How To Choose An Excellent Roof Contractor

How To Choose An Excellent Roof Contractor

Your search for a roof contractor probably means you need someone soon. But if you’re able, we encourage you to take some time to do research first and determine which contractor will handle your roof the right way.

Here are a few methods to help you choose the right roof contractor for your job!

Keep It LocalTools on a roof

A local contractor is always your best bet. A national company with a local presence still employs local people, but profits leave the local area and any issues you have may end up continuously getting moved up the chain of command to someone far removed from your situation.

A truly local roofing company is locally owned and operated, with profits staying in the community. And you know the buck stops right there, with the owner.

We’ve also heard many stories of people being burned by storm chasers who come and knock on their door, informing them of damage to their home which needs to be repaired quickly. They may attempt to get you to sign a letter of intent; you don’t have to sign anything you don’t want to, and in fact should contact your insurance company before speaking with any roof contractor.

Check Credentials

The best way to tell if a roof contractor is insured and bonded is to see if they’re listed on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website.

At the time of application with the BBB a contractor needs to be insured and bonded, but it’s still best to also ask for their paperwork so you can see for yourself.

To check on licensing, head to the state of Minnesota website and search for that business’ name or license number. For instance, Royal Roofing’s license number is BC175152. In the state of Minnesota, a roof contractor must take continuing education courses as well as renew their license every two years.

Choose A Communicator

The home belongs to you, so make sure you understand everything being done to it as well as how payments are to be made.

Ensure you get the details of the job in writing, such as how many crew will be working on your home, how long they estimate the job to take, cost estimates and other pertinent information. Both parties should be very clear on expectations. It’s important that your roof contractor communicate with you as often as you need, and in a timely manner.

Once you’ve spoken with your insurance company, contact Royal Roofing, your local roof contractor! We’re licensed, insured and bonded.

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Roof Repair

How To Know Whether You Should Replace Or Repair Your Roof

How To Know Whether You Should Replace Or Repair Your Roof

For most homes and some commercial buildings, it can be hard to tell when the roof will fail. Your roof may appear fine day-to-day, but unexpectedly they may begin to deteriorate, leaving you in a tough situation.Here are three great things to look for to give yourself a heads up that your roof might be in trouble. If you feel any of these situations apply to you, it may be time to repair or replace your roof. Contact Royal Roofing!

Roof AgeRoof Repair

The age of your roof is one of the most important factors to watch when it comes to failing. Generally, asphalt shingles will last between 20-25 years, architectural shingles can last for five decades, and slate or tile roofs can last for decades as well. Though this can increase or decrease depending on a number of factors, such as:

  • When your roof was last reshingled, were the old shingles removed first?
  • Is the roof properly vented and maintained?

If your answer is ‘no’ or ‘I don’t know’, you may be in the market for a roofing contractor sooner than you expected.

Asphalt Shingles Curling/Buckling

Find the side of your roof which faces the sun, and see if any of the shingles there are beginning to curl or buckle. These are sure signs that the shingles are either past their life expectancy, or that the roof is defective in some way (old shingles weren’t removed, roof isn’t properly vented, installation was faulty, etc.)

Having a hard time seeing from the ground level? Be careful – climbing on a roof without proper equipment can be dangerous. Better to be safe than sorry; call a professional if you don’t feel comfortable climbing up there.

Dark Coloration

When you last cleaned your gutters (or hired someone to do it), where shingle granules found? Asphalt shingled roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life. Also, as granules are removed, the shingles appear darker. If you’re able to notice some of your roof shingles look darker than others, these shingles may be past their useful life.

For commercial roofs, you may find dark coloration to be a sign of water damage or weakness, and those area should be avoided.

If you’re ready for a new roof, get in touch with Royal Roofing!

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Slate roof with moss

How To Remove Moss From Your Roof

 How To Remove Moss From Your Roof

While you might think a layer of green moss adds some charm to your home’s roof, it can really shorten the lifespan. Left untreated, the clumpy greenery can cause virtually any roofing material to degrade – most commonly wood and asphalt, but also metal, clay and concrete.  That’s why it’s important to remove moss as soon as you are able.

Moss starts as a thin green layer on and between shingles, but then it proceeds to lift those shingles up as it grows, allowing water to seep underneath which leads to leaks and wood rot.

To remove moss perform the below tasks on a seasonal or as-needed basis to keep your roof weathertight and great-looking, or just contact us to setup a maintenance plan.

Steps To Remove Moss

Prep Work

Gather a ladder, slip-resistant shoes, old clothes, rubber gloves, and eye protection. You may also want to secure yourself with a rope and have a spotter for safety.

Remove Moss By Water

Hose off the affected area with plain water, taking care to spray downward rather than up the roof. Use a long-handled soft-bristle scrub brush to remove the moss, scrubbing downward. Work in one small section at a time to avoid ripping, cracking, or breaking the shingles.

Spraying or scrubbing upward can lift shingles and allow water in. Also, don’t use a pressure washer on your roof, as it can damage the shingles.

Remove Moss By Commercial Cleaning Solution

If plain water hasn’t removed your moss issue, you may want to try a homemade cleaning solution (below) or commercial cleaning solution.

Wait for a cloudy day before going out, as you don’t want your cleaning solution to evaporate. Simply follow the above instructions, and before scrubbing let the solution sit for 20-45 minutes. Then scrub it and rinse with water.

Both commercial and homemade cleaners can damage sensitive plants and discolor siding, decks, or pathways, so you may want to spread plastic sheeting below your work area before you get started.

Remove Moss By Homemade Cleaning Solution

You can also make a homemade moss remover solution with any one of these recipes:

  • 8 ounces Dawn Ultra dish soap + 2 gallons of water
  • 1½ to 3½ cups white distilled vinegar + 2 gallons of water

Wait for a cloudy day before going out, as you don’t want your cleaning solution to evaporate. Simply follow the above instructions, and before scrubbing let the solution sit for 20-45 minutes. Then scrub it and rinse with water.

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Residential Roofing Contractor

4 Key Qualities To Look For In A Residential Roofing Contractor

4 Key Qualities To Look For In A Residential Roofing Contractor

If you’re building a new house, reshingling or need to recover from damage the wind or a tree did to your roofing, it’s important to seek out a highly qualified residential roofing contractor to give you the results you’re looking for.

Here are a few ways you can narrow down your choices, and find the quality partner you deserve. Get in touch with us if you have any questions!

1. Patient/Clear

Make sure you understand everything being done to your home and how payments need to be made.

If during the quote process, they’re unwilling to help you understand what you’ll be paying for or are defensive in any way, that can be a bad sign.

Be sure to get the details of the job in writing, such as:

  • how many crew will be working on your home;
  • how long they estimate the job to take;
  • cost estimates; and,
  • other pertinent information.

2. Licensed, Insured & Bonded

You may have seen “Licensed, Insured & Bonded” on many different contractor’s websites and vehicles, but what does it mean?

  • If a contractor is licensed, it means (in Minnesota) that they’ve received a license from the state to operate.
  • If a contractor is insured, it means the workers, your family and home are covered and you won’t be liable should an accident happen.
  • If a contractor is bonded, it means that you’re financially protected if the contractor doesn’t complete a job for you, or the job is poorly executed.

The best way to tell if a residential roofing contractor is insured and bonded is to see if they’re listed on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website.

For licensing, head to the state of Minnesota website and search for that business’ name or license number – e.g. Royal Roofing’s license number is BC175152. In the state of Minnesota, a residential roofing contractor can only receive a license if they are bonded and insured, and they must take continuing education courses as well as renew their license every two years.

3. Communicative

It’s important that your residential roofing contractor communicate with you as often as you need, and in a timely manner. If you notice something additional needs to be done, or something in the agreement hasn’t been taken care of, will you be able to get ahold of them and speak with the foreman or owner?

4. Local

A local Minnesota contractor is always your best bet. A national company with a local presence still employs local people, but profits leave the area and any issues you have may end up continuously getting moved up the chain of command to someone far removed from your situation.

A truly local roofing company is locally owned and operated in Minnesota, with profits staying in the community and tax revenue going to the state and local municipalities. And you know the buck stops right here, with the owner.

Residential Roofing Contractor
Once you’ve spoken with your insurance company,
contact Royal Roofing, your local residential roofing contractor! We’re licensed, insured and bonded.

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Why Our Roofing Service Maintenance Program Is Right For You

Why Our Roofing Service Maintenance Program Is Right For You

At Royal Roofing, we take your roofing service seriously. Our maintenance programs are based on your exact needs, and not just a cookie cutter service we provide to everyone.

We’re providing solid, regular maintenance to residential and commercial buildings across the Twin Cities metro and central Minnesota every day. We’re your local neighborhood roofing company, with the expertise needed to make sure your roof is same and sound above your head for a long time to come.

Let’s look at why our roofing service is the right choice for your roof. Contact us when you’re ready to talk specifics.

Certified

At Royal Roofing, we believe it’s important to have not only the right experience, but also the certifications to prove to you we know what we’re doing. Some of those certifications include the National Roof Certification & Inspection Association, Certainteed credentials and more! These certifications can be held up as proof that we are professionals and have the skills we need to create a roof that will stand the test of time for you.

Local

Your local roofing contractor is part of your community, no matter what. We’re not going anywhere, because we have roots in your community. Also, as a member of the community we care how your home looks and operates. Your home is a testament to our craftsmanship, as members of the community will know we worked on it.

As much as you can, try to find local roofing contractors like us. Many will provide references, comprehensive services and be fanatic about your satisfaction! We listen to you and focus on giving you everything you need through quality workmanship and reliable products.

The Right Roofing Service Options

We have a maintenance program which allows us to identify, advise and correct any issues before they cost you tons in repairs or replacement of your roof.

We also offer waterproofing services or can spray a protective polyurethane foam on commercial roofs, helping them last through the cold winters and hot summers.

Give us a call today to work with the best roofing service provider in the Twin Cities metro and central Minnesota areas!

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4 Great Reasons To Use Metal For Your Commercial Roofing

4 Great Reasons To Use Metal For Your Commercial Roofing

 
Modern metal roofing is one of the most practical solutions available for commercial roofing today. With extremely long warranties, this newer breed of metal roof is nothing like you might remember from your childhood.

Let’s take a look at some of the best reasons to use metal for your commercial roofing. For more information, get in touch with the experts at Royal Roofing today!

Why Choose Metal Commercial Roofing

1. Safety

Metal roofing is extremely durable:

  • it’s been known to withstand wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour;
  • it doesn’t crack or corrode;
  • some brands are impact resistant (tree branches and hail);
  • it’s non-combustible, with a Class A fire rating (the most resistant); and
  • it’s resistant to mildew, insects and rot.

2. Weight

Compared to asphalt shingles – which can range from 200-350 lbs. per square (1002’) – and tile – ranging from 750-900 lbs. per square – metal commercial roofing is very lightweight, coming in at 50-150 lbs. per square.

3. Speed Of Installation

Depending on the installer, metal roofing can be installed much faster than other types of roofing. With Royal Roofing, you’ll find we may be able to shave an entire day or two off of the roofing process by using metal commercial roofing than another type of material.

As well, the lighter weight of metal roofing can reduce the amount of support structure you need to have on your building, which can save you money if you are building a new structure.

4. Energy Savings

There are a number of ways metal commercial roofing can save you money in the long run:

  • metal reflects radiant heat from the sun, minimizing midday heat gain and reducing the need for air conditioning in the summer by 10-25%;
  • Most metal roofing has 25-95% recycled content, and the roof is usually 100% recyclable at the end of its lifespan.

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How To Avoid A Roof Collapse

How To Avoid A Roof Collapse

Whether you’re a business owner, homeowner or both, a roof collapse can ruin your day, month and even year. If you’re roofing doesn’t hold up to the elements, it can result in injury or death, and tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Whether you handle maintenance yourself or contract out with our commercial or residential roofing maintenance team at Royal Roofing, roof inspections along with vigilance during the winter are key to making sure a roof collapse doesn’t happen on your watch. Setting up a regular roof maintenance schedule is key.

Let’s go over some of the warning signs you might be headed for a roof collapse.

Depths Of Accumulation

While a roof collapse can happen anytime, one of the most common reasons is due to snow and ice buildup.

In general, a roof in perfect condition will begin to deteriorate when it has collected:

  • 4+ feet of light, dry snow
  • 1+ feet of heavy, wet snow
  • 4+ inches of ice

Before it gets to that point, you need to clear the roof either on your own or by calling the professionals at Royal Roofing.

How To Clear

If you’re planning to clear the roof yourself, here are a few safety tips to consider.

If you do not feel comfortable climbing on your roof when it is dry, do not attempt to clear it yourself, and never work alone. Highly consider hiring a professional, as we have special equipment to protect ourselves and your property.

With a pitched roof (like most residential homes in Minnesota) use a snow rake and plastic shovel, and start from the edge and work your way up to the peak. Shave the snow down until there is 2 or 3 inches left on the roof; this protects the shingles while removing most of the weight. Be sure to wear headgear and goggles to protect yourself.

If using a ladder to reach your roof, be sure it is situated on firm ground, extends at least three feet above the roof edge and is at the appropriate angle for safety. Ice can build up on the rungs and on your footwear, so use caution. Don’t carry tools up the ladder; instead use a hand line or rope to hoist tools and shovels to the roof. Do not use heating devices of any kind to remove snow and ice.

Inspect

At least once a year, if not more, your roof needs to be inspected. An inspection is especially useful right before winter and after winter in Minnesota, or if you have reason to believe your roof is in danger of collapse.

Signs of possible collapse include:

  • Sagging roofs
  • Doors or windows that are difficult to open
  • Severe roof leaks
  • Cracks in walls or masonry
  • Sprinkler heads that have dropped down below the ceiling
  • Bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling
  • Creaking, cracking or popping sounds

If this all sounds complicated . . . that’s because it is. Give us a call to help protect your commercial or residential roof this winter!

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How To Protect Your Business’ Roof From Damage This Winter

How To Protect Your Business’ Roof From Damage This Winter

Even if you have the best insurance in the world, no one wants the inconvenience of dealing with damage to their commercial roof or worse yet, damage to the inside of their business due to winter weather.

Wind, rain, ice and snow can all damage your roof over the course of the long winter in Minnesota. While winter can bring great beauty, it can be very dangerous if you aren’t actively working to protect your commercial roof.

Clear Debris Regularly

Whether you’re able to do it yourself or not, all drains and gutters should be cleared of debris regularly. If debris is allowed to collect, water can pool and cause ice dams to perform, as well as cause leaks which can lead to damage and mold.

Improve Insulation

Improving the insulation in your roof will limit the amount of heat which escapes through your roof. This does two things:

  1. Saves you money by reducing your heating bill
  2. Saves you money by reducing the amount of snow and ice which can melt on your roof and possible drain into your building.

Win. Win.

Install Heat Cables

If you know you’re going to be facing ice dams this winter, you can make a preemptive strike against them by installing heat cables in your gutters and drains. You can get them at many home improvement stores, and installation is easy as long as you are comfortable on a roof. If you’re not, a professional can help.

Check Roof Biannually

You’ll also want to perform a comprehensive roof check at least twice per year. It’s best to hire a professional roof maintenance company like Royal Roofing to handle this part. What we look for are dark spots on the roof which might indicate ponding water problems. We’ll level any low spots on the roof which can reduce or eliminate ponding in those places. We’ll also check over all of your penetrations, flashing, drains and joints in your roof system for signs of separation or other damage, and properly seal any cracks or holes.

Give us a call to help protect your commercial roof this winter!

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Why Hiring A Local Roofing Contractor Is The Best Thing For Your Home

Why Hiring A Local Roofing Contractor Is The Best Thing For Your Home

The benefits of working with a local roofing contractor like Royal Roofing are numerous! We are your neighbors and friends, and know your local environment like nobody else. Let’s look at some of the reasons you should choose a local roofing contractor.

Local Knowledge

A local roofing contractor is someone who lives and works in the same community – and environment – you do. We know the local weather patterns and know all about the local architecture and home styles. We may even know the contractor who built your home!

This means we’re able to anticipate problems which are local to the area and have the expertise to fix it and the connections to get the right supplies. The knowledge and experience of a local roofer is unbeatable!

Local References

When you work with a local roofing contractor like Royal Roofing, you’re going to get references and testimonials from local people. The people we point you to, or the reviews online, will be from people you may know or have heard of, not someone from across the country. You may even be able to drive past homes which have had their roofs worked on by us, or talk to those who left the testimonials or reviews in person!

Local. Period.

Your local roofing contractor is part of your community, no matter what. We’re not going anywhere, because we have roots in your community. Also, as a member of the community we care how your home looks and operates. Your home is a testament to our craftsmanship, as members of the community will know we worked on it.

As much as you can, try to find local roofing contractors like us. Many will provide references, comprehensive services and be fanatic about your satisfaction! We listen to you and focus on giving you everything you need through quality workmanship and reliable products. Contact us today to get the real local experience!

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4 Traits To Look For In The Best Roofing Contractors

4 Traits To Look For In The Best Roofing Contractors

Every time a storm rolls through your area, you’re going to see opportunistic amateur roofing contractors running around, stopping in every driveway to see if the owner has noticed the damage to their roof yet.

Don’t let them get the best of you! Because the best, most professional roofing companies are going to do things to protect you and themselves that an amateur won’t.

1. Work Well Unsupervised

The best roofing contractors are able to work well unsupervised. They’re going to do a great job whether you are over their shoulder or on vacation a thousand miles away. With amateurs, you’ll need to watch their every move to make sure they do the job they said they will do, and if you don’t have the training yourself, how will you know?

2. Certify Themselves

As well, professionals are usually certified by many different corporations, like the National Roof Certification & Inspection Association, Certainteed credentials and more! These certifications can be held up as proof that the professionals are professionals, have the skills they need and are able to create a roof that will stand the test of time for you.

3. Insure Themselves & You

One of the biggest advantages to hiring a professional roofing contractor is that we’re insured against damage and injury to ourselves, our equipment, you and your home. This means you are protected against claims if someone is injured, and protects your bank account if your home happens to be damaged in the process.

With amateur roofing contractors, they don’t typically have insurance and they are usually rushing from one job to another and so are more likely to leave your roof unfinished or in a way in which damage is more likely to occur again. This leaves you with no way out except to shell out for another fix!

4. Give You A Warranty

As well, amateurs don’t warranty their work, meaning you have no recourse if the work is shoddy. Meanwhile, professionals warranty their work so in the unlikely case that something is wrong, they’ll come back and fix it at no charge provided it is their fault. That should put you at ease!

Give us a call today to work with the best residential and commercial roofing contractor in the Twin Cities metro and Central Minnesota areas!

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