When choosing a commercial roofing company for your business or building complex, you want to make sure to choose the right team so that you get a quality roofing job that will last and also add appeal to your building. Here are a few things you can check before hiring a commercial roofing company to take care of your roofing needs. Continue reading “How to Choose the Best Commercial Roofing Company”
If your energy costs are out of control, poor attic insulation may be to blame. While having proper insulation is not a mandatory part of home ownership, it can help make your home more energy efficient. When your home is more efficient, it’s eases the strain on your bank account and on the environment.
Savings, Comfort and Environmental Awareness
Insulation creates a barrier between the heated and unheated spaces in your home, which keeps the air from seeping out. This allows your heating and cooling system to work more efficiently. The end results of this are cooler temperatures in the summer, and warmer temperatures in the winter. Continue reading “The Importance of Attic Insulation in Your Home”
Other than your roof, the siding you choose for your home or business will be one of the largest investments you make. There are many options to choose from including vinyl, stucco, wood, stone, and more. Each material has its own advantages, benefits, and ideal installation applications.
Steel siding is a common choice among homeowners and business owners for it’s strength and durability. Steel is thicker and stronger than aluminum making it more durable and dent resistant, and it has a greater lifespan than either vinyl or aluminum – some steel siding products are built to last 50 years or more! Continue reading “Steel Siding: Invest in Your Future”
While talking about the importance of ventilation,the idea of having fresh air flow through your house seems odd as we are getting ready to move into the winter, but it is an important consideration for the months ahead. Any advantages your home might have in how well it is insulated can be undone if it isn’t also properly ventilated. Continue reading “The Importance of Ventilation”
Midwest Roofing, Siding and Windows recently finished a lead renovation project in Mound, MN. This was a home that was built before 1978 and needed a complete lead renovation. The customer called us for roof replacement and siding replacement. We worked with the customer to find out their needs and brought it to life.
Lead Safety Practices:
Because the home was built before 1978 we needed to follow the EPA’s guidelines for renovation with lead involved. The home was tested positive for lead. Lead is not an issue unless it is flaking and peeling off, however when replacing siding we need to protect the outside of the home. In order to do this we lay out tarps from the house to collect any and all siding and paint chips from hitting the ground. Doing this doesn’t take much more time, it is the right thing to do! Plus, when we are all done the homeowner’s landscaping looks the same as when we started.
When the siding is removed we wrap up the pieces with a sheet of poly(commonly used on the inside of a home) to wrap up the siding. Doing this ensures that no lead will fall into the yard while transporting the garbage to the dumpster. After all the siding is removed we then clean up the area with a HEPA vacuum. After everything is cleaned up we do testing to make sure that the area is free from lead.
On this home, Midwest Roofing, Siding and Windows installed steel siding from Edco and an asphalt roof from GAF. Work was completed very quickly and the homeowner was very pleased.
Tired of rotten wood? James Hardie Siding might be right for you!
James Hardie has worked to develop superior remodeling products, focusing entirely on fiber cement since the 1970’s. Their fiber cement siding, soffit, fascia, and trim is primarily made up of the raw materials wood fiber, water, sand and cement. This platform helps them keep a very durable product. Due to the structure of James Hardie products, homeowners can trust in the low maintenance aspect of the siding and accessories. Continue reading “James Hardie Siding and Accessories”
We recently had the opportunity to participate in the Southwest Journal Home Improvement Fair at the Burroughs Community School in Minneapolis, MN.
The Southwest Journal Home Improvement Fair is a fun, casual get together for the community that helps educate homeowners on home improvement options. Two of our estimators, Aaron Hinton and Micah Driskell, along with some helpful hands from friends and family, set up and operated the booth for Midwest.
Our booth comprised of many different product samples and literature for roofing, siding, windows, insulation and ventilation, and more for the adults to browse over, while we offered some entertainment for the kids. Owens Corning was wonderful for lending us their life size Pink Panther costume (representing their logo) that a few of our representatives were able to switch off wearing. The kids just loved it! We also did some face painting and had a coloring page for the kids to color there or bring home. A local restaurant in Minneapolis, Rusty Taco, provided lunch for all and seemed to be enjoyed by many, as the turnout for the fair was great!
Our estimators both agree that the Southwest Journal Home Improvement Fair had a very upbeat and friendly environment, with a staff that was prepared to offer assistance if needed.
When asked about what surprised him about the fair, our estimator Aaron Hinton said, “People were very interested and excited to explore their home improvement options, especially insulation, ventilation products and issues.” Aaron walked the homeowners through the benefits of insulation and what energy efficiency means for a home, primarily lowering heating costs. He stated that insulating your home is the “number one thing you can do to your home that will pay for itself.”
We look forward to participating in the Southwest Journal Home Improvement Fair next year for a third consecutive time!
Roofing Customer Testimonial
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Roof work completed: April 26, 2012
Skylights completed: May 21, 2012
We were more than pleased with the work provided to us by Midwest Roofing, Siding and Windows. From the initial start with Dennis coming to our home to measure for a new roof and replacement skylights, every aspect of the job was done professionally and in a very timely matter.
Matt, the project manager called and came out to make sure everything was going as expected and made sure that we knew what the city inspector required for our home. He also did a final check after Mike, the service manager, did some inside work on the skylights. Mike did an excellent job of adding trim to the inside of the windows and Matt even offered to touch up the paint on some scratched areas of our siding. Thank you both!
But the best were the workers that did the re-roofing! Listening to the radio, the forecast was possible rain, because of this I did not expect them until I heard a truck about 6:30am. I told them that it might rain and the worker went to get his manager that whipped out his phone and showed me hour by hour that no rain was expected…and he was right!
The roofers were so professional , working very hard with a large crew. No music blaring, very little talking and all were there to work! The cleanup was very good and we found very few nails on the ground after they left. In fact, it seemed as thought they had a person cleaning up the whole time they were here.
We will definitely call Midwest Roofing, Siding and Windows when we have work that is needed and will recommend them to others in the future.
Thank you, Midwest!
Save money, while beautifying your home!
Most people plan on replacing the siding on their home when they have had it with the constant maintenance. While you are changing the appearance of the home, why not add some more value to your home? Alside has many different siding lines, but Prodigy is by far their most energy efficient line.
With Alside’s Prodigy next generation insulated vinyl siding you can achieve the look you want and increase the energy efficiency of your home. Prodigy’s insulated foam underlayment is designed to help maintain the temperature of your home as desired – promising the highest R-value in the industry. This layer of insulation, measuring 1 1/2″ thick, allows moisture to escape while preventing energy loss, keeping your home comfortable. This is very important when you think of the changing weather in the Twin Cities metro area!
Looking for texture? Prodigy provides a milled cedar design available in clapboard and dutch lap profiles (21 colors available), so you can get the beautiful look of wood and stay within your budget! To check out the features that Prodigy has to offer, visit http://www.prodigysiding.com.
Also, take a look at the lifetime transferable warranty – http://www.alside.com/pdf/Prodigy_Warranty.pdf
Throughout Minnesota winters the weather varies from below freezing blizzards to snow melting on a sunny, 40 degree day. With ice building up and melting in a vicious cycle, it’s not easy to keep up with maintaining your roof. Ice dams, if left untreated or without any preventative steps taken, can destroy any roof. When a roof has ice building up on it, it is suspect to leaks that can cause mold and water damage to ceilings, walls, and insulation, not to mention exterior structural damage due to the weight and pressure of the ice.
Let us walk you through the cycle of ice dams and help you take preventative steps to maintain the quality of your roof!
An ice dam forms throughout winter when:
A) Hot air escapes into an unheated attic space and warms the roof deck and/or
B) Changes in temperature that cause snow to melt, and refreezing over the eaves as temperatures drop.
Under either circumstance, the snow begins to melt and travels down the roof. Once this water reaches a cold spot – typically where the eave begins and there is no heat – it freezes and begins to form a dam. This cycle of melting snow turning into solid ice continues and begins to form higher and higher on your roof. The pressure from the build-up can cause shingles to lift, buckle, and dislodge, allowing water to find a new pathway under the shingles and into your home.
Ways to help prevent ice dams:
1. Clear your roof from snow on a regular basis. In most cases it is safer to have a roofing contractor remove snow and ice dams to prevent homeowners from risk of injury, and to prevent further damage to a roof throughout the process of removal.
2. Seal all penetrations to the attic that are allowing air leaks (such as plumbing stacks, electrical cords, chimneys etc.)
3. Along with sealing penetrations, add insulation to increase the R value (thermal resistance) to help eliminate condensation and improve the energy efficiency when heating your home. Insulation will help reduce the amount of heat escaping your home.
4. Make sure you have the proper ventilation system for your roof according to building codes allowing cold air to pass through and hot air to escape quickly. This will help keep the roof deck cold.