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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

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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

What Is A “Cool Roof” Anyway?

November 26, 2009

What’s So Cool About A Cool Roof?

A cool roof is one that reflects the sun’s heat and emits absorbed radiation back into the atmosphere.  The roof literally stays cooler and reduces the amount of heat transferred to the building below, keeping the building a cooler and more constant temperature.  Imagine wearing a white or a black T-shirt on a hot day.  By wearing the white T-shirt you will remain cooler than if you wore a black T-shirt because it reflects more sunlight and absorbs less heat.  A cool roof is like a white T-shirt, they keep the internal temperature of the building cooler.

However, a cool roof need not be white.  There are many “cool color” products which use darker-colored pigments that are highly reflective in the near infrared (non-visible) portion of the solar spectrum.  With “cool color” technologies there are roofs that come in a wide variety of colors and still maintain a high solar reflectance.

The two basic characteristics that determine the ‘coolness’ of a roof are:

  • Solar reflectance (SR)
  • Thermal emittance (TE)

Both properties are rated on a scale from 0 to 1, where 1 is the most reflective or emissive.

Cool roof is a term used to describe roofs that reflect light instead of becoming hot.  According to a paper presented by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, if every roof and area of pavement in the 100 largest cities in the world were to switch to a cool roof and more reflective pavement, the reduced heat would offset 44 metric gigatons of greenhouse gases – an amount greater than all the greenhouse gases emitted by all the countries on our planet each year.

United Roofing & Remodeling is the leading commercial roofing contractor for high-performance roofing systems for commercial and industrial properties in the Twin Cities. Our expert sales staff will work closely with you to custom tailor a job to fit your needs.  Whether maintaining a specific budget, acquiring a desired warranty, saving energy or developing a tapered insulation system, we have the solutions and capabilities to solve your commercial roofing problems.

Contact United Roofing & Remodeling for all of your commercial roofing needs at 612-617-1717
Or Request a Quote online

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
Or Request a Quote online


Because Choosing A New Roof Is A Big Decision…

November 17, 2009

There Is United Roofing & Remodeling In Minnesota

Which Roof Is Best For You?

Choosing a new roof is a big decision.  It can be one of the biggest expenses encountered by homeowners.  It is also one of the most important decisions to make as well.  Your roof keeps the weather out of your house and away from your family and possessions.  It truly is one of the most important parts of your home.

There are many great choices for roof coverings.  Here are some of the most popular choices:

Asphalt Shingles: The most popular choice of roof coverings.  Even with increases in asphalt prices the past couple of years, asphalt and fiberglass based shingles are still your most economical roof covering.  30 year architectural or laminated shingles are a great choice.  Heavy weight asphalt shingles are also available in many styles and colors with 50 year or lifetime warranties.

Metal: Metal roofs are gaining in popularity.  Standing seam metal roofs are a classic look and style.  Corrugated panels are also available as an economical alternative.  Metal shingles or metal panels stamped and covered with granules to look like shingles, slate, terra cotta and shake are also becoming more available.  Most metal roof coverings are 100% recyclable.

Slate: Slate is a classic material that can last 100 years or more depending on the slate.  It is a heavy material and your roof needs to be designed to support the weight.  With a well designed roof and deck, a slate roof will last well into the next generation or two and look great.

Wood Shake: Another classic style, but it does not have the longevity of other materials.  If installed improperly and with low quality shakes, it may need replacement within 10 to 15 years.  Do you research and choose your contractor wisely when installing a shake roof.

Concrete Tiles: Tiles can come in terra cotta style tiles and flat tiles that look like slate and shakes.  Very durable and heavy like natural slate.  You will need to take the same precautions to make sure your roof can support the material.

Whatever your roofing your house needs, United Roofing & Remodeling is your all seasons roofing contractors for residential and commercial properties in Minnesota.  Our skilled roofing experts stay up to date on all of the latest advancements in technology so we can always offer you the most cutting edge materials and techniques to get the job done right.

Contact United Roofing & Remodeling today for all your roofing needs at 612-617-1717

Home Improvements That Pay Their Way

November 3, 2009

Reflective Metal Roofing

Reflective Metal Roofing

  • Reflective metal roofing saves on energy costs because it is able to reflect solar energy back into the atmosphere.  This reduces the amount of energy absorbed into your home.
  • Qualified roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings.  This can reduce peak cooling demands by 10-15%.

The roofs that qualify are the metal roofs that have reflective qualities or the asphalt roofs that have “cooling granules.”  These roofs are specially designed to reduce the heat gain in the house thereby reducing the cooling costs.

United Roofing & Remodeling offers a wide variety of services designed to suit all our clients’ roofing needs.  For more information on any of roofing, siding, window, or gutter services, call us at 612-617-1717

There are several Metal and Shingle roofs listed on the ENERGY STAR qualified product list.
Excel: http://downloads.energystar.gov/bi/qplist/roofs_prod_list.xls
PDF: http://downloads.energystar.gov/bi/qplist/roofs_prod_list.pdf

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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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.

Read this piece to learn more. Free Download:
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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!

Hail Damage In Minnesota To Built up Roofing

September 15, 2009

Commercial Built Up “BUR SYSTEMS” Roofing Systems

Hail Damage In Minnesota To Built up Roofing

Commercial Built Up “BUR, Roofing Systems comprise a large percentage of the commercial roofs today.  The hail resistance of these roofs is known to be quite substantial.  However, one of the most vulnerable spots on any building is the roof.

One hazard most building owners can expect to face at some time is hail damage.  As we all know, hail can hammer the Midwest, and when it does, the potential for damage is high.  Hailstorms can shatter windows, damage a buildings exterior, and destroy or damage the roof.  One bad hailstorm is all it takes to cause severe damage and expose the weaknesses in your built up roofing.

At United Roofing & Remodeling, we have been installing and repairing commercial built up roofing “BUR” systems”, for over 20 years.  United Roofing & Remodeling can provide all your commercial roofing needs.  We are a GAF Master commercial roofing contractor, are certified with Versico, and install Johns Manville products.  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 United Roofing & Remodeling today to learn how we can help you!  We are fully licensed and insured and offer free estimates with no obligation.  612-617-1717