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Your Fence Cannot Be Forgotten

2018-04-13T13:43:26+00:00

Your home is more than just the house you occupy. It is every addition to your property, including your yard, shed, and even your fence. Your fence is designed to not only keep things in, but to keep things out as well. A well-constructed, well-maintained fence can help keep rodents, stray animals, and unwanted individuals off of your property, protecting your home and your personal property. Therefore, when you are taking the time to freshen up your home, do not forget your hard-working fence in the process. 

What Can Happen to Your Forgotten Fence?

As mentioned above, your fence is the border of your property that is meant to protect your property from both things getting out and things getting in. A wooden fence, in particular, is subject to many issues is left forgotten, allowing things to easily get in and out of your home. Boards may begin to deteriorate, causing holes in the fence. IF too many boards deteriorate, the entire infrastructure of your fence is compromised.

Furthermore, a forgotten fence is, well, ugly. It can decrease property values, making you and your home less desirable to the neighborhood. It will begin to add to the decrease in property values throughout your entire neighborhood, which leaves you very unpopular with the neighbors. You may even be strongly advised to either get rid of the fence or fix it, if you wish to keep it up.

How to Maintain Your Fence

The first step to maintaining your fence is to make sure you clean it every spring, at the very least. Just like you make it a point to clean your home's exterior after every winter, it is essential to clean your fence after every winter. This type of cleaning is not the standard of washing it down with a garden hose, which can actually do more harm than good. This is referring to pressure washing your fence. When a professional comes to your home to pressure wash your wooden fence, he or she will also take note of any problem areas they find in the wood. If the wood is well maintained with no problem areas, then you can move onto the next season with ease. However, if the boards are beginning to deteriorate or missing altogether, the professional cleaner should be able to make the appropriate repairs to help your fence look like new!

Once this stage is complete, you must make sure the fence does not need to be restained, to keep it looking fresh and clean.  Every few years, any wood would need a fresh coat of stain to keep it looking pristine. If your fence has hit this stage in its lifecycle, then once it has been properly cleaned, it may be a good idea to stain it and freshen it up.

If your home has a wooden fence and it needs maintenance, contact the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at 952.352.9986 today. Our experts can help you make sure your wooden fence is always well maintained and keeping the proper items in and out of your home.

Your Fence Cannot Be Forgotten2018-04-13T13:43:26+00:00

Spring is time to Restore Your Home

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Spring time is a time to begin anew. The weather is getting nicer, yet it is not too hot to enjoy the outdoors. The snow has melted and birds are chirping once again. Everything about spring is picturesque, until you take a good look at your home. Your home has dealt with the worst of winter and come through still standing. Yet, it is not unscathed. The paint on your exterior is chipping. The gutters are clogged with leaves and other pieces of nature. Your deck has water stains that only a ton of snow can leave. As you look at the beauty and rebirth around your home, you think that your home could use some restoration to match the surrounding beauty.

The Basics

Just like you will commence with spring cleaning inside your home, spring cleaning should occur on the exterior of your home. Start with the basics. First, check the gutters. Hopefully, you keep up on the gutters throughout the winter to avoid ice dams. However, now we are at least a month into spring and these gutters need to be checked again. Make sure there are no leaves or branches clogging your gutters, preventing rainwater from properly draining from your roof. The alternative may be a much costlier leak inside your walls.

Once the gutters are cleaned, make sure to power wash the exterior of your home. As with the interior, you want to start with the roof and work your way down to remove any grime that may have fallen to the lower parts of your home. Power washing will help remove dirt and grime, but it will also remove paint chips that are close to falling off anyway. This will help you better access the damage the winter has done to your home and restore it properly. It is also essential to power wash your deck and fence.

A Little Elbow Grease

Now, look at your clean home and assess it. Do you need a new coat of paint? Does your deck or fence need to be re-stained? Do you need to repair your gutters or replace a part of the roof? Typically, if you complete the basics every year, the elbow grease and restoration year to year will be minimal, if it exists at all. However, if you have ignored the exterior of your home year after year, be prepared to restore more of your home. As with any home improvement project, doing nothing and ignoring the issues will not make them go away or cause them to stay the same. As a matter of fact, ignoring the issues and repairs that may be needed will cause it to only get worse each year. Therefore, stay on top of it every spring and prep your home for winter in the fall to make sure your home lasts for many years to come.

If you are in need of restoring your roof, cleaning your gutters, power washing your home, or even repairing your deck or fence, contact the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at 952-352-9986.

Spring is time to Restore Your Home2018-04-13T13:43:26+00:00

Do You Know Your Roof?

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You are a homeowner. You spend hours, days, weeks, months, and years obsessing over almost every aspect of your home. You make sure it is clean and beautiful on the interior and exterior. You paint the walls, cut the grass, and power wash your deck as often as needed. You likely leave no stone unturned and take great pride in your home. Yet, the phrase "Out of sight, out of mind" is very relevant when it comes to your roof. Because you cannot see the majority of your roof, you likely do not think of it unless it begins to leak. You do not look to see the dirt piled up on it or the pieces chipping off. You likely do not know the material of your roof. 

However, your roof is a part of your home and one which people see from the furthest distance away. It is time to stop and take notice of your roof.

 

The Material

First, what material makes up your roof? There are three major types of roofing materials used in today's marketplace: cedar; asphalt; and fiberglass. Each material has its benefits and if properly maintained, can add to the beauty of your home. Asphalt roofing using asphalt to add to the waterproofing of your roof, allowing water to simply slide off the roof, instead of sink into the roof, protecting your home from water damage. Fiberglass roofs are often sleek and a flatter roof, utilizing fiberglass to bead water and allow it to slide off your roof easily. Of course cedar roofing utilizes cedar and is often a more expensive, higher quality look.

Keeping It Clean

No matter what type of roof material is on your home, it must be kept clean for numerous reasons. First, keeping it clean keeps it aesthetically pleasing. Considering your roof is 40% of what others see, even if you do not notice it, you want to make sure it is streak free and well maintained. Additionally, if you ignore your roof, you may be ignoring small problems that will inevitably become large problems. Replacing a part of a roof is much more manageable than replacing an entire roof.  Finally, if you allow debris to remain on your roof, it eventually piles up and creates other issues. Depending on the weight of the debris, you roof may begin to cave or crack. If not maintained, this can cause a large issue involving not just a roof replacement, but may lead to leaks and damage inside your home. Therefore, it is essential to care for your roof in the same manner in which you care for the rest of your home.

If you are in need of roof maintenance or restoration, contact the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at 952.352.9986. Our experts will gladly come to your home to inspect your roof and determine the issues you may have. We will determine whether a simple roof cleaning is in order or a more intensive project may be needed.

Do You Know Your Roof?2018-04-13T13:43:26+00:00

Deck Staining Options

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It’s spring, which means it is time to enjoy your backyard. You wait all winter to throw your first barbeque and outdoor gathering, inviting friends, family, and acquaintances. When you step outside to survey the land, you notice your deck looks faded and old. This is not the impression you wish to leave on your guests for their first visit to your home for the season. As you look at your deck, you notice that you do not like the original stain and want to know your options.

Your Wood

When choosing your deck stain, first, look at the type of wood from which your deck is made. If your deck is using a richer looking wood, such as redwood, you may wish to use a stain that brings out its natural luster. However, if your deck is using a standard lumber, you may find a more colorful option would be more conducive to the look you are trying to achieve. You will also need to review how your wood will react to the stain you choose to make sure the color you buy and the color you want is the color you will get.

Natural or Exotic

Now that you have determined the type of wood you have, you must determine the best way to stain it. Do you want a natural look or a more exotic feel? Deck staining can be a creative process, as many color options are available. It is not quite as colorful as painting the walls inside your home, but you can choose from several transparent looks that bring out the natural beauty of your wood, or more vibrant colors, like vintage styles, blues, and oranges. You may even choose to mix and match colors to create a design, like the American Flag or a beautiful redbird. The colors will be more natural than paint colors, however, the look can still be quite personal. Roof to Deck Restoration offers four natural stain colors: honey, brown, cedar and redwood. If you are interested in the natural look for your deck or other outdoor wood areas and aren’t sure which one to choose, Roof to Deck can offer their expert insight as to which stain will look best on your wood. The key is to remember that your deck will be a high traffic area during the summer months, but it is still a place to express your style and show off your home. It is always recommended that you keep it classy while still choosing to be creative or keeping a natural wood finish.

The first rule of thumb when choosing to restain your deck is to make sure the wood is stable and does not need replacing. Powerwash your deck to remove the dirt and grime that has built up over the winter months before beginning the project. As you inspect the wood itself, make sure to replace the pieces that are warped or rotting with the same type of wood as already incorporated within your deck. Finally, this project, while it can be DIY, should be left to the experts to ensure nothing is missed and no accidents occur. When you are ready to restore your deck to enjoy for years to come, contact the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at 651-699-3504. They will be honored to come out, review your deck, and provide you with a fair estimate.

Deck Staining Options2018-04-13T13:43:27+00:00

The Best Wood to Build Your Deck

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Whether you want to replace your deck or build a new one, there is a lot of factors to consider. First, you need to check the structure of your home and lawn to ensure your property can support a deck. Then, you need to design the deck to make sure it adds to your property. You do not want to overshadow or detract from it. Finally, you need to choose a wood and stain for your deck. While the color of stain you choose can be a matter of personal taste, your choice of wood should be based on tested data to select the best type of wood for your area, climate, and use.

Your Choices

There are numerous types of wood that can be used to build your deck. However, most people will recommend three types of wood as your best options. These are cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated lumber. Each have their pros and cons, which must be analyzed carefully to help you decide the best type of wood for your project and your budget.

Pros and Cons

Cedar is often the first wood most people think of when building their deck. It is a soft wood that is naturally rot- and insect-resistant. However, due to its softness, it can often splinter easily. Furthermore, the best cuts of cedar come from trees that are 100 to 250 years old.

Redwood is beautiful and extremely stable. However, redwood is becoming more and more rare, as it only grows on the West Coast, mostly in California. As you travel east, the cost becomes much higher. In addition, redwood requires you to constantly reapply sealer over the years to maintain its luster and durability.

Finally, pressure-treated lumber is the cheapest of the three woods, and it is insect- and rot-repellant as well. It is easy to obtain and is often the most common wood used by deck builders. However, it is more unstable. This type of wood often twists, shrinks, and warps. You can opt to purchase a higher grade of lumber that will not encounter as many problems. However, in those instances the price becomes steeper.

No matter the type of wood you choose, your deck will require annual maintenance. After a Minnesota winter, your deck will require pressure washing – at the very least – to wash away the winter grime and restore its beauty. After several years of wear and weathering, your deck may require restaining and other types of treatment. You have two options: rebuild a deck every five years or properly maintain your deck to ensure it lasts a lifetime. When you are in need of deck restoration or basic annual maintenance to help preserve your deck for years to come, contact the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at (651) 699-3504. Their restoration experts are happy to answer your questions and make sure you can enjoy your deck for many years to come.

The Best Wood to Build Your Deck2018-04-13T13:43:27+00:00

The Beauty of Log Homes & Cabins

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Log homes and cabins are unique in the real estate world. People either enjoy the novelty of a log cabin as a vacation home or find them truly appealing and purchase them for a main residential property. Over the past twenty years, log cabins have progressed to be much more than the small log cabins we are accustomed to seeing at summer camps or in the movies. Now, some log cabins are insulated multi-million dollar homes with all of the amenities of a typical home but with a true rustic appeal. Log homes and cabins are some of the most popular homes in Minnesota and other parts of the country as well.

Types of Wood

As with any exterior addition to any home, certain types of wood are more suitable for a log home or cabin than others. There are specific features that must be considered to determine which wood would be best suited for your home. Features such as durability, resistance to decay, insulation value, stability, and overall appearance are key factors when choosing your wood. Wood that is not stable and durable may warp, twist, and even shrink over time. Therefore, you need to find a wood that is less likely to have this type of issue or takes a longer period of time before this issue occurs. The insulation value will help ensure that your house or cabin does not allow heat or cool air to escape easily, raising your energy costs and lowering your quality of living. Finally, appearance, while a matter of taste, is essential to ensuring you will love your log home for years to come.  Some of the most preferred woods for log cabins include Atlantic White Cedar, Northern White Cedar, Western Red Cedar, Bald Cypress, and Douglas Fir, to name a few; however, there are numerous species that would be a great fit, depending on your desires and needs.

Maintaining Your Log Cabin

Log homes and cabins must be maintained just as most other wooden features would be maintained. Before pressure washing the home, your professional maintenance crew should check for log rot or wood damage. The wood should also be checked for insect infestations, which may cause unseen damage. If this step is ignored, pressure washing damaged wood will cause additional damage, which can ruin your home.

Should your log home or cabin require a bit of restoration, there are a few key steps that need to be included in the process. First, any old sealer or stain should be removed from the wood with an environmentally friendly stripping solution. Then, the home should be washed with low pressure and treated with an agent that will prepare the wood for a new treatment of sealer or stain. Once this process is completed, the wood must dry to 12% moisture or less. While the wood is drying, make sure your team checks the caulking around the windows and doors and fixes any areas with issues. Finally, stain with an oil-based sealer for a beautiful finish and increased durability.

If you are in need of maintenance regarding your log home or cabin, call the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at (651) 699-3504.  One of their skilled wood experts will be happy to help bring your log home or cabin back to its original splendor.

The Beauty of Log Homes & Cabins2018-04-13T13:43:27+00:00

Looking Bad is Just the Beginning: The Problems with Damaged Wood Fences

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As homeowners, we take great pride in our home’s exterior, including the deck and even our wooden fences. Our pride in our home is why we often hire people for things like landscaping, power washing, and refinishing projects. And we should care! Our homes are probably the largest purchase we will ever make, and how we care for them says a lot about us as people. However, beauty is not the only reason we should care about our exterior. Damage to any piece of a home’s exterior can cause long-term damage to our home, property, and even potentially to our family and pets. For the purposes of this discussion, we will focus on the issues surrounding a damaged wood fence.

A Fence’s Purpose

Fences serve two purposes for most homeowners. They are designed to keep some people and animals in (such as kids and pets) and keep other people and animals out (such as unwelcomed visitors, pests, and rodents). A wooden fence serves these purposes while keeping the look of the home beautiful and appealing to the neighborhood. However, if the wood begins to rot, crack, or even bend, the effectiveness of keeping some in and others out disappears. As the wood weakens, it becomes easier for rodents and small animals to get through the fence without much effort. Eventually, as the wood deteriorates, small children and dogs – who are both often very determined when they are curious – can eventually break the wood and no longer be protected in the safety of the backyard.

What to Look For

Typically, weather is the main cause for deterioration.  A wood fence is not meant to last forever, but in normal conditions, it can last quite a while if properly maintained. There are several key issues to look for when making sure your fence is secure.  Even the casual observer can easily see issues such as wet or dry rot and sagging posts. These problems are typically easy to fix, as long as you know your way around wood. If you maintain your wood properly and repair it as needed, you will likely only need restoration through the years, rather than a total replacement – at least for a decade or so.  

When it comes to the initial installation of the fence, if your wood is not properly treated or installed at the onset, you will have numerous problems for years to come. For instance, if your lumber is not properly dried, it will warp sooner rather than later. If you are using lumber that is not moisture-resistant, you will find you need repairs or replacement within one or two rainy seasons. Even the percentage of wood underground versus above-ground can make a huge difference when it comes to protecting the fence’s overall integrity.

Proper installation and proper maintenance of any wood is key to making the structure last. Wood fences are no different, and due to their structure, they may actually require more maintenance than other outdoor fixtures. Ask the experts about maintaining and restoring your fence by contacting the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at (651) 699-3504.

Looking Bad is Just the Beginning: The Problems with Damaged Wood Fences2018-04-13T13:43:27+00:00

Public Opinion and Your Home

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In many areas, contractors may be a dime a dozen. There are roofers, wood contractors, power washers, builders, painters, repairmen: any type of contractor for home repair and construction you can think of, and some you may not have known existed!

Many times, we turn to family and friends to recommend their preferred contractor to get a job done, like fixing a wooden deck or maintaining a cedar roof. Sometimes those referrals are the best option because we trust our family and friends. However, sometimes our circle of influence does not have a good referral, has never had to deal with that problem, or does not live in our area – especially if we recently moved. In those cases, how do you choose a reliable contractor to help fix your home?

Websites

Roof RepairsThankfully, the Internet has provided options that people did not have even twenty years ago. Unfortunately, it also provides a lot of bad information. As a consumer, it is our job to weed out the good from the bad. Websites that allow the contractors to advertise for themselves are often extremely biased and therefore not trustworthy. However, there are websites that promote contractors, such as Angie’s List, that only allow reviews to come from customers. Not only is it less biased than other types of contractor advertising sites, but Angie’s List also offers awards for trusted contractors.

Another website that is helpful when choosing the right contractor for your home is The Better Business Bureau.  Members have to pay to belong; however, customers can review and rate the business and those with the best business practices and good reviews will receive high ratings from the organization. Most contractors who are rated with an A+ rating are reliable and worth interviewing for your project.

Realtors and Neighbors

If you are new to an area and notice you need some repairs to the roof, fence, or deck – or even simple maintenance of your exterior or interior property – there may be other options besides asking friends and family. Speaking to your realtor about their preferred contractors is a great way to get an honest referral that you can trust. Realtors want repeat clients. They will not get repeat clients and client referrals if they refer contractors who are not trustworthy or reliable.

Neighbors are also a great source for recommendations. Neighbors have a vested interest in your property to help maintain their own property value.  Therefore, they will likely refer someone they have used who provided wonderful results. Contractors who do a great job for one home in a neighborhood will likely receive the business of the entire neighborhood.

If you are in need of a contractor to take care of your roof, fence, or deck maintenance or repair, or other services such as gutter cleaning or exterior power washing, contact the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at (651) 699-3504. Besides having an extremely satisfied client base, they have won numerous awards for excellence in their field from Angie’s List and maintain an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. These awards and accolades show just how much pride they take in their work, which is equal to the pride and care they will take with your home.

Public Opinion and Your Home2018-04-13T13:43:27+00:00

Autumn Is Coming…

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Most people understand the importance of winterizing their home and doing an annual spring cleaning. But what about getting ready for autumn? Autumn preparation is a wonderful opportunity to pre-game winterizing your home, making home maintenance around the holidays a bit less strenuous and cumbersome. It is also an opportunity to clean up part of the mess that summer made of your exterior – before the mess creates actual damage. Utilizing the more neutral weather season as an opportunity to get outside and do some work and maintenance on your home is a great way to keep your home beautiful and damage-free all year round.

The Roof

Because the effects of winter can put a lot of pressure on your roof, it is essential to check your roof between seasons to ensure it is up to the task at hand. One obvious place to begin your inspection is your attic. Since your attic is the first layer of protection between the rest of your home and whatever is on your roof, it will exhibit many of the
first signs of a problem. Make sure there are no leaks, wet spots, or watermarks.

Once you have checked the attic for signs of a problem, it is time to get up on the roof and check for any issues. Remove all of the debris and leaves that the summer has left on your roof. It is also a great idea to look for missing or loose shingles and inspect the flashing and caulking that keep the water out of your home.

Finally, clean those gutters.  Summer rain can bring high winds, leaving debris in your gutters. Make sure you get in there and remove any leaves and debris that may clog your gutters, causing issues such as ice dams or damage to your home in the winter months.

Your Siding

In addition to your roof, you should be checking the siding of your home as well. When siding develops a problem, your interior walls and wiring are no longer protected, creating a larger issue for you and your home. Therefore, power washing your home after summer and before winter is a great way to remove all of the dirt, debris, and overall junk from your home. Not only does power washing help your home stay beautiful, but it also makes it easier to check for problem areas. Once your home is clean, begin looking for cracks or loose panels and make the necessary repairs. If left unattended, these issues can cause costly damage to your home.

By taking care of these exterior issues in time for autumn, you allow for a break with winterizing your home, so that you may only have to ensure your windows, doors, and overall insulation is intact during the busy holiday season. To learn more about the importance of these home inspections, contact the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at (651) 699-3504. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer your questions and provide the professional help many of these tasks may require to get your exterior ready for the colder months ahead.

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Autumn Is Coming…2018-04-13T13:43:27+00:00

The Issues That Are Destroying Your Asphalt Roof

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A well maintained asphalt roof is a beautiful finish to your home, especially since your roof is 40% of what people see of the exterior of your home. However, if you allow your asphalt roof to be ignored, it will quickly become an eyesore. Over time, this eyesore will begin to break down, leading to damage to your home, both inside and out. While asphalt is a sturdy material, if left untreated, it can begin to decay.

 

Evolution, For Better or For Worse

As the price of asphalt began to rise, manufacturers began mixing in crushed limestone as filler in the shingles to cut down on the amount of asphalt used and the associated cost. While this allowed the costs to stay relatively affordable, it brought new issues along for the ride. Limestone, while overall a durable material, is a natural fertilizer, especially for algae. Therefore, algae will slowly gravitate to the roof, starting with the north side where it is shady, because sunlight inhibits its growth.

Combine this addition of limestone with the evolution of gloecapsa magma, the type of algae typically found on roofs, and the problem begins. This type of algae was prevalent in the South for a very long time, until more areas of limestone (its natural fertilizer) were found in the North. This evolution gave the algae the food source necessary to migrate north – and eventually to our rooftops. This algae actually grows a dark protective layer over it to protect it from the sun, since the sun slows its growth. This is why the average person sees black streaks on your roof.

One Thing Leads to Another

Moss follows algae the way a dog follows a scent. If your roof is infected with algae, moss will surely find its way to your roof and cause an even bigger problem. Moss will literally raise the granules which will result in the granules falling off and affecting the sturdiness of the shingle.  As the shingles begin to fall off, your roof is unprotected, which leads to leaks and other damage in your home, creating a whirlwind of issues that any homeowner would love to avoid.

As a result of these issues, your roof can sustain damage that not only is costly in roof repairs, but can also cost much more in actual home damage. For example, failing to maintain your roof can allow mold to grow inside your wall spaces and throughout your home. Once the roof starts to deteriorate, you permit a fair amount of moisture into areas that would otherwise be protected. These areas do not have natural drainage systems and can eventually become a haven for mold to grow in. Mold is not only costly to repair in your home, but it can also create horrific health issues for anyone living in your home.

To learn more about the issues that may be affecting your roof and what you can do to prevent these issues from causing damage, contact the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at (651) 699-3504. Their skilled employees will be happy to help you maintain the beauty of your roof for years to come.

The Issues That Are Destroying Your Asphalt Roof2018-04-13T13:43:27+00:00