Monsoon Season is Here; Are You Ready?

Monsoon season descended upon Las bigstock--131087405.jpgVegas as suddenly as the sweltering heat – only this dangerous force of nature requires even more caution and preparation.

First Quality Roofing & Insulation knows full well the damage a monsoon can cause a home. But our customers' safety always comes first. It's always safer to be indoors during a monsoon. But you may be caught off-guard and find yourself on the road when one sweeps through town. Allow First Quality prepare you for both scenarios.

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These Tips Can Make Your House Feel More Spacious

fix_a_leaky_roof_in_las_vegas.jpgMost homes have one: a room that looks small and worse, feels small, no matter how vigilant you are about keeping furniture to a minimum and reducing clutter.

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What Kind of Roof Do I Have?

You probably don't think too much about roof_repair_las_vegas.jpgyour roof, but its shape and style along with the finishing materials used that say a lot about your home. Use this guide to common Las Vegas roofing styles to learn about what kind of roof you have.

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So the fur is flying? How to keep a clean home, your pet and your sanity.

bigstock-Group-of-young-pets-isolated-o-133160192.jpgPeople who don't have pets don't know any better, so you'll have to excuse them.

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Even Small Home Improvements in Las Vegas Can Yield a Big Difference

You probably have done the home-improvement-challenges.jpg“squeeze play”: after parking the car in the garage with razor-thin precision, you crack open the car door while taking care not to ding it against garbage and recycling bins. Then you maneuver around a gauntlet of bikes, coolers and tools.

Once safely inside, you rarely look back. And why would you? Most garages are cramped and it doesn't help that they're nothing to feast the eyes upon, either.

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4 Things Every First-Time Home Buyer Needs to Know

new-homeowners.jpgWhen you are buying your first home, there is a big mix of emotions -- it's exciting and intimidating all at once. There's a lot of information to sort through, research and understand to ensure you are making the best decision possible for your future.

You may have asked your friends and co-workers for some first-time home-buying advice, but there are still a few secrets that may have been left off the table.

To help you along your journey, be sure to keep these suggestions in mind, too.

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9 Quick and Easy Ideas to Add Curb Appeal to Your Las Vegas Home

Keeping its exterior in tip-top shape addsbigstock-A-perfect-neighborhood-Houses-167769962.jpg to a house’s curb appeal, enhances the neighborhood and gives you renewed enjoyment and pride in the place you call home. Aside from the obvious fixes, like landscaping, pulling weeds and general clean-up, here are nine curb appeal ideas anyone can do to make their home more attractive to passersby.

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Feel the heat? Home Insulation in Las Vegas Can Cool Your Home & Utility Bills.

You might blame the people who attic_insulation_options.jpgdilly-dally as they walk through the door, bringing gusts of hot air along with them.

You can doubt the veracity of your air conditioner, which, if it's at least 10 years old, may not be cooling your home as efficiently as it once did. You can even curse the sun – the origin of your discomfort.

But if you're truly bewildered by why your home feels warmer than usual this year, don't overlook the possibility your home may need an infusion of wall insulation.

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Discover 6 Simple Storage Solutions When you Repurpose With Purpose

Linguistics experts say you should bigstock--174183331.jpg“never say 'never,'” but in all the years First Quality Roofing & Insulation has been in business and all the Las Vegas houses we've worked in, we have never heard a homeowner say he or she has too much storage.

In fact, we often hear homeowners express a wish for more storage, making the best use of the space they have and by using items they already have on hand. It's called repurposing, and First Quality knows first-hand the value of this Las Vegas home improvement skill since we too, must organize the many tools of our trade in the trucks we dispatch to our customers' homes. Here are six simple storage solutions you'll want to put to good use today:

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No Insulation? That's a Problem.

Insulation is just for homes that las_vegas_attic_insulation_depth.jpgexperience cold winters, right? Not so fast! While insulation is usually associated with keeping a house warm, it does just as much to keep your house cool and if you live in Las Vegas, you know that keeping a home cool can be a real problem under the desert sun. Learn why insulation is important in your home, how you can check if your insulation is up to snuff, and how to fix your insulation issues with Las Vegas quality attic insulation. 

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Avert These 5 Home Disasters With These Tips

bigstock-Home-Project-1974158.jpgEveryone knows that people are prone to exaggeration, so how can you tell if someone has truly suffered a home “disaster”? Put their description of the event through a criterion sifter and ask yourself:

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Protect Your Family by Creating a Home Emergency Plan

If you've ever visited a fire department bigstock--125818544.jpgwhen a call comes in – or even watched such a scene on TV – then you know how people move speedily, with purpose and precision. They don't flinch or even hesitate and the explanation can be found in one word: training.

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5 Water-Related Tasks You'll Regret if You Forget

Those people who say “you should go bigstock-Male-Plumber-Fixing-Sink-In-Ki-119469050.jpgthrough life with no regrets” have probably never incurred water damage from an appliance or fixture.

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You'll Regret it if You Forget These 5 Household Tasks

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Eventually, every homeowner learns how toprioritize maintenance tasks. And most often, the ones that rise to the top the fastest are the ones we once dismissed as trivial or unimportant.

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How to Keep Your Las Vegas Summer Home Cool – and Your Energy Bills Under Control.

No one has to remind you that some bigstock-Saving-Money-From-Heating-Home-92061596.jpgtriple-digit-temp days lie ahead, so you're always on the lookout for ways to better manage your energy bills.

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4 Ways to Repair Your Home While Saving Money

Every house requires a certain amount ofsave-money.jpg repairs and upkeep to keep it in good shape. But although home repair projects may seem like a financial drain, many of them can actually save you money – either when you do the job yourself or by improving the function and efficiency of your home. If you’re looking to find ways to save money while updating your home, here are a few projects you can try.

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Whip Your Summer Home Into Shape With This Checklist

bigstock--150407756.jpgYour Las Vegas summer home probably is a refuge and your home away from home, but it's “funny” sometimes how much it can resemble your home base, too.

This is a good thing, especially when it comes to maintenance. After acquiring so much experience in managing and maintaining your primary home, you're smart enough to know you cannot possibly tackle every project at your Las Vegas summer home at the same time. You have to prioritize projects by urgency.

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Slay Your Air Conditioner's Biggest Enemy – Dirt – In Two Steps

Your air conditioner is probably the most bigstock-Air-Conditioning-Repairman--70043.jpgcomplex piece of machinery you own, next to your vehicle. Despite all it high-tech functions, it responds in dramatic style to small but pesky influences: dust and dirt.

In fact, a big buildup of dust and dirt can cause your air conditioner to stage a form of revolt by shutting down. Many Las Vegas home maintenance tasks invariably come down to cleaning and this one is no different. Attack dirt in two ways to keep your air conditioner running smoothly this summer:

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How to Prevent Weeds From Growing in Your Yard

For every Las Vegas resident who looks bigstock-View-Of-A-Woman-s-Hand-Hoeing--184040173.jpgforward to summer and the prospect of a green lawn, there is another who dreads the reality of the weeds that follow.

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Best Practices for DIY Home Staging

Getting ready to sell your house? You’ve bigstock-Interior-Design-Of-New-Decorat-138341015.jpgprobably heard that some proper home staging, like giving walls a fresh coat of paint, fixing obvious flaws and decluttering, can help you appeal to a wider group of buyers and sell your home more quickly. In fact, staged homes sell about 90% more quickly and realize nearly 20%  more than un-staged ones. Experts estimate that for every $100 a seller spends in staging, they realize $400. In other words, staging is a small investment with a great return!

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Why Remodeling Magazine Says Attic insulation is the Best Investment You Can Make in Your Home

We've never said it's an exciting blown_in_attic_insulation.jpghome improvement project.

And we've never said it's the type of project you'll take pictures of when it's finished and post on social media sites.

But we have said attic insulation is one of the most cost-effective improvements you can make, with the potential to save you as much as 15 percent on your energy bills.

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What You Need to Know About Your Las Vegas Attic Insulation

adding_attic_insulation_in_las_vegas.jpgAttic insulation is usually “out of sight, out of mind,” but it can provide important benefits to help you save money while protecting your home.

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Choosing the Right Windows is all About Location, Location, Location

In real estate, it's all about location, bigstock-A-perfect-neighborhood-Houses-167769962.jpglocation, location--and the same is true when it comes to choosing the right windows for home. 

When buying windows, it's important to consider where your house is located as well as where the windows are located within your house. Both factors can have significant impact on everything from your home's energy efficiency, to comfort and to curbside appeal. 

If you're in the market for new windows, take a look at how the location can and should help determine which windows you buy:

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10 Things You Should Add to Your Cleaning Routine

the-best-way-to-clean-a-mirror-vinegar-solution.jpgYou may disinfect your favorite kitchen sponge in a mixture of bleach and water. Or you may run it through a cycle in the dishwasher. If you're in a real hurry, you might dampen a used sponge before zapping it in the microwave.

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How to Tell If You Are a Frugal Homeowner or a Cheap One

Owning a home can be expensive at save-money.jpgtimes. Saving money where you can is never a bad thing. But, there is a difference between being frugal and being cheap.

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Treating Your Trees Like Part of Your Home

Trees should be part of your home's bigstock--123107651.jpglandscaping.They provide shade that helps cool the house. They offer a focal element in even the smallest yard. They can add a splash of color or blend into the background.

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Inspecting Roof Damage After a Storm

bigstock-Damaged-Roof-Shingles-Repair-7268829.jpgAfter a severe storm blows through Las Vegas, make sure you take the time to inspect your home for any damage. It is simple to check most parts of your home for damage from the ground, but determining if your roof made it through the storm safely requires a closer look.

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7 Ways to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, trips and falls can happen to