Roof, Prolonging, Life Span, Roofing
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!

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 Does Hail Damage A Roof?

The average hailstorm lasts only five minutes, but the hail damage does to property totals about $1 billion a year, according to the National Weather Service. When hail hits, it can damage the roof or covering of your home as well as other personal property, which is why it’s important to schedule a professional roof inspection after each storm to assess any damage!

 
Generally, hail damage on a roof can be seen as indentations and/or fractures on the shingle’s surface but can be difficult to see from the ground. Hailstones vary in size, shape, and hardness and can create a random pattern of dents or depressions. If this is not evident, look for indentations on metal flashings, siding, chimney caps, or even skylight flashings. After some time, clusters of granules may come off (at the point of impact) in a random pattern and expose the asphalt.

 

The most common types of hail damage to a roof include:

 

  • Granule loss at points of impact, which may be accompanied by surface depression. Loss of mineral granules as an immediate or gradual consequence of storm damage can lead to the asphalt coating being directly exposed to the elements. This may lead to accelerated aging of the shingle. Therefore, granule loss is NOT just cosmetic damage, and “sugaring” — the process of adding loose granules to damaged shingles with asphalt cement — is not a permanent solution.
  • Cracks in the granule-asphalt surfacing, which may radiate outward from points of impact. Cracks may be present especially if high winds blew the shingles back.
  • Exposed fiberglass mat, where hail shattered the granule-asphalt surfacing causing it to break away from the fiberglass mat.
  • Fractured fiberglass mat, which may or may not be immediately visible. A fractured mat may result in tears radiating out from the points of impact. Furthermore, hidden damage to the mat may later develop into cracks and tears in time as the shingles age.
  • Loosening of the self-seal strip. This damage may or may not be immediately visible and may weaken the seal integrity, creating the possibility of future shingle blow-off.

 
Because unrepaired hail damage to your roof will get worse over time, getting an inspection and repairing the damage is always the best idea and will help you avoid costly repairs.

 

How Soon After A Storm Should You Get An Inspection?

 
After a hail storm, check the exterior of your home for any obvious signs of damage including dents or cracks in your gutters. Should you see signs of damage, call for a professional inspection right away.
Spotting hail damage on roof shingles is much more difficult. In most cases, hail damage can be impossible to see from the ground level of your home. However, we DO NOT recommend inspecting your own roof for damage. Falls from roofs account for 1/3 of all construction related fatalities. The safest and easiest option for you as a homeowner is to schedule an inspection with a professional roofing company, like Millersberg Construction.

 

Think You Might Have Roof Damage?

 
Unpredictable storms create unpredictable problems. That’s why it’s important to choose the right 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 or use our online form to request a free, no-obligation inspection!

Written by Shawn Butterfield

Get the Most Out of Your Holiday Lights

Hanging lights is one way to get in the holiday spirit! It can be a dangerous job, and if not done properly, your home won’t have the holiday “glow”. Take the proper precautions and let your home be the brightest on the block.

1. Use a sturdy ladder. The last you need is to end up in the emergency room. Secure the ladder and have all your lights untangled before climbing the ladder.
2. Use a proper outlet. Safety first! Your source of power should come from a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. This type of outlet will shut the circuit down if there is overcurrent. We want your house to glow, not sparks to fly!
3. Watch out for extension cords. Keep all extension cords out of the way. Also, we sure that they are rated for outdoor use. Avoid creating walking hazards.
4. Waterproof lights. Not only do you want them waterproof, you want to ensure that you purchase outdoor lights. Never use indoor lights for outdoor use.

Extra tip: If you want even more lights, use net lighting. No more trying to weave strands of lights through branch, the net lights gives a full light look and it super easy.
Net Lighting

Written by Shawn Butterfield

How to Prevent Ice Dams

The cold has finally come upon us. The snow is surely soon to follow which means we are in the time of year that we have to start looking for ice dams on our roofs. Ice dams are thick ridges of solid ice that build up on the bottoms of the roof (the eaves). These can cause huge problems including damage to gutters, loosen shingles, and can cause water to back up and come into your home.

There is a complex interaction of variables that allow ice dams to form. However, there are a few things you can do to prevent ice dams on your home.

1) Ensure that the attic is ventilate property. This will keep the underside of the roof to keep a cool temperature, preventing any ice/snow melting on the outside.

2) Cap that hatch. Seal any attic hatches to prevent the warm air from entering the attic.

3) Exhaust to the outside. Ensure that all the ducts connected to the kitchen, bathroom, and dryer vents lead outdoors through the walls or roof, but never through the soffit.

4) Add insulation. More insulation on the attic floor keeps the heat where it belongs, not in the attic.

These are just a few ways that you can prevent ice dams on your roof.

Millersberg Construction hopes that you never have to face the complications from ice dams. However, we have the experience and knowledge to make any required repairs from ice dams.

Written by Clayton

Spring Cleaning

Spring is the perfect time to give your roof a checkup. When cleaning your gutters or inspecting your roof system, please be safe and ensure you have solid footing.
Here is what you should do:

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