Posts Tagged ‘reroofing’

What Are My Options If I Decide To Reroof My House In Minnesota?

May 6, 2010

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

What are my options if I decide to reroof?  You have two basic options: You can choose a complete roof 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 have 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 replacement is necessary.

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Is It Always Necessary To Tear Off Existing Shingles Before Reroofing?

April 20, 2010

Is it always necessary to tear off existing shingles before reroofing?  If they are torn off, who is responsible for the disposal of the old shingles?

There are two options available for re-roofing installations.  One would be to tear off the old roof before applying the new one (tear off).  The second would be to lay new shingles over the existing roof (lay over).  While the second choice is the less expensive of the two options, it is not necessarily always the best choice.

There are advantages to tearing off the old roof before installing a new one.  For example:

• If there are any defects in the roof deck, they will be revealed when the roof is torn off.

These defects should be repaired before applying the new roof.

• If condensation problems exist in the attic, they too will be revealed when the roof is torn off.

Properly designed attic ventilation can then be installed in order to help eliminate such problems.

• When the old roof is torn off, waterproofing shingle underlayment can be installed before applying the new roof.  This will help protect against leaks created by cyclical ice damage and wind-driven rain.

• Tearing off the old roof and starting with a clean deck before reroofing may result in a smoother finished roof system.

Although there is added cost to these advantages, each lessens the likelihood that the validity of the manufacturer’s shingle warranty will be impaired.  If the old roof is torn off, your contractor should be responsible for the cleanup and disposal of the old shingles, but make sure your contract states this clearly.

If you do plan to re-roof over existing shingles, first check if your local building codes limit the number of roof layers that can be applied to a residence in your area.  Your roofing contractor will know the pertinent code requirements.

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
Or Request a Quote online

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Roofing and Insulation ~ When To Add Insulation To Your Home

October 27, 2009

During a reroofing job, you have a unique opportunity to add insulating material.  Because most of your heat loss occurs through the roof, adding this insulation will save you money on your energy bills.

Info: Click here for R-value recommendations for optimal energy savings and comfort.

The required minimum R-value of roof insulation varies according to the climate zone within which the building is located and whether a new building is being constructed or an existing building is being reroofed.  Single-family homes are currently exempt from this requirement.  Nevertheless, it is nearly always cost-effective to add insulation when reroofing your home.

Contact United Roofing today to schedule your next roofing inspection at 612-617-1717

The DOE Insulation Fact Sheet offers helpful advice on insulating your existing house and supplies and information you need to know if you are building a new home.  It is available in two versions for your convenience.
PDF Version
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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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More valuable information: Click here for R-value recommendations for optimal energy savings and comfort.

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!

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

Reroofing Your Home This Year Has Benefits

September 3, 2009

So…You Need To Reroof Your Minnesota Home?

High Performance Roofing, Siding, Gutters and Windows For Your Home

So, you need to reroof your home?  Maybe you are not sure where to start.  Maybe you need to brush up on some of the latest products and procedures?

Your decision to reroof your home may have been because you have been experiencing some roofing problems that can no longer be ignored.  Then again, maybe you have decided just to give your home a face life and a new roof would really enhance the look.  Whatever the reason, you do not want to make a costly mistake.  Well, you’ve come to the right place!

United Roofing & Remodeling Inc can help you through the process.  We can discuss your options and answer the most commonly asked questions with straightforward answers to help resolve any of your uncertainties in order to get the maximum benefits.  You will find that our extensive experience and knowledge will prepare you for what to expect when reroofing begins to ensure your complete satisfaction with your new roof.

Since every roof system has its strengths, selecting the right one is vital to the success of your project.  United Roofing & Remodeling Inc would like the opportunity to work with you to help make your best roofing decision.

Call us today at 612-617-1717

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

Roofing Tax Credits Can Offset Upgrades To Energy-Efficient Metal and Asphalt Roofs

September 1, 2009

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

RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL ROOFING SERVICES

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