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A Word About Roof Installation & Deck Maintenance

05 September 2020

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 addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 9.5.20.

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Having been in business over 40 years, we understand that the homeowners that have the highest amount of satisfaction with their roof installation project have taken the time to research their contractor and the shingles they are installing.  All too often after a storm, homeowners panic and sign with the first storm chasing roofer that shows up at their door. Oftentimes, this has catastrophic results, as the contractor may not finish the project, leaving the homeowners scrambling.  Storm chasing contractors frequently use builder grade materials, which are the bare minimum needed to meet code.  This truly is unfortunate, considering major manufacturers, like GAF, offer 50-year roofing warranties that cover both labor and materials.  They also offer a variety of attractive shingles that enhance a home’s curb appeal.  One such example is the Glenwood® shingle which is the most authentic wood shake looking shingle available in the marketplace. This is achieved through a proprietary ultra-dimensional design.  A sign the roofing contractor you are working with is reputable is if they’re inspecting your attic at the time of your roofing estimate. This is because the vitality of your roof depends on having a properly insulated and ventilated attic.

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A reputable general contractor can act as a reliable resource for many types of exterior projects, including decking.  This type of professional will be the first to advise you that you get what you pay for when it comes to cedar deck stains.  Products made by Sikkens and Penofin can last up to three years which is exceptional for the extreme weather conditions of the Midwest.  The caveat to this statement is that the products must be properly installed.  It is imperative that the product is applied in a thick coat and that an ample amount of rags is used to soak up the excess stain.  When converting a deck to a porch, beware of any contractor that advocates the reusing of deck framing.  Oftentimes, the additional weight creates a scenario where the framing and footings must be reworked.  Failure to compensate for this can create a subpar end result.

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