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Roofing 101: Choosing the Best Shingle

Whether you’re undergoing an entire roof replacement or simply reshingling, it’s important to think about the shingles you’re putting on your roof. But how do you decide which shingles are right? There are a ton of different products out there, for different climates, from different manufacturers, and set at different price points. Where do you even start?

Before you start to panic, it’s worth taking a moment to think about what you’re looking for in your new shingles. Here’s a list of points to consider when deciding on which shingle is best for you.

Roofing Budget

First and foremost, you need to decide how much you’re willing (or able) to spend on shingles. Most manufacturers offer a wide selection of price points, which gives you the flexibility to decide how to spend your hard-earned money.

The size of the job also figures into how much your project will cost. The amount of square footage will tell you how many shingles you’re going to need. If you’re doing a small repair job, that will cost far less than if you’re doing a roof replacement.

Roof Type

GAF Certified Roof

One consideration when choosing a roofing material is the pitch, or slope, of your roof. Some homes have low-pitched roofs, angled only slightly for drainage. Others have a much more severe pitch, like the dramatic slopes you might find on many Victorian homes.

Flatter roofs may require specialized materials, but for most homeowners, their roof pitch will fall in between these extremes, making asphalt shingles the best choice, balancing cost, durability, and style.

Durability

You don’t have to spend big to get a quality shingle. Even the more economical shingles from manufacturers like GAF will protect your roof. And your shingles will last even longer if you pay attention to maintaining your roof.

You should also consider the weather your home has to endure. If your home is regularly at risk of experiencing wind or hail, you may need a shingle that can withstand the test of those elements. The same goes for heavy sun exposure, which might require a more reflective shingle.

Finally, be sure to inquire about warranties. Most warranties for shingles are offered by the manufacturer, but they require installers to be certified. The warranties cover most roof repairs if there is an issue with quality or installation.

It’s important to choose a reputable contractor who participates in a program like GAF certification.

 Shingle Style

There are a number of shingle types aside from the standard asphalt shingles found on most homes. Often made from wood or clay, these shingles look fancy but lack the durability of asphalt shingles.

Made from a fiberglass base, these shingles are coated with asphalt for waterproofing, then sprinkled with ceramic granules, which reflect UV rays and make the shingles more fire-resistant. They are by far the most common type of shingle.

There are three main types of asphalt shingles:

3-tab shingles – These shingles are the simplest, most budget-friendly type. Also called “strip” shingles, they’re made to lay flat against your roof.

Architectural Shingles – These shingles have multiple layers of asphalt, giving them a dimensional appearance. This added asphalt bonds the layers together, making them even more waterproof. The result is a roof that looks kind of like wood or slate, but at a higher cost than the 3-tab.

Designer Shingles – Designer shingles are like architectural shingles, except they go even further in trying to mimic other styles of roof treatment. You can find designer shingles meant to replicate slate, wooden shake, or other specialized textures, although these will cost you more than architectural shingles.

Color

Roof Color Choice is important

The final consideration when it comes to shingles is color. There are several different colors to choose from, which should help you find the option that is right for you. For most people, a neutral color will help their house blend with their neighborhood, especially if you don’t have a strong preference.

Of course, you might decide to install red or blue shingles to really set your house apart. Or maybe you’re roofing a new cabin in the woods, and you think a green shingle might blend into your forest surrounding.

One consideration to keep in mind with shingles is heat retention. A darker shingle will retain more heat. This could raise the temperature on your upper floors, so if you frequently use your attic space, you might want to aim for a lighter shade.

GAF Certified Roofing Contractor

Hiring a quality roofing contractor like Gold Star Contracting is critical to keeping your asphalt roofing project on budget and on time. We take our commitment to quality seriously. That’s why we’re GAF Certified Roofing Contractors. We hold our contractors to a high standard of quality because we know you deserve nothing less.

Give us a call, or contact us on our website, to get a FREE estimate for your roofing needs. We’ll work with you to make sure you get the work you need done quickly, efficiently, and on budget.

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A Quick Guide to Aging Roofs

It is getting to the time of year where the temperature drops and the snow starts flying.  Before you have a foot of snow on your roof it is a good idea to do a roof inspection to avoid any unexpected surprises this winter. This is especially true if your roof is more than 10 years old.

Since your roof typically has a life span of 20 years, it is easy to forget when you last replaced it. We also fathom that you are here to learn about it because you are not a roofing professional yourself.

There are several visual inspection items that give roofing professionals a good indication of not only the age of your asphalt roof but about how much life it has left as well.  If you are comfortable with getting on a ladder, these are some of the things you can look for on your own roof.

Blistering

During the manufacturing, process air may become trapped in the layers of the shingle.  When the sun hits the shingle it can cause those pockets of air to expand and create blistering marks. It is important to note that these air pockets are not a manufacturing defect and blistering can be avoided.

If your roof has excessive blistering it can be related to improper ventilation in your attic.  If you see signs of excessive blistering it may lead to other problems with your roof.

Flaking

Like Blistering this is something that is caused by the manufacturing process.  This is typically a defect in the shingle and if you are noticing it in a lot of shingles on your roof system it could mean you have a bad batch of shingles.

We strongly recommend contacting the roofing company that installed your roof to inspect it for a possible warranty repair.

Granule Loss

Over the life of your roof, you will experience shingle granule loss.  This is a normal occurrence.  A good place to start looking for granule loss is in your gutters.  This is where the granule will typically collect.

Don’t be surprised to see some granule in the gutters, however, there should not be a lot of it or any kind of buildup.  If you notice buildup in the gutters then you may have more serious roofing issues going on.

As we mentioned long-term granule loss is ok, but when you start noticing a significant loss in a short period of time, we recommend having your roof inspected to determine the cause of the granule loss and if roof replacement is necessary.

Common Causes of Granule Loss

  • Uniform Granule Loss: Over time shingles will start to lose the granule on them.  It is considered part of the aging process for asphalt shingles.  The rate of loss depends on the shingle and climate.  As long as the loss is uniform it is typically a result of normal weathering.
  • Loss on one slope: Granule loss on one slope or slopes facing the same direction is common.  Often South and West facing slopes take more of a beating from the weather than other slopes.
  • Foot Traffic: Do you climb up on your roof to decorate for the holidays every year or to clean out your gutters?  Excessive food traffic on your roof can wear shingles prematurely.  Look for signs of a consistent path of wear around the area of heavy foot traffic.
  • Batch Problems:  Each batch of shingles may have slight differences in how they were manufactured.  This can cause uneven wearing on the roof.  As a result, you may see an area of your roof that has more granule loss than others.

Damage from Hail or Storms

Hail and storms can damage even the best roof.  Unfortunately, there is no way to stop it from happening either.  Look for signs of impact on the roof.  They often will be associated with some sort of granule loss as well.  If you see significant damage contact a roofing company like Gold Star Contracting to help you evaluate the damage and take the steps to repair or replace your roof.

What Should I Do If I See These Signs?

Do an interior inspection of your attic space looking for signs of moisture penetrating the roof.  The next thing to do is to contact us at Gold Star Contracting.  We will set up a time to do a complete roof inspection. Our roof inspectors will give you the straight forward truth on what your roof needs.  Lastly, sit back, relax and trust that you are in good hands for your roofing project.

Why choose GoldStar Contracting

Gold Star Contracting is proud to offer gold star quality service, products, and workmanship, all at a fair price.

We will take the time to help you understand the process so you are prepared for the service. We also strive to provide you with the least amount of disturbance possible.

Roof replacement is one of the big jobs regarding home improvements. Luckily, in many cases, the roofing repair or even the roofing replacement jobs can be completed while you are at work.

This means you could go about your day in the usual way and return home to a freshly repaired or replaced roof.

At Gold Star Contracting, we finish all jobs with a final quality inspection and professional cleanup. See our BBB Rating and read what our clients have to say!

If your roofing repair or replacement can be claimed through your insurance company, we are happy to help you navigate these otherwise complex processes.

Get your roof inspection Scheduled today!

Winter Roof Replacement: Good Idea?

You hear all across the country and all over google that it is not ideal to replace a roof in the winter. While that may have been true 20 or 30 years ago, technology in roofing materials has changed and the concerns are a lot less for a cold-weather roof replacement.

So, why do so many roofers shy away from winter roofing work whenever possible? The reality is while a roof can be properly installed in the winter there are a few extra steps that add up to additional time and energy.

That is why many roofing companies will tell you emphatically that they will only do repairs in the winter and not full replacements.

Right now you may be asking yourself, “but I can’t wait till spring what do I do?

The good news is there is still about another month till mother nature makes it difficult to replace your roof. Ideally, a clear blue sky and temperatures above 45 degrees meet the requirements for a standard replacement. We understand that your roof and mother nature may be on a different schedule, so what happens when roofers don’t have that perfect day.

Why do many roofers shy away from winter roof replacements?

There are several parts to answering this question. Don’t worry we will get to them all, we promise.  What we want to make sure you understand is that these factors may lead to an increased cost to your roof repair or replacement.

Sealant used on asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles have an adhesive on them to help your roof create a better seal for your roof. Under normal installation, the heat from the sun activates this sealant resulting in a quick and easy installation of your new roof.

When the temperature drops below 45 degrees, this adhesive needs to be heated with a propane torch to activate it. While the propane is not a large cost it can take a significant amount of time to seal an entire roof. This may cause an increase in the labor needed for the roof replacement.

Air tools are less effective

The days of roofers swinging a hammer to install your roof are all but gone. Roofers now use air tools and power nailers. This allows them to do twice the work in half the time (no they are not losing quality for speed).

When the temperature drops these tools become more difficult to use and sometimes inoperable. This is due to the condensation that occurs naturally in many of these tools. As that condensation builds up it can restrict the operation of the tool. Don’t be alarmed when you see the trusty roofing hammer come out as the temperature drops.

Surfaces become slippery

During the summer it is not uncommon to have a roofing crew start as early as 7 or 8 in the morning. As the temperature drops, dew and frost become a concern because they make surfaces slippery. It usually means that roofers will need to start later in the day.

They also need to consider extra safety precautions in these conditions. That usually means things like extra roping and harnesses or carrying less weight up and down ladders. Keep in mind that typical winter.

Temperature is a factor

Shingles and tools are not the only things affected by cold temperatures. Roofers are people, not robots. As the temperature drops, they risk themselves by being out in the cold all day. Common issues include hypothermia and frostbite.

Both of these can occur rapidly and unexpectedly. Planning additional stops to warm up may increase the time it takes to install your new roof. Additionally, they may work shorter days.

Cold Weather roof replacement

So what’s the verdict? Can I get my roof replacement?

As you see there are many additional considerations that roofing contractors take during winter, but the short answer is yes. You will not be stuck with that leaky roof till spring. Keep in mind that your roof replacement or repair may take longer than normal in the winter and average costs may be higher based on the factors above.

Why choose GoldStar Contracting

Gold Star Contracting is proud to offer gold star quality service, products, and workmanship, all at a fair price.

We will take the time to help you understand the process so you are prepared for the service. We also strive to provide you with the least amount of disturbance possible.

Roof replacement is one of the big jobs regarding home improvements. Luckily, in many cases, the roofing repair or even the roofing replacement jobs can be completed while you are at work.

This means you could go about your day in the usual way and return home to a freshly repaired or replaced roof.

At Gold Star Contracting, we finish all jobs with a final quality inspection and professional cleanup. See our BBB Rating and read what our clients have to say!

If your roofing repair or replacement can be claimed through your insurance company, we are happy to help you navigate these otherwise complex processes.

Get your roof replacement Scheduled today!

10 Warning Signs Your Roof Needs To Be Replaced

Don’t wait until you have expensive water damage or your roof is caving in! Here are 10 warning signs your roof needs to be replaced

Your roof is one of the most important aspects of your home. It protects the interior from the elements 365 days a year while taking a beating any time there’s a storm.

It’s easy to take this for granted! More times than we can count, we speak with clients who had no idea that their roof was in need of replacing.

It wasn’t until they came across expensive water damage on their ceilings, or they noticed their roofing was buckling, that they took action.

To help you avoid the worst-case scenario, here are 10 things to look for when inspecting your roof so you can avoid these mistakes. As well as save money, and gain peace of mind knowing that your home is protected.

10 Warning Signs Your Roof Needs To Be Replaced

1. Missing Shingles

After a storm, there’s a chance you’ll find shingles in the yard or missing from your roof. If so, that small part of your roof is vulnerable to intruding water and rotting of the underlying elements.

If you’re noticing shingles in the yard after a storm, or simply see there are missing shingles, we offer a free estimate for you to determine whether you’ll need a roof repair or total roof replacement.

2. Curling Shingles

This is one of the most common signs of a rapidly deteriorating roofing that is in need of replacement. There are a few reasons this could be happening, such as poor installation, unusually cold winters, inadequate attic ventilation, and more.

Your shingles will ultimately become so rigid, they fall off. Causing problems like water leaks and mold. Roof replacement or roof repair is the next step.

3. Granules in Your Downspout

If you’re noticing large piles of granules in your downspout, especially after a hail storm or thunderstorm, it’s time to call a professional.

This only happens when your shingles have reached an age where the protective coating has worn so thin it’s nearly gone. Unfortunately, a roof replacement is usually necessary to solve this problem.

4. Rotting Fascias

The fascia is the wood board that your gutter system is mounted on. If your gutters are clogged or damaged, or your shingles were improperly installed, the overflowing water causes that board to rot.

If your fascia is rotting, it’s likely other elements of your roofing are rotting too. This is one of the more obvious signs you need your roof inspected for damage.

Droopy Sagging Roof Damage

5. Missing or Damaged Flashing

Flashing is the sheets of metal, sometimes plastic, which protect different elements of your roof from water seeping in. You should be able to spot your flashing around the chimneys, vents, and skylights.

If your flashing is damaged or missing, you can expect to find leaks in your attic eventually if not already. Don’t ignore this problem, water can cause considerable damage to your home.

6. Water Stains on Your Ceiling

This is one of the more obvious signs you need your roof replaced. Spotting water stains on a ceiling in your home indicates a serious problem.

In order for water to make its way from your roofing and down through your ceiling, there needs to be a considerable amount of water. Meaning there is a major roofing issue that’s gone unresolved for too long.

7. Leaks or Daylight in Your Attic

Normally, sunshine is a good thing. But not if you can see it coming into your attic! Daylight shining into your attic indicates there are openings for water or snow to pour in.

When you walk around your attic, check if the floor is quite spongy or bouncy. If it is, this indicates the floor is retaining water from the leaks. This is a serious problem that calls for roof replacement, or roof repair.

8. Droopy, Sagging Roof

This sign is certainly easier to spot than some of the others listed here! However, it’s a little more difficult to figure out exactly why your roof is not flat like it should be.

Water damage could have caused rotting on the structural elements. Or, excess weight from snow or pooling water could have compromised your roofing.

Most of the time, a caving roof is not an immediate threat. But it certainly needs to be addressed as soon as possible. A drooping roof is best handled by a professional due to its complexity, and Gold Star Contracting is here for you!

9. Moss or Mold, Dark Streaks/Spots

Do you have unwanted plants growing on your roof? We hope not, but if you do, your roofing has likely been subjected to water damage over an extended period of time.

Dark streaks or dark spots are simply algae that have built-up and made a home on your roofing. A properly installed roof that doesn’t need to be replaced is not an environment where moss and algae will grow.

10. Your Home’s Had Its 20th Birthday

Birthdays are usually a time for celebrations. This isn’t the case with a roof, however. As roofing ages and is subjected to the elements day in and day out, even the best-installed roof will have issues.

Even if you don’t know the exact age of your roof, you’ll want to keep an eye for your neighbors getting roof repairs or replacements. This way, you can avoid water leaks, mold, and any of the other issues caused by a deteriorating roof.

Noticed Any of These Signs on Your Roof?

At Gold Star Contracting, we pride ourselves on providing quality materials, superior workmanship, and outstanding value. With 13 years of experience, you can trust that when you work with Gold Star, your roof is in good hands.

How many of these warning signs your roof needs to be replaced have you spotted?

If you are ready to start your roofing project today click the button below and contact our team so we can get you started.

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The 2-Minute Guide to Selecting a Roofing Company

The fact is choosing the right roofing company can be a challenge for many homeowners.  Unfortunately, the decision for choosing that roofer is often made when tragedy has already struck and you have a leak that needs to be addressed.  That means for most there are not weeks to make a decision on who the right roofing contractor should be. As a result, we have put together this comprehensive 2-minute guide to help you select the best roofing company for your next roofing project.

Here is our list of must-do research for your next roofing project.

Get referrals:

Did your neighbor or friend just get a new roof on their home?  Ask them about their experience with the company.  Chances are they will give you a much more honest review than the salesman knocking on your door.  Here are a few questions to ask that will get you the right information

  • How did you find them?
  • What did you like about working with them?
  • What did you dislike about working with them?
  • Did they provide any warranty or guarantee?

Remember your neighbor and friends will tell you if you should steer clear of a contractor they used on their roof replacement or repair.

Look for reviews:

Online reviews are a great source of information.  The keyboard warriors are typically not afraid to say what is on their mind about businesses.  While one bad review is probably not something to worry about (unless they only have a small number of reviews), Several bad reviews may tell you a story.

  • Read the reviews, especially the long ones
  • Look for similarities and differences between reviews
  • Look for responses from the company

Check for licensing and insurance:

Almost everyone has heard a horror story about an unlicensed or uninsured contractor (If you have not, check out this Reddit thread). Unfortunately, unlicensed contractors slip through the cracks and take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners all to often.  To protect yourself do the following.

  • Request a copy of their business license and insurance.
  • Validate it with the city or county you live in (Whoever issued it).
  • Review any complaints filed against the company (Including The Better Business Bureau).

Be a liaison between the insurance company and the contractor:

Did you know it is considered insurance fraud for your contractor to waive the deductible in most states?  Last time I checked you don’t want to get yourself into that type of a mess.  To prevent that from happening, be the liaison between your contractor and the insurance company.  To avoid any challenges from your insurance company and the roofing contractor check these tips out:

  • Allow the insurance company to inspect the roof as well.
  • Any deductibles need to be reflected in the invoice and paid directly to the insurance company.
  • Don’t let a contractor pressure you into submitting an unnecessary insurance claim.

The best are manufacturer backed

All of the major shingle manufacturers have great warranties on their products. Likewise, all the manufacturers also have contractor certifications.  These certifications are typically linked to what warranty the contractor can offer and what the manufacturer is willing to pay for in the unlikely event of product failure.

  • Ask if they have any manufacturer certifications.
  • Ask about product warranties.
  • Ask about workmanship guarantees.

Learn about the material options for your home:

Roof inspection near skylight

What material and color you put on your roof may not only impact the look of your home, but also the value of your home.  According to HomeAdvisor you can expect a 63% return on your roofing project.  What is more important to point out though is that your old and tired roof may be the difference between a full price offer and a low ball offer when selling your home.  Additionally, it may help additional buyers qualify to purchase your home as it will reduce the likelihood of building inspection issues.  Choosing the wrong material or color could have an adverse effect on your sale as well.

  • Explore multiple options for materials types so you can be informed
  • Think about color and style so that they match your home
  • Remember you get what you pay for and the cheapest option is not always the best choice for your home

Do your Homework

We know that when disaster strikes with your roof you may not have time you want to spend weeks mulling over the decision of who the best contractor is for your roof. Taking a few minutes to do your due diligence can save you time and money in the long run.  After all, you don’t want to have to go through this hassle again next year.

Our last bit of advice is something that we often don’t think about when making large and important decisions like a new roof.

Trust your gut!  If something doesn’t look or sound right then don’t risk it.

Why Gold Star Contracting

If you are here there is a likely chance that you may be shopping for a new roof.  Honest companies like ours are not afraid to tell you what to look for in a roofing contractor because we have answers to all your questions and your best interest in mind. We hope our 2-minute guide to choosing a roofing company helps you make the right decision.

At Gold Star Contracting, we deliver dependability, longevity, and building strength. We stay ahead of the competition through high-quality roofing services. Whether you are looking for a new roof installation on your property or you’ve recently experienced a major storm in your area, our highly trained roofing contractors have you covered.

No one expects you to be a roofing expert, and you don’t have to be. That’s where we come in.

Our home base is Shakopee, Minnesota but we often travel to roofing jobs up to 100 miles away. If you are wondering if we cover your area, give us a call to discuss your roofing needs. We look forward to serving you in the future.

If you are ready to start your roofing project today click the button below and contact our team so we can get you started.

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3-Minute Guide to Roof insurance Claims

Dealing with roof insurance claims is a chore at best. But it’s often necessary after your roof sustains some damage due to poor weather conditions.

Damage from a seemingly routine wind and hail storms can compromise the integrity of your roof. What makes this worse is that hail damage is often not easily noticeable.

This is because damage from storms can often come in small incremental chips. Eventually causing tears and dents across your roof.

Minnesota recently made a national list, coming in at number four of states most affected by hail damage in the last four years. So we’re no strangers to heavy hail.

Should the worst happen, these steps will help you get your insurance claim dealt with seamlessly while your roof gets repaired in no time!

Keep Accurate Dates and Time of Storms

If you know for sure that hail damage has occurred as a result of a storm, make sure you write down the date and time of storms responsible.

This date will help you in filing a claim. If you didn’t remember to take photos of the storm at the time, Google photos of your city and the keyword “hailstorm”.

You will most likely see photos displaying the size of the hail from that day. Save those photos as additional evidence so that you can show them to an insurance agent.

Seek Professional Advice for Roof Insurance Claims

keeping records of storm damage

If you suspect that your roof has been damaged by a hailstorm, you must seek a professional evaluation from a qualified roofing company.

At Goldstar Contracting, we have years of experience assisting customers with roof insurance claims. We have completed dozens of successful insurance applications, and know the process very well.

While storm damage is welcome, we want this experience to be as seamless as possible for our customers. We will work closely with your insurance provider to ensure that you and your property are well taken care of.

File Your Claim

This step is a simple part of the process. When you’ve had a professional evaluation and told to go ahead, you can file a claim against your homeowner insurance.

Your insurance provider will ask you for some information regarding the damage and information about your home and advise you of what the next steps are.

Remember the date of the storm and the additional information we talked about earlier? Make sure that you have that information when filing your claim.

Also, don’t worry about how old your roof is at this point, it doesn’t matter. Your insurance company will assess the damage while settling your claim, regardless of how old your roof is.

After the Insurance Adjuster

After you reach a favorable settlement with your insurance company, it’s time to get a written quote from the roofing company that you’re interested in working with.

When selecting a roofing company to carry out the work, make sure you think about more than just the cost of repairs.

Most importantly, ask yourself; “Do you feel comfortable with the company you are choosing?”, and “do you trust them?”

Based on your research, does it look like they have a good reputation? Your roof protects you, your family, and your home. It’s vital that you employ a company you trust when choosing someone to make repairs on it.

At Gold Star Contracting, we’re proud to tell people we have a reputation for excellence. We can supply excellent customer references on request.

We are continuously striving to improve the quality and the value of the products and services we offer. Our commitment to each project has allowed us the opportunity to experience ongoing growth.

We started Gold Star Contracting in 2007. Since then, we have helped over 1,000 families and businesses by providing roofing repairs and replacements.

Get the Work Done

Once your insurance provider approves your claim, you will get the funds needed to complete your project.

You may not be happy with the proposed settlement. In this case, it’s worthwhile talking this through with your chosen roofing company to see if they can help.

It’s important to remember that you should not be alarmed if your insurance company lowered the amount awarded for repairs because of the roof age. Usually, they are merely holding the money back until work is complete.

For example, they may hold back $700 for reduction and the actual cost of work is a little more than they sent you.

In this case, send them a letter of completion from your contractor with the exact amount when the job is done. They should then send you the difference.

At Gold Star Contracting, we stand by our work. We know reliable and reputable roofing contractors provide free roof inspections and roof replacement estimates – which is exactly what we do with no obligation.

If you suspect damage has occurred to your roof, please contact us today to set up a time that works for you for us to carry out a professional evaluation.

Top Residential Roofing Products in 2020

The need for quality residential roofing products is essential for any property housing a family.  Besides, installing, repairing, or upgrading a roof requires you to meet safety requirements. This is the reason why it is so important to be able to choose the best materials when you are making this decision.

There are many choices available, and roofing services are usually going to give you a rundown on the pros and cons of these materials. Still, it’s always essential to learn the basics before you start the hunt for the perfect roofing material for your home.

We are going to give you some vital information on the top residential roofing products for 2020 and why they have become the most popular choices available for residential roofing.

Asphalt Shingles

This is probably the most popular choice in many areas, and there are plenty of good reasons for that. The asphalt shingle has two common presentations. One uses a fiberglass mesh covered with asphalt. The other is organic and uses paper saturated in asphalt.

The main difference between the two is that the fiberglass version is lighter, but the organic version seems to offer more stability when strong winds hit. The fiberglass asphalt shingle got upgrades that make it the clear winner, and the organic shingle has been out of the market for over a decade.

Some of the main advantages of the asphalt shingle include:

  • Easy to install
  • Plenty of colors to choose from
  • Little maintenance needed
  • The most affordable quality option

Wood Shingles

The clean-cut and smooth surface of the wooden shingle has always made it one of the best choices available. This is a choice that is more appealing to those who want to give a more rustic look to their property, but they also want a roof that is durable and safe for their home.

There are several types of wood used for shingles, and the most commonly seen include cedar, pine, cypress, and redwood. This continues to be one of the most popular residential roofing choices available. Style and value are probably the most appealing reasons why people choose this option.

There are several things that you can consider if you want to get a wooden material for your roof, but some of the features are very attractive.

Some of the advantages of wood shingles include:

  • A more natural and appealing look for your home
  • Natural resistance to insects and moisture
  • Great insulation value
  • Recyclable once there is need for a replacement

Metal Shingles

Many people end up getting metal shingles when they get any kind of roof repair done. The element of durability is probably the most significant appeal with the metal roofing option as it is an outstanding choice that is going to last decades with proper maintenance.

Different types of metal are used for this purpose. The most common include steel, zinc, and aluminum. Some people also choose copper, but this a costly choice.

The metal shingle continues to be an option that is very popular in many areas, and it makes perfect sense due to how durable it can be. We are talking about a lifetime of durability if adequately maintained.

The advantages of metal roof shingles include:

  • Metal Shingles can look like asphalt and slate shingles
  • They come in a variety of colors
  • Rain and snow shed better on metal
  • Outstanding durability that beats other options

Roof Tiles

Roof tiles can be one of the most popular choices in some areas, and it is an ancient and traditional way to put a roof over a home or business. The conventional material was clay, but the new versions of these tiles include cement and concrete with a more durable mix.

A waterproof coating ensures that the tiles can handle rough weather for a longer period of time. This is a great option that many people find to be the most appealing.

If you need more details on tile roofing, you will be happy to know that this type of roofing material has plenty of advantages.

The advantages of tile roofing:

  • A good level of durability only surpassed by metal shingles
  • Great resistance to insects and fire
  • Very appealing look
  • They are recyclable
  • They help reduce heat
  • The Tesla Solar Tile

This is a new option for the future. We only mention this as it seems to be part of roofing services that will be available in the coming years, though we do not know how good or durable they are.

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Choosing the Best Materials

There are many reasons why people are going to want to choose the most affordable and durable roofing. All of the roofing materials we have mentioned here are of high quality, but they do have their pros and cons. It is crucial to consider your location, the weather, and other vital factors to make your decision.

Looking for a good local roofing contractor?

Finding the right roofing contractor in your area is always very important because you want your installation to go smoothly. Take the time to look at a few locations and then consider their prices and the quality of their customer service to choose one that is ideal for your needs and budget.

This is also very important when you require roof repair services. You have to make sure that you can find a business that can provide the best possible results.

If you do not want to spend hours looking for the best residential roofing products yourself, you can search for a reliable roofing service that can get the job done right and provide the best guidance at an affordable cost. Send us a message right now to schedule an inspection today!

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What to Do Next: How to Detect and Repair Storm Damage

With storm season well on its way, it is important to understand how to detect and repair storm damage on your roof.

We put a lot of trust in our roof to protect our home from storms. Unfortunately, hail storms, tornados, high wind, debris, and heavy rains can jeopardize our roofing system. Mother nature is more powerful than we give her credit for and when she decides we have no choice but to hope for the best.

After the storm comes through the first step is to inspect your roof for signs of damage. If you find roof damage it is important to reach out to a qualified roofing company to assess the damage and help you through the roof repair or roof replacement process.

Let’s explore what to look for when mother nature throws a temper-tantrum near your home.

What Does Storm Damage Look Like?

Image of severely damaged roof due to tree falling during storm.

Roof damage from a storm can show itself in obvious means like a tree on your roof or large areas of missing or damaged shingles. Other times storm damage can go unnoticed for weeks or months in the form of a small leak from damaged flashing. Either way, if you don’t catch it in time the replacement cost and repair can be significant.

Hail Damage

Hail storms can cause significant damage to your roof. With hailstones as small as a pea to as large as baseballs, there is a large range of severity that you could be looking at. Depending on whether you have metal roofing of asphalt roofing the damage can be very different.

Here are a few of the common things to look for with hail damage:

  • Random damage with no pattern typically covering large areas of your roof.
  • Holes or black spots in asphalt roof shingles that are soft to touch.
  • Dents on metal roof panels from hailstone impact.
  • Split wood, wood rot, or stone and asphalt shingles from impacts.

Wind Damage

Tornados can do large amounts of hail or wind damage to a roof very quickly. The challenging part of wind damage is it can affect very small areas that are almost unnoticeable to very large areas. Depending on the storm there may also be challenges with rain or hail as well.

What to look for with wind damage:

  • Missing shingles after a storm. Look both on your roof and on the ground around your home.
  • Curling shingles are often seen around corners on the roof, near the chimney and the ridge. These are much harder to spot than missing shingles
  • Lifting shingles are often hard to spot unless you are out during the storm. Look for shingles that are lifting as the wind blows.
  • Fallen power lines

Damage from Debris

Having a tree or branch fall on your roof can cause more damage to your home than is often visible from the outside inspection. When something hits your roof you need to look for obvious signs like holes or damaged shingles. You also need to check your attic and look for more serious signs like cracked or broken rafters or sagging portions of your roof.

How to spot Damage from Debris:

  • Look for damaged shingles and holes as you remove debris
  • Inspect your roof from the attic to look for signs of broken rafters
  • Look for portions of your roof that are sagging

You Found Storm Damage: What Now?

Once the storm has passed, take time to inspect the exterior. Once you have assessed your roof for structural damage, the next step is finding a qualified roofing contractor to provide an estimate.

Storm damage could result in a simple roof repair to a small section of your roof, or a full roof replacement. The costs to replace is much higher than a repair but may be necessary due to several factors listed below.

  • Age of roof
  • Availability of roofing materials
  • Size and severity of damage
  • Insurance company requirements

As you come up with unexpected repairs like this from storm damage, it is important to remember that a qualified roofing contractor can often help you with financing options and navigating a claim with your insurance company.

Working With Your Insurance Company

Understanding what is covered or not covered in your homeowners’ insurance can be confusing, to say the least.

There are many factors involved in determining what roofing costs will be covered by your insurance company. Hiring a roofing company that is familiar with working with insurance can make your roof damage repair or replacement go smoothly. When working with your insurance company keep these tips in mind

  • Know what is covered and what is not covered
  • Save all receipts during the process to get properly reimbursed
  • Ask your insurance company about coverage questions before approving repairs.
  • Remember many policies also cover reimbursement for expenses related to being displaced from your home

Beware of Storm Chasers

It is no surprise that there are dishonest contractors out there that look for an opportunity to take advantage of consumers after natural disasters.

These fraudsters, use a disaster to scam consumers needing a roofing repair or replacement. They usee tactics such as making false promises, or create damage during an inspection. They also usually require payment in full before starting work.

Do your diligence when choosing a roofing contractor. Verify they are licensed and insured. Also, check to make sure they are qualified to complete the type of roofing project you need to be completed.

If you question a contractor’s qualifications, be smart and schedule them to come back. Do not let them on your roof to complete an inspection.

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Are you still having trouble trying to detect and repair storm damage? Give us a call to set up a free thorough inspection of your roof. Our team is here to help you through your roof replacement and roof repair from storm damage.

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5 Roof Maintenance Tips to Save You Money

Neglecting to follow routine roof maintenance tips can end up costing between $5,000 and $12,000. The final roof cost will depend on the roofing materials used and the size of the new roof. Without a doubt, a roof is a major home improvement expense for any homeowner. 

That’s why it’s important to make sure your roof lasts more than 20 years. To help your roof survive its full lifespan, it needs proper maintenance, consistent inspections, and cleaning.

Use these roof maintenance tips to keep your roof in good condition for many years to come. Remember, climbing on your roof is potentially dangerous and should only be done with proper safety equipment. If you are unsure it is best to call the professionals at Gold Star Contracting.

Remove Rotted Sections

To remove rotten sections, pull the shingle roofing and the underlying felt off the entire board. Use a nail and power screwdriver to remove roofing nails and to hold the decking board in place. Additionally, to measure the size of the new board correctly, use a straightedge to mark the cuts. 

The new board should have the same material as the old one. After securing the new board in place, cover the decking board with felt and secure it with felt tacks. Lastly, you must cover the felt with new shingles and secure the shingles with galvanized roofing nails.

Prevent Ice Dams

5 Roof Maintenance Tips to Save You Money

An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of the roof or the gutters that act as a dam for the water created by the melted snow. The dam prevents the water from draining into the gutter which eventually leads the water to find its way into the house.

A properly maintained gutter and roof protect your structure from ice dams. Consider the precautions given below.

Clean Your Gutter Before Winter

The fallen snow mixes up with the fallen leaves from autumn and freezes the roof and creates an ice dam. That’s why it’s a good idea to clean the roof before winter. Consequently, clean gutters keep water flowing away from the roof.

Heating of the Attic Space 

You also need to make sure the attic is well ventilated so that the high temperature there doesn’t melt the snow on the roof. Furthermore, create an air barrier between the house and the attic with a foil-faced cover to prevent ice dams. 

The following may pose heating sources for your attic:

  • Uninsulated ceiling can lights
  • Folding stair opening
  • Heating duct
  • Wating heating equipment
  • Furnace
  • Inadequate bathroom vent fans 

Additionally, these sources can melt the snow on the roof and cause ice dams to form.

Before the weather starts to get cold, make sure to check for proper insulation of any potential heat source into your attic.

If an ice dam has formed, here are steps you can take to help prevent further damage:

  •  Apply ice melting products like calcium chloride onto the ice to melt the ice dams.
  • To freeze the water from the melted snow, place a fan box in the attic and direct it under the roof where the water is leaking in.
  • For a flat roof or roof with a low slope, use a rake to sweep off the snow.
  • Hire professionals if you think the situation is out of your hands. They have special instruments like high-pressure steam to remove the ice dams.

Remove Debris

Sometimes leaves, small branches, and even sticks can cause expensive damage to your roof or house. Over time, they allow water to be trapped and encourage the growth of algae, mildew, and moss which causes wood rot. That’s why it’s important to remove debris off your roof regularly and also trim the trees occasionally. You can also get your roof cleaned professionally for better results. 

Removing debris is more important during autumn than any other season. In addition, make sure to clean the gutters, check for loose brackets and gaps in the seam too. If the fallen leaves dammed with water clog the gutter, the water will overflow and cause more damage to your roof. You need to make sure the moisture build up in the attic can escape efficiently.

Maintain Gutters and Downspouts

5 Roof Maintenance Tips to Save You Money

Clogged gutters or downspouts can cause major roofing problems for every homeowner. Sometimes clogged gutter systems from twigs, leaves, and debris can cause expensive roof leaks in your attic and interior living spaces. With clogged gutters and downspouts, the water and the snowmelt can’t be directed away from your house. The best practice is to inspect the gutters for any sign of damage whenever you are cleaning out the debris.

What to Do to Prevent Gutter Clogging

Evaluate the gutter angle and make any sloping adjustments as necessary. Rain gutters are sloped toward the downspouts. This allows the water to drain efficiently. 

Inspect if water pools in your gutters. The weight of the water can loosen the fasteners and this will allow the gutter to pull away from your structure over time. The water pooled in the gutter will rot or corrode the gutters over time.

Have Your Roof Professionally Inspected

A routine roof inspection is one of the best roof maintenance tips you can follow. Although there may be an upfront cost, it will help save money in the long run. An inspection by a professional roofing contractor will help you find any damages on the roof surfaces, attic and the interior of your house. Consequently, not following key roof maintenance tips such as ignoring small leaks and minor damages can often lead to expensive mistakes. 

The metal strips on a roof between the main body of the roof system and the chimneys, skylights and home’s siding known as flashing are prone to cause a leaky roof. Make sure to always check for holes, corrosion, deterioration, or cracks. 

If you live in an area with challenging weather, then loose or damaged asphalt shingles are a common problem. High winds, hailstorms, tree branches or debris can damage shingles over time. Therefore, always check after major storms for broken, cracked, or broken shingles.  

When you get your inspection from a professional roofer, don’t forget to check for tears, cracks or blisters around the roof edges and vent boot. 

Worn or old sealants must be replaced to prevent water stain, seepage and eventually roof damage. Make sure to check for damaged chimney bricks, torn caps, joints or damaged flashing. 

Inspecting the condition of exhaust pipes, valleys or the angles of the roof regularly is a good roof maintenance tip that will save you money on roofing repair or replace costs.  

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To get a free estimate and consultation service, contact roofing company Gold Star Contracting or call us during business hours at 612-254-0854. Get your free estimate today!

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Scheduling A Roof Repair Project: 9 Things To Consider

The best time to schedule a roof repair project is always before there is an emergency. A roofing project is quite time-consuming. You need to consider many factors before you request a contractor schedule. 

Let’s take a look at some of the major factors to consider before scheduling a roofing project.

Weather Heavily Affects Roof Repair Scheduling

When it comes to roof repair, the weather is the single biggest factor. And certain seasons are impossible to work in both for the contractors and for laborers. 

Rainy Season

From April to May, the heavy rain and severe storms in Shakopee, MN make it impossible to schedule your roof repair. Even if you get them to start the project, they might have to wait for the storm to end in the middle of their work. 

Sometimes the waiting may last for days or even weeks for the weather to dry up for them to start working again. So unless you are absolutely sure for the weather to be clear for at least 3-5 days, try to hold off on a roof repair project during the rainy season. 

Snowy Season

Another time to try and avoid roof repair is in icy and freezing conditions. Since roofers often have to balance on angled decking and tall ladders, the slick roof surface, especially with metal roofing,  can become a critical path of danger. Even flat roofs can be dangerous for workers to navigate. Additionally, sudden snowfall can also delay your roofing project. So do the best you can to keep ice damming at bay to minimize needing to schedule a roof repair in winter. 

Therefore, always make sure to avoid peak snowfall season in your area. Generally, late December to early March is the snowy season. So it’s a good idea to not schedule your roof repair project during this period unless absolutely necessary. 

Temperatures Below 40° F:

Adhesive roofing materials do not work if the temperature is below 40° F. For example, asphalt shingle adhesive has to melt in the sunlight in order to seal properly. 

This tip is important to follow if you intend your roofing materials to last the 30 years or 50 years they are meant to withstand. 

Temperatures Above 90° F:

The roof temperature is often 5° to 20° F higher than the temperature outside. So heat can easily become an issue during the hot summer days. Although roofers are used to working in extreme heat, it’s better to schedule a roof repair project when the temperature is below 85° to 90° F. 

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When is the Best Time to Request a Contractor Schedule for Roof Repair?

The best temperature and outdoor conditions for roofing are usually between May to October. Although light rain can slow down the roof repair project during late summer, it doesn’t linger on as long as early spring rains do. So for better results, try to schedule your roof repair projects from late spring to mid-summer. 

Availability Factors

Material Availability

Delay of your roofing materials deliveries or unavailability can only slow down the whole roof repair process. So always make sure your roofers or contractors have enough time to place the order for your roofing materials ahead of time. 

Common types of roofing materials are listed below. Some materials may need to be imported. It is important to factor in these details in your timeline. 

Make sure your contractors are using a forklift truck to lift the roofing materials onto the roof if you want your roof repair project to be completed quickly. The project will take much longer if workers have to carry each piece up to the site. 

Don’t forget the added time for specially-ordered roofing materials. They need to be on the site of the project before the work begins. Otherwise, this could unexpectedly slow down the project.

Contractor Availability

To request a contractor schedule, you must make sure your contractor is available. During the peak season, most roofing contractors have a packed schedule. That’s why it is common to wait two to three weeks to receive an evaluation of your roof. 

It is best not to wait until the last minute. Contact your roofing company before there is an emergency. After the evaluation, you are likely to be put in the queue. During this time, you must wait for your contractor to finish up other jobs before starting your project. 

Crew Availability

Before scheduling your roof project, you will also need to consider crew availability. Contractors are limited by the number of the crew they have. The later you schedule a roof repair service, the further back you will be put on the crews’ schedule.  

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A Designated Foreman is a Must for Roof Repair Project

To get the best result, your roof repair project needs a supervisor. A supervisor helps to keep the project on schedule. It is his or her job to keep an eye on the whole project to make sure everything can be done within the set time limit. 

A designated foreman can oversee the overall progress, work out a plan ahead of time, and ensure that the project has enough manpower. When you are selecting a roofing company for your roof repair project, ask them if they have a designated foreman or lead to fill this position. Most roofing companies prefer to discuss project issues with a job representative rather than their crew. 

Level of Urgency

When a contractor comes to evaluate your roof, they also determine how urgent your repair project is. If your roof has leaks or other significant issues, your priority will be a bit higher than the others. 

Note: If you want to get your roof repair job done quickly, take a look at how far the site of the project is from the crew before requesting a contractor schedule. If your house is too far from the roofing company, it will only slow down the overall work progress and might end up crossing the time limit to complete the work. 

Clean Your Roof and Gutters Before the Inspection

Your roofing company will send an employee to evaluate your roof. They will very likely be unable to give you enough time due to the busy schedule. And if your roof is filled with debris, they likely could overlook a few cracked shingles. 

So before requesting a contractor schedule, hose off your roof to clear the debris and save yourself some time. And while clearing out the debris, also clean the gutters. Otherwise, you may have to deal with lost nails and screws draining out from the gutters and possibly catch in your car tires.  

Need a Roof Replacement or Repair?

It’s of utmost importance to have a roof of top-notch quality. It’s also important to have it properly installed to protect your house from further damage. And at Gold Star Contracting, we have years of experience in selecting and installing the best roof for your house or business.

The roof is an integral part of your house or business. So you should only trust the most experienced professionals with your roof repair project. And as a roofing company, we have many years of experience in this industry. We are GAF certified and provide a Zero Money Due Until Completion service.

To get a free estimate, storm damage repair consultation, or for any other inquiry, contact us during business hours at 612-254-1438.

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