Archive for November, 2010

Commercial Roofing Contractors Minnesota

November 17, 2010

Roofing Services For Townhomes, Condominiums and Multihousing Properties

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When occupying a commercial building – whether you bought it and are using it, or whether you bought it and are renting it out to other people – you have to make sure that the roof doesn’t leak. Any leaks can seriously damage the building or the property that’s inside of it, and that can mean a lot of lost revenue for you or your tenants. It could also mean a lawsuit if you don’t take care of your building and things that belong to other people get damaged because of it. When it comes to making sure that your roof doesn’t leak, you have to look at your options.

Most commercial buildings today have either shingle roofs or metal roofs. Some of them also have the tar-paper, liquid asphalt, and crushed gravel flat roofs, depending on what area of the country they are in and when the building was constructed. All of these kinds of roofs have to be repaired differently, and learning about how to repair the roof on your commercial building is important. Even if you choose not to do it yourself, you’ll still want to have some knowledge of how it is done so that you can see that repairs are done correctly and by someone who has the proper knowledge and tools.

Also, make sure you hire a roofing contractor who is licensed and insured and one that has worked on your specific type of roof before. Not all roofing contractors are created equal, and if you hire a person to fix your metal roof when all they’ve ever done is shingle roofs, you could be asking for some serious trouble. Ask plenty of questions and make sure that you know that you’re getting dependable answers before you contract with anyone to repair a commercial roof.

It’s too important to you and your tenants to leave it to the hands of someone who isn’t sure what they are doing. A lot of roof repairs are a do-it-yourself project, but a commercial roof repair is not one of them. If it’s a simple patch around a pipe or vent that should be easy to fix, but more complicated repairs over bigger areas should be left to the professionals. If you try to fix a big area on your own you could end up doing more damage. It’s also possible that the source of the leak isn’t where you think it is. A contractor who’s used to repairing commercial roofs is usually good at finding the source of a leak.

For business owners and those in industrial properties, the roofing needs can be very different from those of residential homeowners. For those consumers, commercial roofers are the ones to call, as they specialize in the specific types of roofs found on business and industrial structures.

A commercial roofing contractor understands the unique needs of multi housing communities. It is often necessary to accommodate different schedules to provide the least amount of disruption to everyone’s lives. Because every project can vary, the special requirements of each client must be considered. While it is reasonably easy to vacate a residential home for a few days if necessary, it is not quite as easy for business and commercial property owners to allow that same level of access to a work crew. A commercial roofing contractor will work with you to schedule your roofing project to allow for the least amount of disruption to your business or commercial property.

Protecting Your Minnesota Home From Ice Dams This Winter

November 9, 2010

Protect Your Home From Ice Dams

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.

Ice Dam Defense
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 keep 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.  Contact a professional roofing contractor to 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.

My Roof Leaks. Do I Need To Have It Replaced Completely?

November 4, 2010

My Roof Is Leaking

Not necessarily. Leaks can result from flashings that have come loose or a section of the roof system being damaged. A complete roof system failure, however, generally is irreversible and a result of improper installation or choice of materials or the roof system installation is inappropriate for the home or building.

What Are My Options If I Decide To Re-roof?

You have two basic options:

You can choose a complete replacement of the roof system, involving a tear-off of your existing roof system, or re-cover the existing roof system, involving only the installation of a new roof system.  If you’ve already had one re-cover installed on your original roof system, check with a professional roofing contractor.  In many instances, building code requirements allow no more than one roof system re-cover before a complete roof replacement is necessary.

How Can A Homeowner Recognize When A Roof System Has Problems?

November 2, 2010

Recognize When Your Roof Has Problems

All too often, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs.  Periodic (twice-a-year) inspections often can uncover cracked, warped or missing shingles; loose seams and deteriorated flashings; excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts; and other visible signs of roof system problems.  Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.

It is important to isolate the problem area and get it fixed as soon as possible.  Remember, it is important to have regular roof inspections done to ensure its integrity isn’t compromised.

Most work should not be done yourself.  Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace roof systems. You can damage your roof system by using improper roofing techniques and severely injure yourself by falling off or through the roof.

Maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined to inspecting roof systems during the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles and cleaning gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris.

Contact a professional roofing contractor as soon as possible that will advise you on the best course of action for your roof.