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

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 Shawn Butterfield

Minnesota military roofing rebate

This Minnesota military roofing rebate is a way to say thank you to all the military families and people who give each day for our country. GAF Roof for Troops program is available through December 31, 2016. Active U.S. military, veterans, and retirees receive a $250 rebate on a GAF Lifetime Roofing System* that includes GAF Lifetime shingles and at least 3 qualifying GAF accessories when installed by a GAF Master Elite™ or Certified Contractor between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. (After purchase & mail-in rebate) Learn More Here.

Millersberg Construction is a GAF certified contractor and while the roofing rebate applies to everyone, we are based in Minnesota and are proud to be here. Shawn, the owner of Millersberg Construction, said, “As someone who once traveled for weeks at a time for work, I know the sacrifice it takes for a family. When GAF created this military roofing rebate, I wanted to share it because any small gesture we can give to our Minnesota military families as a way of saying ‘thanks’ is something we want to do.”

We want to make the rebate on roofing easy for military families. At the end of the project, we’ll give you the paperwork you will need to submit your rebate. Because we are GAF certified, you know that by working with Millersberg Construction, you are getting the experience you deserve. We can help you pick the right roofing option and get the job done.

If you want to get more involved or learn how to help our Minnesota troops, check out the Minnesota National Guard website or the Minnesota Military Family Foundation or Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. These are just a few of the organizations that we know of who help military families in Minnesota.

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