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Why You Need a Roof Inspection

Your roof is one of your biggest investments, along with your home or business. Because of this, it is important that you do  a regular home inspection. Just like you look after your health regularly by going to the doctor, your roof needs someone to look after it as well. We suggest that you have your roof inspected once a year in order for it to maintain its safety and longevity. Sometimes in a storm, a shingle can become loose or fall off all together. When this happens, it can cause damage to your roof that you are unaware of and turn into bigger damage. In some cases, the little damage can get so bad that you may need an entire roof replacement. This is why you should get your roof inspected, to avoid these kinds of scenarios and to avoid paying more money down the line on major roof repairs that could have easily been avoided.

Reasons To Have Your Roof Inspected

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Warranty – If you have a new roof, you may also have a warranty that came along with it. Some warranties have the stipulation that in order for you to keep the warranty valid, that you have to have your roof inspected once a year.

Peace of Mind – Knowing that your roof is up to date and does not have any problems will allow you to have one less thing to worry about.

If you need a roof inspection call Capital Construction at (612) 263-9262 and let us hook you up with our fantastic inspectors. We will make sure your roof is all up to code and give you the peace of mind you deserve.

What Is Green Roofing?

In today’s modern age, many of our clients are looking for ways to operate in a more environmentally friendly way. You may have heard of green roofing, or perhaps environmentally friendly roofing. Today we will go over what green roofing is!

Roofing That’s Environmentally Friendly

Green Roofing

These Roofs Stay Cool With Living Vegetation On Top!

If you are not entirely sure what green roofing is, you aren’t alone; the term often refers to more than one kind of roof. In some scenarios, green roofing can reference a roof that reduces your building’s carbon footprint, like a roof coating. Roof coatings are known to be very easy to apply over existing roof systems, which means that the application process also doesn’t require adding large amounts of waste to landfills. Roof coatings also offer fantastic reduction of energy waste by effectively reflecting UV rays from your roof’s surface.

Roofing That’s Green!

Green roofing can also reference literally green roofs; as in, roofs covered in plants. These roof systems are meant to not only provide cooling to the structure they’re applied on, but additionally the air around them. Densely populated areas can hold a large amount of heat, but areas with plant life tend to be much cooler, which is why planting vegetation on roofs can assist with overheating issues. Through reduction of greenhouse gases and the urban heat effect, these roofs are considered an additional type of green roof installation.

If you are interested in investing in green roofing options, give our team a call at (612) 263-9262 to get started!

The Importance Of Keeping Your Gutters Clean

Fall time is certainly wonderful, in terms of brightly colored leaves and plenty of holiday cheer throughout these months. However, those colorful leaves falling about can cause serious damage  to your home, believe it or not. Last month, we discussed how leaves can damage your roof. This month we will talk about the importance of keeping your gutter clean and functional as part of your regular roofing and fall maintenance routine.

The Function Of Roofing Gutters

clogged gutters

Clogged Gutters Can Negatively Impact Your Roof And Foundation!

Your roof’s gutters are in  place to protect not only your roof, but also your home’s foundation. If your gutters are clogged with dirt and leaves, they can’t perform their function. If water falls freely from every edge of your home, it can damage the fascia and potentially even gather along the edges, which leaves your roofing vulnerable to water damage. Additionally, water splashing down around your home’s foundation can eventually lead to shifting dirt, which in turn can cause slab damage!

How To Keep Your Gutter In Top Condition

In order to protect your roof and and your foundation, it is essential that your gutters remain clear of debris and functional. When leaves begin to fall, take time to scoop the leaves out of your gutter, and to rinse them thoroughly with your garden hose to ensure they are clean. As an added benefits, clean gutter can drastically improve the look of your home.

If you need help with gutter or roof repair in Minneapolis, MN, give our team of roofing experts a call at (612) 263-9262!

Roof Damage from Falling Leaves

It is fall and the leaves are coming down. Though dying and falling leaves on roofs are not usually a danger–in fact, they’re often beautiful–they can still cause a few problems. When the leaves fall heavily onto your roof, and then it rains, they can get lodged in places and stuff your gutters. Over time, these leaves can rot and cause damage within the shingles. To avoid roof damage from falling leaves in Minneapolis, MN, call (612) 263-9262.

When these falling leaves filling your gutters, they become heavy. If the wood on your roof is damaged, cracks can form, and then so may leaks. All of this can then lead to mold, falling gutters, and other, larger problems.

Orange and Yellow Leaves Collected on Roof and in Gutter

Call Us for Roof Damage from Falling Leaves.

Watching for Roof Damage from Falling Leaves

As fall progresses, watch your and the falling leaves. If they start to collect, remove them. You can use a blower, or broom if you don’t have a blower. If you have professional lawn care services, sometimes they will take care of it for you. If you get up on a ladder, take special precautions; don’t climb up onto the roof unless you take all safety measures. I could be slippery.

If Roof Damage Already Exists

Hopefully, you never have to deal with roof damage caused by falling leaves. However, if those rotting leaves have been left up there for years, it’s possible. You should have your roof thoroughly inspected by roof technicians. They can discover and solve problems you may have.

If you suspect leaves may be causing damage, call Capital Construction at (612) 263-9262. For roof damage from falling leaves in Minneapolis, MN cause a problem, we will come sort it out.

Hidden Dangers of Roof Water Leaks

Roof Water Leaks

Signs Such as Water Stains Should Prompt an Immediate Call for Roof Repairs.

Everyone knows that roof water leaks are bad for a home or business. Aside from the unsightly nature of water stains on the ceiling, no one wants to live or work under a roof that constantly drips. What are the actual dangers of water leaks, however? If you’ve ever wondered this, you will find your answers below. 

Mold and Mildew

Moisture inside of a structure can cause hidden spores of mold and mildew to proliferate. Once this happens, you can quickly have a full-blown infestation on your hands. Mold and mildew will not only damage structural components, but also cause serious health issues.

Fire Hazard

Believe it or not, a water leak can create a fire hazard. Once the leak reaches the walls, it will come into contact with electrical wiring. A short circuit can cause an electrical fire, a dangerous and damaging consequence.

Higher Bills

As a water leak makes its way through a roof, attic, and ceiling, it will damage all insulation it comes across. As your insulation becomes compromised, it cannot effectively contain heat or cool air. Your HVAC will work harder, and you will see higher energy bills as a result.

Compromised Integrity

Lastly, a water leak can negatively affect the very integrity of your structure. Rafters, wall framing, ceiling joists, and exterior components like trim and fascia can all suffer damage. As this damage persists, you will eventually face expensive repairs.

At Capital Construction, we serve as the local solution for roof water leaks in Minneapolis, MN. If you suspect or have observed a leak in your home or business, give us a call today at (612) 263-9262.

Early Fall Roof Replacement

Roof Surrounded By Fall Colors

Autumn is a Good Time To Consider Roof Replacement.

Fall is practically here, which means that winter is going to be here before you know it. Winter can be extremely hard on your home’s roof, especially if your roof isn’t in the best shape. Roofs that are old or in need of replacement are likely to leak, or possibly even cave in under snow accumulation. If you need a roof replacement, early fall is one of the best times to have that done. Call Capital Construction at (612) 263-9262 to get your roof replaced before the bad weather sets in.

Benefits of Early Fall Roof Replacement

Mild Weather
Generally speaking, the weather in early fall is not as harsh as seasons like summer or winter. The temperature is cooler, but not freezing and there aren’t typically major storms that occur. This gives your roofing materials a chance to cure and settle before the weather really gets bad.

You Can Save on Energy
A new roof is sealed tighter against the elements than your old roof. This means that your home will be better equipped to keep out the cold weather. Nights can start getting cold in the fall. By getting your roof replaced in early September, you’ll be saving on energy all through the autumn and winter seasons.

Don’t Wait

Getting your roof replaced is not something to put off until spring. It could mean the difference between cozy winter nights with your family and dealing with a variety of problems caused by a faulty roof. Contact Capital Construction today to speak to someone about an early fall roof replacement for your home.

Home Roof Inspection Tips

Designed to protect your home, your roof is an important part of your life, indeed. A great way to make sure your roof is in top condition is to have it inspected at least once annually. Failing to do so can leave your roof vulnerable to sever damages such as leaking. While a professional should look at your roof for your annual inspection, it doesn’t hurt to check your roof for damages yourself from time to time.

Asphalt Shingles

For safety reasons, it may be best to inspect your roof from the ground. If you have an asphalt shingle roof, start by checking the ground around your foundation for signs of loose shingle asphalt. When you look up at your roof, keep an eye out for dents in your shingles, as well as lifted or curling shingles. These types of issues can leave your roof open to rain damage, so have them repaired ASAP.

Cedar Shake

If you have a cedar shake roof, it is essential that you inspect it from the ground, as walking on those types of shingles can break them almost immediately. Check for any overhanging branches that may be causing shady spots, and have them trimmed. Any debris on your roof, such as leaves, needs to be removed quickly to prevent mold growth or rotting of the shingles.

Metal Roofing

If you have a metal roof, you can expect it to require less maintenance, but it will still be vulnerable to rust. If you see rust buildup, call a professional to remove the rust, and ask about metal roof coating options.

 

If you need help with your roof inspection, or if you’ve noticed you need repairs, give us a call at (612) 263-9262 today!

Summer Roof Inspections In Minneapolis, MN

With the spring season over, we can finally hope to see a few less heavy rain storms, and less stress on our roof systems. That means now is also a good time to have your roof inspected for damages from the storms. While everyone knows that hail is a dangerous nuisance to your roof, many homeowners don’t know that wind damage is actually one of the leading causes of roof damages. After storm season, it is a good idea to have your roof professionally inspected for any damages that you may not have yet noticed.

When it comes to roof damage, minor problems can become serious issues very quickly, and with little warning. A missing shingle, for example, may seem like no big deal, but it actually leaves your roof incredibly vulnerable to water damage. If water manages to get beneath your shingles, it could be months before you notice leaks within the house. However, by the time you notice leaks within the house, you can be sure that there is extensive water damage up above. In fact, left unattended, that missing shingle can eventually lead to structural damage on your home.

Repairing your roof as soon as possible after a storm will save you a significant amount of money and stress down the road. If you haven’t had your roof inspected this year, yet, call us at (612) 263-9262. We are happy to assist you with all of your roof inspection and roof repair needs in Minneapolis, MN and the surrounding areas.

summer roof inspections

Minor Water Damages Can Turn Into Serious Problems Faster Than You’d Think!

 

4 Steps To Cleaning Out Your Residential Gutters

4 Steps To Cleaning Out Your Residential Gutters

Follow These Steps For Clean Gutters.

Clean gutters ensure that out roof stays in good condition. When our gutters are full of leaves and debris, it can cause rainwater to pool on the roof, causing leaks and other damage. In order to keep our gutters clean, it’s important to know what steps to take so that it’s done correctly. Below are the four steps you need to take to clean gutters on your roof.

Wear The Proper Attire

While this doesn’t seem important, there are things in our gutters beside leaves and debris. There could be insects or even nests, so wearing goggles, a long-sleeved t-shirt, and gloves can keep your fully protected from anything you might encounter.

Use The Correct Equipment

You’ll want to use a ladder that won’t damage the gutters. Using stabilizers or ladder horns will ensure no damage is done to the gutters. Also, using a plastic scoop to remove leaves and debris is a good idea. Although you will have gloves, a scoop will be able to clear any stubborn debris.

Keep Your Lawn Clean

Once you have the right attire and equipment, you can clean gutters right away! You’ll want to go the length of the gutters and remove any debris you see. A tip that is very handy is to have a garbage bag next to you. You can dispose of any leaves or debris in the bag and keep your lawn clean.

Wash Out Gutters

When you have removed all of the debris, you should wash out the gutters with a hose. This will ensure all debris is cleared. Sometimes the downspout can become clogged, so spraying your hose up the downspout should clear any clogs. Also, this is a good method to check to see if there are leaks or cracks in the downspout.

Need residential roofing services in Minneapolis, MN? Call the experts at Capital Construction at (612) 263-9262 today!

Signs You Need a New Roof Drain

Roof drain system.

Overflowing rain gutters can indicate a problem with roof drainage.

A home’s roof drain has the job of transporting water off the roof and away from the house. A roof drain that leaks or fails to function properly can create serious problems. Aside from damage to the roof, you risk damage to your home’s appearance and foundation. If you think you have a problem with your roof drain in Minneapolis, MN, you’ll want to check for the following signs.

Overflowing Gutters

Gutters that overflow can indicate general roof drainage issues. You may need to simply clean your gutters, since leaves and debris can impede their functionality. As clogs develop in your gutters, water that never reaches the downspout can overflow. Several signs around your house can indicate overflowing gutters. If you see any mud splatters or dirt streaks on your walls, or standing pools at the foundation, you probably have a roof drainage issue.

Gushing Downspouts

Downspouts that gush too closely to the house have not been situated far enough away. When water collects near the house, it can seep into the foundation and cause cracks. Excess water can also make its way down into the basement.

Roof Drain Basement Problems

Believe it or not, problems with roof drainage can impact the lowest levels of your home. If you have problems with flooding in your basement, you likely have a roof drainage issue. As excess water collects around the home, it seeps into the basement. Small indicators of this problem can include flaking paint, mineral deposits, or mildew.

A damaged roof drain can create serious problems for your home and roof. To ensure the condition of your roof and home in Minneapolis, MN, contact Capital Construction today at (612) 263-9262.