Choose Quality Shingles for Your Home

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There are many different manufacturers that promote “great roofing systems.” Professional roofers, through experience and extensive research, have been able to weed through the “cheap” shingles and find the best products. For a homeowner, though, these claims for greatness can be disappointing – and expensive. That’s why our team at Midwest Roofing, Siding & Windows has done extensive research on the durability and affordability of various shingles to be able to recommend a roofing system that you can trust. One of the manufacturers we love working with is Owens Corning™. Continue reading “Choose Quality Shingles for Your Home”

Roofing Customer Testimonial

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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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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