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Written by Shawn Butterfield

How Sunlight Can Damage Your Roof

Sunlight can damage your roof and with it being summertime, the more sun, the more the damage and the faster it will age.   Even though some roofing materials are made to withstand direct heat the tiles can still become dry and lose flexibility as they age.

Roofing materials are made with oils and when hit with the elements they can move and change shape to adapt to the condition.   The sun’s heat dries this essential oil up over time, tearing away the weatherproofing chemicals that help protect your roof.   If your roof tiles start to move, then other parts of your roof can also become damaged. 

UV rays also cause damage to the materials of your roof.  Asphalt shingles are really vulnerable to this radiation and can warp and wear out because of it.  The sun can make them simply deteriorate.  These invisible and dangerous rays can also be magnified by the summer heat and temperature.

Not only does the sun physically damage your roof, it can also cause its appearance to degrade.   The sunlight can bleach out your roof tiles, damaging the particles that give it color.  If left to continue over the years the side of your home facing the sun can be a completely different color.

To ensure your roof damage by the sun doesn’t cause bigger problems, ensure you have regular maintenance and inspections on your roof.  Make sure you have the strongest roofing material for your climate!

Request An Inspection Today!

Millersberg Construction can perform a comprehensive inspection to help you restore your roof to good condition.  That’s why it’s important to choose the right roofing and siding professional to inspect the integrity of your home. It’s important to find someone who is local, properly certified, efficient, courteous, and available to complete your work. All of which you’ll find working with Millersberg Construction. Contact us today at 507-301-3626 to request a free, no-obligation inspection or use our online contact form!

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Written by Shawn Butterfield

What To Expect During a Roof Inspection

The roof of your home guards your family and possessions against extreme weather and storms.  Not only is it important to schedule a roof inspection after a major storm but it’s important to schedule a routine inspection at least twice a year.  Ensuing your roof is in the proper condition year-round can help you avoid expensive repairs and major damage.  Thinking about scheduling an inspection but aren’t sure what to expect?  Let us tell you what to expect with a professional roofing inspection.

Exterior Inspection

The professional roofer will perform the inspection inside and outside the home.  During the exterior inspection they will check the outside of the roof for signs of damage.  This includes taking a close look at things like leaks, missing shingles, cracked caulk, or damaged flashing as well as recording that damage whether by picture or video.  The inspector will even check for uneven roof places and signs of sagging as well as the condition of your gutters.

Interior Inspection

For the interior inspection your roofer will inspect the inside of your home for any evidence of water intrusion.  They may even check your attic to ensure there are no signs of leaks, moisture, mold or aging.  The professional will also asses for proper insulation and ventilation.

Request An Inspection Today!

Unpredictable storms create unpredictable problems. That’s why it’s important to choose the right roofing and siding professional to inspect the integrity of your home after a storm. It’s important to find someone who is local, properly certified, efficient, courteous, and available to complete your warranty work. All of which you’ll find working with Millersberg Construction. Contact us today at 507-301-3626 to request a free, no-obligation inspection or use our online contact form!

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Written by Shawn Butterfield

Tips and Tricks to Prolonging Your Roof’s Lifespan

Having to invest in a new roof can be a major expense for homeowners, but if proper roof maintenance is performed then some problems can be prevented, and the lifespan can be prolonged.  Below are a few tips to help keep your roof in excellent condition for as long as possible.

  • Observe and Pay Attention: You can perform a simple visual inspection from the ground using a pair of binoculars.  Scan your roof for signs of damaged or loose shingles and flashings.  Also keep an eye out for any missing, curling or cracked shingles.  If you see any of these signs be sure to contact us for an inspection to prevent further damage.

 

  • Ensure Gutters Are Clear: Clogged gutters can cause water to go underneath your shingles which can lead to overflowing water and that can ruin landscaping as well as stain siding. Make sure you have clean and functional gutters.  This can reduce the risk of roof leaks and other damage.

 

  • Proper Insulation and Ventilation: Ensuring your attic is properly ventilated and has the right insulation can prevent water vapor from accumulating and damaging your roof’s underside.  This can also help to reduce the energy consumption in your home.  If you see any signs of water damage reach out to us for an inspection.

 

  • Keep Branches Away: Tree branches and leaves can scrape away protective material on your shingles leaving damage.  Branches can fall on your roof causing shingles to become loose or crack.   It is recommended that branches are at least 10 feet away from the roof.

 

  • Schedule Regular Roof Inspections: If you don’t want small issues to turn into bigger problems, schedule regular roof inspections at least once a year.  A roofing specialist can perform a checkup and help fix any minor problems and keep your roofing system in the best condition.

 

  • Choose the Right Qualified Contractor: Who you hire as a roofing contractor can have a major effect on the performance of your roof.  Make sure to look over testimonials, recommendations and examine business histories.  Knowing you are working with a reputable company can ensure fewer mistakes and excellent workmanship as well as the peace of mind that you are being taken care of.

Request An Inspection Today!

Severe storms lead to unpredictable exterior problems. That’s why it’s important to choose the right roofing and siding professional to inspect the integrity of your home after a storm. It’s important to find someone who is properly certified, efficient, and available to complete your warranty work. All of which you’ll find working with Millersberg Construction. Contact us today at 507-301-3626 or use our online contact form to request a free, no-obligation inspection!

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Written by Shawn Butterfield

Cleaning Your Vinyl Siding: A Step by Step Guide

The appearance of the outside of your home makes the first impression.  It’s also exposed to the severe conditions of weather and can be affected by rust and mildew.  Even though vinyl siding can be low maintenance, it still does need to be cleaned every now and then and can last for decades when properly cared for.  Most professionals even recommend cleaning the siding of your home at least twice a year.

A lot of homeowners have an impression that a pressure washer is the only way to make your home shine, but there are many other alternatives than having to get your hands on one!  All you need is a soft bristled and long handled brush, a bucket, some rubber gloves, a cleaning solution and of course, water.

Some cleaning solutions include:

-70% water and 30% white vinegar

-1/3 cup powdered laundry detergent, 2/3 cup of powdered household cleaner, 1 quart of liquid bleach (oxygen bleach works too if concerned about landscaping) and one gallon of water

To start the cleaning of the home we recommend dividing your siding into sections. Next saturate your brush in the soapy mixture and apply on the home.  Let the mixture sit for about 5-10 minutes before scrubbing from top to bottom.  Cleaning in that direction will help to reduce any streaking.  Remember to also frequently rinse off as you go along as well.

If you reach a tough stain, try scrubbing with ½ cup of baking soda to ¼ cup of water or a general household cleaner used on tough dirt or stains.  Be sure to also examine your siding for any damage or cracks to ensure everything is in top condition to perform it’s best.

 

Request An Inspection Today!

Unpredictable storms create unpredictable problems. That’s why it’s important to choose the right roofing and siding professional to inspect the integrity of your home after a storm. It’s important to find someone who is local, properly certified, efficient, courteous, and available to complete your warranty work. All of which you’ll find working with Millersberg Construction. Contact us today at 507-301-3626 to request a free, no-obligation inspection or use our online contact form!

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Written by Shawn Butterfield

Winter Home Improvement Tasks

The Winter Solstice doesn’t officially occur until December 21st, but in Minnesota we feel the winter weather much earlier than that. With temperatures dropping quickly (and earlier than usual), you need to make sure your home is ready for winter.

Here are four simple home improvement tasks to take on for winter:

  1. Roof Inspection/Repair

The earlier in the season, the better to have your roof inspected. The inspection will be performed that your roof is free from damage and can handle rain, snow, hail, or any other tricks the elements might have up their sleeves. If preliminary repairs can be made, it is best to catch them early.

  1. Attic Insulation

Attic insulation is most important during the colder months of the year. While snowstorms may rage outside, you can your home warm and dry with proper attic insulation. Proper attic insulation stops from putting too much strain on your heating system.

  1. Siding Replacement

The siding of your home is also one of the top considerations for home improvement before winter hits. Proper siding makes your insulation even more successful, so you shouldn’t notice a spike in your energy costs.

  1. Window Preparation

Most of the cold air or melted snow intrusion in winter comes from the windows. It’s critical to prepare them for the winter weather before it is at its worst. You can supplement your window’s weatherproofing by cleaning removable screens and replacing them with storm windows.

Request An Inspection Today!

Unpredictable storms create unpredictable problems. That’s why it’s important to choose the right roofing and siding professional to inspect the integrity of your home after a storm. It’s important to find someone who is local, properly certified, efficient, courteous, and available to complete your warranty work. All of which you’ll find working with Millersberg Construction. Contact us today at 507-301-3626 to request a free, no-obligation inspection or use our online contact form!

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Written by Shawn Butterfield

“Do’s and Don’ts” of A Hail Damage Insurance Claim

“Do’s and Don’ts” of A Hail Damage Insurance Claim

If your home has been damaged by hail, exposure to the elements may greatly increase the amount of damage to your home. Many insurance policies limit your time to file a claim, so don’t wait until you have water dripping through the ceiling, mold in the attic, or your roof caves in to call your insurance company. At that point, it may be too late to file a valid storm damage claim.

Millersberg has seen countless homeowners fail to act appropriately after a hail storm.  Mistakes like that can cost someone thousands. Because life’s too short to make all of the mistakes yourself, allow us to share the dos and don’ts of homeowner’s hail damage insurance claims.

DO get out a copy of your homeowner’s insurance policy and carefully read the coverage you have.  Should you need to file a claim, have the policy handy so that you understand what you are entitled to in terms of compensation.

DON’T navigate the insurance claims process by yourself. Without experience, trying to file a homeowner’s insurance claim for hail damage can be lengthy, time consuming and very stressful. Furthermore, it’s not uncommon for insurance companies to offer low-ball estimates to homeowners who find out later it’s not enough to cover the cost of repairs. Make sure to choose a storm restoration contractor with experience in insurance claims like Millersberg to assist help you if you have to file a claim.

DO get a professional inspection by a storm restoration contractor right away. This holds true especially if a large geographical area was affected as most contractors and insurance companies operate on a first come, first serve basis.  In the north, where winter affects the ability to safely install a roof, this can mean the difference between getting your roof installed in the fall or the following spring.

DON’T call your insurance company first. A professional roofing company will be able to inspect your roof and assess any damages. This will prevent a claim being made on your policy if you don’t have any damage or if only small repairs need to be made and don’t warrant a full claim.

DO choose a storm restoration contractor. Because hail and storm damage can be hard to spot not any roofer may be up to the job of providing a valid roof inspection after a storm. The last thing you want to happen is to be told “your roof is fine” only to have hail damage cause leaks and costly repairs later because it was missed.

DON’T feel forced to use a contractor referred to you by the insurance company.  Oftentimes, their motivation is to complete the work as cheaply as possible, using subpar materials and shortcuts.  Hiring your own contractor means that their incentive is to satisfy you over your insurance company.

 

Why Choose Millersberg?

Unpredictable storms create unpredictable problems. That’s why it’s important to choose the right roofing and siding professional to inspect the integrity of your home after a storm. It’s important to find someone who is local, properly certified, efficient, courteous, and available to complete your warranty work. All of which you’ll find working with Millersberg Construction. Contact us today at 507-301-3626 to request a free, no-obligation inspection or use our online contact form!

Written by Shawn Butterfield

How Do You Know Your Roof Is Damaged After A Storm?

Many homeowners are not aware of hail damage on their roofs. Hail damage to rooftops often times cannot be seen from the ground, and that’s a big reason why the idea of hail damage hardly ever crosses a homeowner’s mind. Although you cannot fully determine the amount of hail damage on a roof from the ground, there are some signs that a trained eye can point out and help determine if there may be more damage up top.

  • Dents in gutters, gutter screens or downspouts. If metal or vinyl exterior features are affected, your roof is also likely affected.
  • Dents in siding or window sills. Look also at any other exposed metal surfaces, like metal fascia on the roof eaves for signs of hail damage impact, even if it looks like a faint ding.
  • Damage to decks or painted wood surfaces. If you see chipped paint, it may be the result of hail impact.
  • Sand or other roofing material in the gutter or downspouts. This is a sign of extensive damage to shingles, even when you are not able to see the harm done.

Keep in mind that some signs of hail damage might be difficult to spot. Without a close inspection, you might miss signs of damage. However, you should not give in to the temptation to climb up on your roof yourself to look. Not only could you injure yourself, but if you walk on your roof after the storm, you could have trouble getting compensation from your insurance company.

Instead, it’s better to contact a roofing company and your insurance agent for a damage assessment.

 

When To Get A Hail Damage Inspection

The trouble with some hail damage is that the harm is not always clearly visible directly after the storm has passed. Damage can take several weeks or even months to fully manifest. Unfortunately, many homeowners assume that their roof is fine after a hailstorm, and decide not to get an inspection only to be forced to deal with roof leaks and expensive repairs later on.

While it may take a few years for hail damage to get bad enough to cause leaks, most insurance companies have time limitations for filing a claim. This can leave homeowners footing the bill for costly damage that would have otherwise been covered by their insurance company. When it comes to your home, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so don’t wait to get a roof inspection after a storm.

 

What You Can Expect When You Choose Millersberg

Unpredictable storms create unpredictable problems. That’s why it’s important to choose the right roofing and siding professional to inspect the integrity of your home after a storm. It’s important to find someone who is local, properly certified, efficient, courteous, and available to complete your warranty work. All of which you’ll find working with Millersberg Construction. Contact us today at 507-301-3626 to request a free, no-obligation inspection or use our online contact form!

 

Written by Shawn Butterfield

5 Roofing Maintenance Tips That Will Save You Money

If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t spend too much time thinking about the condition of your roof. If it needed a major repair or, even worse a replacement, you’d probably think about it then! But replacing a roof can be a big financial hit while regular maintenance will cost only your time. Read on to learn some roof maintenance tasks you can do to prevent costly problems and save money in the long run by making your roof last as long as possible!

Install Proper Ventilation and Adequate Insulation.

This is among the most critical, and often overlooked, factors in extending the life of your roof. Without proper ventilation, a buildup of heat and moisture in your attic can lead to roof rot and diminished insulation efficiency. In winter months, a poorly ventilated attic is a key contributor to the formation of damaging ice dams. In short, properly insulated attic spaces allow your roof to perform as efficiently as possible.

Keep Gutters and Downspouts Clear.

Leaves, twigs and other debris can clog your gutter system, causing expensive water leaks in your attic and interior living spaces. If they are clogged, gutters and downspouts can’t channel water and snowmelt away from your home. You’ll also want to inspect your gutters for signs of damage.

Trim Your Trees.

While trees around your home can provide shade during the summer – they can cause damage to your home in the fall and winter if they are not trimmed back. The extra weight of ice to tree limbs can cause them to snap and break – and if they are long enough branches can damage shingles by brushing up against them.

Inspect Flashings.

Did you know that 90% of the time, a roof leak is the result of improper roof installation or defective metal flashing?  Roof flashing consists of metal strips installed where the main body of the roof meets up with the home’s siding, chimneys or skylights. Because many roof leaks begin at these connection points, check the flashings for holes, cracks, or other signs of damage or deterioration.

Perform Regular Inspections.

It’s a good idea to have a professional roofing contractor perform a routine inspection on a regular basis. Look for signs of damage on the roof surfaces, as well as in the attic and interior of your home. Small leaks or minor damage can often be repaired for little cost. Ignoring them, and allowing them to become major problems, can be a very expensive mistake.

 

Request An Inspection Today!

Unpredictable storms create unpredictable problems. That’s why it’s important to choose the right roofing and siding professional to inspect the integrity of your home after a storm. It’s important to find someone who is local, properly certified, efficient, courteous, and available to complete your warranty work. All of which you’ll find working with Millersberg Construction. Contact us today at 507-301-3626 to request a free, no-obligation inspection or use our online contact form!

 

Written by Shawn Butterfield

Why Ignoring A Hail Damaged Roof Could Cost You

Why Ignoring A Hail Damaged Roof Could Cost You

If your home has been hit by a hail storm, and you don’t have an extra $21,204 laying around, you may want to consider getting a hail damage roof inspection ASAP.

After a severe storm, many homeowners are not aware of hail damage on their roofs. In most cases, hail damage to roof tops often times cannot be seen from the ground, and that’s a big reason why the idea of hail damage hardly ever crosses a homeowner’s mind.

Homeowners should always request a hail damage roof inspection after severe weather events to check for signs of damage. Not only will it identify potential costly issues, but it will also give you peace of mind that your home is safe. However, many homeowners wait or ignore hail damage which can end up costing them a lot more in the long run.

 

Hail Damage And Your Homeowners Insurance

Your roof is your home’s primary defense against the elements. Insurance companies understand how important a fully functional roofing system is which is one of the reasons why roof damage caused by hailstorms is covered by your policy.

Hail damage can take years to cause roof leaks and many homeowners put off getting an inspection or fixing damages. This is never a good idea. Here’s why:

  • When hail hits an asphalt shingle it often knocks off the protective granule coating. Once the granules are gone, the protective layer underneath is exposed to the elements.
  • The sun’s ultraviolet light will weaken the exposed spots and make them brittle. These exposed areas are very susceptible to leaks.
  • Once leaks occur, the damage can be extensive due to potential damage from mold, electrical issues, ceiling and wall damage from water and perhaps even personal property losses. The damage can also come very quickly and often is not initially detected.

While hail damage to your roof is covered by homeowner’s insurance policies, the additional damage caused by waiting to get repairs is not. Most insurance companies believe it is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain their homes and take action to prevent leaks and subsequent damage. Therefore, if you wait until your roof is leaking to make a claim you could be footing the bill for all the major repairs.

Preventing additional damage to your home is one of the reasons why some (but not all) insurance companies have time limitations to file a claim. In fact, most policies state that claims should be filed “promptly” or “as soon as possible”.

 

Ignoring Hail Damage? Start Saving Now.

What would you do with an extra $21,204? Go on vacation? Go back to school? Invest it? The last thing you would likely think about doing if someone handed you a check for $20k would be to replace the roof on your home. Our advice to homeowners who have not scheduled an inspection after a hail storm, or plan on waiting for roof leaks to develop before filing a hail damage claim, is to start saving now.  According to Remodeling.com’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, that’s exactly how much the average roof replacement costs.

As we mentioned before, most insurance companies believe it is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain their homes and take action to prevent leaks and subsequent damage. If you wait too long get an inspection, be prepared to pay out of pocket for any additional damage caused to your home. Furthermore, if your policy has a time limitation for filing a claim and you wait to get a roof inspection only to find out your roof is damaged you may end up having to pay for repairs that would have otherwise been covered by your insurance company.

When it comes to your home, it’s always better to be safe than sorry so don’t wait to get a roof inspection after a storm. Contact us today to learn more or to request a roof inspection.

Don’t pay out of pocket for damage that would have been covered by insurance.

Written by Shawn Butterfield

4 Reasons to Schedule a Yearly Roof Inspection

4 Reasons to Schedule a Yearly Roof Inspection

 

While your roof may seem structurally sound when you look at it from the ground, even the most solid looking roofs can have hidden damage and other problems. Roofs are always exposed to elements, making them prone to damage. Keeping them in top shape is crucial for maximum protection and comfort in the home.

To make sure your roof will perform its best, have professional and local Oklahoma City roofing contractor such as Millersberg Construction perform a routine inspection each spring. Doing so is a great long-term investment because it:

 

  1. Prolongs roof life – An in-depth inspection will allow contractors to assess the true condition of your roof. Based on our findings, we can suggest necessary solutions to ensure that your roof will have a long service life.
  2. Prevents water damage –When water seeps through the roof, it can damage other parts of your home such as foundation, walls, and siding. During a scheduled inspection though, contractors will check for early signs of water damage and make needed repairs to prevent further issues.
  3. Minimizes repair costs – Damage is perhaps inevitable for a roof because of its continuous exposure to elements. By locating damage before it gets worse, you reduce the need for costly repairs or replacement. You can save more money down the line.
  4. Makes your roof prepared for anything – Millersberg Construction will evaluate whether the roof needs a complete reroof, minor fix, or just good old cleaning. Once your roof’s back on top shape it’s pretty much ready to face any weather condition that comes its way.

Millersberg Construction can perform a comprehensive inspection to help you restore your roof in good condition. We check for the following issues during our thorough evaluation:

  • Discoloration on shingles, walls, or roof boards
  • Missing, loose, or worn shingles or tiles
  • Split or worn wood shingles
  • Rust or loose seams on metal roofing
  • Shingle granules in gutters
  • Loose or leaky gutters
  • Stains on roof deck
  • Mold growth
  • Blocked roof vents

Protect your investment by scheduling a roof inspection today! Contact us today at 507-301-3626 to request a free, no-obligation inspection or use our online contact form!

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