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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 […]


[email protected]%&#! Storm Chasers!

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

One Edina Man’s Story of Dealing with Storm Chasers and His Cedar Shake Roof The Problem: Jerry’s roof was replaced by some storm chasers after a hail storm in 2006. His insurance company agreed to […]


Good From Afar (But Far From Good)

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Cedar Roof Cleaning Franchise Perpetrates Another Bad Roof Renew Job in Orono The Problem: We lose a hand-full of cedar roof restoration jobs each season to a competitor that likes to include “50 or so” […]


Ugly Chimneys in Eden Prairie

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Clients Chimneys Were Leaking, But at Least They Were Super Ugly The Problem Our Eden Prairie homeowner needed a new cedar shake roof and two chimneys rebuilt. More than a simple chimney rebuild, these babies […]


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 […]


Oh, The Difference a Door Makes

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Amazing Deephaven Home with Ugly Front Door Gets a Custom Door from Contractor The Problem: You have a really nice home with a really crappy front door. That’s no way to welcome your guests. The History: We […]


Upgrading a Chimney

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Repair Your Chimney or Enhance the Look of Your Exterior The Problem Your chimney is failing, it looks like this, and someone wants $3,200 to fix it. Ouch. The Solution Hire someone with experienced designers […]


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 – […]


How to Mount a Bear

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Edina Homeowner Needed Help With This Unusual Handyman Project The Problem: You live on Minnehaha Creek and have this great idea. “I’m going to buy a 400 pound wooden bear”. And then your spouse finds […]


Small Project, Five Trades

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Woman in Hopkins Needs a Simple Stone Wall With Custom Features The Problem: You’ve dreamed of a charming stone wall between your home and garage for years. You called a mason but he wouldn’t touch the […]


Chimney Caps and Frost Wedging

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Minneapolis Chimneys Need Caps No Matter What…Here’s Why. The Problem: Is Mother Nature giving your chimney a frost wedgie? We’ve seen it hundreds of times around the Minneapolis- St.Paul area. A masonry chimney with one damaged […]


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 […]


Roof Snow Removal in Minneapolis

Friday, July 15th, 2016

How Using a Roof Rake Can Make Ice Dam Problems Much, Much Worse The Problem: You learned your lesson in the winter of 2011 with the epic ice dam outbreak that hit Minnesota. You read […]


Two Ways of Sealing Recessed Lights

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Save on Heating Bills and Reduce the Likelihood of Ice Dams in the Twin Cities There are two ways of sealing recessed lights and there are advantages and disadvantages of both. Sealing Recessed Lights Advantages […]


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 Sheet Metal Contractor of the Year

Friday, June 10th, 2016

How to Age Copper to Blend in With Existing Copper by Creating a Patina Patina on copper…. Our client was replacing his cedar roof on his home in Woodland, a small city on the southern […]


Does Sun Cause Ice Dams?

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Observations From the Experts on the Relationship Between Sun and Ice Dams Experience tells us that all ice dams are created when there is an area of the roof that is above 32 degrees that […]


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 […]


Cooling Tower Ice Removal – Minneapolis

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Ice dam removal in the Twin Cities has been all but non-existent this season. That’s good news for most homeowners! Ice removal on the commercial side of the universe seems to be a more consistent […]


What causes ice dams: Answer #93

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

What causes ice dams? Google that question and you will get a lot of answers, the most common of which will be something about heat escaping into the attic, which in turn causes snow to […]


Ice Dam Prevention in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Ice dam prevention is a bit of a misnomer. Technically, it’s almost impossible to fully prevent ice dams if the conditions are right. Those conditions are: lots of snow, temperatures fluctuating between 10-20 degrees, inadequate […]


Minneapolis ice dam prevention

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The best solution to ice dams in Minnesota is holistic. Because ice dams in Minneapolis are the result of a complex interaction among many variables, including insulation, ventilation, roofing, home architecture, climate and homeowner lifestyle, […]


Cedar roof types in Minneapolis

Friday, December 12th, 2014

In the past twenty five years I have inspected over 9000 cedar roofs in the Minneapolis-St.Paul area. That’s a lot of climbing. In that time I’ve seen just about every type of cedar roof imaginable […]


Roofing prices are on the rise in Minneapolis

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The primary challenge in working with insurance companies in terms of the replacement of roofs damaged by the August 6th hail storm isn’t so much in defining an accurate scope for the work but in […]


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 […]


Squirrel Damaged Flashings

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

What is it with squirrels and roofs? They can’t seem to keep their teeth off them. We inspect hundreds of cedar roofs in the Twin Cities area each year. Time after time we find the […]


Cedar Roof vs. Asphalt Roof

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Kuhl’s Contracting specializes in the installation of cedar roofs and cedar roof restoration, so we know a lot of folks who own cedar roofs. When it comes time to replace the roof, it seems like […]


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 […]


Cedar Roof Comparisons & Life Spans in Minneapolis

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Understanding how long a cedar roof will last is one of the most important considerations in deciding which material to choose.  Here is the skinny on the most common wood roof materials, their basic characteristics […]


Hail Damage On Cedar Roofs

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

As I love to say, after a hail storm ends it often starts raining losers. And by losers I mean to say contractors who rely on the general anxiety, hysteria and misinformation that dominates the hail battered suburban landscape immediately after the storm passes through.


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…


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