Choosing Between Asphalt Shingle and Metal Roof Types

Choosing the roof for your home has more importance than you might think. Every roof type has different pros and cons that you should pay attention to. The roof, after all, is your home’s first line of defense against harsh weather elements. Two of the more popular roof types for homeowners in the St. Paul area are metal and shingle roofing systems. So how do you choose between the two? Here is a basic breakdown of each roof type to help you make a more informed decision. Continue reading “Choosing Between Asphalt Shingle and Metal Roof Types”

Choose Pella Windows For Great Looks and Energy Savings

If your energy bills are high, your house is drafty or you can hear everything that is going on outside of your home, it may be time to consider replacing your windows. Older windows can have a major impact on your home’s energy consumption and comfort levels. Air leaks causing drafts can bring a steady flow of cold air into your home creating a greater demand on your heating system. While the decision to replace your windows may seem like a big financial investment and counter-intuitive during the winter months the added benefits new windows provide to your home quickly add up. Continue reading “Choose Pella Windows For Great Looks and Energy Savings”

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”

4 Home Improvements Worth Investing In

Play room in a  white basement living roomDespite the current chill in the air, home improvement work can still be done in this frigid season. Our name is Midwest Roofing, Siding and Windows and in this season of cold temperatures that Plus means the remodeling work inside your home. If you are thinking about renovating your home, then think no more. Investing in home improvements will provide you with a number of benefits, from improving the functionality and form of your home to improving its overall value. The following are 4 of the more beneficial home improvements that you should strongly consider investing in: Continue reading “4 Home Improvements Worth Investing In”

Winter Roof Maintenance Tips From A Minneapolis Roofing Contractor

Roof maintenance is one of the most important home maintenance tasks there is. It’s not hard to understand why either. Your roof is what protects you and your home from the elements. Because the winter season tends to expose the roof to the harshest elements of the year, from snow and ice to rain, it’s important that you do winter roof maintenance. While there are some winter roof maintenance tasks that you can do yourself, hiring a Minneapolis roofing contractor is the best way to ensure that your roof will hold up to the challenges of winter. The following are a few of the winter roof maintenance tasks that need to be done: Continue reading “Winter Roof Maintenance Tips From A Minneapolis Roofing Contractor”

Is a Roof Replacement Part of Your New Years Resolution?

The start of a new year brings renewal, and it’s not just about diet and exercise. Your house can benefit major changes, too. A roof replacement increases your home value while providing years of weather protection and curb appeal for your home. It’s a major investment, but well worth taking the time to sit down and make decisions about how to go about choosing the best new roof for your home and how to budget for it as an investment. Continue reading “Is a Roof Replacement Part of Your New Years Resolution?”

How to Choose the Best Commercial Roofing Company

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”

The Importance of Attic Insulation in Your Home

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

oc_pinkpanther_house_Picture 1Insulation 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”

Steel Siding: Invest in Your Future

house_with_Emco_sidingOther 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”

The Importance of Ventilation

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”