Archive for August, 2009

Insulating Your Home In The Twin Cities

August 27, 2009

Does My Minnesota Home Have Enough Insulation?

An attic insulated to today’s energy standards minimizes heat escape through the ceiling, virtually eliminating the possibility of snow melting and freezing at the base of the roof.  The amount insulation your house should have will vary, depending on where you live, how your house is built, and many other factors.  Insulation levels are recommended by geographic zones and are stated in R-values.  R-value is the resistance to heat flow of a material.  The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.

Ventilation?
• The average family generates 2 to 4 gallons of water vapor a day.  Poor ventilation means some of the vapor may build up in the attic resulting in mold, mildew, and poor air quality.
• Heat in unventilated attics can cause temperatures to exceed 150*F resulting in damage to shingles and roof sheathing.

There is a solution! We have solutions for any of any sort of home improvements you need.  And best of all, some of these home improvements are eligible for tax credits.

Insulation Levels In The Midwest

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The tax credit does not cover the installation/labor costs for insulation, windows, doors, or roofs.

We will provide you with an itemized bill that separates the product cost (ex: insulation) from the installation/labor cost. Insulation, windows, doors, and roofs are eligible for a tax credit of 30% up to $1,500 for the cost of the product only.

United Roofing & Remodeling is the leading residential and commercial roofing contractor for high-performance roofing systems for commercial and industrial properties in the Twin Cities. We offer our customers the industry’s most comprehensive customer support, installation and repair services.

Please Contact Us today for a free inspection of your roof at 612-617-1717

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Is There A Tax Credit For Roofs?

August 25, 2009

Which Roofs Qualify For A Tax Credit?

Yes, metal roofs and “reflective asphalt shingles” that meet ENERGY STAR requirements are eligible for the tax credit.  There are several Metal and Shingle roofs listed on the ENERGY STAR qualified product list (look in the “Type” column):

Excel: http://downloads.energystar.gov/bi/qplist/roofs_prod_list.xls

PDF: http://downloads.energystar.gov/bi/qplist/roofs_prod_list.pdf

Reflective Metal Roofing

  • Reflective metal roofing saves on energy costs because it is able to reflect solar energy back into the atmosphere.  This reduces the amount of energy absorbed into your home.
  • Qualified roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings.  This can reduce peak cooling demands by 10-15%.

United Roofing & Remodeling Inc offers a wide variety of services designed to suit all our clients’ roofing needs.  With 20 years of experience, we have both the skill and the resources necessary to complete every job to your satisfaction.  Whether you need repairs or a brand new roof installed, our team of fully trained experts can handle any job or task with skill and precision.

For more information on any of roofing, siding, window, or gutter services, call United Roofing & Remodeling Inc today at 612-617-1717

Roofing & Insulation

Credit Available

30% of cost (product only, no labor)
$1,500 maximum for all improvements combined

Timeline

Must be “placed in service” (ready and available for use)
Jan. 1, 2009 – Dec. 31, 2010

Requirements

Metal & Asphalt Roofs

Energy Star–qualified

Insulation

Meets 2009 IECC & Amendments
Must be expected to last five years or have a two-year warranty
Primary purpose must be to insulate. As of May 31, 2009, IRS has not ruled on SIPs or insulated siding, but it is believed that SIPs are eligible

There are several Metal and Shingle roofs listed on the ENERGY STAR qualified product list (look in the “Type” column):

Protecting Your Minnesota Home From Ice Dams

August 20, 2009

What Is An Ice Dam?

Ice dams are formed when heat from inside of a home escapes into the attic and warms the roof decking during the winter.  The heat, combined with the heat from the sun, can melt snow on the roof.  Melting snow on the upper roof and in the valleys runs down toward the eaves as water.  When it reaches the cold eaves and gutters it freezes.  This continuous thaw and re-freezing process creates an ice dam.  The result is water backing up under the roof shingles or behind fascia boards where It can soak through the roof decking or wall sheathing, causing tremendous damage to attics, ceilings, and walls.

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There are 3 ways to defend against the damage ice dams cause.  All 3 work together.

  • Insulation/ Insulation keeps heat from escaping from your home’s living space into your attic.
  • Ventilation/ Ventilation removes the heat and keeps the roof deck evenly cool to help prevent snow from melting on the roof.
  • Water-proofing/Water-proofing is laid across the roof before shingles are applied and protects against dams that form on the roof.

With existing roofs, waterproofing underlayment is only an option if you remove the existing shingles or are building a new addition.  Either way, increasing the insulation R-value in the attic is always possible, and ventilation can usually be added to your attic quite easily.

An energy efficient roof minimizes problems with ice dams.  United Roofing & Remodeling can do an in-home evaluation to diagnose the performance of your home and together decide what the best course of action is for your situation.

Call us at 612-617-1717 for a free home inspection!

Fundamentals Of Insulation And Ventilation For Your Home

August 18, 2009

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Insulation and Ventilation Fundamentals:
Insulation and ventilation work together to keep your home comfortable.  Adequate ventilation creates a positive flow of air that allows a house to breathe and helps prevent moisture from damaging your attic and walls year-round.  Because warm air rises, vents are placed in the soffits or low on the rooftop to let fresh air in, and along the ridge of the roof, or in the gables to let the warm air escape.  Ventilation is especially needed in unused attics where insulation has been added to keep heat from leaking out of the rooms below in winter months.

VENTILATION RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. Natural or static ventilation systems consist of simple vent or covered openings in your attic.  Many experts agree that externally baffled ridge vents combined with vented soffits are the most effective method for ventilating an attic.

2. Many codes require a ventilation area equal to at least one three-hundredth of the attic floor area. Ideally, 50% of the required ventilating area should be provided by vents located in the upper portion of your attic, while the remaining 50% should be provided by eave vents.  Baffles at the soffits are necessary to protect insulation from airflow due to wind.  Air movement through the material will reduce the effective thermal resistance.

Ventilation Systems: Protect your roof from premature deterioration by providing effective ventilation
Insulation: With the price of energy rising, insulation is one of the most important items for your home or building.

Choosing who installs it, is as critical as choosing the right products for your home.  United Roofing is a full service company for commercial and residential property owners in Minnesota.  We can help increase the value of your home while keeping maintenance costs low.

We help by making their homes energy-efficient, maintenance free and beautiful.  All of our products are top rated.  We like to help homeowners by providing ideas and educating them about the options that are available to improve their homes.  We offer a variety of services from our seasoned experts in the field to give you the best services available.

Now is the time to call a roofing contractor!

Commercial Roofing Systems In Wayzata Minnesota

August 13, 2009

Wayzata Commercial Roofing Contractor

Thermal Plastic Olefin – TPO Roof Systems

The popularity in Thermal Plastic Roofing Systems continues to grow.  The TPO membrane is highly durable, and because of the white color, it reflects the suns’ rays.  This allows the roofing system to stay cooler than the older installations of hot asphalt and gravel.

United Roofing & Remodeling Inc is proud to carry and install the TPO system. This system is one of the latest Single-ply roofing technologies on the market.  We carry two types of TPO roofing products; TPO and TPO-1.  Both come in several thicknesses.  It is an ideal commercial roofing system that is reliable and cost effective.

With over 20 years of experience, United Roofing & Remodeling Inc can provide all of your commercial roofing needs. We are a factory trained and certified GAF-ELK Master Elite roofing contractor in the Twin Cities area.  Only 2% of roofing contractors have been awarded this title.  We offer superior protection for your peace of mind and warranties backed by GAF-ELK, America’s largest roofing manufacturer.

United Roofing & Remodeling Inc is so confident in our products that we are willing to give one of the highest warranties in the industry.  Call us for a free assessment of your project today!  612-617-1717