Replace Your Siding: 4 Signs That Tell You It's Time

Replace Your Siding: 4 Signs That Tell You It's Time

Is it time to replace your home’s siding?

Your home’s siding works really hard. It does. It withstands snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, ice, and direct sunlight. And as it slowly ages, it will begin to break, crack, warp, or crumble. It’s all just a part of owning a home.

So as a homeowner, how do you know if it’s time to replace your home’s siding? Here are four signs you can watch for.

Professional Snow Removal: What You Want To Know Before You Hire

Professional Snow Removal: What You Want To Know Before You Hire

It's winter in Minnesota, which means that just about anything can happen in terms of the weather. Temperatures can drop to rival the North Pole, unexpected warm days will tempt us to believe spring is on its way, or we'll be buried in lots and lots of snow. So far we've had a bit of all three, but who knows what the next few months could bring! 

Just in case the snow starts to fly again, here's what you need to know about caring for your roof during the winter months.

How much snow is too much snow for my roof? 

Take a look at the ice build up on your roof. How thick is it getting? When it starts to get over four inches thick, you could start to have problems.

2 Ways Your Family Can Give Back This Holiday Season

2 Ways Your Family Can Give Back This Holiday Season

Spreading the reason for the season

As the weather starts to turn cooler and the short days give way for longer cozy nights, our household begins to look with great anticipation towards the season ahead.

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays this time can pass by us too quickly if we don’t intentionally set time aside to remember what this season stands for. Taking the time to give back and invest in our community is something we like to do as an entire family. 

Looking for ways to get your whole family involved in the holiday season? Here are two ideas for you...

How To Get Rid of Ice Dams On Your Roof

How To Get Rid of Ice Dams On Your Roof

The weather these past few Minnesota winters have lent themselves nicely to creating ice dams on homes and commercial buildings alike. All the melting, freezing, melting, re-freezing can really do a number on your roof’s shingles if your house’s insulation is poor.

So How Do Ice Dams Form Anyway?

When there’s a layer of snow sitting on your roof an ice dam is formed when the attic warms up enough to melt the first layer of snow on your roof. 

Drip by drip, the water will trickle down between the layer of snow and shingles until it hits the end of your roof. The edge of your roof stays cold because it extends beyond the attic—thus isn’t being warmed from underneath. There you have the gradual forming of nice mound of ice we call an ice dam...

3 Ways To Keep Squirrels and Small Rodents Out of Your Home

3 Ways To Keep Squirrels and Small Rodents Out of Your Home

How to keep your house free of critters

As the season continues to bring cooler weather, outdoor critters think it’s the perfect time to make their way indoors — right into your home. And this is never fun for any homeowner.

If creepy critters are becoming a problem in your home, here are a couple of places to check to see if it’s how these unwanted guests are finding their way inside.

Fall Jobs Around The Home You Might Have Forgotten

dare to explore behind the fridge

It’s never a fun job to begin with, but it’s certainly important. Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum all the coils. Use a broom with a long handle to dust off those bottom coils. 

Deep clean your fridge 

Since you are showing the outside of the fridge some love, why not give the inside a little makeover, too? Right@home gives the most thorough and detailed instructions for how to easily deep clean your fridge and freezer. Go here for info and start defrosting.

Attack grimy blinds

Start by mixing 1 part water and 1 part vinegar in a bowl as suggested by right@home. Find an old, unwanted sock, slip it on your hand, dip into the vinegar mix, and then! Attack those dusty, dirty blinds! We suggest having the vacuum handy to swallow up all those extra dust bunnies that may be floating in the air.

Drain your water heater 

Before it gets cold, go ahead and drain your water heater to remove any sediment buildup that might have started in the holding tank. This article suggests that doing this simple task can improve your water heater’s efficiency by 50 percent.

Inspect your roof 

All these little projects for the inside of your home. What about the outside?

To inspect the health of your roof, carefully climb up on your roof and have a look around. Do you see any worn shingles or spots that might be deteriorating. If you see anything that concerns you, don’t hesitate to give Guy a call to come take a look.

Options For Financing Your Home Improvement Project

Options For Financing Your Home Improvement Project

You know it’s time to get a new roof, new siding, or new windows. But there is one major thing holding you back. Money.

But how will I pay for this home repair?

We get it. 

As a family-owned and run roofing company we understand how intimidating it can feel to say yes to a major home repair with a substantial price tag.

How To Know If Your Roof Has Hail Damage

How do I know if my roof has hail damage?

With the summer storm season quickly approaching, home and commercial business owners must be prepared for storms. Strong winds, falling tree branches, and heavy rain and hail—you never know what kind of a weather beating your home or business might have to take this season.

For asphalt roofing shingles, hail damage can cause soft spots or bruising. Granules are the hard, protective material that make up the surface layer of asphalt roofing shingles. When there’s any amount of hail impact, there’s bound to be some granule lose to your roof’s shingles. Too much granule loss will quickly effect the lifespan of your roof.

Another trick for determining if your roof has sustained hail damage is to start by checking your roofing vents. Often the metal venting systems will reflect significant hail damage. If we find evidence of damage to your roof vents, there’s typically a good chance your shingles have received damage from the hail as well.

You want to deal with hail damage right away

The damage caused by hail storms is particularly important to pay attention to. Hail damage is insidious by nature. This means that it may not cause further damage like leaking to your roof or house structure for many years to come. But for insurance purposes, it’s often best for home and business owners to get the damage checked out right away, just to be safe. Since it can be difficult to tell for certain about hail damage from the ground, we encourage folks to get your roof shingles, gutters, and siding inspected by a professional. 

Whether it was your roof, siding, or gutters that were effected by hail damage, we can help. Give us a call and Guy will personally come out and inspect your home or commercial business for storm damage. 

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How To Get Rid of Carpenter Ants In Your Home

How To Get Rid of Carpenter Ants In Your Home

What to do when you find carpenter ants

Are you finding carpenter ants crawling around in or outside your home? Besides from being gross and slightly frightening, these large ants are telling you something very important about the health of your roof. 

When you spot carpenter ants lurking around your home there's a good chance your sheeting or siding is getting wet and retaining water. Carpenter ants love to live where it's dark and moist...