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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3 Reasons Not to Choose the Lowest Roofing Job Estimate

If you’ve queried several roofing contractors for an estimate on your upcoming roof replacement or repair, it’s time to start making your final decision. You need to be careful not to let your final decision be driven solely by budget and dollar signs. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Take the time to read each job proposal, and do your research on each roofer to make sure they’re as highly qualified as they say they are. Here are three reasons that simply choosing the lowest-dollar estimate for the job won’t necessarily serve you well. (more…)

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4 Ways to Ensure Solar Panel Installation Doesn’t Damage Your Roof

Many homeowners have the mistaken impression that they can’t install solar panels on the roof because of the potential for roof damage. But the reality is that when you know which types of damage to watch out for and how to prevent them, you can practically eliminate this issue.

Here are four ways you can protect your roof from the potential hazards of solar panel installation.

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4 Parts of the Roof You Shouldn’t Skimp On

A roof is not a single structure; it is a complex construction composed of multiple individual parts. You should know the significance of each of these parts so you can tell which of them are critical and require careful consideration during construction. Here are some parts of the roof to give careful consideration.

  1. Materials

You can choose from dozens of roofing materials for your next roof, and all of them mean different things for your roof. Your choice of roofing material determines the following things: (more…)

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Common Causes of Roof Leaks

Roof Leaks - Common Causes of Roof Leaks in Minneapolis, MN

Roof leaks are dangerous because they affect not only the integrity of the roof but can also damage the interior fixtures and household items. Here are some of the typical causes of roof leaks to watch out for.

Negligent DIY Repair

DIY repair can save you loads of cash but only if you do everything right. You can damage your roof if you don’t have the right skills or tools to fix roof damage. For example, a poor DIY repair can leave you with the following problems.

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Considering Cedar Shake Roofing? Learn What You Need to Know

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Cedar shake roofing is made from natural cedar that has been cut by hand. Although cedar shakes do require regular maintenance, this all-natural roofing material has many positive qualities that make it desirable to owners of high-end homes.

Are you considering cedar shake roofing for your home? Learn what you need to know about this classic roofing material.

 

Nothing Compares to the Beauty of Cedar Shakes

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3 Steps to Overhaul Your Roof and Gutters Before Installing a Rainwater Collection System

Rain FallingHaving access to safe drinking water is a basic necessity in American homes. Yet, for an increasing number of homeowners, the rising costs of water are making this basic necessity seem more like a luxury that many people are struggling to afford.

In over 30 major cities across the country, water bills rose by over 40 percent between 2010 and 2015, and this upward trend shows no sign of abating. For this reason, a growing number of people are choosing to install rainwater collection systems to supplement or entirely replace their municipal water consumption.

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What Problems Can a Too-Mild Winter Pose for Your Minnesota Home?

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Despite the cool temperatures that persisted through late May, the winter of 2016 and 2017 was the mildest on record. While this fact can be good news for Minnesotans who depend on natural gas or electricity to heat their homes (or who just hate shoveling feet of snow to make it out of their driveways), it can also create some unexpected maintenance and repair issues for homes in the north central U.S.

Read on to learn more about a few of the problems that can result from an extraordinarily mild winter and what you can do to protect your home from damage. 

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