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Composite Decking: Too Good to Be True?

Composite is often publicized as the decking material that will eventually replace the use of wood altogether. These bold claims largely rest on the fact that composite decking typically lasts longer and doesn’t suffer from rot. However, there are a number of downsides associated with composite decking homeowners should be aware of before settling on this material.

Appearance

Wood is natural which, obviously, reflects the way it looks. Composite decking, on the other hand, can appear cheap and fake. Although composite is not technically prone to rot, it will begin to show clear signs of decay and aging, which [...]

Composite Decking: Too Good to Be True?2018-09-24T18:46:36+00:00

What Moss Does to a Roof

For shingled roofs, moss can be the enemy when it comes to protecting it from damage. Not only does it impact the look of the roof, moss is a plant that can seriously damage the integrity of the entire roofing system. Keeping your roof free of moss growth can help minimize damage and extend the lifespan of the roof, protecting your investment. Why Moss is Detrimental to Roofs There are many types of algae, fungi and molds that are attracted to the crevices on roofs, but none are as detrimental to the structure as moss. Moss absorbs water and thrives in [...]

What Moss Does to a Roof2018-08-27T16:40:52+00:00

Four Signs That Your Cedar Roof Needs Repair

A cedar roof does not provide waterproofing, despite what many homeowners may think. There is tar paper below your cedar roof which is designed to prevent water from leaking into your roof space. With that said, there are signs to look out for that will tell you when your cedar roof needs repairs.

Longevity

You can expect most cedar shingle style roofs to last around 20 years. That is without maintenance and barring any major damage caused by storms. Medium hand-split cedar roofs, on the other hand, may last as long as 25 years. Homeowners with a heavy hand-split [...]

Four Signs That Your Cedar Roof Needs Repair2018-07-06T16:58:06+00:00

Why Hire a Professional For Cedar Roof Maintenance

Minnesotans love cedar roofs. Unfortunately, the claims the manufacturer makes about longevity are only a guideline that is based on the best-case scenario. The truth of the matter is, there are a number of factors that dictate how long a cedar roof will last without needing to be repaired or replaced. Hiring a professional for cedar roof maintenance will save you a lot of headaches in the long term, whether you require services for your home or your weekend cabin.

Installation Issues

One of the major issues that Minnesota homeowners encounter with cedar roofs is the constant need for [...]

Why Hire a Professional For Cedar Roof Maintenance2018-07-06T17:31:55+00:00

Does Your Home Have Curb Appeal?

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 [...]

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

Make the Gray Go Away with Wood Fence Restoration

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 [...]

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

Start Thinking Restoration

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 [...]

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

The Best Wood for Your New Fence

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 [...]

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

Your Deck in 2017

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 [...]

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

Your Fence Cannot Be Forgotten

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?

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