Afton, MN is a charismatic city located a mere twenty minutes of the busy city life of St. Paul. Residents and day trippers alike are spoiled with the city’s natural allure.
When we were invited to Kathy & Mark’s Afton, MN home we were in awe of the property’s beauty. Not only was it home to mature trees, but the backyard had a spectacular view of the St. Croix River. While the roof of the eastern Minnesota home, hadn’t fully failed, there were signs, such as how faded the shingles had become, that replacement was needed. The open style gutters also proved to be problematic because they were prone to clogging with debris from the towering trees that adorned the yard. They became overburdened during substantial rainfall because they were undersized for the home.
Roofing: When suggesting a roof for Kathy & Mark’s home, there were several factors to consider. First, since the roof’s surface area is substantial, it was important to select a shingle that would be long-lasting. The shingle selection also needed to complement and not compete with the property’s lush trees and the hues of the river. Lastly, the roof needed to enhance the home’s curb appeal and ordinary shingles would detract from the home’s regal appearance.
With these factors taken into consideration, we felt strongly that GAF Glenwood Lifetime Designer Shingles were the best possible solution for Kathy & Mark’s home. One of GAF’s most recent innovations, this roofing line is designed to imitate the look and feel of cedar shakes. However, they hold several advantages over cedar shakes. First and foremost, GAF offers a 50 year, non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials. A warranty of this duration simply doesn’t exist in the realm of wooden shingles. GAF Glenwood shingles also reign supreme over cedar shakes in terms of affordability. Lastly, they carry a Class A fire rating from Underwriters Laboratories, which can equate to substantial insurance savings.
Gutters: Many homeowners claim that their favorite feature about LeafGuard brand gutters is that they are guaranteed to be clog-free. That means if any debris ever gets inside that prevents the gutter from functioning as it should, we’re the ones climbing the ladder to remedy the issue. As is the case with all of our projects, Kathy & Mark’s gutters were manufactured on-site and cut to the lengths that were specific to their home. They were able to customize downspout length and placement. The color Kathy & Mark selected was Clay, which played well with the brown hues on their new roof. Once installed, the new LeafGuard brand gutters gave a crown molding like appearance around the home. They’ve got ultimate peace of mind with the lifetime ScratchGuard™ finish guarantee that ensures the gutters will continue to look as beautiful as the day they were installed.