Archive for December, 2009

Roofing Tax Credits Available For Energy-Efficient Upgrades

December 29, 2009

Does My Roof Qualify For The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Tax Credit?

With the recent signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements that were originally part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 have been reinstated, extended and increased.

Tax Credit: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2/17/2009 enables homeowners to receive up to a $1,500 tax credit if they install specific energy efficient products (asphalt roofing products) which carry an Energy Star rating.

Energy Star®: Energy Star guidelines for residential roofing products require that products have a minimum solar reflectivity (SR value) of .25.
Additional Details:

  • Tax credit for 30% of the cost of energy-efficient products up to a lifetime cap of $1,500.
  • The tax credit applies to the cost of materials only (not installation costs).
  • At the present time, this credit is available for 2009 and 2010.
  • Homeowner must save receipts and provide a Manufacturer’s Certification Statement.
  • IRS Tax Form 5695 (2009 version) is the form the homeowner will use to apply for the tax credit.

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

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

Through Wind, Rain, Wind and Snow…as the saying goes

December 24, 2009

Through Wind, Rain, Wind and Snow…as the saying goes

Does that sound familiar? No, we are not talking about the Post Office.

We are referring to your roof. Think about all of the climatic and external variables that your roof needs to endure.

When it comes to home repairs or improvements, many people find themselves at a loss because they are either unable to complete the needed repairs or they simply do not have the time. In either situation, the best thing to do is to hire a professional contractor.  What qualities should one look for in a contractor and how can you be sure what company will be the best for the job?  These are common questions and should be answered prior to hiring a professional contractor.

Below are 9 tips that will help guide you through the process of selecting the best company for the job.

1) Before hiring a contractor, find out how long they have been in business.  It’s best to look for an established company and make sure to check out their reputation with the local Better Business Bureau for any outstanding or unresolved complaints.

2) Always make sure that a contractor is licensed to work in the state in which the work is to be done.  The best way to find out about your state’s licensing procedure is to contact your local building department and/or consumer protection agency.  If your state requires that a contractor be licensed, always ask to see a contractor’s license prior to hiring him/her for the job.

3) When considering potential contractors, ask for a list of recently completed projects that are similar to the one you are in need of help with.  Hiring a contractor that is experienced in projects similar to yours will help to ensure that all goes smoothly and that the job will be done correctly.

4) Be sure to ask your contractor, prior to the commencement of work, whether the job will require any type of permit.  All permits must be obtained before the actual work begins, when required, or the homeowner may face a fine.  It is best to discuss who will be responsible for obtaining permits, either you or the contractor, in the beginning.

5) Always ask for the name of the individual who will be in charge of the project and the names of those who will be working on the construction crew.

6) Once you are familiar with the supervisor, ask him/her about their crew.  You will need to know whether they are trustworthy and make the decision as to whether you want them working on/in your home.  Will they need keys?  If so, you need to know that they are honest and can be trusted near your family and/or children.

7) Every professional contractor should carry a certain amount of insurance coverage, including personal liability, property damage and worker’s compensation.  You will need to request copies of all insurance certificates and confirm that they are current before work begins.  Do not do business with a contractor who cannot provide this documentation as this may result in your being held liable for any injuries and/or damages that occur during the project.

8) Always check with the contractor’s references before deciding to hire him/her for your project. This is important for all of the obvious reasons and will give you an idea as to their work ethics and end results.

9) When you and your contractor come to an agreement on payment terms, get everything in writing and have the agreement signed and notarized.  All parties involved should have a copy of the agreement for future reference.

This may seem like a lot of work, but your home is you biggest investment.  It just makes sense to protect it.  For quality solutions to leaking or damaged roofs, Contact United Roofing today for a Free Quote at: (612) 617-1717
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Roofing and Siding Options in Minnesota

December 22, 2009

Your Choice of Roofing Companies Will Have An Enormous Impact On The Look Of Your Home

Nothing is as important to the look of a house as roofing and siding you choose.  It can make some very major and very different anesthetic statements.  Your roofing and siding are also a house’s first line of defense.

Over the course of a season, roofing materials are exposed to tremendous temperature changes.  Eventually this fluctuation causes your roof to wear out (20 to 30 years for most shingles). So, a roof should be inspected at least once a year.  A roof approaching 15 years of age becomes a candidate for re-roofing.

Whether you are building a new house or re-roofing an existing one, your choice of roofing companies will have an enormous impact on the look of your home as well as on your pocketbook.  United Roofing professional roofing contractors are will help you choose the siding or roofing that suite the style of your home and fits your budget.  We will cover all aspects of the job.  From the free home inspection, to handling insurance claims, to completion of the job, we will help you through the entire process.

Whether you need new siding, a new roof, roof replacement or roof repair, United Roofing can give you a free home inspection and estimate and provide you with solutions for your home improvement and remodeling needs.

Contact us at United Roofing today and see why our customers make us their “One Stop Shop” for all of their home improvement needs!   612-617-1717

We look forward to working with you!

Why Is The Style Of Your Roof Important?

December 16, 2009

Why Are Roof Styles Important?

A roof can be the most distinguishing element of your home or business, and greatly affect its overall look and style.  Because all roof types are tailored to meet certain needs, it is worth learning the different roofing styles available, and how they differ in shape, detail and design.  The choice in roof style can heavily influence the cost of your building or renovation plans, as roofs are made from a wide variety of materials and substances.  United Roofing can advise you on the most suitable and cost-effective roofing designs for your home and/or business, in accordance with your taste and budget.

Common Roofing Styles and Shapes

There are 2 main kinds of shapes that a roof can assume; gable or hipped.  The difference between them lies in both the slope-line of the sides of the roof, and the roof-to-wall junction. Gable shaped roofs are defined by the meeting of two straight slopes from the ridge of the roof, falling all the way to its eave.  The result is the creation of a peak or triangular shaped structure on either the side or face of the façade.  The side of the gabled house on which this peak is seen is called a “rake”, and the side on which the slope is seen is called an “eave”.  In contrast, hipped-roofs have an even roof-to-wall junction, as the roof plane is broken along the slope line, allowing for an easy wrap around the building’s structure.  As a result, hipped shaped roofs also have eaves on all sides.

Functionality of Different Roofing Designs

As already outlined, the shape and design of a roof is built according to certain requirements and functionality.  The gable shaped roof is arguably the most commonly used roof style, as its triangular shaped slope allows for rain, snow, leaves and any other kind of debris or weather damage, to simply fall off the roof and away from the building.  Although gabled roofs can differ in their pitch and steep grades, they all serve the same purpose of efficient run-off of water, and therefore protection against its damaging effects.  Hipped roofs, on the other hand, are highly suitable for extreme weather conditions, as the shape of a hipped roof, along with its complex internal framing, braces against strong winds and even hurricanes.

Whatever your roofing needs are, United Roofing can advise you on the most suitable and cost-effective roofing designs for your home and/or business.

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Basics Of The Five Types Of Roofing Materials

December 8, 2009

Five Major Types Of Roofing

Ever since man decided to have shelter, he has been aware of the roof over his head.  First, it might have been the stone of a cave. Then, over time, he must have decided to improve upon it.  Eventually what we now know as much more advanced technology came along and we now have a variety of materials available to suit the place and condition in which we live.

The materials used for roofing have always been and still are those things which are available easily and serve the purpose.  Today, there are enough roofing materials on the market to suit any taste or budget.

The most popular of the five types of roofing is asphalt shingle, which accounts eight percent of all residential roofing material sold in the United States.

Wooden shingles and shakes are types of roofing, which create a natural rustic look, while tile and slate are types of roofing prized for their fire-resistance, beauty, and longevity.  Metal roofing, which is made in both shingles and sheets, is both lightweight and fire resistant, and can be finished to make it attractive, as well as rust and corrosion resistant.

The Various Types Of Roofing Available

Asphalt Types Of Roofing

While there are many types of roofing available on the market today, Asphalt shingles are the most popular types of roofing surfaces for residential buildings in the United States.  This is because they stand up well against fire, wind, tearing and other key performance indicators. These come in both “standard” (and 3-tab) and “designer” (architectural or multi-layered).  The standard ones have a lightly textured flat surface, while the designer shingles have a highly textured surface.

Wooden Types Of Roofing

Wooden shingles are made from cedar, redwood or southern pine.  They are popular because of their natural look.  These shingles are sawed by machines.

Tile – Clay Or Concrete Types Of Roofing

Tile roofing is made from either clay or concrete.  They are usually used in Mission and Spanish-style round-topped homes that are located in the Southwest as well as in Florida.  These heavy types of roofing are available in a variety of colors and finishes.  Clay tiles have excellent insulation properties and are ideal for maintaining a home’s or building’s interior temperature at a comfortable level.

Slate Types Of Roofing

Slate roofing comes from Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  There are different colors and grades of this type of roofing, depending upon its origins.  This roofing is considered to be virtually indestructible.  However, it is also more expensive than other types of roofing materials. Its application does requires special skill and experience.  Nevertheless, many old homes, especially in the Northeast, are still protected by this long-lasting roofing material.

Metal Types Of Roofing

Metal is actually a type of low-slope roofing material.  It has been found to be a good roofing alternative for homes and buildings that have steep sloped roofs.  There are actually two types of metal roofing products that you can use.  These are panels and shingles.  A lot of different metal panel shapes and configurations are in existence today.  Metal shingles are typically intended to simulate traditional roof coverings, such as wood.  This is a long lasting type of roofing that is both lightweight and it also is also a lot more resistant to adverse weather and it is also aesthetically pleasing.

Although the roofing material used is very important, proper installation is essential to a long-lasting roof.  When it comes to roofing, unless you have experience and all the proper know-how, this job is best left to roofing professionals. With over 20 years of experience, United Roofing & Remodeling can provide all your residential or commercial roofing needs.

Contact Us today for a Free Quote at 612-617-1717
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A Quick Roof Inspection Can Save You Thousands Of $ On A New Roof

December 3, 2009

A Quick Roof Check Can Save You Thousands Of $

With the cooler temperatures lurking around the corner, this is the time to remember last winter’s experiences and take care of them now.

Last year we had a surge of phone calls coming in from homeowners frantic that the ceiling or walls were going to cave in because they encountered water seeping down their homes’ inside wall.  Or tenants were worried about walking out the front door because of excessive amount of icicles hanging overhead and on the side of the building.  They were experiencing Ice Damming

Most homeowners, developers and property managers think that ice damming is only a roofing problem.  It is actually an insulation and ventilation problem.  Here is what happens.  After a snowfall, the snow begins to melt next to the roof creating a layer of standing water.  Add to that the hydrostatic pressure of the ice and snow and water appears in places that normally would not leak.

To Fixing the Problem… Call Your Local Roofing Professional To Diagnose the Right Solution!

Your Local Roofing Professional will take a look at your roof and look for telltale signs of damage.  These signs can include granules missing from your shingles, weak spots, blisters, cracks, and missing shingles.  An inspector can evaluate your eaves and valleys to ensure that they are not leaking or will not be leaking in the near future.  By having these regular inspections, you can extend the life of your roof.  You will not have to make extremely premature replacements, which can save you a lot of money in the long-term. You certainly do not want to replace a thirty-year roof in fifteen.

A lot of money was spent on roofs a couple years ago when we all experienced heavy snow and freezing temperatures.  What if that money was spent unwisely?  What if all you needed to do was check for insulation and ventilation?  Isn’t it worth the 15-minute inspection?

Contact United Roofing & Remodeling now to setup a roof inspection with one of our roofing specialists at 612-617-1717

What Are The Benefits of Reflective Roof Coatings?

December 1, 2009

Benefits of Reflective Roof Coatings / “Cool” Roof Systems

There are those who believe that all black or dark colored surfaces, such as asphalt pavements and exposed black roofing materials, are contributors to a “Heat Island Effect.” Much of the heat generated by absorbing the sun’s ultraviolet radiation is also transferred to the building interior.  In warm temperature areas, this increases the demand for power, as the air-conditioning systems labor to maintain a comfortable working climate.

Studies conducted around the world have long ago established the benefits of a reflective roof coating for a “cool” roof system.  The results are well documented that reflective coatings produce energy savings, a more comfortable work environment and, more importantly, a sustainable roofing solution that can prolong the life of a roofing system with proper maintenance and periodic re-coating,  eliminating the necessity for expensive roof tear-off and replacement–and adding to already overtaxed waste disposal sites.

A major benefit of reflective coatings is their ability to sustain or extend the life of the existing roof, while providing a seamless roof surface that requires no fasteners, adhesives or heat welding.  Environmentally friendly and applicator safe to use, the coating, applied at the proper thickness to a sound roof surface, may virtually eliminate the need to replace existing roof material.  The benefits of acrylic roof coatings produce cost savings for roof maintenance and energy expenses and results in significant environmental benefits as well.

We hope you will consider United Roofing & Remodeling for your next project-and see what 20 years of experience and dedication have to offer. 

Contact us for a Free Quote and a free roof inspection at 612-617-1717.
Or you can email us at:  info@unitedroofingmn.com

In selecting your new roof, it is important to understand your climate zone and the actual energy your home or building will save.  There are two “cool roof” calculators available online that can give good estimates of how much energy you will save.  You can find them at:

DOE Cool Roof Calculator
http://www.ornl.gov/sci/roofs%2Bwalls/facts/CoolCalcEnergy.htm
EPA Cool Roof Calculator

http://www.roofcalc.com/RoofCalcBuildingInput.aspx