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The two most important factors in calculating cost are the style of roofing and the shape and pitch of your home’s roof. One of our experienced team members can come to your home, inspect your current roof and then give you an estimate.
Checking Your Roof for Damaged Shingles
Most Minnesotans understand the need to check your home’s roof for damage after a heavy storm. Knowing what to look for and what to document might be a bit more difficult. You’ll need to know how to assess different types of damage and arrange repairs from a company like Minnesota Home Improvements. Follow our guide when checking your roof for damage.
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MN Home Improvements Offers Two Main Types of Roofing:
Asphalt Roofing: When you choose Minnesota Home Improvements, you’re choosing a team of specialty trained, experienced and professional roofing experts to get the job done. MN Home Improvements is certified by three leading shingle manufacturers: GAF, CertainTeed and Owens Corning. You are also getting specialized roofing crews that are actual employees of our company, not sub-contractors that know asphalt roof shingles.
What does it really mean to be a Manufacturer Factory-Certified? MN Home Improvements Manufacturer Certification means that we are authorized to write extended warranties that cover both labor and materials, ensuring that your roof is protected, but also that your new roofing investment has an extended warranty of up to 50 years. This extended warranty gives you the peace of mind as a homeowner that your shingles installed by MN Home Improvements will stand the test of time while providing long-term, ultimate protection for your home. That is why our shingles are the most trusted and top quality shingle products available today in the nation.
Metal Roofing: Metal roofing offers many benefits, from increasing curb appeal to actually adding value to the investment of your home. One of the biggest benefits to a metal roof, is the average life can last 40-60 years. In addition, metal protects a home from fire and is strong protection against extreme weather. We offer standing seam, steel shingles or Pro Rib Steel Roofing with experienced and trained professional installation teams.
Another benefit to metal roofing is a higher level of energy efficiency. Metal roofing in both light and dark colors reflects heat effectively to reduce cooling loads in the summer and insulate homes during the winter. Many residential metal roofs now utilize reflective pigment technology, which results in overall home energy efficiency, and lower utility bills. In addition, all metal roofs are made from 30-60% recycled material.
No matter what kind of roofing style, color or finish you have now, there’s a metal roofing style to match. A high-quality metal roof will likely be the last roof you’ll ever need. Resistant to cracking, shrinking and eroding, metal roofing systems can also withstand extreme weather conditions including heavy snow loads, hail storms and wildfires.
Extended Warranties are provided and vary slightly depending on which brand of roofing materials you choose for your home. As a GAF Master Elite, Owens Corning Preferred Contractor & CertainTeed Master Shingle Applicator MN Home Improvements provides extended warranties that can include 50-year coverage on select shingles and workmanship coverage.
Becoming certified among top and trusted programs in our industry shows our dedication to quality work, providing top products, building relationships, and a deep pride in the work we provide. With each certification we receive, we show our dedication to an end product that speaks of attention to detail, superior craftsmanship, and lasting tried and true finishing. We stand behind our work with extended warranties to put our customers at ease, from initial start, to the final finish.
Our Certifications Include:
GAF Certified Green Roofer
GAF Certified Master Elite Roofing Contractor
Owens Corning Preferred Contractor
When choosing your shingles, there are several things to consider including your budget. Three-tab are a traditional option, and are still the most economical shingle today. 3-Tab shingles are available in a wide variety of colors and include limited 20-25 year warranties.
Architectural asphalt shingles, one of the most popular styles, contain no cutouts, but their lower portions are laminated with an additional asphalt layer. This creates the contoured, dimensional look that gives them their name. Asphalt sealant bonds the layers, reinforcing the shingles’ waterproof capability.
A variety of shingles that provide energy efficient and impact resistant features, including wind and algae resistant options. These shingles can include a lifetime limited warranty term and give your home an elevated, attractive finish.
Types of Material Commonly Used in Asphalt Roofing
Decking/Sheathing: The boards or sheet materials fastened to the roof rafters to cover the house.
Underlayment: The technology of new synthetic felts allows decking to breath better. This is especially critical in vaulted areas and older homes with intake ventilation issues. There are three types of underlayment: synthetic underlayment, asphalt felt and ice and water shield. When choosing underlayment, the goal is to provide the best protection against leaks with quality material that fall within your budget. A high quality synthetic underlayment can extend the life of your roof by an average of 5 to 10 years. With the amount of snow and ice our geographic area receives, it is a wise investment to install an ice shield in combination with synthetic underlayment where appropriate.
Felt: Tar or asphalt saturated paper made with some fiberglass. It is the most widely used and the most affordable roofing underlayment. While felt offers a general level of protection against leaks, it may not be enough if you live in an area that gets heavy snow and/or rainfall.
Ice & Water Shield: A thick asphalt or bitumen based reinforced membrane. This membrane has a sticky surface that glues to the roof deck, and does not tear after installation. It protects the roof from water penetration caused by wind-driven rain and ice dams. It is essential to use an ice shield in critical areas such as eaves, rakes, ridges, valleys, dormers and skylights.
Synthetic: High quality underlayment and higher investment than felt underlayment. It has a number of advantages such as a longer lifetime, more tear proof, and usually does not deteriorate.
Drainage: The features of the roofs design such as slope, shape, layout, etc., that determine its ability to shed water.
Flashings: Sheet metal laid into the various joists and valleys of a roof system to prevent water leaks.
Drip Edge: A roof flashing that is installed at the leading edge of your shingle near the gutter. It is a piece of metal flashing slipped under the roofing material and over the top of the paper felting underneath the roofing shingles that hangs down into the gutter approximately 1?. The primary objective of this drip edge is to keep the rain-water from soaking up under the roofing shingles and causing dry rot of the plywood under the felt paper. It also diverts water into the gutter instead of going behind the gutter, which could also dry rot of the wood behind the gutter. This can cause the gutter to come loose and even make it pull away from the fascia board or rafter tails.
Chimney Flashing: Because leaks can occur at the chimney, flashing called Chimney Flashing prevents water from entering at the point where the chimney and the roof meet. Every chimney is different, so installing chimney flashing is often a custom project. Other times that the chimney flashing will need to be replaced include when it is missing, when it is rusted through, when it is totally covered with roofing tar, or when the shingles are going to be replaced.
Pipe Flashing: Installed as a water-tight seal around plumbing vent pipes or outside wall penetrations as a prevention against leaks. These come in a variety of materials and can be chosen to best match the exterior of your home.
Roof Covering: Shingles, shakes, steel, etc., that protect the decking from weather. This is the first layer of protection for your roof decking.
Ventilation: Attic ventilation is key to the longevity of your roof. Both proper intake and exhaust ventilation are needed. Improper roof ventilation may void your manufacturer’s warranty. In addition, proper ventilation of bath and kitchen fans is need to ensure ice damming and attic damage does not occur.
Standing seam metal roofing consists of panels that are long in length and have ribs running from the eave to the ridge of the roof. These panels are fastened with gasketed screws that penetrate the panel into the roof decking substrate.
Residential standing seam panels with an attachment flange hidden by the next panel are growing in popularity throughout the country. The fact that the attachment point is covered by the adjacent panel makes for a very clean looking installation and protects against weather.
Pro Rib Steel
Pro Rib Steel is a versatile and quality metal roofing product. It is truly a premium wall and roof panel whose applications span a tremendous variety of residential, commercial and industrial construction projects. Panels cover 36″ width and range on average 8-10 feet in length. Pro Rib provides limited lifetime paint warranties.
Common Misconceptions About Metal Roofing
Lightning: A metal roof will not increase the likelihood of lightning striking your home. However, if your home were hit by lightning, your metal roof would disperse the energy safely throughout the structure. Since metal roofing isn’t combustible or flammable, it’s a low risk and desirable roofing option where severe weather is concerned, especially for lightning.
Noise: A common misconception is that a metal roof will be noisier than other types of roofing. When installed with solid sheathing, a metal roof on your home will actually silence noise from rain, hail and bad weather, many times much better than other roofing materials.
Rust: Steel metal roofing has a ?metallic coating? made of either zinc or a combination of zinc and aluminum. This metallic coating prevents rust from forming and is bonded to the steel at the factory. Paint is then applied over the metallic coating to provide the long-lasting color homeowners desire, preventing rust.
Dents: In most cases, a metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like hail, high winds, and heavy snow. Our metal roofing systems also have a 150-mph wind rating (equal to an F2 tornado), meaning your metal roof is also safe from wind gusts that can accompany hailstorms.
With our fair pricing and skilled craftsmen, Minnesota Home Improvements guarantees your satisfaction with your next roofing project. Our many years of roofing experience allows us to guide our customers in selecting the best materials for their budget and quality needs. Trust Minnesota Home Improvements, your local roofing company, with the roof on your home!