After a violent storm hits, like the one that unleashed hail and damaging winds in Eden Prairie, Edina, and Bloomington earlier this summer, homeowners and business owners are concerned about the condition of their roofs. Within days of the storms passing doors start being knocked on, calls start being received, and flyers and business cards from roofing contractors start to arrive. This can bring a feeling of relief because industry professionals are reaching out to you and offering to help you out by assessing your roof and telling you that they can get you a roof for FREE! While many of these are legitimate roofing businesses operating in your community, there are some that follow the storms, roofer gypsies or roofing storm chasers that come in for a time after the storm then move to the next area attacked by a storm. Continue reading “Roofing Storm Chasers”
On 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”
Looking for a St. Paul Roofing Contractor?
Midwest Roofing, Siding and Windows is a GAF Master Elite roofing contractor, but why is that important when considering a new roof for your St Paul home or business?
GAF is the largest manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing materials in North America. They provide training and certification programs to roofing contractors and industry professionals. By using factory-certified contractors you eliminate the risk of your roof being installed improperly by individuals calling themselves roofers who are here today, but can’t be found if there is a problem. Continue reading “GAF Master Elite St. Paul Roofing Contractor”
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!
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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.