Can You Get Roof Repairs Done in the Winter?

The best time of year to repair your roof or add a new roof is in the late summer or fall—particularly asphalt shingles so that the sun’s heat can seal the shingles in place. 

However, the most intense season for your roof is winter, and you could need repairs. Your roof rarely chooses the best time to spring a leak.

What’s more, under that snow could be a sheet of ice that will shift when the sun warms it during the day. As it moves, it could push up under those asphalt shingles, metal flashing, roofing tar, or caulk and cause a leak.

Although many roofing contractors will try to put off repairs during particularly frigid weather, primarily because your roof could be covered with ice and snow, but professional roofers know better than to delay repairs longer than necessary.

Any boss would want to protect their workers from working on a roof in adverse weather, but it is necessary to preserve the protections your roof provides your home. Melting snow and ice leaking down into your attic will cause more damage to support beams and insulation. 

Plus, mold and mildew will start to grow, which could affect your family’s respiratory health.

Winterizing Your Roof

If you didn’t get it done in autumn, which is the optimum time to get your roof winterized, you could call the professionals at Roof-to-Deck. Even though it’s already frigid in Minnesota, we will come out, do a roof inspection and take care of any leaks, broken shingles, punctures, or other items that could cause a leak.  

Preventive Maintenance

Likewise, just because you had a roof inspection in the fall, you still must check on it periodically and perform regular snow and ice removal to prevent severe damage.  

If any of those branches hang down onto the roof, you should get those pruned back away from your roof and gutters.      

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Can You Get Roof Repairs Done in the Winter?

Preparing Your Roof for Winter

Leaves are falling, and temperatures are dropping, and soon autumn will give way to winter. Homeowners know that preparing their homes for winter, we forget the roofs too often. Here are some tips to prepare your roof for winter that will save you headaches for the rest of the year.

Clean the Gutters

Gutters get clogged with leaves and other debris throughout the year and may become unsecured from your home. Make sure your gutters, downspouts, and drains are free of debris and are flowing freely.

Check the Seals

If you have any exterior features on your roof, such as chimneys, plumbing vents, or antennas, it is a good idea to check the sealant around these for any cracks. Time will wear down the sealant, giving water an easy path into your home.

Examine Shingles

Be on the lookout for missing or damaged shingles, especially after severe weather. Missing shingles can cause damage to the roof structure and lead to leaks.

Look at the Framework

It is a good idea to have an expert examine your roofline for any signs of sagging before winter snows come. The weight of heavy snowfall can damage your roof if there are any trouble spots in your framework.

Don’t Forget the Attic

Problems are often discovered in the attic first.  If there is uneven or inadequate insulation, the heat in your home could quickly escape, causing high electric bills. Not only does this cause low efficiency, but the heat could become trapped under loose shingles, causing ice to form under them. This building ice could spell disaster for your roof.

It is best to have your roof inspected before temperatures drop and snow begins to pile up. Roof-to-Deck Restoration can thoroughly inspect your roof and find problems before they cause damage. Contact us today to get a quote.

Preparing Your Roof for Winter

Dealing with Roof Rot

Most homeowners have never even heard of roof rot, let alone had to deal with it. The primary reason for that is the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude many homeowners have about their roof.

Roof rot occurs when too much moisture in your attic and roof rafters becomes dry rotted, weakening your roof’s support system. If not repaired, it could eventually cause your roof to collapse. Sometimes, this occurs without any warning because the support got wet and dried repeatedly, and no one noticed because they didn’t get an attic or roof inspection.

Home and business owners should get an attic and roof inspection annually. However, just like cancer screening, no one wants to get it done because they do not want the bad news. But just like cancer, the sooner it’s discovered, the less expensive the repair. 

Call the roofing professionals at Roof-to-Deck to schedule an annual inspection; your wallet will be glad you did. 

The Primary Causes of Roof Rot

There are many causes of roof rot, such as humidity, leaks, poor ventilation, and gutter, or soffit damage is the most common. 

Leaks are the most prevalent. During the harsh Minnesota winters, ice backs up against the chimney or plumbing (commonly called a stink pipe) and causes damage. Since all that snow is sitting there, no one notices. Sometimes the damage causes a leak, which once again is not seen because the insulation absorbs the moisture.

The same can happen from poor ventilation and humidity in the summer. Once the moisture builds up, it forms a puddle against your support beams. When it dries, it causes dry rot to the supports. These rafters will need to be repaired or replaced. 

Repairing Roof Rot

Repairing roof rot is the least expensive if done by professionals because they will take the right measures to ensure all the damage is found and removed.  The cause of roof rot must be eliminated before repairing dry rot and only repair non-structural supports and beams.

Remove and replace any soaked insulation. Remove as much of the wood damage as possible, and then apply a wood consolidant to restore strength to the beams. 

In many cases, it is better to replace the damaged wood than repair it, but a professional will know which is the best course of action.   

Once again, call the roofing technicians at Roof-to-Deck for a comprehensive inspection. 

Preventing Roof Rot 

The preferred method of dealing with roof rot for most homeowners is to prevent it. Although there are circumstances where it may be unstoppable or overlooked, there are steps to prevent it.   

Get your roof checked in the spring to ensure no winter ice caused damage to the shingles, flashing, gutters, or soffit.   

Have a professional check for leaks and built-up humidity. Where there is too much humidity, install an attic fan to keep your attic from getting too hot.    

Call the Roof-to-Deck Professionals for an Inspection

Use the handy contact form, or email info@rooftodeck.com, to request an inspection. Call our toll-free number, 1-877-687-3639 to get a free estimate.

Dealing with Roof Rot

Roof Replacement Things to Think About

You and your significant other have decided to replace the roof. Now comes a flood of other considerations. What about those old gutters, fascia, soffit, and flashing? 

Getting your gutter replaced and adding gutter guards could save you the price of replacement over time since you won’t have to hire someone to get all those leaves out every year. Likewise, doing this as part of the roofing job will make it that much cheaper than doing it as a separate project.  

Which Roofing Material Will You Use? 

It used to be you only had a few choices when it came to replacing your roof.  Many “handyman” operations in the old days would charge you a cut-rate to lay another layer of shingles on top of what’s there and call it good. This procedure is not a good idea as it often causes roof support problems because of the additional weight. 

Then, when there were problems, they couldn’t be found. No one bothered asking if they were licensed or even checking their credential with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Yes, we at Roof-to-Deck are proud of our BBB “A” rating & accreditation, and 25 years of service to Twin City homeowners.  

Now, you have a choice of light-weight alternatives that will complement your home’s design and last for years. Some materials, like slate, clay tile, and metal, will outlive the homeowner. There are also synthetic, composite, cedar shakes, rubber, and many others. Ask a Roof-to-Deck technician about recommendations and lifespans.

Selecting a Contractor

Many will decide to go with a national roofing company. However, that is not a wise choice because, in all likelihood, you will pay as much 50 percent more for their name. What’s more, when you choose a local roofer, if there is a problem, they will fix it right away, often the same day.    

Contact the Professionals at Roof-to-Deck 

We are easy to find around the Twin City area. You could use our contact form to request a free estimate conveniently, call (952) 352.9986, or visit us at 365 Webster St. in St. Paul.

Roof Replacement Things to Think About

Proven Tips to Plan a Great Deck

Proven Tips to Plan a Great Deck

A great deck is one that serves the purposes of you or your family while looking and feeling great. Follow these proven tips to make sure your deck stands the test of time and provides countless years of happiness.

Size Considerations

The first important factor when planning a deck is getting the dimensions right. What are your plans for the deck? You may want a deck that is for family and friends to lounge around on, but you may also need to accommodate a hot tub or pool. For great balance, aim for a deck that does not exceed 20% of the size of your home. On the flip side, you can also explore multifaceted design elements with a larger deck.

Outdoor Living

Don’t forget that a deck is essentially a feature intended to improve outdoor living. So remember to plan for cool features such as electronics, built-in lighting, and cabinetry to store all the things you will need to keep your family and guests entertained.

Home & Garden

More often than not, the deck bridges the gap between the home and yard or garden. Make sure the transition is seamless between the two elements. You will want to consider how your yard is viewed from the deck or even incorporate garden features such as planters into the design of the deck. The most important tip for homes with yards or gardens is that one element is not dwarfed by the other.

Choose Quality Materials

Regardless of the type of framing you go with, always aim for quality materials. You want your deck to last for as long as possible so quality materials and workmanship are, perhaps, the most important factors to consider when planning the project.

If you have an old deck that simply needs some care, look to Roof to Deck Restoration for cleaning services. Contact us to find out what we can do to provide you with a more affordable option today.

Proven Tips to Plan a Great Deck

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 areas that are cooler and moist. When moss spores find their footing in between shingles, they begin to sprout roots and create a spreading carpet of soft moss. While it may not look threatening, if left in place, it can have serious consequences for the roofing system.

When moss takes hold and grows on a roof, any rain or moisture that is available is absorbed by the plant. Moss holds this moisture at its roots, often down under shingles on the roof. Over time this trapped moisture can seep into the roof’s underlayment and eventually the sheathing. The top layer of moss acts like a barrier to keep the moisture trapped to feed the roots, which also allows rot to occur under shingles. Eventually this can cause damage to the underlayment, sheathing and frame, creating leaks and other structural damage.

Cleaning Away Moss

Cleaning away moss before it has a chance to damage the underlying structure of the roof is the best solution. However, removing moss must also be done carefully to reduce the risk of damaging the shingles during the process.

At Roof to Deck Restoration, we can safely and effectively remove moss and algae from your roofing system to protect it from damage and keep it looking like new. We use an environmentally-safe solution that kills moss and algae, then we gently wash away the remains to restore and protect your roof. Contact us at 651-699-3504 today to schedule your roof cleaning to extend the life of your roofing system.

What Moss Does to a Roof

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 style will be happy to know that they made a sound investment, as these roofs can achieve a lifespan of 30 years or more. That is not to say you should never have your roof checked. There are plenty of mishaps that can reduce the lifespan of a cedar roof.

Leaks & Moisture Damage

As already mentioned, it is not the cedar roof structure that protects your home from moisture intrusion. However, if the tar paper underneath is allowing water to leak into the roof space, it is still an issue that warrants repair. Water damage can wreak serious havoc on internal and external structures, as well as providing a breeding ground for mold that poses potential health hazards.

Warping & Distortion

When areas of a cedar roof are visibly warped or distorted in any way, it is a sign that repairs are needed to save the roof. If you do not address the issue, it may reach the stage where maintenance is no longer an option, which means a costly roof replacement. These problems may be a result of poor installation or nature taking its course when UV light, rain, and other environmental factors contribute to the roof aging prematurely.

Micro-Organisms

There are microorganisms such as algae and mold that love moist environments and an organic food source. Your cedar roof is essentially a large and exposed buffet for these hungry invaders. If mold and algae are left unchecked, your roof will begin to soften and the material will break down. Without cleanup and repair, you will end up dealing with a roof replacement that could have otherwise been avoided.

Roof to Deck is equipped to identify and repair both minor and major roof damage. Call us at 651-699-3504 so we can perform an assessment of your cedar roof.

Four Signs That Your Cedar Roof Needs Repair

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 maintenance due to shoddy installation. Many repair companies will do a good job of fixing the visible damage to your cedar roof, but they may not address the underlying issue(s). If you find that cedar roof maintenance is costing you a small fortune, it is time to reach out to the professionals. Roof to Deck delivers excellence in workmanship that provides long-lasting protection.

Preemptive Repairs

The difference between needing repairs or replacement of a cedar roof is knowing when to carry out essential maintenance. Roof to Deck will manage all your roofing needs through regular checks and minor repairs that preempt any serious issues. The last thing you need is a maintenance company that reacts when the damage is already done. You can rely on our team to identify potential trouble spots and make the necessary repairs to keep your cedar roof in excellent shape.

Professional Service

Besides excellence in workmanship, you need a maintenance company that delivers professional and exceptional customer service. Roof to Deck customers are never left out in the cold, not knowing if their cedar roof is about to come crashing down. In fact, you can contact us today at 651-699-3504 if you need cedar roof repairs to find out first-hand just how committed Roof to Deck is to deliver on the promises we make.

Why Hire a Professional For Cedar Roof Maintenance

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 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 Restoration

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 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!

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