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Give Your Roof A Spring Check Up!

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According to the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) spring is a great time to give your roof a checkup!

Here are the basics:

Clean your gutters of any debris that may have accumulated over the winter – they need to be clear for spring showers.

Check your shingles for any warping, peeling, discoloration and mold. Also see if there any shingles missing.

Check around chimneys and pipes for any gaps or rusting. Also be sure that no animals have started to call your chimney or pipes home after a long winter.

Check your interior walls for water damage – as well as the ceilings. Water damage can signify a leaking roof.

If you need help with your spring check up, we are always here to help out!

Minneapolis – Great Place For Halloween Says Report

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Minneapolis has been getting plenty of kudos lately – hip neighborhoods, bike friendly, etc. Now it is coming in as the #11 top city for Halloween trick-or-treaters!

What neighborhoods are rated the highest, according to Zillow?

#1 – Fulton
#2 – Lynnhurst
#3 – Linden Hills
#4 – Tangletown
#5 – Cedar-Isles-Dean

Where is your favorite trick-or-treat spot in the Twin Cities?

What kind of gas do window manufacturers use in windows?

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You hear it all the time when window shopping. The windows you are looking at will typically say that they are “gas filled” windows to conserve energy and increase thermal value. So what kind of gas do they use anyway in these windows? Is it dangerous? Here are the facts for you to be a consumer in the know.

There are two common types of gas that are used in windows. Argon and Krypton. Both gases are called inert gases, meaning they do not react readily with other substances. These gases have a higher resistance to heat flow, then air. The gases are sealed between the panes to decrease a windows U-Factor, or the rate at which the window conducts non-solar heat flow. Argon gas is inexpensive, non toxic, non reactive and odorless. Krypton is more expensive and has better thermal performance.

There you have it. A crash course on window gases!

Batt and loose fill insulation. What is the difference?

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When insulating your attic you will need to choose from Batt or roll insulation, and loose fill insulation. So what are the differences between the two? We thought  we would spell it out for you so you have a general knowledge of the differences. Contact us to talk about your situation.

Batt or Roll Insulation – The more common type of insulation that comes in the form of a roll that consists of flexible fibers, usually fiberglass. You also can find rolls made from minerals, wool, plastic and natural fibers, such as cotton or sheep’s wool.
Rolls are available in widths of standard spacing of wall studs, and attic or floor joists.They are available with or without facings. Manufacturers often attach a facing to act as a vapor or air barrier. Rolls with special flame-resistant facing are available where the insulation will be left exposed. A facing also helps with  fastening during installation. However, it’s recommended that you use unfaced rolls if you’re reinsulating over existing insulation.

Loose Fill Insulation – Loose-fill insulation consists of small particles of fiber, foam, or other material. These particles form an insulation material that conforms to any size or type of space. The ability to conform makes loose-fill insulation well suited for retrofits and for situations  where it’s difficult to install other types of insulation.
Most material used for loose-fill insulation include cellulose, fiberglass, and mineral wool. These materials are made using recycled materials. Cellulose is primarily made from recycled newsprint. Most fiberglass contains 20%–30% recycled glass. Mineral wool is usually produced from 75% post-industrial recycled content.