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Posts Tagged ‘Wood Roof Inspection’


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 your roof IS NOT to keep water out of your home. Its’ purpose is to protect the tar paper below, […]


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 as well as all manor of defect and curiosity imaginable. That timeframe has allowed me to observe a number of […]


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 getting paid fairly for that work. Insurance companies have an immense apparatus in place to depress pricing. It’s based on […]


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 and expected lifespans in the Minneapolis area: 16” Machine Sawn Shingles (Life Span 17-21 Years) Cedar shingles are used for […]


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 they affect the ventilation of your roof. And as we all know, ventilation and insulation are two of the three […]


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