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residential-roofingThough gutters are attached to your roof, their chief function is to protect your siding, lawn, and foundation. This last one is key. Most homes experience flooded basements when their gutters fail. It’s almost unheard of for a Dallas home to have a basement. The notoriously unstable soil of north Texas presents unique challenges. When your rainwater runs over your gutters or the water is improperly diverted, this water can wreak havoc on your home’s foundation. Naturally, a damaged foundation is a nightmare scenario for Dallas homeowners. Still, clean gutters will extend the lifetime of your siding and prevent flowers and shrubs planted near your home from drowning. Of course, poorly designed or dirty gutters can also ruin your roof or attic. Particularly, downspouts that have formed dams can cause water to back up into your subroofing just as easily as down the side of your home.

Dallas Gutter Cleaning Done Right
The primary function of gutter cleaning, as you might expect, is to get leaves and other debris out of your gutters. However, proper gutter cleaning involves a lot more than throwing leaves out of your gutter. Gutters should also be inspected for structural integrity including the seams between individual gutter panels, the joints between gutters and downspouts, and that your gutters are securely attached to your home. Any defect can significantly impair your guttering system from safely diverting water away from your home. Before you hire a gutter cleaning contractor, make sure you convey your expectations about the job including these elements of gutter maintenance, and hauling away the debris when the job is done.

Cost of Dallas Gutter Cleaning Professionals
Like any home improvement project, a survey of different contractors is likely to yield different estimates. A wise hire usually combines a reasonable bid with professional and quality assurances. Some Dallas homeowners have told us that some gutter contractors have neglected to properly flush their downspouts. From more reliable contractors, you can gain the trust to have the project completed while you’re away from your home. Other homeowners prefer the peace-of-mind of being there while the cleaning is done.

Many Dallas guttering companies offer single or annual services. Many Dallas homeowners opt for an annual contract, which typically includes four cleanings, creating worry-free gutters. A single gutter cleaning is likely to cost $100 to $200, depending on the contractor and the size of your home. Annual contracts are more likely to cost $300 to $500.

roofingMinneapolis and St. Paul didn’t used to like to share things. In the fifties, both cities built stadiums and lobbied Major League Baseball for separate franchises, and in the sixties they decided to implement daylight savings time a week apart. Apparently even sharing time wasn’t in the cards. Then came the Minnesota Twins, named after the dual nature of the Twin Cities, and ever since the municipalities have operated as a two headed metropolitan monster. Today, the Twin Cities share one thing whether they like it or not: Minnesota’s brutal weather. As a result they also share a common need when it comes to home improvement: new roof installation in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Roof Installation: Minneapolis-St. Paul
Roof installations in the Twin Cities aren’t uncommon, and there’s not much mystery why. The Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area suffers a combination of severe summer thunderstorms, winter blizzards, and the coldest average annual temperature for a major metropolitan area in the United States. That adds up to some of the worst conditions for roofing imaginable including hailstorms, ice damming, snow removal, and high winds. It’s no wonder that roofers in Minneapolis and St. Paul keep busy across the metro area when things thaw out between April and early October.

St. Paul and Minneapolis Roof Installation Costs
Whether you live in Mill City, the STP, or out in the larger Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, you’re probably wondering the same thing when it comes to roof installation in Minneapolis-St. Paul: what is it going to cost? According to our data, the collective average of St. Paul and Minneapolis roof installation is about $6,700, with a high that ran $13,000 and a low of $2,000. The size of your home will play a large part in the final reckoning, as will the materials you choose. Asphalt shingles are by far the cheapest roofing material on the market, though one of the most short-lived. Concrete tile, metal roofing, and cedar shake roofing, on the other hand, all cost quite a bit more for the materials and installation, though you’ll enjoy a combination of better performance, longer life, and better looks if you choose to invest more up front.

St. Paul and Minneapolis Roof Installation Durations
The other question that residents of both cities ask is how long they should expect a roof installation in Minneapolis-St. Paul to last. HomeAdvisor also tracks projects’ durations, and when it comes to a roofing installation in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the rest of the metro area, 7 days is the average time frame you should expect as a homeowner. That’s quite a bit longer than it takes to install a new roof in the rest of the country, though not surprising due to the low average annual temperature in the Twin Cities and the unpredictable weather. Asphalt shingle roofing, which dominates the market, is best installed at temperatures over 50 degrees. In St. Paul and Minneapolis, roofing contractors are particularly under the gun installing asphalt during very early spring and very late summer and early fall because of this, so make sure you get your project planned early to ensure the fastest and most effective service.

roofing2Minneapolis roof repair is an inevitability. In the Twin Cities, Mother Nature throws just about everything she possibly can at your home, including thunderstorms, high speed winds, blizzards, tornadoes, hail, pounding rain, derechos, and periods of extreme heat and cold. When it comes to roofing, that kind of weather adds up to one thing: roof damage. And when it comes to roof damage, putting off a roof repair is the worst thing you can do.

Minneapolis Roof Repair 101
The truth of the matter is that most major roof damage starts out small, and if caught early it usually only amounts to a few hundred dollars in damage. Torn, loose, bare, and split shingles make for the easiest repairs, while curling, clawing, and buckling often indicate larger problems or worn out roofing materials. If any of these more menacing characteristics describe your roof, the damage may already be too severe to fix cheaply.

With the exception of extremely violent storms where no roof is safe, such as a tornado or derecho, major damage to most roofing happens because homeowners tend to neglect or put off minor roof repair. Minneapolis roofing systems must work as a unit; if they don’t, small problems can lead to huge ones before you know it. Though it might sound a bit over-dramatic, the fact is a loose or missing shingle in the wrong spot can be a recipe for disaster. That single defect in your roof exposes all the shingles around it to the next extreme weather event, and suddenly that one loose shingle has become an entire square of torn asphalt roofing laying in your back yard, not to mention additional water damage to your roof and attic space. The moral of the story: when you spot a problem, fix it immediately. Your bank account, and your home, will thank you for it.

Avoid Major Roof Repair: Minneapolis Roofing Inspections
There really is no substitute for early detection when it comes to roof repair. Minneapolis is a place where homeowners should examine their roofing regularly to avoid large repair costs. Since few Twin City homeowners will want to shell out the money it would cost to have a professional roof inspection more than once annually, knowing how to inspect your own roof can be very beneficial for the times between professional inspections.

There are two tools that many of us already own that are necessities when inspecting a roof: a pair of binoculars and a ladder. The binoculars come in handy any time your roof has weathered a major storm. Take a few minutes to stand out in your yard and look over the roof. Sounds a bit simplistic, but it’s a proven tactic used even by professional roof inspectors to head bigger problems off at the pass. The second is making sure you inspect your roof for damage twice a year, at the beginning of spring and fall, by walking it if at all possible. That makes a lot of sense, since the two seasons that bring out the greatest need for Minneapolis roof repair are thunderstorm and tornado season in spring and the Twin Cities’ rough northern winter.

Regular do-it-yourself inspections can be a huge money saver, but if you’re not physically able to do them, a single, annual professional inspection should be enough to thwart most serious roof repair. Minneapolis homeowners should have a professional roof inspection at least once a year anyway, as the pros can often spot problem areas that homeowners cannot. Sure, a glance through your binoculars can save you money by identifying loose shingles, but the keen eyes and specialized equipment of a professional roof inspector might identify the areas where a shingle might come loose well before it actually happens.

roofingl1Slate roofing tile has a long and storied history, and is generally known as one of the highest quality, longest lasting roofing materials on the market. On the other hand, the high cost, difficult installation, and relative fragility of slate roofing tile means it’s not ideal for everybody. In this segment of Pros, Cons, & Costs, we’ll examine all sides of this timeless roofing solution.

The Pros
Slate roofing tile has some huge upsides, mostly due to the fact that it’s a natural stone product, giving it a unique, beautiful appearance, and the longevity that slate is famous for. Here’s a list of the most popular reasons homeowners choose to install slate roofing tiles on their home.

Appearance— First and foremost, homeowners are drawn to slate because of its beauty. There simply isn’t a roofing material on the market that has a classier, more celebrated appearance. Furthermore, slate roofing tiles offer more choices than most homeowners realize, available in varying sizes and thicknesses, as well as a wide range of colors, including gray, green, purple, black, red, and mottled tiles that sport several colors mixed together.
Longevity— Joseph Jenkins of Traditional Roofing Magazine writes that slate roofs “can and should be routinely built to last at least a century. In fact, 150 years is a reasonable expectation of a roof’s longevity if the roof is properly constructed.” That’s a big plus in an industry where many roofing systems are lucky to last 20 or 30 years before needing replacement.
Fire Resistance— The Durable Slate Roofing Company touts slate roofing as “one of the most fire resistant roofs that exist.” Unlike many other roofing materials, slate tiles themselves are completely fire proof. That’s a big advantage when it comes to preventing fires caused by air borne sparks from fireworks, wildfires, or from adjacent house fires.
Environmentally Friendly— According to statistics cited by The Durable Slate Roofing Company, roofing waste accounts for more than 5 percent of the total waste sent to landfills across the nation every year. Since the majority of that roofing waste can be attributed to asphalt shingle roofing that needs replacement every 20 to 30 years, it’s easy to see the positive environmental impacts of installing a roof that is going to last 100 years or more.

The Cons
The most notable con when it comes to installing a slate tile roof on your home is its high cost, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Other than that, the negatives of slate roofing tile that homeowners should be aware of include tough installation requirements, the fragility of slate tiles, and complications that arise in replacing damaged slate tile.

Poor Installation— According to Joseph Jenkins of Traditional Roofing Magazine, “the vast majority of roofing contractors, as well as general contractors, know very little about slate roofs.” Unfortunately, that doesn’t deter a lot of them from trying to install slate roofing tile anyway. When hiring a contractor, be sure to inquire about experience and ask for references. A well installed slate roof will last a century or more. A poorly installed one is a lot like having no roof at all.
Weight— The Durable Slate Roofing Company estimates the weight of slate roofing tile at anywhere between 800 and 1,500 pounds per square (100 square feet). As such, you’ll need to have your residence evaluated from a structural standpoint before you install slate roofing tile on your home to make sure it can take the weight.
Durability— The fragility of slate roofing tile can be a big negative for homeowners, according to Chuck Ferguson of Bob Behrend’s Roofing in Fort Collins, Colorado. “You don’t walk on them unless you know what you’re doing,” he says. “You get a guy working on the A/C on your rooftop, and he’ll bust down a bunch of tiles.” And replacing broken tiles isn’t as easy as it sounds, either. “Slate runs by lots,” says Ferguson, “and each lot is different.” That makes it nearly impossible to find replacement tiles that are a perfect match.
Slate Roofing Tile Costs
As mentioned earlier, the cost of slate roofing tile is probably its biggest con. Ferguson estimates the cost of slate roofing tile at about $6,000 to $8,000 per square installed, though The Durable Slate Roofing Company’s estimates are little more conservative, at anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 per square. That makes for a huge initial investment if you choose slate roofing tile for your home, at least five times that of more conventional materials. Of course, when you consider that slate will last five times as long when installed correctly, maybe its reputation for high cost isn’t so deserved after all!

The-Most-Important-Roofing-RepairsInstalling new roofing can often feel like a grudge purchase, something you need but take for granted. Plus, people don’t usually comment on how nice your roof is. In some parts of the country, new roofs go on every 5-7 years. Here is a list to help you save money and aggravation if you have to put on a new roof.

Before you call:
Compare hourly rates or job rates of several roofers.
To the best of your ability, contact a roofer during the off season when it is not snowing or raining. It can be a mess if you call a roofer when you realize your current one can’t turn water.
Compare the base price of different roofing material, e.g. asphalt shingles, slate tiles, cedar shakes.
Ask to see projects your roofer has completed in your area and talk to the homeowners.
Consider skill and experience over a cheaper hourly rate. Having an inexperienced, inexpensive roofer who doesn’t apply the roof correctly, will just cause you to hire another roofer to fix his mistakes. Avoid those situations by hiring quality first.

Roofing Contracts:
Consult with your roofer about which material would be best for your roof. If possible, try to secure a warranty or even a guarantee on his work.
Agree to how long your roof will be off and how long their equipment will be on your property.
Come to terms about who is responsible if the roof leaks within a certain period of time from the install.