As a homeowner, it’s easy to overlook the health of your attic space. Yet, proper attic ventilation is a critical aspect of maintaining the overall integrity of your home. It serves to regulate temperatures, preventing the attic from becoming excessively hot during warmer seasons and reducing strain on HVAC systems. Beyond climate control, proper ventilation contributes to prolonging the life of roofing materials and enhancing overall energy efficiency by preventing excessive heat transfer into living spaces. [Read more…]
When it comes to roofing options for your home, two popular choices are asphalt shingles and metal roofing. Both options offer unique benefits and considerations that homeowners should take into account. At Precise Exteriors, a fully-licensed roofing contractor serving Minneapolis-St. Paul and Northwestern, WI, we understand the importance of making an informed decision when it comes to roof replacement. In this blog post, we will explore the characteristics of both to help you determine whether asphalt shingles or metal roofing is best for your home. [Read more…]
Roof repair costs can vary significantly depending on several factors. That makes it hard for homeowners who need roofing repairs to determine if the quotes they’re getting are high, low, or reasonable. Understanding the factors that affect the cost of a roofing repair is crucial for homeowners needing to take on a roofing repair project. Being aware of the elements that influence the cost of a roofing repair can help homeowners make informed decisions and set their budget and expectations accordingly when they receive quotes. So what are the key factors that affect the cost of a roofing repair? [Read more…]
Winter is almost here. It’s time to get prepared for snow, ice, and all the issues that can come along with them. If you don’t know how to prevent and avoid ice dams, we have the solution for you.
How Do Ice Dams Form?
Ice dams and icicles form when snow melts, it runs down your roof, and refreezes near the edge. This occurs when part of your roof is warm enough to melt the snow and the edge of the roof remains below freezing. Typically it is a result of a warm attic. In most homes, heat escapes into the attic which warms the wood and shingles above it. It results in melting the snow directly above the attic causing the water to run to the roof’s edge where it refreezes creating a rim of ice. The rim of ice can trap more water behind it, and you have an ice dam on your hands.
How To Prevent Ice Dams On Your Roof
Removing ice dams can be a headache to homeowners, so it’s important to prevent them from forming. The best and easiest way to do this is to keep your attic and roof cold. In order to keep your roof cold, you’ll want to follow these 3 steps:
Close up all attic bypasses
About one-third of heat loss can be attributed to hot air escaping through the ceiling into the attic. Most of that heat loss comes from air leaks from unblocked walls, gaps in drywall, and cracks around chimneys, light fixtures, access hatches, plumbing pipes, and more. To close up all the bypasses, you’ll need to go into your attic and plug the leaks.
Measure your home’s attic insulation level
While you’re in the attic, it’s a good idea to measure the depth of your home’s attic insulation levels. It’s a good idea to add more insulation if you have less than 8 inches and have had ice dam issues in the past.
Add roof and soffit vents to your home
A home’s attic ventilation will draw in cold outdoor air and flush out warm attic air. This cools the attic and roof in the process. Figuring out where to add vents to help flush out the air can be a bit complex. A good rule of thumb is to put an 8 inch x 16 inch vent in the underside of the overhang in every other rafter space.
Now is the time to get your roof prepped for the winter snow. We’d love to help you make sure your attic and roof are in shape to prevent ice dams from forming. At Precise Exteriors, we serve the Twin Cities and Northwestern Wisconsin. Contact us today to get help with your attic and roof!
You’re probably considering a DIY home repair or roofing project to save some money. However, in the long run that will most likely not happen. A very minor and small mistake can lead to hundreds or thousands of dollars more down the road in future repairs than if you would have initially hired a professional contractor.
You may now be thinking, “Well why should I leave it to the pros, I can easily figure out how to do my roof or other home repairs.” There is Google and YouTube after all, right? Not quite! There are 3 main advantages you get by hiring a professional and avoiding DIY home repairs:
1) Professionals provide the proper materials, tools, and training.
After a professional looks at your roof, they will know what they need and how much of it to fix the issue. However, with a DIY project, you could waste a lot of money playing the guessing game on what you need and how much of it. Not to mention the amount of time wasted in a home improvement store trying to find it, and possibly trips back and forth to get more materials. This isn’t to mention all the tools, equipment, and safety materials you will need to get the job done. Professional roofers also have the training needed to perform the job safely.
2) Professionals have knowledge and experience needed to complete the job.
Trained roofing professions understand roof systems, components, and proper installation techniques. A licensed contractor will inspect your roof and all components for signs of damage to ensure all the bases are covered. Even with using online resources like Google or YouTube, most likely you would not be able to spot any problem areas without the experience and training a professional has.
3) Professionally done work comes with liability coverage, insurance coverage, and warranties.
If you try to repair the roof on your own, your home insurance won’t cover any damage you do by trying to repair it yourself. There’s a possibility you may end up with a bigger you started with and everything would need to be paid out of pocket. Should professional contractors make a mistake, any reputable company will fix it without any additional charges and have insurance themselves to cover it. Professional roofing companies also offer warranty on their labor and use products that have product warranties through the manufacturer. You forgo these warranties when you decide to do DIY work.
One of the largest investments you will make in your home is your roof. Skip the DIY project and hire a professional to help you with your roof. At Precise Exteriors, we serve the Twin Cities and Northwestern Wisconsin. Contact us today to get help with your roof!
Now is the time to make sure your roof is in top shape before the cooler weather arrives! Fall is a great time for roof maintenance because it protects your home for the winter storms of ice and snow.
Fall and winter roofing hazards include:
Leaves piling up in gutters
Downed tree limbs after a storm
If your roof is damaged in any way and needs repair, now is the time to get it taken care of before it becomes more of a problem. Fixing these problems while they’re still minor issues helps ensure that your roof has the longest lifespan as possible.
Add these 3 tasks to your autumn to-do list to ensure your roof is ready for fall:
Clean Your Gutters
Clean gutters are necessary to keep water flowing properly from your roof. Clogged gutters can splash the water back on the roof. This can lead to cracking, mold, and other damages. It’s important to clean your gutters before the fall leaves come down and clean them again after the leaves have fallen.
Install Gutter Guards
Gutter guards are a great way to reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning out your gutters and are affordable. The guards go over the gutter to prevent any leaves from falling inside. There are small holes in the caps for water to get through, but any other debris will blow away with not a ton of cleaning left for you.
Get A Roof Inspection
It’s always a good idea to have someone look at your roof before the winter season to check for any issues and get them repaired. It’s a lot easier to have a roof repaired in the fall when there isn’t snow or ice on the roof to worry about. Fixing these small issues before they grow more urgent will save you time, money, and stress in the long run.
Remember, safety first! Hire a professional to help you with your roof. You should never try to get on your roof by yourself! At Precise Exteriors, we serve the Twin Cities and Northwestern Wisconsin. We offer roof inspections, repairs, gutter installation, and more. Check out our full services list on our website here.
When it comes to roofing and siding in Hugo, MN & Northwestern Wisconsin, Precise Exteriors are the best in the business. But you don’t have to take our word for it – see what our customers have to say about their experience with Precise Exteriors!
“I can’t say enough about our experience with Precise Exteriors. Doug, DJ and their team are top notch and great about communicating the entire process. We initially started out contacting them for a window install and while Doug was out doing the review of our windows he pointed out damage we had to our garage shingles. Doug and DJ walked us through the entire process of filing an insurance claim step by step and stayed in contact with our adjuster as well for an all around smooth process. The install crew for the shingles also did a great job. They were fast and professional and made sure everything was cleaned up once the job was finished. I have no doubt in my mind we will be doing business with them again in the future.”
Jon E, ★★★★★
“I can’t say enough about Doug and his team. They were exceptional in all aspects…responsive, caring, professional etc. I do not hesitate to recommend Precise Exteriors. Hands down, one of the best companies I’ve dealt with. Thank you Doug.”
- Carmello C, ★★★★★
“We highly recommend Precise Exteriors! Quality work that was done timely and everyone was respectful of our property.”
- Courtney P, ★★★★★
Precise Exteriors was amazing to work with! Doug was super responsive and came out to inspect our roof shortly after calling him. He was able to have someone out to our house within days to replace shingles that were damaged due to high winds and put our minds at ease. I highly recommend Doug and Precise Exteriors. We will be using them for any issues in the future.
- Jade S, ★★★★★
“Doug was amazing!! He helped me through figuring out what I wanted and kept me informed along the way. Personally made sure everything was done perfectly. Always scary making a large investment like this but his quote was more than reasonable and the work was great.”
- Kimberli S, ★★★★★
“They went beyond the call of duty and made many follow-up calls to me to make sure that the project was complete and to my satisfaction. I would not hesitate to recommend this company for a small or large project.”
- Bob F, ★★★★★
From roofing to siding, windows, gutters, and storm damage, Precise Exteriors has the quality service to fit your home repair and installation needs. We offer professional grade service with top-notch quality products and satisfaction you can count on! Contact us today to get started.
After a storm has passed, it is important to examine your roof and look for even the smallest amount of damage to your home. You never know when a small issue can turn into an expensive problem for the roof if left unaddressed.
For example, when hail hits asphalt shingles, the granules can be shaken loose without the damage being apparent from the ground. The hail will then push the granules into the matting which will expose the shingles to UV rays and the outdoor elements. Over time this leads to premature deterioration for your shingles. If you wait to check your roof and let minimal damage become a problem, your homeowner’s insurance claim could be denied. This may leave you with a steep repair bill you weren’t planning on.
Here’s what you need to look out for after a storm:
- Missing Shingles
- Visible Granule Loss
- Visible Water Leaks
- Hail-Damaged Shingles
- Clogged Or Broken Gutters And/Or Downspouts
- Ice Dams
3 steps you need to take to protect your home after a storm:
- Stay Aware – It’s important to stay vigilant, because you never know what could be damaged or loose from the storm.
- Take Notes And Pictures – Once it is safe, document any damages you can easily see. Write them down and take pictures for proof, because your insurance company will need this information.
- Call A Professional Roofing Contractor – Once you have gathered what you can see, call a professional roofing contractor that you trust to come evaluate the damage.
At Precise Exteriors, we’re here to help you keep your home safe! We proudly serve Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin as the roofing company with full exterior remodeling, repair, and insurance claims services.
Contact us today for a free inspection of your home for storm damage. Our professional roofers will inspect your roof and deal with your home insurance. You can get the repairs started on your home while we deal with your homeowner’s insurance company over the small details that will only stress you out. By contacting us right after a storm you can rest easy knowing your roof and family will be taken care of!
At Precise Exteriors, we’re excited to bring you GAF shingles. They bring your personal style home with a wide range of roof colors, looks, and architectural shapes.
With the GAF Virtual Remodeler, homeowners can try on different styles to their home virtually. It gives each of our clients an opportunity to make the most of their investment to see which style they like on their home the best! You just simply upload a photo of your home and try on different styles and colors of shingles to choose your perfect look.
From the blues and greens to black and gray, we know there’s something that will catch your eye. GAF offers 4 color categories:
Blues & Greens
They are soothing and sustainable. Blue soothes and blends into its surroundings. Green is the color of balance and creates a harmony with nature.
Beige & Gold
Beige and gold are balanced and bold. Beige balances boldness and showcases its neutrality. Gold establishes an immediate bold feeling of luxury.
Browns & Reds
These are rustic and romantic. Brown is simplistic and dependable which allows the other colors to appear richer and brighter. Red is romantic, refined, and daring in its sensibility and style.
These are calming and neutral. Gray is a neutral sitting between the extremes of black and white allowing it to be the perfect backdrop when combining with other colors. Black makes a powerful and always classic impact on any home.
Express your own personal touch with your home. Finding the right shingle to fit your lifestyle and home should be as easy as finding patio furniture. Let Precise Exteriors help you choose the best color for your home’s shingles.
As much as we may want to ignore it or put it off for as long as we can, replacing your roof can raise your property value whether you’re looking to stay in your home or sell. A new roof can affect curb appeal and help when it’s time for appraisal.
A roof is not just an important part of your home’s waterproofing and insulation system. It actually counts for over half of the visual exterior when someone is simply looking at your home’s exterior. For this reason, it is essential to your home’s overall appearance and appeal. To know if your roof needs just a few repairs or needs to be replaced entirely in this case, it depends on what type of roof you have and what condition it is currently in.
How A New Roof Can Help When It’s Time for Appraisal
An old roof can negatively affect your appraisal when it is time to sell. As we mentioned above a roof counts for over half of your home’s visual exterior, so an appraiser will look at it and evaluate the quality of the condition of the roof. Most likely, the home buyer would ask for a discount or ask for all repairs to be made to the roof before buying the home. When selling your home, having your roof replaced or repaired depends on the condition of your current roof, house market value in your area, and your choice of replacement roof. If you know your roof may at least need some repairs, be sure to immediately notify your real estate agent as it is important to fix the issue sooner rather than later.
It may seem easy to put off as long as possible, but having a roof in excellent condition is imperative. The raised property value is simply just a bonus! At Precise Exteriors, we’re here to help you raise the value of your home! Contact us for more information.