FAQ About Low-Maintenance Roofing

Low-Maintenance Roofing - Minneapolis, MN - D.S. Bahr Construction, Inc.Is there a worry-free roof? While every roof requires some degree of care, some have significantly lower maintenance needs. If you don’t have the time, energy, or home improvement budget to constantly care for your roof, take a look at what you need to know about the low maintenance options.

Does Every Roof Require Maintenance?

Before you start a low-maintenance roof search, you need to understand the difference between low and no care. A 100 percent worry-free, no-care roof doesn’t exist. Simply stated — every roof requires some degree of maintenance. (more…)

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Beyond Material: Other Factors That Determine Roof Longevity

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Most people know that roofing materials are the primary determinants of roof longevity. For example, asphalt shingles rarely last as long as slate. However, other factors also play a critical role. Below are some of the factors, other than material, that determine roof longevity.

Weather

The local weather affects your roof’s integrity in multiple ways. For example:

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Factors That Make Cedar Roofing Eco-Friendly

Factors That Make Cedar Roofing Eco-Friendly

You should install a cedar roof if you want a beautiful and eco-friendly roof. Here are some of the reasons cedar roofing is eco-friendly.

Cedar Is Durable

A cedar roof can last as long as 40 years. A durable roof is eco-friendly since it takes a long time before you have to replace it. The durability saves on the materials and resources you have to use on the roof for the duration you own the property.

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Roof Replacement Option: Why Choose a Rubber Roof

Rubber RoofHomeowners that want a durable and long-lasting option for their home may want to learn more about rubber roofs. The material can withstand the elements and normal wear and tear. Rubber roofing materials are not only for flat roofs but can work with nearly any style of home. The flexibility of the rubber product makes it a convenient option for complex roof shapes.

Attractive Finished Appearance

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What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Moss on the Roof

Although some people consider a mossy roof attractive, the moss can actually lead to issues with your roof. Moss doesn’t have roots in the traditional sense, but it still can carpet a roof and cause ongoing damage to shingles and roof underlayment. It’s not necessarily the growth habit of moss that damages your roof, but the conditions that the moss creates.

Read on to see the concerns moss creates and how you can prevent it.

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Ice Dams 101: What Every Homeowner Needs to Know

An ice dam occurs when a buildup of ice along the outside rim of the roof keeps melted snow from draining properly. The snowmelt backs up behind the ice dam, which then allows the water to get beneath the shingles and leak into your home. Ice dams can cause a lot of damage to both the roof and your home’s interior if you don’t spot and address them right away.

Signs of Ice Dams

Dams can be difficult to spot under a thick layer of snow, but fortunately you can look for a few signs of a forming dam.

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What Should You Do With the Space Under Your Deck?

What do you do with that giant space under your deck? Depending on where your deck is placed, the space could be one or two feet tall, or it could be nearly an entire story. This space has many potential uses. Read on for some interesting ideas that you could consider for your under-deck space.

Add an Under-Deck Patio

If your deck is high enough, you can add a secondary patio under your deck. Add patio paving stones or concrete, and even a fire pit, and you’ll have a cozy place to spend some time. An under-deck patio is a great place for rainy weather, and can become a relaxing retreat.



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Why Your Home Needs Vinyl Siding

Everyone wants their home to last as long as possible and to look good for as long as possible. Fortunately, vinyl siding can help you achieve both goals. This protective feature can go a long way toward a more beautiful and durable home. Plus, it offers a wide range of other benefits that make it a smart choice all around. Read on to learn the benefits of vinyl siding.

Affordable

Many people are under the mistaken impression that vinyl siding is incredibly expensive. However, this is not the case. Vinyl siding can actually be quite affordable and is often more affordable than other common types of siding, such as wood siding.

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4 Ways to Make Your Roof Greener and More Sustainable

Sustainability is becoming more important to homeowners. If your household is concerned with sustainability, one of the ways that you can make your home more environmentally friendly is by installing a sustainable roof. There are many ways that you can make your roof more eco-friendly. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Use Recycled Material

Some roofing materials can be recycled. Perhaps the most well-known and easily recyclable roofing material is metal. In fact, the metal used to create roofing material is mostly recycled.

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