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Seven Ways To Winterize Your Roof This Snowy Season

Winter is a charming season, delivering blankets of snow and holiday treats.  Remembering to winterize your roof will help ensure colder temperatures are free of unnecessary headaches and unplanned repair bills. To help you prepare your residential roofing for the cold months ahead, we’ve put together this 7-step guide that’ll walk you through everything you need to know, from A to Z. 1. Clean The Debris Cleaning your gutters and downspouts is essential to your winter roof maintenance. You should ensure that everything drains properly to keep water from pooling on your roof and in your gutters and spouts. Freezing water expands, leading to cracks in your equipment or foundation. 2. Remove Any Overhanging Trees Ice and snow can add a heavy load to branches, causing them to bend or snap. If they happen to...
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Why Regularly Cleaning Your Gutters is Important

As we head into winter, it’s important to take proper care of your roof in order to avoid damage and leaks. The Impact Gutters Have on Your Roof Gutters aren’t just about curb appeal, nor are they just a nuisance that gathers leaves, birds, and rodents. Your roof sees its fair share of precipitation, and all that water needs to go somewhere. Your gutters’ job is ensuring it goes where you want it — away from your house — so it’s not sneaking up under your roof, damaging your siding, undermining your yard, or endangering your foundation. The bottom line: take care of your gutters and they’ll take care of you and your home! Professional Gutter Installation Gutters look deceptively simple, to the point you wouldn’t think there’s much to installing them. But there are...
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What You Need To Know About Residential Roof Repair & Replacement

Choosing between residential roof repair and roof replacement involves considerations such as the type of damage to your roof, your budget, and the likelihood that a repair will keep your roof intact in severe weather. To help you make a decision, here are some important pros and cons of roof repair versus roof replacement. Roof Repair – Advantage The biggest advantages of repairing your roof as opposed to installing a new roof is that in many instances, you may only have to repair the areas that are damaged. That can save you money, because it reduces the amount of time a contractor must spend on your roof, so if you are on a tight budget, this may be your best option. Roof Repair – Disadvantage However, one of the disadvantages of roof repair is that...
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How to Choose the Best Roofing Company for Your New Roof

Has your roof recently been damaged in a storm, or is it starting to show signs that it needs to be replaced? If so, here are a few things to keep in mind as you evaluate roofing companies… Make Sure They Have Insurance When choosing a roofing company, make sure that the company you select has both worker’s compensation and liability insurance for your new roof installation.  This protects you in the event an accident occurs.  Some roofing contractors try to cut corners by not electing to buy insurance, but this is risky business for you, since if a worker is injured on your property, you may be subject to a lawsuit.  Plus, if the contractor doesn’t have general liability insurance, they won’t be able to reimburse you for any damage that may occur during...
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Common Problems with Roofs

Unlike many other household problems, roofing problems have the potential to create a sort of ripple effect within the home. For instance, in the case of common residential roofing issues like ice dams, damaged shingles and leaks, there’s potentially not just an issue with the integrity of the roof itself, but likely water damage and possible mold growth within the home as well. That’s why it’s important to take the time to regularly inspect the roof for issues and ensure that any are corrected at the first sign of a problem. When it comes to roofing, small problems are just likely to become bigger, more extensive and more expensive problems if they’re not addressed in a timely manner. On that note, here’s a closer look at some of the most common problems that occur with...
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Time for Roof Repair?

Roofs play an incredibly important role when it comes to safeguarding the home, especially as it pertains to protecting its structural integrity and everything inside of it from the wrath of Mother Nature. But roofs also take quite the beating, especially in Minnesota where they have to endure the hot summer sun, snowy winters and everything in between. And while most asphalt shingled roofs are expected to last for about 20 years, that’s not to say that they won’t require occasional roof repair within this timeframe. Here are some of the signs that your roof needs to be repaired: Signs Your Roof Needs Repair It’s leaking: If they’re damaged or worn, roofs don’t just have the potential to lead to costly repairs or replacements, but costly water damage restoration as well. Roof leaks usually start...
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