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

Can you roof over existing shingles?

At Millersberg Construction, we often hear the question, “Can you roof over existing shingles?” When people ask this, there are normally two motivating factors. One is likely their roofing budget and the other may be that the homeowner is cautious and is concerned the project will take a long time. However, it is against code in Minnesota to cover over existing shingles.

When time and money are a concern, Millersberg Construction makes roofing easy on a customer and will take them step by step through the project. We provide a free inspection and can help you figure out the right shingles for your budget.

As far as savings, you’ll love this: GAF offers you many great Lifetime Shingle choices, including Timberline® Shingles with Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology. They’re the #1-selling shingles in North America!

Plus, we have: Roof deck protection, leak barriers and cobra attic ventilation.
We understand homeowners concerns when replacing their roof. However, Millersberg Construction brings the expertise and know-how to make the job a breeze. Our business is built upon an excellent customer experience and the satisfaction of knowing that the job is done right for you. We’ll work on every building as if it were our own.

Written by Shawn Butterfield

Millersberg Construction – Dundas – My Roof Is Leaking

At Millersberg Construction, we know that there are often questions that you wonder about but may not have the answers. That’s why we are featuring the Millersberg Construction – Dundas FAQ

“My roof is leaking—do I need to have the whole thing replaced?”

Sometimes the scariest thing is not knowing, and for homeowners who’ve sprung a leak, are the photos and pictures that are lost when they are water damaged.

Depending on the size and location, you may not have to get a new roof.  However, you do need to get it inspected to see where the leak is coming from and how much damage there may be that cannot be seen.

Contact us for a free inspection at Millersberg Construction.

Written by Shawn Butterfield

Are you sky aware for wind damage?

You have heard about them – some call it wind damage, some call them “straight line” winds and others simply call them summer storms. In Minnesota, we are in the storm season and the local TV station even tells us to “Stay Sky Aware”.

Can winds really cause damage? According to the National Severe Storms website, Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles.

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Written by Shawn Butterfield

Replace your CertainTeed shingles

Millersberg Construction just finished reroofing two homes that had Certainteed Shingles. In 2012, a court determined that Certainteed organic asphalt shingles were subject to a class action lawsuit.  What that means for homeowners is that you can now have your Certainteed Shingles replaced and your insurance company will pay for it.

For example, we did a roof inspection of one home owner’s roof and saw that only a few shingles were missing. However, because you can no longer get those shingles and due to the lawsuit, we were able to work with the homeowner’s insurance company and get the entire roof redone.

According to the Certainteed website, here are ways to know if you have those shingles: