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Looking For More Information About Roof Styles?

January 21, 2010

Looking For More Information About Roof Styles?

Styles of Roofs

There are many different styles to roofs these days, some of these styles are more common than others depending upon where you live. Different styles of roofs perform well depending on the geography. We have provided our users with a list of the most popular roofing styles today and some details about each of them.

  • Hipped: Four uniformly pitched (sloping) sides, resembling a pyramid.
  • Simple: All four sloping sides meet at a ridge across the top. Front slope is usually broader than the side sections.
  • Pyramidal: All four sloping sides come to a point at the top of the roof.
  • Cross-Hipped: Perpendicular wings are added to the main section forming two individual sections with their own hipped façade.
  • Gambrel: Each side has two slopes; a steeper lower slope and a flatter upper one; associated with barns.
  • Saltbox: A gabled roof with asymmetrical sides. It is said to resemble an eighteenth century salt box.
  • Mansard: A roof forming a double slope, two slopes on each of the four sides. The lower slope being steeper than the other.
  • Shed: One high pitched plane covering the entire structure. Often used for additions and porches.
  • Flat: Contains no slope. May or may not have eaves.

Roofing or re-roofing your home is a great investment.  You’ll want to make sure you are choosing the right Minnesota roofing contractor for your house and your budget.


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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Roofing Tax Credits Available For Energy-Efficient Upgrades

December 29, 2009

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

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
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

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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United Roofing…Roofing At It’s Best!

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

We look forward to working with you!

Why Is The Style Of Your Roof Important?

December 16, 2009

Why Are Roof Styles Important?

A roof can be the most distinguishing element of your home or business, and greatly affect its overall look and style.  Because all roof types are tailored to meet certain needs, it is worth learning the different roofing styles available, and how they differ in shape, detail and design.  The choice in roof style can heavily influence the cost of your building or renovation plans, as roofs are made from a wide variety of materials and substances.  United Roofing can advise you on the most suitable and cost-effective roofing designs for your home and/or business, in accordance with your taste and budget.

Common Roofing Styles and Shapes

There are 2 main kinds of shapes that a roof can assume; gable or hipped.  The difference between them lies in both the slope-line of the sides of the roof, and the roof-to-wall junction. Gable shaped roofs are defined by the meeting of two straight slopes from the ridge of the roof, falling all the way to its eave.  The result is the creation of a peak or triangular shaped structure on either the side or face of the façade.  The side of the gabled house on which this peak is seen is called a “rake”, and the side on which the slope is seen is called an “eave”.  In contrast, hipped-roofs have an even roof-to-wall junction, as the roof plane is broken along the slope line, allowing for an easy wrap around the building’s structure.  As a result, hipped shaped roofs also have eaves on all sides.

Functionality of Different Roofing Designs

As already outlined, the shape and design of a roof is built according to certain requirements and functionality.  The gable shaped roof is arguably the most commonly used roof style, as its triangular shaped slope allows for rain, snow, leaves and any other kind of debris or weather damage, to simply fall off the roof and away from the building.  Although gabled roofs can differ in their pitch and steep grades, they all serve the same purpose of efficient run-off of water, and therefore protection against its damaging effects.  Hipped roofs, on the other hand, are highly suitable for extreme weather conditions, as the shape of a hipped roof, along with its complex internal framing, braces against strong winds and even hurricanes.

Whatever your roofing needs are, United Roofing can advise you on the most suitable and cost-effective roofing designs for your home and/or business.

Call us today for a Free Quote at 612-617-1717
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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

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.

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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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.
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