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Preventing Ice Dams On Your Roof

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It is that time of year again – winter with tons of snow and ice! The University of Massachusetts has a great article on how ice dams form and how you can prevent them with maintenance.

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Sela Offers Preventative Care for Your Flat Roof

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Autumn is here. As the temperatures fall, the number of outdoor home maintenance tasks seem to rise. Many of these tasks need finishing before the onset of winter. None being more important than ensuring your flat roof is ready for the cold and wet weather. That old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a wise motto to live by.

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After every change of season it is important to inspect your roof. Coming out of summer and into the autumn weather is especially critical. The hot sun may have caused blistering or cracking. Falling objects may have left indentations in the roof.  These are all precursors to possible future leaks and need immediate attention where we can help you before they become big problems.

 

Fall has its own set of issues to contend with as the leaves we’ve admired on the trees start bombarding our roof. Leaves will build up on the roof and in the gutters or drains if not removed on a regular basis. The damage is twofold when it comes to leaves. If they stay on top of the roof they become wet and heavy. Their weight begins to cause low sagging spots. If they fill the gutters or drains, blockages occur. These gutters and drains now aren’t allowed to do their intended job – remove water from the roof. If this is the case contact us immediately, so we can prevent any further damage.

 

Water freezing, thawing and refreezing in your clogged gutters can be a costly issue. Changing temperatures cause them to contract and expand on a constant basis. This will lead to cracked or broken gutters that will need replacement in the future. Cleaning out and inspecting your gutters and drains on a regular basis is a great habit to get into, all year long. Even when leaves aren’t falling, birds and critters may build nests in your downspouts. Both of these gutter or drain problems have a tendency to then promote standing water on your flat roof.

 

Standing water on your flat or low sloped roof is the main issue of concern for a homeowner or business owner. This is the first sign that you have a low or sagging spot already on your roof. During a heavy rain it is normal to see a small amount of water pooling for short periods of time. The time to worry is if the water doesn’t drain completely away within 24-48 hours. At this point you will want to find a way to remove that water in a safe manner until you can repair the problem areas.

 

Keeping your flat roof clean and clear of any debris is the first obvious line of defense. Don’t let that pile of wet leaves mentioned above stay there, remove them. Make quick visual inspections on a regular basis. Follow up with full physical “on the roof” checkups at least four times a year. If you are in an area with heavy trees or high winds, more frequent reviews may be in order. Putting yourself on a schedule is a good idea, using the change of the seasons as a general guide.

 

Cleaning the roof is one of the top methods to ensure your flat roof is always in good condition. During the wet or more humid months it is common to find ugly patches on your roof. Often mold, lichen, moss and even dirt accumulate and attach themselves to your roof. They end up leaving dark, damp spots which are unpleasant to look at. If allowed to remain, they can also lead to other problems. It is usually wise to hire a professional to do a complete cleaning to ensure your roof is always at its best.

 

With regular maintenance and care by Sela Roofing & Remodeling, your roof should provide you with years of shelter. If you protect it, it will protect you.

35 Things To Do Yearly For Your Home

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Our friends at Thumbtack has a great checklist on year round maintenance for your home with the 35 things you should be doing to keep it in tip top shape. We are happy to help you check a few off the list with our umbrella of companies – everything from windows, gutters, roofing and more.

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Great Work By The Team In Minnetonka & Spring Lake Park

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Our team loves what they do and it shows in every job. Have a home exterior project? Remember to Just Say Sela!

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Designing Your New Roof

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Our partner Owens Corning has a great new tool to help you decide on the best color and shingles for your home. It even let’s you preview your new look.

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Check out the tool here – and give us a call when you are ready to put your plan into action!

More Snow???

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Is the snow causing issues with leaking in your home? We can help.

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Easy Ways To Go Green In Your Yard

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The environment is a hot topic nowadays and everybody seems to be on the green bandwagon. From recycling soda cans, to using canvas grocery bags, to hanging clothes out to dry in the sun, conservation of our natural resources is a daily part of the new century. So what if you have good intentions but not enough motivation to follow through? Are you a lazy environmentalist? Here are some relatively simple tips that will make you feel like you are doing your part to save the earth, with minimal effort and time. Go green!

Place a bucket, pail, or barrel outside your house to collect rainwater. After your receptacle has filled, you can water your indoor plants for free. Or use it to rinse off dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. You could even wash your dog! In order to not attract mosquitoes, don’t leave standing water outside for any length of time. Those pesky bugs lay their eggs in stagnant water, so make sure you use what you’ve collected right away. After trying your hand at rainwater collecting a few times, you might want to peruse the many commercially available rain barrels and purchase one. These barrels can attach to your down gutter and typically hold 40 to 80 gallons of water. If you are really ambitious you can purchase multiple barrels to collect rainwater from different spots around your house and water your entire landscaping.

If you are a coffee drinker, you may be throwing away a valuable garden nutrient every day. Used coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, magnesium, calcium and potassium. While organic coffee is best because it hasn’t been treated with pesticides, you can still get the same benefits from non-organic. As a lazy environmentalist, just toss the coffee grounds directly on top of your soil. This is an excellent and free year-round fertilizer. Tomato plants, blueberries, roses and evergreens all thrive on coffee ground fertilizer because of its acidic nature, which also makes them a great deterrent of slugs and snails. So use them around plants that are being eaten alive by these pests. Coffee grounds can be added to composts piles too if you’ve got one started.

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Along with coffee grounds, banana peels, fish bones and egg shells are also great organic matter for your garden and rose bushes. Bury banana peels a few inches in the soil around roses for more vibrant blooms. Roses love fish bones, but be sure to bury these a little bit deeper – at least a shovel head’s depth to keep dogs and other animals from digging them up. Egg shells provide needed calcium to your garden. Wash them out and crush before burying in the soil. You can also circle egg shells around a vegetable plant to deter slugs and snails.

If you read your daily newspaper while drinking your morning coffee, you’ve got another cheap and handy garden helper. Layer newspaper under mulch and it becomes a weed barrier. The newspaper will slowly decompose and fertilize your flower beds in the process. Newspaper is a wonderful, and natural, substitution to the plastic weed barriers available for purchase from your garden store. Newspaper can also be used to get rid of unwanted sod when starting a new flowerbed or vegetable garden. Simply layer four or five sheets of overlapped newspaper directly on top of the sod, water it down, cover with mulch and wait until spring. You will then have a grass-free area to start planting.

Vinegar is a great option to buying toxic, commercially made weed and pest killers or cleaners. White distilled vinegar is cheap to buy and most households already have it on hand. Use a vinegar and water mixture to soak away clay pot stains, spray a mixture of vinegar and compost tea onto plants to protect against disease, or use full-strength on weeds that grow between the cracks of your sidewalks and pathways. A spray of vinegar along door thresholds or windowsills where ants gather will stop them in their tracks. Acid-loving plants flourish with a douse of vinegar and water mixture every now and then. And if you have a cat that likes to use your child’s sandbox as its personal bathroom, vinegar can discourage the practice.

So even if you are ho-hum about saving our natural resources, incorporate one or all of these tips into your daily routine. With little effort, you might surprise yourself and become greener, along with your garden of course!