Archive for November, 2009

What Is A “Cool Roof” Anyway?

November 26, 2009

What’s So Cool About A Cool Roof?

A cool roof is one that reflects the sun’s heat and emits absorbed radiation back into the atmosphere.  The roof literally stays cooler and reduces the amount of heat transferred to the building below, keeping the building a cooler and more constant temperature.  Imagine wearing a white or a black T-shirt on a hot day.  By wearing the white T-shirt you will remain cooler than if you wore a black T-shirt because it reflects more sunlight and absorbs less heat.  A cool roof is like a white T-shirt, they keep the internal temperature of the building cooler.

However, a cool roof need not be white.  There are many “cool color” products which use darker-colored pigments that are highly reflective in the near infrared (non-visible) portion of the solar spectrum.  With “cool color” technologies there are roofs that come in a wide variety of colors and still maintain a high solar reflectance.

The two basic characteristics that determine the ‘coolness’ of a roof are:

  • Solar reflectance (SR)
  • Thermal emittance (TE)

Both properties are rated on a scale from 0 to 1, where 1 is the most reflective or emissive.

Cool roof is a term used to describe roofs that reflect light instead of becoming hot.  According to a paper presented by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, if every roof and area of pavement in the 100 largest cities in the world were to switch to a cool roof and more reflective pavement, the reduced heat would offset 44 metric gigatons of greenhouse gases – an amount greater than all the greenhouse gases emitted by all the countries on our planet each year.

United Roofing & Remodeling is the leading commercial roofing contractor for high-performance roofing systems for commercial and industrial properties in the Twin Cities. Our expert sales staff will work closely with you to custom tailor a job to fit your needs.  Whether maintaining a specific budget, acquiring a desired warranty, saving energy or developing a tapered insulation system, we have the solutions and capabilities to solve your commercial roofing problems.

Contact United Roofing & Remodeling for all of your commercial roofing needs at 612-617-1717
Or Request a Quote online

One Call, One Contractor, All Under One Roof

November 24, 2009

Get The Services You Need When You Need Them!

Everything you need for all of your residential or commercial property needs is under one roof.  That means everything comes under one warranty, so you will not have to pay for separate formats.  You do not have to call 10 different people.  We can streamline the process to get everything done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

United Roofing & Remodeling specializes in custom and all other types of roofing, siding, windows, chimney tuckpointing and rebuilding, gutters, downspouts, insulation, doors, additions, remodeling, trim, soffits, fascia, chimneys, and gutters.

We work with some of the best manufacturers in the industry to give you the highest quality products available.  We have some of the most experienced teams of home roofing or commercial roofing experts in the Twin Cities.  As a GAF-ELK Master Commercial Roofing Contractor, we are backed by the best warranties in the industry.  Based on our state-of-the-art manufacturing process, the odds of having a problem with a new GAF-ELK roof is about 1 in 1000!

Contact United Roofing & Remodeling today for all your commercial, residential, or multi-housing roofing, siding, or window needs at 612-617-1717
Or Request a Quote online


Don’t Be Left Out In The Cold This Year

November 19, 2009

Find Out What Products Qualify For The Stimulus Energy Tax Credit Before It’s Too Late!

Don’t Be Left Out In The Cold. To get your $1500 tax credit, you want to shop wisely.  Doors and windows with a U-Factor of .30 meet the new requirements for the energy tax credit for 2009.  U-Factor is a measure of the windows overall energy-efficiency. Windows and doors also need a Solar Hear Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of .30 or less.  A low SHGC blocks the heat of the sun, reducing the load on your air conditioner.

United Roofing& Remodeling has been in the business of home improvement for over 20 years.  We have also been in the business of helping people, by providing them with the best services available.  We do this by providing them with them with energy-efficient products for maintaining their homes.

There is some confusion about the door and window tax credit right now, and you do not want to be left out in the cold.  What you need to do is make sure that any replacement door or window you buy has a U-Factor and SHGC of .30 or less.  You can verify this with your United Roofing contractor. As often as you look through windows, you also look at them.   Each and every detail matters!

Our experienced and dedicated staff of Twin Cities based window contractors deliver unsurpassed workmanship and timely installation – for new, or replacement and restoration window projects.  Our new or replacement windows will not only improve your home aesthetically, they will save you money and time!

Shop wisely…Contact United Roofing& Remodeling today! 612-617-1717
Or Request a Quote online

For more information on doors and windows that qualify for the energy tax credit for 2009,here are some helpful links.

Because Choosing A New Roof Is A Big Decision…

November 17, 2009

There Is United Roofing & Remodeling In Minnesota

Which Roof Is Best For You?

Choosing a new roof is a big decision.  It can be one of the biggest expenses encountered by homeowners.  It is also one of the most important decisions to make as well.  Your roof keeps the weather out of your house and away from your family and possessions.  It truly is one of the most important parts of your home.

There are many great choices for roof coverings.  Here are some of the most popular choices:

Asphalt Shingles: The most popular choice of roof coverings.  Even with increases in asphalt prices the past couple of years, asphalt and fiberglass based shingles are still your most economical roof covering.  30 year architectural or laminated shingles are a great choice.  Heavy weight asphalt shingles are also available in many styles and colors with 50 year or lifetime warranties.

Metal: Metal roofs are gaining in popularity.  Standing seam metal roofs are a classic look and style.  Corrugated panels are also available as an economical alternative.  Metal shingles or metal panels stamped and covered with granules to look like shingles, slate, terra cotta and shake are also becoming more available.  Most metal roof coverings are 100% recyclable.

Slate: Slate is a classic material that can last 100 years or more depending on the slate.  It is a heavy material and your roof needs to be designed to support the weight.  With a well designed roof and deck, a slate roof will last well into the next generation or two and look great.

Wood Shake: Another classic style, but it does not have the longevity of other materials.  If installed improperly and with low quality shakes, it may need replacement within 10 to 15 years.  Do you research and choose your contractor wisely when installing a shake roof.

Concrete Tiles: Tiles can come in terra cotta style tiles and flat tiles that look like slate and shakes.  Very durable and heavy like natural slate.  You will need to take the same precautions to make sure your roof can support the material.

Whatever your roofing your house needs, United Roofing & Remodeling is your all seasons roofing contractors for residential and commercial properties in Minnesota.  Our skilled roofing experts stay up to date on all of the latest advancements in technology so we can always offer you the most cutting edge materials and techniques to get the job done right.

Contact United Roofing & Remodeling today for all your roofing needs at 612-617-1717

Do Your Roof Shingles Need Replacing?

November 12, 2009

What Are The Signs Of An Aging Shingle?

Everyone hopes that a roof lasts forever, but as with all things, roof shingles will age.  One thing to remember, however, is the fact that not all shingles will age at the same pace.  Different shingles have different life spans and the best way to assess how long your shingles will last is to check with the manufacturer’s warranty. For instance, if your warranty lasts for fifteen years, then you may want to begin checking for serious wear and tear around that time.  However, to truly keep your roof in prime condition, you should have your roof inspected by your local Minnesota roofing contractor at least twice a year.

When shingles become old or begin to show signs of aging, you may notice that they begin to crack, curl or become loose.  They may in fact even break off.  You should never ignore these signs or put them off. When you begin to see signs of aging in your shingles, you should contact your local Minnesota roofing contractor and have the roof assessed.  Putting off roof repairs to a later date can cause many expensive repairs in the long run.  It is always best to make roof repairs as soon as you notice the problems.  Aging shingles are no exception to the rule.

One of the most important steps that you can take to maximize the lifespan of your shingles is to have them inspected regularly by your local Minnesota roofing contractor. This should be a part of your total roof maintenance system and can help ensure that you derive the most benefit from your roof.  If your experienced roofing contractor determines that shingles need to be replaced, you should not attempt to do the work yourself.  You should always have an experienced roofer handle your roofing needs, including replacing or repairing aging or damaged shingles.  By having your local roofing contractor repair shingles as they become damaged, you will delay the need for a complete roof replacement.

Please contact United Roofing  Remodeling for all your commercial or residential roofing needs at 612-617-1717



Energy Efficient Window Options

November 5, 2009

Choosing The Right Glass

Where you live has a lot to do with the type of glass you should purchase.  Thermal performance options like Low-E glass and argon gas can be added, but selecting the right combination is as important as selecting the right window configurations for your home.

When a room faces the sun for the majority of the day, we recommend one type of Low-E glass for maximum solar control.  Other rooms with less exposure can use less expensive Low-E glass.  If your home has “cold spots” or “hot spots” we recommend using windows with insulating argon gas for maximum energy efficiency.

If you have year-round shade from trees and shrubbery, you may not need a glass option that further reduces light transmittance, so your selection should be a literal reflection of your home and rooms’ locations.

Contact United Roofing today at 612-617-1717 for a free consultation on how we can transform your home.

For more information, visit the Energy Efficiency Tax Credit site
Fact Sheet for selecting energy efficient windows in Minnesota

Home Improvements That Pay Their Way

November 3, 2009

Reflective Metal Roofing

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%.

The roofs that qualify are the metal roofs that have reflective qualities or the asphalt roofs that have “cooling granules.”  These roofs are specially designed to reduce the heat gain in the house thereby reducing the cooling costs.

United Roofing & Remodeling offers a wide variety of services designed to suit all our clients’ roofing needs.  For more information on any of roofing, siding, window, or gutter services, call us at 612-617-1717

There are several Metal and Shingle roofs listed on the ENERGY STAR qualified product list.
Excel: http://downloads.energystar.gov/bi/qplist/roofs_prod_list.xls
PDF: http://downloads.energystar.gov/bi/qplist/roofs_prod_list.pdf