Spahn & Rose Blog

3 Sure Signs Your Roof Needs to Be Replaced

Your roof is the unsung hero of your home. As the primary shield against the Midwest’s harshest elements, a roof bears the brunt of snow, ice and freezing temperatures in winter. During the spring and summer, it endures blistering heat, rainstorms and high winds.


4 Tips for Storing OSB on the Job Site

With the weather getting colder and wetter, protecting lumber on your job site is more important than ever. Preserving oriented strand board (OSB) means a better overall project—and you’ll save money and time by avoiding having to replace any damaged or wet wood. (more…)

6 Insulation Tips for the Toughest Winters

Midwest winters can be an unforgiving assault of snow, ice and bone-chilling temperatures. Summers in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, meanwhile, offer sizzling, steaming temperatures as the blazing sun beats down. But one thing protects a home from both Midwest weather extremes: insulation. (more…)

6 Ways Contractors and Builders Can Save Money on Job Sites

Contractors and builders know that time equals money. Time spent running back and forth to a store to return unneeded or incorrect building materials is time away from the job site. And unnecessary time spent keeping a site clean or tracking down errant tools means it’ll take longer to complete a project and get paid. (more…)

7 Tips to Maintain Your Sanity During a Home Build or Home Improvement Project

As one of the country’s leading dealers of building materials, Spahn & Rose is uniquely positioned at the point where professional contractors and homeowners meet. Employees at every Spahn & Rose location help contractors, builders and homeowners coordinate projects from bathroom and kitchen renovations to complete new home builds. Here are seven tips to help you keep your sanity intact during your next home improvement project, no matter how big or small.


8 Reasons to Plan Your Ag Steel Building with Spahn & Rose and Metal Sales

This past December, storms with strong winds roared through Iowa. The gusts blew the roof off a number of farmers’ barns, leaving essential machinery and vulnerable livestock exposed to the elements. The next day, Spahn & Rose delivered agricultural steel to many customers, enabling them to protect their vital equipment and animals. (more…)

A Guide to Installing Composite Decking From Fiberon and Trex

Composite decking is a great way to refresh an aging deck or build a new one that will last for decades. As a leading building materials supplier in the Midwest, Spahn & Rose partners with two composite decking suppliers—Fiberon and Trex—to help you design and build your next great outdoor project.