Posts Tagged ‘roof repair mn’

Attic Condensation & Ice Dam Leaks

February 10, 2011

Preventing Ice Dam Leaks

Attic condensation and ice damming are related. Both can be caused by warm, moist air leaving the house and entering the attic. Attics will be in good shape if there are no holes, air leaks, or bypasses from the house to the attic and there is sufficient insulation to keep house heat from escaping. If you can ensure good air sealing and insulation, the attic will remain cool and dry, as if it were outside. For example, it is rare to see moisture problems or ice damming on the roof of a detached garage or unheated barn.

Formation Of An Ice Dam

Where to look for leaks

  • around plumbing stacks or plumbing walls
  • chimneys through the attic
  • any light fixtures from the ceiling below
  • electric wiring
  • ducting for fans or heating systems
  • perimeter walls
  • partition walls
  • party walls
  • above pocket doors
  • above lowered ceilings
  • where the side of a cathedral ceiling meets an open attic
  • split level discontinuities
  • where additions meet an older section of the house
  • above rounded corners or staircases
  • balloon frame walls

Prevent Ice Dams With Ventilation

Attic Venting

If you have properly sealed the attic you should not need more attic ventilation. Attic ventilation is overrated. In winter, the cold outside air cannot hold much humidity or carry moisture away from the attic. In summer, attic temperatures are more affected by the sun and shingle color than by the amount of ventilation.

Ice Damming

Ice dams are the large mass of ice that collects on the lower edge of the roof or in the gutters. As more melting snow (or rain) runs down the roof, it meets this mass of ice and backs up, sometimes under the shingles and into the attic or the house.

Ice damming usually occurs with a significant depth of snow on the roof. If the attic temperature is above freezing, it warms the roof sheathing which melts the snow lying on the shingles. This water runs down the roof until it meets the roof overhang, which is not warmed by the attic and will be at the temperature of the surrounding air. If the air and the overhang are below freezing, then the water will freeze on the roof surface and start the ice dam.

The balance between removing ice and damaging the roof

Thick ice is hard to remove. You must decide if trying to remove it will cause more damage than leaving it on the roof. Tools, such as hammers, shovels, scrapers, chain saws, and devices such as shoes with ice spikes can damage roofing materials or the structure below. Chemical de-icers can discolor shingles, break down membranes and corrode flashings and drains. De-icers can also damage plants on the ground.

Has your roof been damaged by a winter storm and you’re now looking for a Minnesota roofing contractor to fix it?

If damage has occurred and ice must be removed, hiring professionals that use steamers is strongly recommended.

Steam Method To Remove Ice Dams

February 2, 2011

Safely Remove Ice Dams With Steam In Minnesota

Ice dams are created by a number of different factors, such as snow accumulations and heat loss. But, most importantly are the damage they can cause and the significant damages that can incur do to; Water leaks from ice buildup, shingle damage from ice forming under the shingles. Gutter and Soffit damage from the weight and pressure from ice as it forms at the eaves, and structural damage as water intrusion can rot the untreated lumber used in the construction of your home. Not to mention the rot of your sheet rock as water leaks in and on your ceilings and walls.

Ice dams may seem harmless at first, but they are known to cause thousands of dollars in repair due to roof leaks, structural damages and interior repairs to your home. Results of ice dams can create dangerous mold growth, which can cause or aggravate allergies, asthma and other respiratory diseases.  Fighting ice dams can be costly and, you also need to know how to approach the problem to make your efforts more efficient to permanently eliminate ice dams.

If damage has occurred and ice must be removed, hiring professionals that use steamers is strongly recommended.  Using a “Steam Method” of ice removal, as opposed to other methods which may include a hammer and chisel, will safely remove ice dams without damaging the integrity of your shingles.

Ice Dams Still Causing Problems For Minnesota Homeowners

January 27, 2011

Ice Dam Removal | Steam Removal of Ice Dams

Ice damming is a big problem here in Minnesota this year. Record snowfall amounts in December, preceded and interspersed by bouts of sleety precipitation, produced the perfect storm for ice dams to flourish.

“There’s a lot of leaks out there,” say Minnesota roofing contractors, who have been taking calls for help. After a series of wimpy winters, this one and last year’s have prompted ice dams to return with a vengeance. As a result, Minnesota homes are being affected much earlier than usual this year.

Ice dams form when snow accumulates on a roof that’s too warm, then melts and drains down to refreeze at the colder overhangs of eaves. The water that collects behind the frozen dams may seep through the roof and down into a structure. Poorly insulated and inadequately vented attics are the biggest contributors to ice buildups, which can be mitigated by clearing snow from roofs.

Long-handled roof rakes can be employed to pull off the first few feet of snow behind eaves, but locally they’ve become a scarcity. Menards ran out over the weekend, and Home Depot’s supply was depleted for the third time this winter.

Complete removal of roof snow is best, and is best if the work is done by a contractor using a steam unit to clear heavy snow and ice buildups. This method melts the ice dam in a manner that will not damage your roof.

Ice shield membranes, routinely installed along roof edges before new shingles are installed, make a big preventative difference when it comes to water issues produced by ice dam formations.

Prior to five or six years ago building codes called for membranes to extend three feet up from an exterior wall. Under the new code, 6-foot rows of membranes are now standard, and some homeowners request even more. Some people have wanted a membrane on the entire roof.

Contractors say that an ounce-of-prevention is worth-a-pound-of-cure. Thousands of homeowners in the community who had new roofs installed following severe summer storms may have been lulled into a false sense of security. Ice shield membranes guard against water penetration but can’t prevent ice dams that, if left untended, can extend upward beyond the shields.

According to the University of Minnesota Extension Service, problems occur when a series of conditions coincide:

A roof’s upper surface must average above 32 degrees for sustained periods while the lower surfaces average below freezing temperatures. The dams form in the areas that are below freezing, and water collects behind them in areas that are not.

In addition to removing roof snow, ice dam prevention involves controlling heat loss from the house to the attic. This can be achieved by enhancing ceiling insulation that keeps heat out of the attic, thereby preventing the roof from heating up, and by keeping roof vents free of snow.

And as a related precaution, snow should be cleared away from outside gas meters to guard against blockage of regulator vents that could cause gas leaks inside the home.

If you are one of the many Minnesota homeowners with roof damage from ice dams, contact a Minnesota roofing contractor today!

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.

 

More Severe Storms For Minnesota Homeowners

July 20, 2010

Severe Storms Drop Tornadoes and Hail In Cold Spring, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Mn in the news again.  Strong storms delivered another hit to parts of Minnesota including Cold Spring, Minnesota area on Saturday.

Strong thunderstorms ripped through central Minnesota Saturday afternoon.  It started in Stearns County where 4.25″ sized hail dropped near Cold Spring, MN, that has resulted in widespread damage.  Golf ball sized hail was reported.

The insidious nature of hail damage is that it may pose no immediate threat to the structural integrity of the roof.  However, many insurance companies have a “statute of limitations” of how long a hail claim is viable.  If you have experienced a loss such as hail damage, it is prudent to take care of the problem in a timely manner before it leads to other associated problems.

If your roof has any damage what-so-ever you have a VALID insurance claim and should file with your insurance company.  Insurance companies can not cancel your policy for a disaster related claim.

If you are wondering if your property has been damaged by the recent Minnesota hailstorm, contact a reliable roofing contractor that can help you identify and repair damage to hail damaged roofs.

Looking For More Information About Roof Shapes?

January 14, 2010

Looking For More Information About Roof Shapes?

Roofing is responsible for several important functions.  Most importantly, it serves as the structural support of your home. Your roof controls water ingress, air flow, water vapor diffusion, heat flow, and offers surface protection.  However, in order for a roof to function properly, the right roof materials and components in the assembly must be selected based on the properties that make them suitable for these various tasks.

The price of a new roof system varies widely, depending on such things as the materials selected, contractor doing the work, location, local labor rates and time of year.  It is important to keep in mind that for each roofing material, there are different grades and corresponding prices. There also are a variety of roof styles and shapes to choose from.  You need to look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs.

Roofing Shapes

There are many different distinct shapes for roofs, some more common than others.  We have provided a list of the most popular roofing shapes today and some details about their appearance and construction.

  • Gabled Roof – Constructed with a single slope on each side of the ridge, creating a triangle portion on the side of front facade.
  • Side-Gabled Roof – Non-gabled side faces the front and contains the front doorway.
  • Front-Gabled Roof- Gabled side faces the front and contains the front doorway.
  • Cross-Gabled Roof- Perpendicular wings are added to the main section forming two individual sections with their own gabled façade.

Roofing or re-roofing your home is a great investment.  You’ll want to make sure you are choosing the right roofing contractor for your house and your budget.  For a Free Roofing Price Quote, Call United Roofing today at our office number (612) 617-1717
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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

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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.

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