A little roofing humor, but we are raring to go now that spring is here!
According to the latest Forbes list of the 20 Healthiest Cities, Minneapolis is number ONE! Forbes cites the city’s lack of pollution, citizen’s exercise and the city’s vast parks and bike trails as primary reasons. In Minneapolis, citizens are less like to have heart disease, diabetes and asthma and more likely to be in excellent or very good health.
From the article:
“Minneapolis has lots of open spaces, parks, and walking areas, and you see people walking everywhere,” Thompson says. The twin cities do their part by setting aside a high percent of the city as parkland, offering plenty of ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, dog parks, golf courses,and recreation centers. How do Twin Cities residents keep up their commitment to fitness during the area’s notoriously cold winters? Snow sports and “lots of fitness centers.”
Read more and see how other cities ranked here: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eigl45hfh/1-minneapolis-minn/
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!
We expect great things from the folks at Google when it comes to technology, but they are extending their forward thinking to their new roof as well. Google is expanding their HUGE headquarters by over a MILLION feet and one of the included design elements is a green roof.
NBBJ, a Seattle-based design firm, is working with Google on the 42-acre expansion that will double its current 65-building headquarters in Mountain View, California. This is the first time Google has started new construction. In the past they have retrofitted the existing buildings.
The new complex, dubbed Bay View, will consist of nine building when finished – and look like big rectangles that are connected by bridges that lead to green rooftops – one of which will have an outdoor cafe.
Great job, Google!
Read more at GreenBiz..
We are excited to announce the launch of our new website! Yes, it looks much better and cleaner, but we redesigned it so that you find the resources that you need when selecting a roofing contractor.
As part of our development process, we talked to you about what you are looking for when you come to our website… and we listened!
Now we have not only a much cleaner interface, but our navigation and interactivity have improved. We heard you when you said you wanted to be able to reach us on any device at any time and our website has been optimized for all your mobile devices and platforms.
We want this website to be not only a reflection of our company, but of you – OUR CUSTOMERS. We have added ways for you to provide us with feedback and share your Sela stories with us!
We feel this is a huge step in the right direction, but feel free to tell us how you like the new site and if you have any suggestions for improvement. We are LISTENING to you!
We love hearing back from our customers – both in the regular mail and on social media.
Last week we received these two great letters and thought we would share them with all of you…
To all the folks at Sela,
After my home was damaged by hail I had two siding contractors come and look at my house. They seemed to lose interest after being told by the insurance adjuster he would only submit a claim to wrap two sides of the house even though the existing siding was no longer available. Out of frustration I thought I’ll call one more and thankfully my wife had just seen a commercial on TV for Sela. Your salesman (Bill Elde) came out and got the ball rolling, he wrote up a contract and explained exactly how it would work, he took a sample of the existing siding and requested a second adjuster meet with him onsite. End result after the installers did a beautiful job I ended up with a complete wrap of the entire house replacing the aluminum with seamless steel siding. I wouldn’t hesitate calling for any future needs I may have and would highly recommend your company to anyone.
Thank you to the entire staff at Sela.
St. Paul, MN
I want to thank you folks at Sela for a job well done. Your siding and gutter crews were great to work with and offered me some very good suggestions. They were very professional, never said a course word, and cleaned up every day. I’m very happy that I decided on the James Hardy siding. Many of my neighbors have stopped to tell me they think it looks great. While I thought my home looked pretty good before the make-over, it was a real transformation. I can’t wait for spring to paint the foundation and put on the final touches. You are #1 with me.
Owens Corning announced it is expanding its very popular Oakridge® with Artisan colors to give homeowners more options for rich and vibrant shades. We can’t wait to start installing the new colors!
“Since its launch, Oakridge® has been one of our most popular and beloved product lines,” said Sue Burkett , marketing leader for Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt. “These new Artisan Colors offer homeowners greater design flexibility while providing our professional partners with additional opportunities for sales growth.”
Available in early February 2013, the new Artisan Colors build a bridge from Owens Corning’s traditional Oakridge® color offerings to its high-contrast TruDefinition® Duration® Shingle colors. This new collection is only available in the Oakridge® line and will offer five colors inspired by nature’s beauty in each region. The popular Oakridge® traditional colors will remain in the line unchanged.
This week at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Owens Corning released a line of new energy efficient building products. There is some great stuff that we are looking forward to using!
Learn more here!
It isn’t a big surprise that the snow storm is leaving a wake of damage behind on the roofs of Minnesota. With the addition of snow and melting, ice dams are starting to form on roofs across the state.
From WCCO-TV a report on the on-going damage:
Watch the video
If you need help, we are always here!
‘Tis the season for great Santa based jokes – and here is a great cartoon that combines our love of the holidays AND roofing!