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Roofing & Siding Showdown

14 July 2018

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling 651-989-9226 or texting 81807.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 7.14.18.

When it comes to roof installation, the color of your shingles plays a major factor in your home’s curb appeal.  In addition, color also impacts your home’s energy efficiency.  GAF, North America’s top selling asphalt shingle manufacturer actually offers Timberline® Cool Series® Shingles that are specifically tailored to lower a home’s cooling costs through light muted tones that absorb less sunlight than darker shades.  For homeowners that don’t want a roof with faded colors, but are looking to lower their cooling costs, a better strategy might be to have a reputable professional evaluate the quality of insulation in your home.  Opting for a metal roof instead of an asphalt one can also contribute to a cooler home.

Get a Bird’s Eye View of a Metal Roof Installed by Our Team: 

Whether we advise for the installation of a metal or asphalt roof varies by the type of property it’s being installed on.  However, when it comes to home siding, we are in favor of LP® SmartSide® over James Hardie®.  First and foremost, it’s manufactured locally in Two Harbors, MN and Tomahawk, WI.  LP® siding installation does not require any special tools, making it quicker to install.  Its lifespan also trumps that of James Hardie® siding. LP® SmartSide® also outranks James Hardie® in terms of moisture resistance.  When interviewing potential contractors for your siding project, investigate if their installers specialize in siding installation or if they toggle between project types.  More often than not, issues with siding boil down to botched installation techniques.

Next year marks our fourth decade in business and we’re proud to say that the first employee we ever hired still works for us.  In fact, many of our employees have spent their entire career with our company.  This makes us seek out products, like LP® SmartSide®, that are safer to use.  We also employ a full-time Safety Manager to make sure employees are utilizing safety harnesses, hearing protection, and are safeguarded during jobs that require the disruption of lead paint.

Learn More About Our Commitment to Safety:

Unlike James Hardie® siding, LP® SmartSide® does not require installers to wear respirators to protect them from the silica plumes in the dust that is produced when the siding is cut, which also creates peace of mind for us, as a company.  Many of our installers start their careers with our company and continue to work within our organization for the duration of their careers.  We do everything we can to make sure the products they are working with pose no potential long-term health hazards.

Our Installers Utilize Precise Caulking & Flashing Techniques to Ensure Optimum LP® SmartSide® Installation:

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Browse Our Roofing & Siding Projects:

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Conrad’s St. Paul Roofing, Siding, Window, Insulation, & Gutter Project

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Randi & Felicia's Baldwin, WI Roofing, Siding, & Window Project


Mark & Christie’s Blaine, MN Roofing, Siding, & Gutter Project

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