Roof Repair or Roof Replacement: Which One Makes Sense?

roof repair or replacement

Probably one of a homeowner’s least favorite things to hear from a contractor is “You need a new roof!”

When does it make sense to just do some repairs, and when do you have to give in and admit that it’s a necessary evil?

As it turns out, many roofers just want to replace a roof entirely and don’t want to be bothered with making repairs.  However, this might not always be the best solution for the homeowner.  Aside from getting multiple opinions, how can you tell which is the best solution for your home?Continue reading…

Tips for Safe Grilling

tips for safe grilling

Who can resist the smell of grilled meats?  Even vegetarians love the taste of vegetables that have those lovely char marks and that smokey flavor.

We at Innovation Construction care about our customers, and we certainly don’t want them to ruin that brand new deck in a grill fire, so we did some research and came up with some great tips for safe grilling.Continue reading…

A Sunroom Provides a Wonderful Extra Space for your Home


Now that the warm weather is finally here, and with such a short summer season, we all want to enjoy it as much as possible.  But it always seems like it gets way too hot, or way too buggy, and we want to enjoy the outdoors without being uncomfortable.  What’s the perfection solution? Well a sunroom, of course!Continue reading…

Plymouth Plumbing and Heating Company

Todd Monska

Are you sick of calling plumbers who won’t return your calls?  Then I have just the guy for you.

Our company has depended on the honest, diligent work of Todd Monska, the owner and “hands on” operator of Mount Pleasant Plumbing and Heating Inc., many times over the last few years. We find his service to be exact and dependable, and Todd has always made himself available to help us when emergencies erupted. Mount Pleasant Plumbing and Heating Inc. has delivered a performance above and beyond my rather high expectations. Todd understands our plumbing and heating needs and service goals and is there to accommodate us any time, day or night.Continue reading…

New Addition for a Lake House

Our latest project was this room addition built under an existing sun room addition to make an in-home office off the finished basement (which we also did!)  Below are comments from the homeowners as well as a slideshow of the project, starting with the current look and going back to the “before” photos.Continue reading…

Better Business Bureau A+ Accredited Builder


Here’s a phrase we’d like to see more often: commitment to honesty, integrity, ethic, and trust.

Local builder Keith Dmytryck has incorporated that thinking into his business and personal dealings for over three decades, and now has achieved professional recognition for that pledge.

That’s worth considering as the best months for home construction unfold.

With the weather playing nice again, you might be thinking this is the year for that sunroom addition. If so, step one is the biggie: who’s going to build this beautiful, light-filled entertainment zone so it’s done right?Continue reading…

Financing for Home Renovations


Looking to get a loan to remodel your home?  Hiring the right contractor might make a difference!

Lending institutions offer some loan programs to qualified contractors for their customers.  By using a qualified, reputable contractor, the bank has more confidence that the work on your home will be done right, and will be completed, resulting in a lower loan risk.Continue reading…

Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency

energy star appliances are part of green construction

There are still federal tax credits available to consumers who purchase certain energy-efficient products.  The Energy Star website has a list of the products that are available for tax credits, and the amounts.  They also note that not all energy efficient products will necessarily qualify.

“ENERGY STAR distinguishes energy efficient products which, although they may cost more to purchase than standard models, will pay you back in lower energy bills within a reasonable amount of time, without a tax credit.”Continue reading…

Algae Streaks on Roofs


You’ve seen them.  Those unsightly black streaks on the roof of an otherwise-beautiful home.  They are not caused by soot from the chimney, as some may believe, but are actually algae that form on the shingles.

Algae grows most often on a roof that is shaded by trees, or on the North side of the home, which receives less sunlight.

Does this black algae shorten the life of a roof? Some say it really has no affect. Others disagree, arguing that the algae actually feeds off of the limestone filler that’s an ingredient in many asphalt shingles.Continue reading…

Increase Cost of Building Materials After a Rough Winter


The building industry cannot escape the law of supply and demand.

Recently there was an article in an online roofing magazine ( reporting a double digit increase in the price of shingles.  The increase is due to the increased demand for shingles in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy.  Imagine the huge number of roofs needing to be replaced after the devastating hurricane.  Manufacturers shipped large supply orders to the east coast, leaving less for the rest of the country.Continue reading…