Is it Safe to Put Christmas Lights on the Roof?

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now it’s time to get in the Christmas spirit. The first step for many Minnesota homeowners is to hang Christmas lights on their roofs. While these tiny lights help spread the joy of the Holiday season, many homeowners don’t take into account the health of themselves or their roof when putting up their lights every year.  Can Christmas Lights Damage My Roof? If done properly, hanging Christmas lights will cause no damage to your roof. However, many homeowners don’t actually hang their lights properly and inadvertently damage one of their biggest home investments. It has even been said that more people hang lights on their roof incorrectly than correctly. The biggest mistake that people tend to make is choosing to nail, staple, or otherwise puncture your roof to hang...
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What Is An Ice Dam On A Roof?

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against Minnesota’s harsh winter elements, so it’s important to keep a watchful eye on it. With the large snowfalls, ice dams can be sneaky to spot, so knowing what they are, the damages they cause, and what it takes to remove them is important for any homeowner to understand.  What Exactly is an Ice Dam? Ice dams are a blockage of ice that forms on the edge of your roof. This blockage of ice creates a dam that prevents ice and snowmelt from properly flowing through your gutters and out your downspouts. Once this blockage starts, the dam will continue to grow as more melted snow works its way down your roof and is blocked by the dam.  Eventually, the blockage that forms can be so...
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Can You Still Get Roof Damage in the Fall in Minnesota?

As we experience fall and winter draws near in Minnesota, it’s important to remind ourselves just how harmful the weather can be to our roofs any time of year. Hail and ice can fall at an angle or nearly sideways if winds are strong enough. Wind-driven rain or ice can tear up siding or roofs on houses.  As the cold air approaches and temperatures change, it can still cause a storm, which can damage your roof, causing you to repair or replace it. Hail storms during this season are rare, but storms can still cause damage. It can be even harder to realize damage because we may think it isn’t possible in the fall and winter, like summer.  How Can Storms Affect My Roof? When a single hailstone or any object falls onto your roof,...
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How To Take Care of Your Minnesota Roof

When you move into a new home, you also have a new roof over your head, literally. You want it to last you as long as possible. Taking care of your roof is protecting your investment. Damage to your roof can quickly become damage to your entire home. You don’t want to wait to reach out to a professional when you see any signs of damage that we will go over in this roofing blog or take preventative measures so this type of damage does not happen to you. What Can Damage My Roof In Minnesota Besides Storms? Without the proper upkeep of your roof, besides not having the best curb appeal, it can also cause serious damage to your home’s interior. The debris and leaves that fall onto your roof mixed with the moisture...
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How Can You Prepare Your Roof For Minnesota Weather?

Living in Minnesota, the weather can be quite unexpected. Whether you just had your roof replaced or repaired, you want it to last you as long as possible. That’s why it’s important to upkeep and anticipate the unexpected. To help in your preparation, we’ve put together some helpful tips and tricks for keeping your residential roof looking brand new. Clean Debris From Your Roof It’s important to continuously clean out your gutters and downspouts. If everything isn’t draining properly, it could lead to serious cracks in your foundation. Whether it’s a severe thunderstorm or an oncoming blizzard, water will typically expand, leading to serious consequences if debris isn’t cleared away.  Inspect Your Interiors A lot of times, people tend to overlook the interior of your home when examining your roof. A good way to check...
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How Can You Tell If Your Roof Has Storm Damage?

Will I Be Able To Tell My Roof Has Damage After A Storm?   Your roof is one of your Minnesota home’s most structurally essential elements. It is responsible for insulating your home and keeping your family safe and dry. However, since it tends to be out of sight, many homeowners neglect to take proper care of it. One thing is certain; however, if you have a leaky roof, you will no longer take it for granted.   Ideally, we like to help our customers replace their roofs before it becomes an emergency, which is why learning the obvious and not so apparent signs it is time for a new roof is so important. Take a minute to read through the list for help deciding if it’s time for a new roof. Keep in mind...
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Is A DIY Roof A Good Idea?

Should I Replace My Own Roof? The costs of construction materials, in general, are rising daily, it seems, which is why some people who are looking at roof replacement or a new roof start to ponder doing their own roofing to help reduce the overall costs of the project. However, unless you happen to be a professional roofer, we would not recommend taking that path. If you need a new roof or some roof repairs, it is generally smarter to stick with a Minnesota roofing contractor for help with your residential roofing needs. Here are just a few reasons you may want to rethink a DIY roofing job. DIY Roofing Accidents The very first reason that you should avoid a DIY roof is the risk of accidents. Most roofs are slanted, and all roofs are...
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Why You Should Work With A Local Roofer

 The Best Reasons To Work With A Local Roofer Local roofing companies offer more personalized service and have a more significant investment in the community than a big box contractor. Learn more about the benefits of hiring a local roofer for roof replacement in Minnesota for your home. Finding the right residential roofing company in Burnsville can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be when you trust the team at All Craftsman Exteriors! We’re a locally owned and operated roofing company committed to friendly, reliable roofing services for customers just like you in the South Twin Cities metro area. There are several great reasons to choose a local Minnesota roofing contractor for your roof replacement or repair! Local Roofers Know the Area When you opt for a local roofer, you’re getting someone who...
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