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Home Improvements That Still Deliver The Best Return

September 14, 2010

Updating Your Existing Space

It pays to know which upgrades will deliver the best return when you sell your home.  The annual remodeling report finds 4 basic replacements are likely your smartest choice.

Replacement projects included in the Cost vs. Value survey all cost less than $20,000 and most cost considerably less.  They instantly enhance curb appeal, boosting a home’s marketability, and they require little maintenance once installed.  A bonus: Most of these replacements qualify for a federal tax credit for energy efficiency (not included in Remodeling Magazine’s ROI calculations).

1. Replace the front door.

  • The absolute best return on the money of any of the projects surveyed — 129% of cost — is gained by replacing a beat-up front door with a $1,200 steel-shell door filled with foam insulation.
  • A new fiberglass door (more expensive, at $3,490) returns less, about 65%. (Fiberglass is the new chic building material because it’s rugged and durable, can be painted and will mimic almost any wood. Unlike wood, it doesn’t crack, warp or shrink and needs zero maintenance.)
  • Spend about $7,500 on an entire new entrance, including a widened opening, a solid-core wood door and high-end glass, new lighting and better locks, and you’ll recoup 69%, on average.

2. Replace home siding

  • Replacing old siding with a durable fiber-cement product ($13,287) recoups about 84% at resale.
  • Use vinyl siding ($10,607) to get an 80% return.
  • Foam-backed vinyl ($13,022) costs more and earns back less — roughly 79% — but it is much more efficient at insulating a home.

3. Replace windows. Three of the four window-replacement projects considered in the survey pay back about 77%:

  • Wood-trimmed windows ($11,700).
  • Lower-end vinyl windows ($10,728).
  • Windows trimmed in higher-end vinyl ($13,862).
  • The fourth project, higher-end wood-replacement windows ($17,816), has a return of about 72%. Fiberglass windows weren’t included in the study.

4. Replace the roofing: Spend $19,731 on new fiberglass asphalt shingles and you’re likely to recoup about 67% of the cost.

  • A higher-end roof replacement using standing-seam metal ($37,359) pays back about 61% of the cost, agents told the survey.

Contact an Experienced Home Remodeling Contractor in Minnesota for your next remodeling project!

Source: realestatemsn.com
Remodeling Magazine: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/2009/costvsvalue
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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
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Storm Damage and Restoration Services From A Minnesota Roofing Contractor

October 29, 2009

Regular Roof Inspections Can Save You Money In Costly Repairs

Numerous homes are damaged by hail and wind every year.  Also, many homeowners are unaware of damage to their property.  This damage might reduce the value of their homes.  For example, a roof damaged by hail can result in interior leaks that you may not even know about until it is too late.

If you are like most homeowners, the thought of going through the process of working with an insurance adjuster, and then finding a contractor to repair the damage can be overwhelming.  From a general lack of knowledge about how to file a claim, to which materials are best suited for your needs, many homeowners fail to receive the benefits they have coming to them.

United Roofing will provide you with a free home inspection, and if you have storm damage, we will assist you with your insurance claim ~ from start to finish.

We will manage the entire insurance process for you.  We are experts because we do it for our clients every day.  It allows us to keep your job moving quickly, while taking the burden off you.

Contact United Roofing & Remodeling today to schedule your next roofing inspection at 612-617-1717
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Does My Home Need More Insulation?

October 22, 2009

Do I Need Insulation?

Ask yourself these questions and if you answer yes to more than one, you probably need to add insulation to your home.

  • Do you have ice dams, icicles or areas of your roof that the snow melts quicker than others do?
  • Are your energy bills excessively high?
  • Do you notice drastic temperature differences in attic area compared with the rest of your home?
  • Does your furnace seem to run too much in the winter?
  • Does your air conditioner run too much in the summer?
  • Do you have problems with the condition of your roof such as curling shingles?

Early detection of leaks and roof system failures make it possible for us to repair and extend the life of a roof system.  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 today to schedule your next roofing inspection at 612-617-1717

Tax credits for insulation: Federal tax credits are available for adding insulation to existing homes.

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Replace Your Inefficient Windows

October 20, 2009

The Importance Of Energy Efficient Windows

Every winter we all begin scoping out hardware and home supply stores for the latest in replacement windows to keep our heating bills down and our homes cold-air-free.

Rarely do we consider our window’s efficiency when it starts to get hot outside and we crank up the air conditioning.  Replacing your windows in the hot summer months can save you money and make your home a pleasant escape from the heat outside.

Leaving the doors and windows wide open may work in the early days of summer, but eventually you will want to turn on the air conditioning.  If your windows are leaky and inefficient, you wallet will feel it. Replacement windows that are energy-efficient can save you a good deal of money on your home air-conditioning (and heating) costs.  Replacing your windows now can save you money on your air-conditioning and heating bills.  Plus, higher-quality new windows will also add value to your home.  What’s not to like?

United Roofing has been a window, siding, and roofing contractor serving Minnesota homeowners for over 20 years.  With our many years of hands on personal experience, we are knowledgeable in all areas of home and property improvements.  Please call us at 612-617-1717. We would like the opportunity to discuss your needs in further detail.

Check www.efficientwindows.org for more information on what qualifies for tax credits

Selecting Roofing Material for Your Home or Business

October 10, 2009

Roof Materials

Cost, durability, and appearance are all factors to consider when choosing roofing materials.  The best roofing system for your home depends on which of these factors you weigh more heavily.  The following roofing materials are commonly used for residential “steep slope” roofs.

Asphalt Shingles – The most common roof covering across the U.S. is asphalt shingles.  The major advantage of an asphalt shingle roof is its relatively low initial cost.  Shingles vary significantly in quality and warranty, so check with your roofer for your options.  A typical asphalt shingle roof may last about 20 years.

Metal Roofing – Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners, especially among homeowners in warmer climates.  Metal roofing costs significantly more up front than asphalt shingles ($100 to $600 “per square” or 100 sq. ft.).  But the costs of the roof over the life of the roof may be competitive because metal roofs last significantly longer and may lower annual utility bills because they reflect heat very well.

Tile Roofing – Made from clay or concrete, tile roofs are extremely durable with warranties typically covering 50 to 75 years.  Tile roofing is heavy, so if you are replacing a lightweight material with tile, be sure that your roof supports are strong enough to bear the weight.  If not, reinforcing your roof structure can add significant cost to installing a tile roof.

Slate Roofs – Slate roofing is also very durable and looks great, but also costs more than other roofing materials.  Slate is quarried in the Northeast United States and a variety of colors and grades are available.

Choosing a new roof is a big decision and a major project.  There are many good choices in the market today, so it pays to spend a little time doing some research on what type of roof will best suit your needs.  You will want to make sure you are choosing the right roof for your house and budget.

No matter which roofing system your home or business needs, United Roofing has an assortment of materials to suite your needs as well as your budget.  Our skilled roofing experts are up to date and on top of the latest advancements in technology so that we can provide you with the materials and techniques to get the job done to your complete satisfaction.

Contact Us today at 612-617-1717 for all your home or business roofing needs!

Thermally Efficient Windows Resist Condensation

October 8, 2009

Energy Tax Credit Incentives For Doors and Windows

When it comes to windows and doors, making the right choice begins with having the right information.

Technology today has made it possible to manufacture windows that are more energy efficient, producing higher R-Values and lower U-values.  The R-value is the resistance a material has to heat flow.  The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance.

The U-value is the total amount of heat transferred through a material.  The lower the U-value, the slower the rate of heat flow, and the better the insulating quality.  This adds up to a more a door or window that is more resistant to condensation.

Uncle Sam wants you to save energy, and he is putting his money where his mouth is.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes tax credits for making your home more energy efficient.

For all your replacement window needs, contact United Roofing today at 612-617-1717!
Or request a quote online

You Can Count On United Roofing & Remodeling For Emergency Hail, Storm, Fire, Water Restoration

October 3, 2009

Storm Damage Got You Down?

You Can Count On United Roofing & Remodeling For Emergency Hail, Storm, Fire, Water Restoration

Weather related emergencies are an unfortunate unpleasant fact of life and cannot be avoided.   A proactive response to a weather event will limit damage caused by storms and high winds and minimize any consequential damage caused by exposure to the elements.

If your roof has been damaged by a storm whether by wind, hail or rain, the United Roofing & Remodeling Response Team will provide immediate assistance anywhere in the Twin Cities area.

We have over 20 years of extensive experience working with all types of residential and commercial exterior configurations and materials manufacturers.   We will ensure seamless damage mitigation, repair and restoration.

Contact us today at 612-617-1717! United Roofing & Remodeling has experienced, knowledgeable personnel ready and equipped to put your home or business back in shape after a recent storm.

Interior/Exterior Property Damage Repair Services

October 1, 2009

Insurance Claim Specialists !

Storm damage is traumatic.  United Roofing is there when you need them!

When storms or fire has damaged your property, the Rapid Response Team can be dispatched at a moments notice.

  • Insurance claim specialists are on staff to assist you with professional service and knowledgeable information
  • 24 hr emergency service for: Board Up, Debris Removal, and Emergency Contracting
  • Complete inspection of interior and exterior of property for all related damage, including possible hidden damage.

Plus  . . . We assist you with the Insurance claim process including:

  • Initiate claim
  • Claim paper work
  • Detailed estimate
  • Meet with adjuster
  • Negotiate the scope and cost of repairs with insurance company
  • Arrange proper payment from insurance company to property owner

One phone call gets us started. When you call United Roofing & Remodeling, we will take care of the details so you can go back to taking care of your family or your business.

Contact us today at 612-617-1717! We will ensure seamless damage mitigation, repair and restoration.  You can also just give us a click to request a quote online

Storm Damage and Disaster Services For Townhome and Condominium Associations

September 29, 2009

Twin Cities Property Management and Maintenance Experts

Don’t let an emergency shut you down!  Whether you are an association manager or commercial property manager you do not question the possibility of a disaster, but rather ask yourself “what could happen, and when?”  Whether it is a natural disaster such as severe storms, floods, or tornadoes, or the far more common man-made emergencies which include fire, smoke, pipe burst, chemical or oil spills.  A well-informed Association or Commercial Property Manager is ready to handle the type of problems that will arise.

United Roofing & Remodeling Inc. provides residential roofing services to townhome and condominium associations.  We can provide all your roofing needs with no job being too little or too large  We have over 20 years of experience in roofing maintenance, roofing installations and roofing repair and understand the needs for your townhome or condominium development.

Call United Roofing & Remodeling today for a free quote at 612-617-1717
Or request a quote online