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‘Roof Restoration’ Category Archive


How To Identify Good Cedar Roofing

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Tips on Grading the Cedar Roofing that Shows up at Your Home for Your Roofing Job Introduction, by Steve Kuhl There are many variables that factor into the quality and character of cedar shake and […]


Minneapolis Cedar Roof Comparisons

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Here is a basic description of the most common cedar roofs installed in Minnesota. We offer a much deeper info on each in other Kuhl Case Studies. Four Most Common Cedar Roofs Installed in Minneapolis. […]


What Really Kills Most Cedar Shake Roofs

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Forget hail damage, animals, moss, rot, ice and wind. The sun is your roof’s main enemy. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, the purpose of all of the wood on […]


Lifespans of Cedar Roofs

Friday, August 4th, 2017

How long should cedar roofs last?  


Pressure Washing Damage on Cedar Roof

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Thoughts from an Honest Roofer on Washing Cedar Shake Roofing, Part One. Why Equipment Matters: If your roof is in good enough condition to wash, congratulations. You have the opportunity to add years to its […]


Low Bidding Minneapolis Contractor Wins Again

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Six Examples of How the Cheapest Company Costs the Most After being in business this long we have countless examples of crappy work done by other contractors here in the Twin Cities. Sometimes it’s a […]


Permanent Squirrel Damage Solution

Friday, June 16th, 2017

How to Replace a Tasty Lead Cap with Galvanized Steel The Problem: What is it with squirrels and roofs? They can’t seem to keep their teeth off them. We inspect hundreds of cedar roofs in […]


Minneapolis Roof Leaks Part One

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Expert Advice on Common Roof Leaks in Minnesota Often times the most difficult thing in resolving a roof leak is to find it in the first place. Roof leaks in Minneapolis present some extra challenges because […]


Kickout Flashing Installation in Minneapolis

Friday, April 28th, 2017

What is a Kickout Flashing and Why Do I Need One? The Problem: You have just had your home inspected and someone says you need kickout flashings. Sounds simple except what exactly is a kickout […]


Minneapolis Gutter and Roof Cleaning

Monday, February 27th, 2017

No matter how long winter is, spring is sure to come. And if you’ve been around the Twin Cities last week, it feels like it’s already here. It’s hard to imagine it’s still February, but […]


Solve the Mystery Leak

Friday, February 10th, 2017

A Leaking Home Gets Fixed for Good The Backstory: Our clients, homeowners in Eden Prairie, had a mysterious water spot on the ceiling of their dining room. It clearly was related to rain because there […]


But I just need my roof washed…

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Cedar Roof Cleaning Expert Rescues Excelsior Homeowner from Other ‘Expert’ The Backstory: Upon the advice of her realtor, our client hired a roof washing franchise to wash her cedar shake roof. She was about to […]


Classic Flashing Failure

Friday, January 20th, 2017

A Leaking Home Gets Fixed for Good The Problem: We’ve seen this over and over on Twin Cities’ homes, in particular homes built in the last 30 years in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Plymouth, Wayzata, […]


Creativity Matters

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Remodeling a Bumpout Window With a Bad Leak in Minnetonka The Problem: Imagine you have a window bumpout like the one here (below). The builder was running a little thin on his margin so he […]


Roofing + Design + Carpentry = Happy Client

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Roofing Contractor Uses Designers and Carpenters to Help Wayzata Commercial Roofing Client The Problem: We had worked on Craig’s residence a few times over the past fifteen years. He invited us to give him a […]


Slouching tree, Hidden Challenge

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Creative Remodeling Contractor Finds Solution to Odd Problem The Problem: A cedar roof restoration client of ours had an old oak tree that added tremendous character to her property. The problem was that over years the […]


Keeping Squirrels Out of Your Roof

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Animal Damage to Roofs in the Minneapolis Area The Problem: Red Squirrel Scientific Name – Sciurus Vulgaris Unscientific Name – Bastardus Rodentae Size – Body length of about 4 inchs (not including tail) Diet – […]


Hear. See. Speak. We’ll Tell You What We Find.

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Minnetonka Homeowner Hears the Truth from Roof Cleaning Contractor with Integrity The Backstory: It’s not considered bad-mouthing your competition when you don’t name names, right? We were the third company to review this 13 year […]


Animals in Minneapolis Roof Vents, Part One

Friday, July 29th, 2016

How to Keep Birds, Bats, Mice and Squirrels Out of Your Home The Problem: If you have lousy roof vents, don’t feed bad. About 60% of the roofs in Minneapolis that we inspect do. There […]


Blending New Cedar Shakes With Old

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Minneapolis Cedar Roof Expert Gives Examples of Cedar Roof Repairs We are often asked about how cedar shake repairs will look compared to the surrounding roof. Here are a bunch of examples of projects where […]


Minneapolis Ice Dam Prevention

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Using Insulation and Roofing to Address Chronic Ice Dam Issues in Minnesota How to Prevent Ice Dams In Minnesota Ice dam prevention in Minnesota is a tricky business. So much so that we hesitate to […]


Who to Call With a Roof in Limbo?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Repair or Replace Your Roof…Start First with an Honest Roofing Contractor The Problem: At some point in the life of your roof, regardless what type it is, there will be a time when fixing a […]


Why Orange You Going to Stain Your Roof?

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Staining Your Cedar Shake Roof is Not a Great Idea…Here is Why The Problem: Your neighbor just had some stuff sprayed on his roof and it looks pretty spiffy. It looks almost like a new […]


How to fight your insurance company: Part One

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The recent storms that passed through the southwest communities of Minneapolis left a trail of damage and confusion (as well as an incredible bloom of storm chasers). Not surprisingly, the aftermath of that storm has […]


Versatility of Thermal Imaging: Finding Cat Pee

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Yesterday I was in a client’s home doing a routine thermal inspection when I started to notice wet spots all over the basement floor. I immediately thought they were leaks coming from plumbing in the […]


Insurance company tries to screw Minneapolis homeowner

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

News flash. Your insurance company is not always looking out for your better interest. In fact, in the past 30 years they have developed sophisticated internal systems for limiting, delaying or denying claims altogether. Here […]


Blending Old Cedar with New Cedar

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Minneapolis Wood Roof Owners FAQ’s 1. If our wood roof is washed, how well with the new shake repairs blend in? 2. If we choose not to clean our cedar roof, how long with the […]


Should wood roofs be pressure washed?

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Having washed somewhere north of 2000 cedar shake and shingle roofs since the inception of our company in 1988, we have developed some strong opinions on the topic of whether or not it’s a good idea. Here is the definitive answer…


Birds Cause Ice Dams in Minneapolis

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Birds and Ice Dams Birds might be the last thing you think about when you see ice dams forming on the edge of your roof this January. Yet birds can play a role in how […]


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