5 Must-Haves for Home Emergencies

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Weather related emergencies do happen, even in Eden Prairie. Unfortunately, the weather can sometimes be hard to predict, which often leads to anything from mild to serious property damage. More often than not, this requires emergency repair. For example, any damage done to the roof of your Eden Prairie home will require emergency repair of some sort. Leaving any damage alone could cause it to worsen and potentially lead to other issues, such as leaks and mold, to name a few. Continue reading “5 Must-Haves for Home Emergencies”

Beware of Spring Storm Chasers

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As spring swirls into summer, the seasons’ storms increase. With each new downpour and fierce wind, old roofs take their toll. During the upcoming months, many fly-by-night or inexperienced Twin Cities roofers also seem to “blow in” to the neighborhood to try to secure tons of new projects in a short period of time. Be wary. Continue reading “Beware of Spring Storm Chasers”

Fend Off Winter Storm Damage With GAF Roofing

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Minnesota has a tendency to throw some weather issues at its residents that can really test the strength of their roofs. Our contractors at Midwest Roofing, Siding & Windows, the best of the best in Minneapolis roofers for over 40 years, are only too familiar with what the winter storms can do. In fact, the infamous Minnesota chill is one of the main reasons why we became GAF Master Elite certified installersContinue reading “Fend Off Winter Storm Damage With GAF Roofing”

Summer Storm Season May Mean Emergency Roof Repair

bigstock-Damaged-House-From-Tree-1113138In 1904 a deadly tornado ripped through Minneapolis, killing 14 Minnesotans and causing enormous damage. While tornadoes may seem like rare events in Minnesota, we actually experience an average of 27 a year. Summer storm season, however, is not just about tornadoes. Your Minneapolis home’s roof can suffer hail damage and wind uplift, as well. Continue reading “Summer Storm Season May Mean Emergency Roof Repair”

Ice Dams: Looking Pretty But a Major Problem

Ice dams can form on your roof whenever snow melts and leaves water behind that then refreezes at the roofline. This is often apparent whenever there are icicles present along the eaves of your roof. Many people never give ice dams a second thought, but the fact is that they can cause damage to your roof as well as to the interior of your home if left unchecked.

Why Are Ice Dams a Problem?

bigstock-After-The-Storm--1331490When an ice dam forms, water may not be able to drain from the top of your roof as it should. This water needs somewhere to go, and may wind up getting underneath the shingles on your roof instead. Having water underneath your shingles not only reduces the lifespan of your roof, but it can also lead to leaks in your ceiling or attic as well. Continue reading “Ice Dams: Looking Pretty But a Major Problem”

Hail Storms Impact Roofs in Eden Prairie and the Twin Cities

Hailstones_in_handOn August 6, 2013 the Twin Cities experienced a destructive supercell thunderstorm event that produced 1”-2” hailstones and high wind damage throughout the region, tracking along I-94 from south of Fargo to Eau Claire. Power was lost and vehicles were damaged throughout Eden Prairie, Edina, St. Louis Park, and Bloomington.  Thankfully, although the storm’s rotating nature caused the National Weather Service to issue several tornado warnings, no tornadoes were reported. Among the result of that hail storm were roofs of houses, businesses, apartments, garages and more, that took a real beating. We expect these roofs to cover us, to protect us from the storms of life, but a hail storm like this one takes a toll on these roofs. Continue reading “Hail Storms Impact Roofs in Eden Prairie and the Twin Cities”

How to Prevent Ice Dams

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.

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