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Prevent Ice Dams and Roof Damage this Winter

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As we head into winter, stay ahead of the game by keeping signs of snow and ice damage on your radar. Whether it’s routine snow removal to prevent ice dams, or emergency service to remove ice from a leaky roof, you can trust Sela to tackle any job, big or small.

Sela specialists have been safely taking care of our homeowner’s snow and ice headaches for years. The Sela experts can handle snow and ice removals from the entire roof, or just focus clearing channels in your ice dams, which ever better suits your budget. For the extreme ice problems, Sela also offers steam ice removal service.

Contact us today to learn more, and #JustSaySela

3 Tips for Creating the Perfect Patio

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Patio season is upon us! What sort of experience do you want to convey to family and friends? Between outdoor furniture, landscaping, easy maintenance and more, creating the perfect environment is no small task. Sela Roofing and Remodeling can help design the perfect patio, with decorative concrete, deck, and porch expansion options that bring your outdoor entertaining dreams to life. Contact us today for a free estimate, and check out some of our tips on perking up your patio below:

Build a Container Garden

Add color and zen harmony to your patio with a selection of beautiful, blooming potted plants. From hardy hibiscus to hanging baskets to easy to maintain ornamental grasses, palms, native plants and so much more, you can easily create a vibrant, lush environment with just a few (or many) strategically-placed pieces. Consider shaded vs. sunny spaces when choosing your plants, and if you’re unsure, ask your friendly neighborhood nursery staff for advice. Alternately, stores like Home Depot and Menard’s also have large plant selections, along with wide varieties of affordable and attractive pots to transplant into.

 

The Entertaining Experience

A good patio is designed for both relaxing and entertaining. Consider this when choosing your furniture and its placement. Depending on space, you may want to focus on table seating, lounge seating, or both. Either way, envision space for conversation, kicking back, and enjoying time with your favorite people. A round patio table with 4 seats and an umbrella stand is great for outdoor dining (or even working on your laptop on a nice day). Many online retailers like Wayfair or Amazon offer great deals on furniture sets as well, from outdoor sectional seating to matching collections to dining sets that fit your style and budget.

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Easy Maintenance

When choosing furniture, accessories, plants, and decor for your patio, keep maintenance in mind. Buy furniture pieces that are both water resistant and sturdy enough to endure the test of time out in the elements. Can the pieces be wiped down or hosed off easily? Are they simple to store and disassemble during the winter months? Thoughtfully choosing quality pieces will ensure you can use your patio decor for years to come, as opposed to investing in cheaper items that often fall apart or start looking shabby after one season. Ask your local gardening pro on what plants are most resilient and easy to care for, and make patio maintenance a breeze.

Want to talk patio potential? Reach out to us today for a free estimate, attentive service, and the best guarantee in the business. Just say Sela!

4 Great Ways to Raise Your Property Value

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Now that summer’s here, it’s prime time to put your plans for property upgrades in motion. Whether you’re looking to increase your curb appeal, repair damage or simply update your home’s outdated look, Sela is here to help. Below you’ll find a rundown of major services we provide — backed with the best guarantee in the business.

Roofing

Our company was founded as a roofing business, and to this day, we still take pride in providing top notch service, excellent quality, and hassle-free installation. Choose from many different styles, colors and materials to bring your roof up to date or simply repair what needs fixing. We are experts in both residential and commercial roofing. Learn more HERE and contact us today for a free estimate.

Siding

Sela offers a wide variety of siding options that are both high quality and low maintenance. Choose from maintenance-free vinyl, seamless steel, aluminum, cedar & James Hardie, Soffits & Fascia—aluminum, steel, vinyl and wood. We also provide complete insulation & house wraps for a more energy-efficient home. Siding from Sela is backed by a lifetime guarantee. Read more HERE and contact us for a free quote.

Masonry & Concrete

We are your one-stop-shop for everything home related. Among many other things, Sela offers a full range of masonry and concrete services including chimney and fireplace repair, tuck pointing, driveways, patios, decorative concrete, restoration and construction. Our crews are licensed, bonded and insured under Minnesota law. We pay particular attention to detail and provide the best workmanship possible. Learn about our services HERE.

Gutters

Through our sister company, Sela Gutter Connection, we offer a wide variety of gutters and expert installation, backed by a lifetime guarantee. We solve water issues and offer aesthetically appealing solutions to water diversion using the highest quality seamless gutters and accessories. Regardless of how big or how small your house is, we have the skill, equipment and material needed to provide the absolute best in gutter solutions. Learn more HERE and get a free quote today.

Sela also offers window and door installation/replacement, exterior expansions, storm damage repair and much more. Click HERE to explore all of our services.

Checklist For Getting Your Home Ready For Spring

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Once the long winter is over, people begin thinking about the outdoor activities they will soon enjoy. You can get a head start on your plans by doing a thorough assessment of your property as soon as the worst of the winter is over.

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Here is a good checklist:

 

Roof and Gutter Damage

If you have had significant snowfall or icing during the winter, you should have your roof and gutters inspected for small problems that could lead to larger issues in the future. Heavy icing can damage your gutter system, rusting connectors and causing a hazard to anyone standing or walking below.

 

Outdoor Porches, Decks, and Patios

The outdoor structures on your home, such as porches, decks, and patios, may have experienced wear and tear from the moisture and weight of snow. These structures should be carefully inspected to ensure that the wood floors and railings are intact and secure. Problems, especially structural ones, should be repaired immediately so that you can enjoy your summer and spring safely.

 

Yard Debris

The winter snow and ice may have pulled down a number of branches from your trees and shrubs. In some cases, the damage will be complete, while in other cases, pruning may be all that’s needed to stabilize these plants. If broken limbs have caused a safety issue, you might  be able to restore the integrity of these plants on your own; but if the damage is significant, contact a tree and landscaping professional to ensure the repair is done right. Once this aspect is safely remedied, you will be able to remove the minor leaf and twig debris in readiness for spring lawn maintenance and gardening.

 

Garden Areas

If you are an avid gardener, you probably await the thaw with eager anticipation. As soon as most of the snow has melted, you can assess your garden and find areas for new plantings. Homeowners often find that garden beds and fencing need repairs or tidying before the planting can begin. Make a list of supplies, such as additional top soil, new fencing, landscape cloth, or other items that can help you get a head start on your gardening efforts.

 

Foundation Inspection

Homeowners should also take a stroll around the perimeter of the home to inspect the condition of the foundation. The freezing and thawing of the ground around foundation walls can widen small cracks that let in moisture. After inspecting the exterior, also check the interior walls to note any changes in the condition, and make note of any increase in moisture inside the home.

 

Outdoor Play Equipment

Homeowners should begin inspecting outdoor play areas and equipment immediately after the worse of the snowfall. Children are likely to start using these areas of the yard at the first sign of warm weather. To prevent accidents from damaged or hazardous equipment, check the chains or ropes on tree swings and play sets; inspect metal surfaces for rusting, breakage, and sharp edges; and check fasteners and connectors on all parts of the equipment. Also check the surface below swings, slides, and other components to make sure they are free of hazards. You may wish to resurface this area to ensure a “soft landing.”

 

Maintaining these areas of your property will allow you to begin enjoying outdoor activities as soon as warmer temperatures arrive. You will also ensure your family’s safety, which will give you peace of mind as you tend to other tasks.

 

When you need help, remember to Just Say Sela!

Prevent Ice And Snow Damage This Winter

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The snow is starting to fall in Minnesota. Ice and snow accumulations bring the potential for headaches beyond those associated with white-knuckle driving: it can also damage a home’s roof and gutters.

 

Damage from ice and snow can occur for two reasons. The first is that the sheer weight of snow can dislodge gutters from a building. Several inches of snow on a fairly flat roof can also carry enough weight to collapse the roof. A roof that is under stress can make the doors and windows of the house difficult to open, or the homeowner will hear popping or creaking noises.

 

The second, and more prevalent, cause of roof and gutter damage is the formation of ice dams. An ice dam is created when heat emanating from a home’s attic melts snow on the roof, which then refreezes after it trickles into the gutters. The ice buildup prevents melt water from flowing through the gutters and out the downspouts. Ice dams can cause melt water to back up and go under the roof’s shingles, that leads to leaks and water damage to the roof, fascia and soffit. An ice dam can also cause water to spill over the side of the gutter and soak into the ground next to the home’s foundation. In turn, this leads to foundation damage or water seeping into the basement or crawlspace.

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Excessive snow on the roof is easily removed using a roof rake. This tool is available at most hardware stores. It is normally made of lightweight aluminum, has a telescoping handle and allows the homeowner to stand on the ground and pull snow off the roof. Removing excess snow is one way to prevent ice dams as well.

 

There are three more ways a homeowner can do to prevent ice dams. First the home should have good attic insulation. A well insulated attic prevents heat loss that leads to the formation of ice dams. Attic ventilation should also be considered, as a poorly ventilated attic is likely to trap ambient heat. Second, cleaning leaves and other debris out of guttering in the fall keeps the paths open for water to flow freely. Third, in areas where heavy snows are routine, adding heating cables to the roof prevents the buildup of snow and keeps water from refreezing in the gutters. Heating cables are only appropriate for roofs made of noncombustible tab shingles and inclined roofs, however.

 

Preventive measures may not be part of a homeowner’s routine in areas that are normally snow-free. Once the snow and ice are gone, be sure to inspect the roof and guttering for any damage it may have left behind.

Is It Time For A New Roof?

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When is it time to get a new roof?

When buying a new house, or getting a roof put on, you get a roofing material that is rated for a period of time. For years, the most common was a twenty- or twenty-five year asphalt shingle. Now, roofing materials are much more adventurous and better looking. You can look around your neighborhood and see some great-looking roofs on houses very similar to your own. You may still have ten years on your twenty-year shingles, but is that a good enough reason to put off getting a roof you really like? If you’ve done frequent roof repair, or have discovered that a different roof may save money on your power bill, or even if you’ve seen a roof that would make your house look great, you should consider getting a new roof.

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What options are there in roofs?

Asphalt roofs can usually have up to three layers, so you can get a new roof without having to do a tear off. Newer asphalt shingles have exciting new cuts and colors and are rated for a much longer period of time than common 3-tab. Laminated shingles have designs called architectural or presidential, and they can give a roof a much more three-dimensional look.

Metal roofs look much better than in past years when they were used more for industrial and commercial buildings. Now, they are a top-of-the-line residential product. Newer metal roofing panels are treated to absorb heat in the winter and reflect it in the summer and they’ve gotten much more durable.

Composite materials have also enjoyed a surge in the roofing market do to sustainable building practices and green living. Roofing tiles made from recycled tires and building materials are quite strong. They also offer color options you won’t find anywhere else.

Where is the best place to find a roof?

A roofing contractor like Sela will be your best source in finding the roof you want. We have the experience, product knowledge and contacts needed to get prices and make an informed decision. Do you really want to spend another ten years doing roof repair? Or do you want to have a spectacular-looking roof with the Sela guarantee?

Make Smart Choices to Keep Your Firework Fun Safe

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Fireworks are a fantastic way to add some real sparkle to your Fourth of July celebration, but these vibrant blasts of explosive color definitely require proper handling. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, there were more than 10,000 fireworks-related injuries in 2014. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent injuries from ruining your Independence Day fun. To keep your firework display safe and enjoyable, make these smart choices.

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Choose the Right Fireworks
With stands that sell them popping up on every corner, fireworks of all kinds are readily available. Make sure that you purchase your fireworks from an authorized dealer. While any firework has the potential to be dangerous, illegal and homemade fireworks pose a real threat to life and property. Roughly 40 percent of firework injuries are due to illegal fireworks.

Choose the Right Person
Watching fireworks is fun, but handling them is serious business. Make sure the person in charge of your firework display is up to the responsibility. Select an adult who will take their job seriously. Do not allow kids to play with any fireworks or firework debris.

Choose the Right Location
Fireworks need plenty of room. Read the directions on your fireworks so that you’ll know what to expect, and then plan accordingly. Choose an outdoor area that’s free of debris and objects that would be likely to catch fire, including homes, vehicles, children’s play structures and vegetation. Designate separate spaces for your fireworks and your audience. Make sure both groups have plenty of elbow room and that there is a sufficient distance between them.

Choose the Right Technique
When handling fireworks, pay attention to your technique. Always treat fireworks with respect and remember that they can ignite unexpectedly if exposed to friction or a spark. Light one at a time and don’t attempt to relight a firework that fails to go off. Stay alert whenever fireworks are present and maintain a safe distance from any lit fireworks. Never carry fireworks in your pocket or aim them at another person. Never place your hand or any other body part over the firework.

Choose the Right Precautions
Accidents can happen to even the most cautious of people. When handling fireworks, it pays to be ready before things go wrong. Keep a working garden hose and buckets of water nearby whenever you are lighting fireworks. Always have a phone ready to call for professional help if you need it.

Choose the Right Cleanup Method
Fireworks have the potential to go off when you least expect it, so any duds or debris must be handled with care. Never allow children or animals to explore anything left behind by your firework display. Wait at least 20 minutes to limit the possibility of additional detonations. Then soak any debris thoroughly before gathering it up and disposing of it in a covered trashcan that is placed outdoors and away from anything flammable.

Celebrating July Fourth with fireworks is a longstanding tradition that dates back to 1777. If you elect to continue this thrilling custom with your own personal fireworks show, make the right choices so that you can stay safe, avoid injury and enjoy the fun.

When Do You Need To Call In A Roofing Contractor Pro?

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Is your roof beginning to show its age? Are you starting to see signs of weather damage and wondering whether it might be time to hire a roofing contractor? Before you start to panic and worry over the thousands of dollars a new roof might cost, it is imperative you understand whether your roof truly does need replacing or not.

 

If the following warning signs are present, it might indeed be time to replace your roof:

 

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If the shingles on your roof are beginning to look cracked and dry, it is time to consider a new roof. There are a host of new shingle options available to today’s homeowner; a contractor like Sela Roofing can advise you as to which roofs are best for your house type and the Minnesota weather.

 

 

Light in Attic Crawl Space

 

If you peek your head into your attic crawl space and notice light coming through from your roof, it is time for a roof upgrade. Heat loss through a worn out roof can have a huge impact on your yearly utility costs. Make sure your roof is completely impervious to sunlight and moisture to ensure you are not providing a perfect breeding ground for mold, insects, and small rodents.

 

 

 

Moss Garden

 

 

 

If your roof is starting to look like you have a rooftop garden instead of a standard shingle roof, it is time to call in the pros. Too much moss growth on your roof can lead to rot issues and interior water damage. Keep the moss in your garden and not on your home’s roof.

 

 

 

If any of these roof problems are present, please give us a call us for a free estimate to help you better access the state of your home’s most important feature. Without a properly maintained roof, everything from your walls to your electrical wiring can be at risk. Postponing roofing repairs can end up being a costly mistake in the long-run.

 

Take a chance to assess where your roof stands this fall so you can go into winter without worries!