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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.


Part 1 of Selecting Your Asphalt Shingles

September 16, 2010

Selecting Your Asphalt Shingles For Minnesota Homeowners

As you start preparing to have a new asphalt shingle roof installed, it may seem to be a long and complex task.  It is important to remember how important this process is, since it will directly affect what is probably your largest single investment – your home.  In order to simplify this process, we have developed a guide to help you through the many choices to be made.  We walk you through the different styles of asphalt shingles available, and give you the easiest way to start the process.  Getting involved in each step of the process is advisable to do away with any hassles that may crop up later.

The first step in the life of your asphalt shingle roof is selecting a shingle.  At first glance, with so many different styles and colors to choose from, it may seem a little intimidating.  But when you get right down to it, there are really only four decisions to make.

1. Selecting a Shingle Style

The different styles of shingles can be divided into two basic categories: Architectural shingles and Traditional 3-Tab Design shingles.

The first type is the architectural shingle.  Their remarkable dimensional thickness and deep, blended shadow bands simulate the appearance of classic wood shakes, enhancing the beauty of any home.  The traditional 3-tab design shingle gets its name from the three tabs incorporated into its profile.  Always a popular choice, traditional 3-tab shingles are available in a wide variety of colors.

2. Choosing a Limited Warranty Length

Architectural and traditional fiberglass shingles also come in different weights and limited warranty period lengths.  Once you have decided on one of these styles of shingles, check with your roofing contractor to determine the choices in warranty periods offered.  Ask your roofing contractor to show you a good, better and best selection of products.

While architectural shingles may cost more than Traditional 3-Tab shingles, it is important to remember that laminated architectural asphalt shingles may last longer.  Amortized over that length of time, the difference in price between Traditional 3-Tab shingles and upscale architectural shingles is less than you might think.

  • Note: Product availability may vary per region.  Depending on location, materials, roof design, underlayment, installation, slope and other factors.

3. Choosing a Color

Now, it is time to choose a color.  Although it sounds like a simple process, it is usually the step that causes the homeowner the most difficulty.  After all, choosing a color is a very personal and subjective process.  Since everyone has a unique sense of style and taste, it is impossible to give a hard-and-fast rule on how to choose a shingle color.  One of the best ways to pick a color is to drive around your neighborhood.  Check out the different color combinations of roof, brick / siding, and trim colors that your neighbors have tried.  Make a list of the ones you like, and steer clear of the ones you don’t.

Once you have narrowed down your choices, it is important to view several full size shingle samples, or an existing roof completed with the same style and color shingles, before making a final decision.  Often overlooked, getting actual shingle samples from your contractor is the best way to see how a shingle color will look in combination with the other color elements (brick / siding, and trim color) of your home.

If you are considering new trim paint or siding, grab those samples as well, and take them outside.  Hold them out in the natural sunlight, and see how the colors interact together, and how they change under different lighting conditions.

Here are some additional questions you may want to ask yourself when selecting a shingle style

Remember that laminated architectural asphalt shingles may last longer.  Amortized over that length of time, the difference in price between Traditional 3-Tab shingles and upscale architectural shingles is less than you might think.

  • Depending on location, materials, roof design, underlayment, installation, slope and other factors.

Here are some additional questions you may want to ask yourself when selecting a shingle style.

Do I live in an area where algae discoloration is a concern?

If you live in an area where algae discoloration is a concern, some shingles feature an algae resistant system to protect against algae discoloration.  You may also want to consider selecting a dark color shingle, which is less likely to show the staining associated with algae discoloration.

Do I have a steep pitched roof?

With a steep pitched roof you can see more of the roof while standing on the ground.  To give your roof an interesting and complex texture, consider using architectural shingles.  With their multi-layer, laminated construction, architectural shingles are a perfect match for steep pitched roofs.

Do I want my home to stand out from the crowd?

If you want to give your home a more distinct and individual look, consider using architectural shingles.

4. Choosing Your Roofing Contractor

After selecting a shingle style and color, the next step is choosing a roofing contractor.  This is an important step in the process, and should not be taken lightly.  It is important to do your homework, since not all contractors are alike.  Some are more committed to their workmanship and after-sales service than others.  Some may have better-trained installers.  There may even be contractors on shaky financial ground who will not survive long enough to provide the roofer’s warranty service.  A contractor who stands behind his work typically has a good reputation in the community, and wants to keep that reputation by making sure his customers are satisfied.  Take whatever time is necessary to select the right contractor.  Having the right contractor can make a big difference.

Points to consider when assessing the qualifications of various contractors:

  • How long have they been in business?
  • Are they bonded and insured, including worker’s compensation and general liability?
  • Do they have the appropriate licenses for your community? (Ask to see written proof.)
  • Will they give you the names and phone numbers of some of their customers you may call for a reference?
  • Do they have a satisfactory record with your local Better Business Bureau?
  • Are they willing to put all agreements, promises and understandings in writing
  • Whether you need a new roof, roof replacement, or roof repair, find a reliable Minnesota Roofing Contractor to provide you with an estimate for the services you need.

What Type Of Material Is Best For Your Home Roof Comparisons

September 9, 2010

Are You Thinking About A New Roof?

Wondering what type of material might be best for your home?

There are many types of roofing materials—some of which are brand new with a range of plusses and negatives.  You can re-roof with the same type of roofing material that you currently have or investigate alternatives.  Some materials are environmentally friendly and some are long lasting or low maintenance.  And who doesn’t love low maintenance?

Before making your choice, consider the life-cycle cost of your roofing material.  Some materials, though much more expensive, require less maintenance and have a longer life expectancy than others.  An asphalt composition roof might last just 20 years whereas a metal roof might last more than 50.  Consider both the current and potential value of your home, and its age when calculating whether a roofing material is actually “too expensive.”  It might just be more cost-effective in the long run.

The following table describes some of the roofing choices available.

Roof Type House Style Advantages Disadvantages

Composition (asphalt shingles)

Can be used on any house from contemporary to historic.  False thatched roof with the wrapped roof edge on 1920s Tudor style.

  • inexpensive
  • ranges from low-cost 3-tab shingle to architectural shingles with extra durability and style
  • many colors, types, and manufacturers
  • suitable for most residential applications
  • easy to repair
  • fire resistant
  • relatively short life-span (15–30 years)
  • scars easily when hot
  • subject to mildew and moss
  • environmentally unfriendly
Wood shingles or shakes

Bungalows, ranch, contemporary, cottage, historic

  • natural look weathering to a soft grey
  • offers some insulation value
  • blends in with the environment
  • easy to repair or replace
  • long lasting if maintained (30–50 years)
  • expensive
  • usually requires professional installation
  • high maintenance
  • tends to rot, split, mold, and mildew
  • poor fire rating unless pressure treated
Metal (steel, aluminum, tin, copper)

Bungalows, ranch, contemporary, cottage, historic (virtually all)

  • available in different looks including cedar shingles, slate, or standing seam
  • many colors
  • light weight
  • durable
  • long life span (at least 50 years)
  • low maintenance
  • can be installed over existing roofs
  • excellent performance in high wind, hail and rain
  • environmentally friendly
  • may be difficult to install
  • can be expensive
  • may need periodic painting
Tile (concrete, clay)

Mediterranean, Italian, French Eclectic, Spanish Eclectic, Beaux Arts, Mission, and Prairie. May also be attractive on some contemporary or ranch style homes.

  • non-combustible
  • many colors and styles
  • attractive
  • fireproof
  • easy to maintain
  • extremely durable when maintained
  • expensive
  • heavy
  • used primarily in new buildings because of weight and structural requirements
  • installation and repairs can be tricky
  • fragile; walking on roof may break tiles

Colonial, French, Italianate, Exotic Revivals, Chateauesque, Beaux Arts

  • beautiful, distinctive appearance
  • fireproof
  • long life span
  • low maintenance
  • very expensive
  • requires specialized installation
  • heavy
  • fragile
  • high maintenance
Concrete (fiber reinforced)

Virtually any style of home

  • many colors and styles including shakes, tile, and stone
  • relatively lightweight
  • fire and insect resistant; meet many of the more restrictive fire codes
  • low maintenance
  • extremely durable
  • resource efficient
  • can be expensive
  • uneven quality among products
Hot mopped asphalt with decorative stone

Flat roofed California-style modern

  • inexpensive
  • easy to repair
  • stinks
  • health risk to installers
  • fumes promote smog
Engineered rubber/plastic

Virtually any style of home

  • about 1/3 the weight of slate
  • long lasting (30–50 years)
  • cost effective
  • attractive
  • available in a large range of styles and colors with more appearing constantly
  • made of reclaimed materials
  • new to market

Flat to moderately sloped roofs.

  • Environmentally friendly; filters rainwater through a roof system of vegetation and soil
  • Low maintenance; can extend the life of the roof membrane substantially
  • Provides insulation to even out climate variations; in particular, keeps houses cooler in summer
  • Attractive
  • initially expensive
  • unconventional in US, though used more than 30 years in Europe

Think about your choices , then call your local roofing contractor to help you make the best decision for home and budget.

Roof Repair, Roof Restoration or Roof Replacement?

August 17, 2010

Commercial Roofing Options

Commercial roofing is not easy to understand so to assist you in better understanding the low slope roofing options available to you, we have provided a standard list of roofing options for your review.

Repair Your Roof

Don’t procrastinate . . . Repair damage immediately so it doesn’t become a bigger problem later.

  • Always use the right materials recommended by a professional roofing contractor . . . this will insure proper performance and longevity of the repairs.
  • Use a professional roofing contractor, they know what to do – your plumber or lawn care technician doesn’t.
  • Proper and timely maintenance and repairs helps your roof perform to the manufacturers expectations.


  • Repairs can only extend the life of a roof so far.
  • Left in disrepair your roof life will diminish greatly.

Restore Your Roof


  • Budget friendly . . . restoring your roof can save up to half the cost of a new roof.
  • Extends the life of your roof . . . can add up to 15 years to the life of your existing roof
  • Extends the life of your roof . . . can add up to 15 years to the life of your existing roof
  • Minimal Disruption . . . installs significantly faster and with considerable less mess than a conventional new roof


  • Biggest budget impact . . . can be twice as much as a roof restoration.
  • Longest installation time and bigger impact to serviced area.
  • Moderate-to-Severe Disruption and inconvenience for occupants

Replace Your Roof


  • Best Long-Term Option . . . systems can often last up to 20 years or more.
  • Your Peace-of-Mind . . . our manufacturers’ can offer a no-dollar-limit guaranteed available up to 20 years.
  • Fewer installation worries . . . starting from scratch with less work-a-rounds than you’d find in a roof restoration.


  • Biggest budget impact . . . can be twice as much as a roof restoration.
  • Longest installation time and bigger impact to serviced area.
  • Moderate-to-Severe Disruption and inconvenience for occupants

Contact a qualified commercial roofing contractor to help you decide which roofing option will be the best solution for your property.

Was Your Home Damaged In Any Of The Recent Hailstorms?

August 3, 2010

Hail Damage Minnesota

Hail storms have hit again and have caused significant damage to thousands of homes.

Living in Minnesota, we are all familiar with the extreme weather our beloved state can create.  Every year we experience a wide range of temperatures, weather conditions and of course POWERFUL thunderstorms and severe storms of all varieties.  The punishing storms that can leave the exterior of your home damaged are Hail Storms and Wind Storms. This results in red tape and paperwork from the insurance companies.

The Following Cities Experienced Hail and Wind Damage in the July 17th Storms.

  • Mound, Minnistrista, St. Bonifacius, Watertown, Cold Spring, St Martin, Kimball, Nicholas, Buffalo, Annandale, Staples, Little Falls, Winona, Hokah, Motley, Wadena, Kingston

The Cities Below Experienced Hail Damage in Excess of 1 Inch Along with Wind Damage in the June 25th Storms.

  • Golden Valley, Cottage Grove, Plymouth, St Paul, South St Paul, West St Paul, Inver Grove Heights.

The following cities in Minnesota experienced hail in excess of 1 Inch along with wind damage in the June 17th Storm 2010.  Get expert help with your hail damage claim from a MN hail damage and Insurance Claim Negotiation Expert.

  • Hackensack, Bemidji, Millerville, St. James, Bena, Gibbon, Blue Earth, South Haven, Winstead, St Augusta, Clear Lake, Medellia, East Grand Forks, St Cloud, Montecello, St Peter, Elk River, Buffalo, Pemberton, Rush City, Swatara, Mankato, Lake Crystal, Palmer Township

If your home is located in an area that was hit this year by hail, call a reliable storm damage expert to get a free damage analysis to see if your roof qualifies for a possible full roof replacement. Time is not on your side however so call right away to have roofing expert look at your roofs condition.  Get help Filing an Insurance Claim for your Roofing Project today!

Tornado Hits Albert Lea Minnesota

June 18, 2010

Roof Repairs, Roof Tearoffs, and Roof Replacements For Minnesota Homeowners

The tornadoes that formed in the sky above Minnesota Thursday PM were Kansas-size twisters, in some cases nearly 1/2 mile wide, large, long-lasting, violent tornadoes, more common in Oklahoma and Missouri than the Gopher State.  A few were multi-vortex (wedge) tornadoes, so big and fat they didn’t even resemble typical tornado funnels.  A multi-vortex tornado is composed of 3-8 mini-tornadoes, all rotating around a common center.  If one of those violent vortexes passes overhead total damage is all but insured.  This accounts for crazy stories: one home flattened, while the home across the street suffers only minor damage.  To see the video of the tornado that hit near Albert Lea click here.

Roof Repair

We all know how Minnesota weather can turn nasty without notice.  Spring storms are especially troublesome and we often are in need of minor to major roof repair.  Repairing a roof is the process where an existing roofing system has suffered damage, or aged or additions and adjustments are made to it.  

Re-Roofing – Tear off and Recovers

Re-roofing is the process of installing a new roof when a roofing system fails.  Roofing system failures can be caused by a number of factors, including age, severe weather, poor workmanship, defective materials, improper specification of a roofing system, abuse and failure to maintain the roof properly.

Roof Maintenance

Maintenance involves the physical inspection of an existing roofing system to determine its current condition, detect weakness and failures and identify any potential future problems.   Through a program of regularly scheduled annual or semiannual roof inspections, homeowners can protect their roofing investments by seeking to identify damage in its early stages.   Early detection of leaks and roof system failures make it possible to repair and extend the life of a roof system, which is significantly less expensive and time consuming than replacing an entire roof.

If your property has been affected by storm damage (hail or wind) or if you are wondering if your property has been damaged by a recent Minnesota hail or wind storm, contact your local roofing contractor.  It is crucial that you find a credible contractor that is trained in storm damage insurance negotiation.

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How Did Your Roof Survive This Minnesota Winter?

May 11, 2010

Did Your Roof Survive The Winter?

Winter months can be cruel to your roof, as it is the first line of defense against the high winds, heavy rains, sleet and snow that are typical of our Minnesota winters.  If your roof fails, it can cause great expense, significant damage and wasted time and money.  So when the weather is better, it’s a good idea to perform a quick check-up to insure that your home is protected.

Leaking roof systems can result from several sources.  The most common leak sources include cracks in flashing around the chimney and vents, worn out or missing shingles, or condensation from inadequate attic ventilation.  Here are some suggested warning signals that your roof system may be wasting money and leaving your property vulnerable that you can identify yourself:

  • Ceiling spots – A warning sign that your roof system needs leak repair.
  • Missing shingles – These should be replaced quickly to avoid structural damage to your roof deck and the interior of your home.
  • Cracked flashing – Should always be replaced.
  • Buckled or curled shingles – Indicates old age or a problem with the shingle underlayment (i.e., the felts underneath the shingles).
  • Blistered shingles – Typically occurs due to inadequate roof ventilation or application over a wet deck.
  • Granules in the gutter – If excessive, it may indicate aging shingles that should be replaced.
  • Peeling of interior or exterior paint/wallpaper – A sign of possibly inadequate attic ventilation.
  • Excessive energy bills – Especially air conditioning in the summer, can be a sign of inadequate attic ventilation.

If you have issues with your roof system, consider utilizing the services of a professional roofing contractor.  Most people think roofing is simple, and are therefore willing to hire a “fly-by-night contractor” to perform their roofing services, often at a lower cost.  This is probably why roofing is one of the top reasons for complaint calls to the Better Business Bureau.

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.

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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Do Your Roof Shingles Need Replacing?

November 12, 2009

What Are The Signs Of An Aging Shingle?

Everyone hopes that a roof lasts forever, but as with all things, roof shingles will age.  One thing to remember, however, is the fact that not all shingles will age at the same pace.  Different shingles have different life spans and the best way to assess how long your shingles will last is to check with the manufacturer’s warranty. For instance, if your warranty lasts for fifteen years, then you may want to begin checking for serious wear and tear around that time.  However, to truly keep your roof in prime condition, you should have your roof inspected by your local Minnesota roofing contractor at least twice a year.

When shingles become old or begin to show signs of aging, you may notice that they begin to crack, curl or become loose.  They may in fact even break off.  You should never ignore these signs or put them off. When you begin to see signs of aging in your shingles, you should contact your local Minnesota roofing contractor and have the roof assessed.  Putting off roof repairs to a later date can cause many expensive repairs in the long run.  It is always best to make roof repairs as soon as you notice the problems.  Aging shingles are no exception to the rule.

One of the most important steps that you can take to maximize the lifespan of your shingles is to have them inspected regularly by your local Minnesota roofing contractor. This should be a part of your total roof maintenance system and can help ensure that you derive the most benefit from your roof.  If your experienced roofing contractor determines that shingles need to be replaced, you should not attempt to do the work yourself.  You should always have an experienced roofer handle your roofing needs, including replacing or repairing aging or damaged shingles.  By having your local roofing contractor repair shingles as they become damaged, you will delay the need for a complete roof replacement.

Please contact United Roofing  Remodeling for all your commercial or residential roofing needs at 612-617-1717