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Does Your Home Have Curb Appeal?

2018-04-25T19:00:17+00:00

The thing about curb appeal is that it is actually a lot more difficult to know if your home has it than you may think. When you live in the same place for a long period of time, it’s easy to miss those little imperfections that others will pick up on at a glance.

Whether you are planning on selling your home or simply like to present a welcoming sight for visitors, curb appeal is the way forward. Home maintenance is one of the best ways to increase curb appeal and completely transform the way people see your property from the street.

Roof and Siding

The most prominent exterior features on your property are your roof and siding. Restoring these elements through power washing and sealing will entirely change the appearance of your home and make it look shiny and new. For homeowners hoping to sell, this will significantly improve the chances of attracting serious buyers.

Fencing Restoration

Replacing fencing can become a large undertaking, depending on the size of your property. A great way to maintain fencing is through proper installation or restoration. A properly sealed or treated fence will last much longer; however, restoration is also an option if you take action before serious damage occurs.

Deck Maintenance

Nobody likes looking at or sitting on a poorly maintained deck. As one of the most used exterior features on your property, it is important to keep your decking in good shape. A poorly maintained deck can result in accidents, which could result in you facing litigation in a personal injury claim. Cleaning and treating your decking will improve its appearance and strength.

Roof to Deck Restoration can handle all your external maintenance needs to help you increase the curb appeal of your property. Call today to arrange an expert on-site consultation.

Does Your Home Have Curb Appeal?2018-04-25T19:00:17+00:00

Make the Gray Go Away with Wood Fence Restoration

2018-04-25T19:03:04+00:00

A brand-new wood fence is beautiful and brown, but it will not stay that way forever. Wood exposed to the elements will turn gray and lose its natural luster. If your wood fencing is looking dull from a few years of exposure, bring back the brown beauty of like-new wood. Wood fence restoration can make your fence look brand-new again and give your yard a makeover for the approaching spring and summer.

Why Does Wood Fencing Turn Gray?

Many wood fences are made from cedar, and for good reason. Cedar is excellent for fencing and can last for many years, especially when maintained with sealant or stain. However, cedar will turn gray if not protected. This occurs from exposure to the elements. The surface of cedar boards contains live wood cells that produce oil, giving the wood its natural color and protection. As these oils are washed and dried away with exposure to precipitation and sun, the surface cells die. The color can begin to change in as quickly as a few weeks or a few months, and mildew or mold can quicken this process.

Stain or sealant can be used to protect the wood surface from UV rays and exposure. However, once the wood has turned gray, it needs to be cleaned and restored before it can effectively be stained or sealed. Pressure washing away the dead wood cells without damaging the wood planks is the desirable outcome, which is best performed through professional fence restoration.

Your Source for Wood Fence Restoration in the Minneapolis Area

At Roof-to-Deck Restoration, we have an experienced team of fence restoration experts that can help make the gray go away on your wood fencing. Our team can safely remove the deteriorating elements on the surface of your fencing without damaging the planks, protecting your fence from harm. We also offer staining, sealant or painting services to make your old fence look like new and keep it protected from the elements. Contact us today at 651-699-3504 to schedule your wood fence restoration this spring.

Make the Gray Go Away with Wood Fence Restoration2018-04-25T19:03:04+00:00

Start Thinking Restoration

2018-04-25T19:06:47+00:00

Spring is right around the corner, believe it or not, and when the snow melts you may be surprised at what it leaves behind on your home! Harsh winter weather stirs up all kinds of grimy dirt and leaves it where it sits; in this case on your home, deck, or driveway.

Plan Now for a Beautiful Spring

There are some things you can do before spring gets here in order to get your property on the road to looking great. Consider projects from the top down to get your home looking its best. One of the first things to consider is the roof. Getting it cleaned and checked for ice damage should be one of the main priorities.

Different types of roofs require different types of care. Dirt buildup on fiberglass and asphalt roofs can lead to mold and mildew colonies. Cedar shakes require specialized care. Yours may be in need of a wood restoration professional for cleaning and sealing against the ravages of the summer sun, and inclement weather.

Homes can have a variety of sidings as well. Qualified experts know the best method for cleaning and eliminating the source that can lead to bigger problems. If moisture collects in spots, you could wind up with serious mold issues, as well as structural damage. There are special solutions used by restoration professionals which will help preserve your home’s siding and stop the elements from doing damage.

Wood Restoration

One of the most vulnerable areas of your home is your deck or wooden fence. These take a beating every year, all year, and if not properly treated, will show signs of wear and weathering. Woodwork requires cleaning and may require treatment and staining as well. As with your roof and siding, moisture collecting in spots can cause mold to grow. This weakens the wood in addition to making it look unsightly.

The Roof to Deck Restoration professionals know what to look for from your rooftop out to your wooden fences. They also know how to clean, restore, and prevent problems. Let us help you devise your plan for a beautiful spring. Call us now to set up a consultation!

Start Thinking Restoration2018-04-25T19:06:47+00:00

The Best Wood for Your New Fence

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

You have decided to update your fence. Maybe you once had a chain link fence that you have decided to replace with a privacy fence. Maybe you had no fence at all and have decided your home needs one more for a decorative touch than for privacy or security. Whatever the reason, your new fence is an exciting addition to your home as long as it adds to the aesthetic beauty of your home and yard. That is why it is essential to choose just the right wood for your new fence.

Types of Wood

Selecting wood for your fence is twofold. First, you need to choose the right type of wood. Next, you need to select just the right grade for your wood. There are six types of wood that are generally used for most backyard fences: Pine, Fir, Spruce, Cedar, Cypress, or Redwood. Pine, Fir, and Spruce are typically the most affordable of the bunch. Also, they are standard construction woods and have proven durability. However, they are not quite as beautiful as other woods on the list, and may not provide the desired look for your fence.

In contrast, cedar and cypress are a bit more pricey. However, they offer the natural ability to repel insects. Cedar's natural oils have been long known as insect repellents, and cypress is treated with a specific chemical that no insect enjoys. Also, these types of wood have a longer lifespan as they are rot-resistant.

Redwood, on the other hand, is extremely expensive, yet the most beautiful of the bunch. One of the reasons redwood is so expensive is because it is the most durable of the woods for the job as well as the most aesthetically pleasing.

The Grade Matters

In addition to the types of wood, you need to consider the grade of it. The grade of the wood refers to the quality of that particular piece. Grades are often classified as standard, construction, select, premium or clear. Pricing is determined by the type of wood as well as its grade. You may be able to purchase a lower grade of redwood and still receive the beauty of it for your fence. The higher the grade of your wood, the more durable and higher quality you will receive. Therefore, it is important to choose not only the look of the wood, but also the quality of it when choosing materials for your new fence. Your decision should be based on budget, design, and needs. If you live in an even climate area, you may be able to use a lower grade of wood than if you live in an area where the weather changes and you get the worst of weather.

If you have a wood fence in need of restoration or cleaning, contact the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at 952-352-9986. Our experts have years of experience treating all types of wood and making sure your investment lasts for years to come.

The Best Wood for Your New Fence2018-04-13T13:43:26+00:00

Your Deck in 2017

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

Whether you already have a deck on your home or you are looking to build one, 2017 is offering some wonderful new trends to the tried and true decks of the past fifty years. With the advancements in technology, woodworking, and architectural projects are no longer limited to straight lines and wood colors. Some of these trends are bold and never been done before while others are new takes on older ideas. One thing is certain that your deck is not your grandparent's deck anymore.

New Design Ideas

There are a plethora of new design ideas for building a deck in 2017. One large area of change is the increase of bended wood. Circles are very trendy in all home decorating areas. People are enjoying the look of circles inside their home through paintings, windows, and artwork. It would only make sense that this trend extends to the new deck as well. Another area that is changing quickly is the material with which a deck is being built. While wood is still preferred for many decks, it does not always hold up to the elements Therefore, many people are opting for a new material that can withstand harsh winters, rainy seasons, and extreme conditions while still look beautiful. Some are even choosing to put their deck on their roof to maximize space and build a deck that will outlast the season.

Finally, when building or restoring an older deck, people are turning to virtual design to see their vision before the world is even started. This allows clients to work on the project without beginning the expansive physical labor that building a deck requires.

The Trend in Restoration

Or those that love their deck, but need a little change, there is a new trend to notice: gray stains. Gray is more than just one color as well. There are eight different shades of gray from which to choose. Gray has become very popular with homeowners and business owners alike when it comes to deck color options People feel it adds something that may have been missing in the past. Furthermore, it helps your deck stand out from the sea of wood colored decks that are often seen in every neighborhood, giving your deck a life of its own.

Your deck is an extension of your house that you can update and change however you see fit. No matter how you update or change your deck (whether you choose to add a kitchen to it, lighting, or build it from scratch) the key is to keep it well maintained. While using more durable materials or staining a different color may be helpful, in the long run, thorough cleanings and restaining are necessary to help keep your deck always fresh, clean, and provide longevity. If you have a deck and require restoration or a thorough cleaning, call the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at 952.352.9986. Their deck restoration experts are happy to help answer your questions and guide you toward the perfect outcome for your home and personality.

Your Deck in 20172018-04-13T13:43:26+00:00

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

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

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?

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

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

2018-04-13T13:43:27+00:00

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

2018-04-13T13:43:27+00:00

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