4 Tips for Trick-or-Treating Safely This Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, children everywhere are picking out their costumes and getting ready for their big night. Although Halloween is meant to be a fun and exciting holiday, it’s important for Twin Cities parents to protect their children from any possible harm. These helpful tips, brought to you by your Twin Cities area contractors here at Midwest Roofing, Siding & Windows, will help to enhance your child’s safety on Halloween night. Continue reading “4 Tips for Trick-or-Treating Safely This Halloween”

Is Your Home Secretly Leaking Heat?

Insulation under shingle roofingSaving energy and saving money are two topics that are of interest to homeowners. If you are a resident of Minneapolis, the winter months can mean big heating bills as you try to keep your home and family warm. One big problem that we see homeowners having is heat loss. When your home is leaking heat, your furnace needs to work even harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

What Causes Homes To Leak Heat?

There are a few primary causes, and most of them are a fairly easy fix. Keep your eyes out for these problems:

  • Windows and doors are a major source of heat lose. Doors and windows can warp over time creating a gap at the top or bottom, and old or non-existent weather stripping lets a lot of heat out and cold air in. Doing the “dollar test” can tell you if you need new weatherstripping.  Close the door or window on a dollar bill and if you can’t pull out the dollar, you are fine. If you can pull it out or if you see daylight through the gap, you need to fix it! Installing new weather stripping around doors and in windows can make a significant difference.
  • Single-pane windows are a definite problem. Installing energy-efficient windows with double or triple panes is a good investment, and will cut down on heat lose. Heavy drapes are another way to help retain heat, if you can’t afford new windows right now.
  • Plumbing and wiring can be a cause, especially in older homes. Check around plumbing and wiring carefully for gaps that can be causing drafts and leaks. Sealing them with spray foam, insulation, or caulking helps. Don’t forget about electrical outlets and switches which can let in cold air. Insert foam gaskets to insulate them.
  • Attic holes are another culprit. These are usually for accommodating pipes, ducts, and vents into your attic, but there can be gaps present that cause large amounts of heat to leak out. These should be sealed with spray foam or caulking.
  • Recessed lighting in insulated ceilings is another overlooked cause of heat leakage. High-heat flexible caulking can fix this.
  • Lack of insulation is another problem. If you have no, or insufficient, insulation underneath your shingle roofing, not only are you leaking heat, but you can also end up with ice build-up on your roof.  If you find your attic is poorly insulated, shingle roofing company Midwest Roofing, Siding & Windows can help.

 

It is surprising how many ways heat can leak out of your home and let cold air in. Fixing these leaks can help keep your home comfortable all season long and save you money, too.

Insulation is a must if you want to save energy during a Minneapolis winter. Contact Midwest Roofing, Siding & Windows to have a free inspection done of the insulation underneath your home’s shingle roofing.

Preparing Your Yard for Spring!

It’s the perfect time of year in Maple Grove to get a head start on outdoor shopping for next spring. By starting some home improvement projects now, you can take advantage of the warm weather before our harsh winter weather sets in. At Midwest Roofing, Siding and Windows, a certified siding contractor in Minnesota, we know that exterior home improvements are a great way to increase your home’s curb appeal and property value. By tackling some easy projects now, your home will look beautiful when spring arrives. Continue reading “Preparing Your Yard for Spring!”

The 10 Hottest Tools for Fall Clean-Up!

1 (60) copyFall is here in Eden Prairie and with the beautiful colors and cooler weather comes a great chance for you to do some home improvement by cleaning-up around the outside of your home. Trees, gardens, and lawns all need a little extra care before the harsh winter weather sets in. These 10 tools can help you gain some enjoyment from your Eden Prairie with  fall home improvement time. Continue reading “The 10 Hottest Tools for Fall Clean-Up!”

Get Those Christmas Decorations Up Now!

Festive holiday decor is a great way to add some cheer to your house and your entire neighborhood. But, putting up Christmas decorations and lights in the middle of a cold Twin Cities winter means you might end up with frostbite and you risk falling off an icy ladder. No one said you have to wait until winter hits to put up your decorations, though! Continue reading “Get Those Christmas Decorations Up Now!”

Practical Tips for Soundproofing Your Twin Cities Home

Are you plagued by noise in your Twin Cities home and interested in knowing how to soundproof it? At Midwest Roofing, Siding and Windows, we are often asked about soundproofing as we are a Twin Cities area contractor with a great deal of experience in that area. Here are some of the most effective soundproofing tips that will help you become more comfortable. Continue reading “Practical Tips for Soundproofing Your Twin Cities Home”

Add Attic Insulation Now to Reduce Winter Bills

It may be hard to believe right now but winter is coming to Minneapolis. One thing that means is that Jack Frost can play havoc with your utility bills. But there are things you can do to keep more of your cash. One of the most cost effective is beefing up your attic insulation. Not only is it inexpensive, but the cost of the material qualifies for a federal income tax credit; now is the perfect time to take care of it. Continue reading “Add Attic Insulation Now to Reduce Winter Bills”

Add Attic Ventilation During Roof Replacement

Ventilation ImageThe optimal time to address ventilation problems in your Twin Cities attic or attic rooms is while you’re having your old roof replaced. A roof replacement is certainly no small undertaking, so extending its life should be goal number one. Humidity, dampness, the build up of heat in your attic or attic living spaces, and past problems with ice dams not only negatively impact roofing materials, they can dramatically decrease the comfort level of top-floor rooms and make life miserable during both winter and summer. Continue reading “Add Attic Ventilation During Roof Replacement”

Select Your Home’s Perfect Shingles

The styles of homes in the Minneapolis  area draw on all historical styles, from Modern to Mountain. New asphalt shingles can complement these styles, if the roofer and homeowner work together. With the GAF Style Guide, this task becomes easier.

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GAF provides four shingle roofing lines, each offering numerous colors and styles: Continue reading “Select Your Home’s Perfect Shingles”