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Great Garden and Patio Gadgets

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With warm weather just around the corner the patio and garden will be waiting!  Spending time outdoors is even more enjoyable with the following nifty gadgets that compliment life in the garden.  The following are gadgets you may want to consider for your own patio or garden or to give as gifts.

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The E-Light is a terrific gadget for enjoying those spring and summer evenings.  This cordless umbrella light, powered by an LED light, will transform your gatherings by brightening up the patio or deck.  Additionally, this affordable gadget features a built in jack so you can plug in your iPod and bring music to the party.  The light is perfect to read by or to sip drinks along with family and friends.

 

Another stylish light is made by Mathmos and is called the Aduki Bling.  This indoor/outdoor light boasts a cool metallic sheen that can add up to eight hours of light to any setting in the garden.  While not in use, the light appears like a gorgeous golden bean.  Once the light is powered, it will cycle through one of three great colors.

 

If you live in wooded area and want pest-free yard, consider the Ultra Sonic Cordless Repeller.  This helpful device prevents unwanted pests like dogs, rodents, deer and others from roaming the grounds and getting into the garden!  When the motion of these animals is detected, the repeller humanely emits ultrasonic tones to send them away.

 

The SunCalc is a great device for novice gardeners who may need help with plant placement.  Before planting your new plants, place the SunCalc in the desired spot for twenty-four hours.  After a full day, the SunCalc will tell you whether the spot is ideal for plants that need full sun, partial sun, partial shade or full shade.

 

The Lay-Z-Spa allows you to bring place the hot tub almost anywhere in the patio or garden.  This portable jacuzzi is a British import that can be toted anywhere.  This spa holds 240 gallons of water and its pumping system and heater can have the water at an ideal temperature within a day.  The spa even features a filter to ensure clean water.  Bring it to the campground or place it out on the balcony or deck; the Lay-Z-Spa brings the fun and relaxation wherever you want to take it.

 

For patios that see a lot of entertaining around the grill, consider the Electronic Venus Flytrap, a useful gadget that rids your eating area of pesky flies.  Your friends and family can enjoy their burgers and chips without swatting insects away throughout their meal.  Without the smelly fumes of sprays, this gadget acts just like a carnivorous Venus Flytrap collecting flies in its belly.  Great for patios and porches, this gadget also makes a nice inexpensive gift for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors.

 

The Viteo Garden Shower is a cool gadget that allows you to take a fountain-like shower before getting into the pool.  Just step on the simple white platform that hooks up to a garden hose and experience an outdoor shower from the ground-up.  A great gadget for pool parties, this device is also useful for rinsing off sweat after a morning of gardening.

 

Glow in the Dark Pebbles look like ordinary pebbles during the day, but at night they light up with beautiful outdoor displays of color.  These pebbles can make walkways and garden paths safer for strolling, but they can even highlight special plants of flower beds in your landscape.  During the day, the pebbles accumulate stores of sunlight to provide up to six hours of light in the evening.

 

Outdoor Misting Systems are ideal for those sweltering summer days or for people who live in extremely hot climates.  Perfect accompaniment for outdoor gatherings, your system can be set up to mist along the patio to provide a cool climate for your outdoor parties.  Such systems can cool your space by as much as twenty degrees!

 

The Misting Fan Cooler is not as extensive as a misting system, but it is a portable misting center that is guaranteed to cool you off after a spell in the sun working in the garden.  It has the ability to reduce the temperature of a space by twenty-five degrees.  Covering 950 square feet, it is perfect for a patio, deck or porch and can really help your guests beat the heat while waiting for the barbeque to cook up lunch or dinner.

 

All these gadgets can easily be found online and some may even be found at your local mall.  Such gadgets are useful for making the most of outdoor life and complimenting your patio and garden activities.  Be sure to include some as gifts for other outdoor enthusiasts who appreciate interesting devices.

Owens Corning Offers Fashionable Advice For Your Roof

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We have been Owens Corning Preferred Platinum Contractor for years, and we love installing their full line of products. Lately they have brought a touch of fashion and color trends to their line of shingles and we are loving homeowners reactions to them.

Watch the video and find out if you are a spring or a fall when it comes to roofing!

Call us or click today to find out more about all the options we can offer you at Sela Roofing!

Spring Dreaming: Skylights

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During the coldest months is a great time to get your plans together for spring. One of the elements that winter can curtail in your home is natural light – so why not consider adding a skylight so that you can enjoy the enhanced light and a feel of openness year round?

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Plus they are a gorgeous feature that increases the value of your home when it comes time to put it on the market!

Find out more about our skylights & installation process!

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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If you need some help, we are always here to help!

Save Money & Get Your Roof Fixed Before The Minnesota Winter

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The air is starting to turn chilly at night. What better time to get your roof fixed or replaced before the winter hits and you have energy bills that hit your wallet hard?

Contact Sela Roofing today and we you can save up to 10% off with our coupon!

Vinyl Siding For Minnesota Weather

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The siding on your home protects the structure from the wind, rain and other elements. Although there are many different materials that can be used as siding, vinyl siding is one of the most popular options for many homeowners due to the advantages it offers. Our team at Sela can help determine if new vinyl siding is a good option for your home.

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Your siding needs to be able to withstand high winds and protect your family against the cold winters and hot summers. Vinyl siding is incredibly durable and is able to withstand wind speeds of up to 200 mph and more. Depending on the manufacturer, you may even be able to get a lifetime warranty on your new siding due to its durability.

Another reason that vinyl siding is so popular among homeowners is its cost. Not only is this material affordable, but it is also quick to install. This means that homeowners also save on labor costs. Additionally, replacing the old cladding with vinyl siding can improve the home’s value at the time of resale, meaning homeowners could potentially recoup the cost of the new siding.

Vinyl siding is incredibly diverse. There are no limits to color options, textures and profiles. In fact, vinyl siding can mimic wood, stone and even slate, giving your home a unique look and improving the curb appeal. This type of siding is even occasionally used on historic homes that are being renovated because they mimic the original materials so well. Choosing textured vinyl is a great way to increase your home’s value without having to use real stone or wood.

Finally, vinyl is often chosen when new siding is needed because it is extremely easy to maintain. Vinyl siding never needs to be painted. Because it is made from manmade materials, the vinyl will not rot or become damaged due to insect infestation or rot. The siding will need to be cleaned with some mild soap and water once or twice a year, but this can be easily done by a siding contractor.

When your home needs new siding, vinyl siding has proven time and time again to be a great option for many homes. If you opt for insulated vinyl, you will not find that your home is well protected against the elements, but you may also see your heating and cooling costs lowered. If you are considering having new vinyl siding installed on your home, give us a call today!

Summer Looks Amazing From A Sela Deck

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Summer in Minnesota is a great pleasure with the weather warm. Family and friends gather outside for drinks and grilling. One of the ways to add to the experience is by having a deck that provides both a great entertainment area and a place to have your morning cup of coffee.

If you are thinking about adding a deck to your home, remember to Just Say Sela!

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The team did some amazing work in Chaska just this month!

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!

Do I Need A New Roof?

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As important as the roof is to our house, we need to pay special attention to it as it starts to age. But, how do we tell when it is maybe time to have a professional inspect it for replacement. Below are some tips to help you decide.

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1. Have you now, or in the past found shingles or pieces of shingle in your yard. A good strong wind can pull whole shingles, or parts of the shingle, loose from the roof. If in the past after any wind storms, you found these in your yard, it is a sign that your roof needs to be inspected.

2. Water spots on the ceiling in your house. This is a tell tale sign that your roof is leaking and needs repair or replacing.

3. Discoloration on the roof. From the ground can you see spots on your roof that seem to be discolored or look different than the rest of the roof.

4. Buckling shingles

5. Rotting shingles.

6. Consider the age of your roof. The average life of a roof is 20 years. If you area at 20 or more years, have your roof inspected by a professional.

7. What are your plans for the future? Are you going to be selling in the near future? Having a new roof on the house will be a big plus for a potential buyer.

With these simple inspections, you will have  a good idea if it is time to be considering a new roof. If you are suspicious at all that your roof may be going bad, call us and we will be happy to come inspect your roof.

Adding Shade To Your Deck Or Patio

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A deck serves as a backyard entertainment center, an al fresco dining space and a second living room during sultry summer days. But direct sunlight can make your deck uncomfortably hot during the peak outdoor months. Adding shade cools the heat and turns your deck into a space where everyone will want to hang out. Options for adding shade range from expensive to thrifty, and from temporary to permanent. You can experiment with different arrangements until you find the one that’s right for you.

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Portable Canopy

Sporting goods and outdoor stores sell pop-up canopies designed for use at tailgate parties, tag sales and camping trips. But such a canopy can also provide quick shade for your deck. Position yours over a table and chairs or lounger, or set it up over the kiddie pool. It’s easy to move to follow the sun. You’ll want to weight the legs to keep it from blowing over in the wind. Advantages: it’s inexpensive and portable. Disadvantages: you have to set it up every time you want to use it and take it down again every evening. Also, the legs can get in the way of walking freely around your deck.

 

Awnings

A more expensive but still versatile option for shade on your deck is an awning. Many companies make retractable awnings for decks. The awning mounts to your house and you can roll it out whenever you need shade. You can extend the awning part of the way for a little shade or all the way out for a deeply shaded retreat. These awnings are made of heavy-duty fabric designed to stand up to heat and sun, but they’re vulnerable to wind and storm damage, so you’ll need to keep them rolled up when not in use. To cover a large deck you’ll need a large awning. Advantages: Adjustable and out of the way when not in use. Disadvantages: Pricey and unstable in the wind.

 

Pergolas and Other Structures

For a more permanent option, build a roof over your deck. Cover it completely to block wind and sun, or use an open pattern for a stylish pergola that allows you to still enjoy the stars on a clear summer night. You can use redwood, metal, fiberglass or asphalt shingles for your roof. You’ll need to tie it into your house’s roofline and you should check with your city or county to determine if you need a construction permit. Advantages: permanent and versatile; create your own style. Disadvantages: expensive and time consuming to construct.

 

Green Shade

For a green option consider planting a tree to shade your deck. A deciduous tree will shade the deck in summer and leave it open to the sun in winter. You can even choose a variety that will provide fruit or nuts for your family. Or erect a trellis and train vines to climb it and shade your deck. You need to live in a temperate climate where vines can quickly grow high enough to provide shade. You can choose a flowering vine for more color. Advantages: Trees and vines are green. The vines option is inexpensive and easy to rip out if you decide you don’t like it. Disadvantages: Planting a tree large enough to provide shade can be expensive and you’ll have leaves to rake in the fall.