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Sela Roofing wins GAF President’s Club Master Elite Award

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We’re pleased to announce that Sela Roofing has once again been honored as a top industry leader by GAF. The Master Elite President’s Club 2018 Award recognizes the top commercial roofing contractors in the United States.

GAF is North American’s largest roofing manufacturer. To qualify for the award, contractors need to demonstrate an high level of excellence in their business as well as in the realms of installation, training and consumer protection. We’re proud to be professionally certified by GAF and recognized by them in this way.

Thank you to GAF, our talented team here at Sela Roofing and of course, to our customers.


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Checklist For Getting Your Home Ready For Spring

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Once the long winter is over, people begin thinking about the outdoor activities they will soon enjoy. You can get a head start on your plans by doing a thorough assessment of your property as soon as the worst of the winter is over.

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Here is a good checklist:

 

Roof and Gutter Damage

If you have had significant snowfall or icing during the winter, you should have your roof and gutters inspected for small problems that could lead to larger issues in the future. Heavy icing can damage your gutter system, rusting connectors and causing a hazard to anyone standing or walking below.

 

Outdoor Porches, Decks, and Patios

The outdoor structures on your home, such as porches, decks, and patios, may have experienced wear and tear from the moisture and weight of snow. These structures should be carefully inspected to ensure that the wood floors and railings are intact and secure. Problems, especially structural ones, should be repaired immediately so that you can enjoy your summer and spring safely.

 

Yard Debris

The winter snow and ice may have pulled down a number of branches from your trees and shrubs. In some cases, the damage will be complete, while in other cases, pruning may be all that’s needed to stabilize these plants. If broken limbs have caused a safety issue, you might  be able to restore the integrity of these plants on your own; but if the damage is significant, contact a tree and landscaping professional to ensure the repair is done right. Once this aspect is safely remedied, you will be able to remove the minor leaf and twig debris in readiness for spring lawn maintenance and gardening.

 

Garden Areas

If you are an avid gardener, you probably await the thaw with eager anticipation. As soon as most of the snow has melted, you can assess your garden and find areas for new plantings. Homeowners often find that garden beds and fencing need repairs or tidying before the planting can begin. Make a list of supplies, such as additional top soil, new fencing, landscape cloth, or other items that can help you get a head start on your gardening efforts.

 

Foundation Inspection

Homeowners should also take a stroll around the perimeter of the home to inspect the condition of the foundation. The freezing and thawing of the ground around foundation walls can widen small cracks that let in moisture. After inspecting the exterior, also check the interior walls to note any changes in the condition, and make note of any increase in moisture inside the home.

 

Outdoor Play Equipment

Homeowners should begin inspecting outdoor play areas and equipment immediately after the worse of the snowfall. Children are likely to start using these areas of the yard at the first sign of warm weather. To prevent accidents from damaged or hazardous equipment, check the chains or ropes on tree swings and play sets; inspect metal surfaces for rusting, breakage, and sharp edges; and check fasteners and connectors on all parts of the equipment. Also check the surface below swings, slides, and other components to make sure they are free of hazards. You may wish to resurface this area to ensure a “soft landing.”

 

Maintaining these areas of your property will allow you to begin enjoying outdoor activities as soon as warmer temperatures arrive. You will also ensure your family’s safety, which will give you peace of mind as you tend to other tasks.

 

When you need help, remember to Just Say Sela!


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Prevent Ice And Snow Damage This Winter

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The snow is starting to fall in Minnesota. Ice and snow accumulations bring the potential for headaches beyond those associated with white-knuckle driving: it can also damage a home’s roof and gutters.

 

Damage from ice and snow can occur for two reasons. The first is that the sheer weight of snow can dislodge gutters from a building. Several inches of snow on a fairly flat roof can also carry enough weight to collapse the roof. A roof that is under stress can make the doors and windows of the house difficult to open, or the homeowner will hear popping or creaking noises.

 

The second, and more prevalent, cause of roof and gutter damage is the formation of ice dams. An ice dam is created when heat emanating from a home’s attic melts snow on the roof, which then refreezes after it trickles into the gutters. The ice buildup prevents melt water from flowing through the gutters and out the downspouts. Ice dams can cause melt water to back up and go under the roof’s shingles, that leads to leaks and water damage to the roof, fascia and soffit. An ice dam can also cause water to spill over the side of the gutter and soak into the ground next to the home’s foundation. In turn, this leads to foundation damage or water seeping into the basement or crawlspace.

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Excessive snow on the roof is easily removed using a roof rake. This tool is available at most hardware stores. It is normally made of lightweight aluminum, has a telescoping handle and allows the homeowner to stand on the ground and pull snow off the roof. Removing excess snow is one way to prevent ice dams as well.

 

There are three more ways a homeowner can do to prevent ice dams. First the home should have good attic insulation. A well insulated attic prevents heat loss that leads to the formation of ice dams. Attic ventilation should also be considered, as a poorly ventilated attic is likely to trap ambient heat. Second, cleaning leaves and other debris out of guttering in the fall keeps the paths open for water to flow freely. Third, in areas where heavy snows are routine, adding heating cables to the roof prevents the buildup of snow and keeps water from refreezing in the gutters. Heating cables are only appropriate for roofs made of noncombustible tab shingles and inclined roofs, however.

 

Preventive measures may not be part of a homeowner’s routine in areas that are normally snow-free. Once the snow and ice are gone, be sure to inspect the roof and guttering for any damage it may have left behind.



Insulation – What You Know Can Make A Difference!

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When  insulating your attic you will need to choose from batt or roll insulation, and loose fill insulation. So what are the differences between the two? We thought  we would spell it out for you so you have a general knowledge of the differences.

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Batt or Roll Insulation – The more common type of insulation that comes in the form of a roll that consists of flexible fibers, usually fiberglass. You also can find rolls made from minerals, wool, plastic and natural fibers, such as cotton or sheep’s wool.
Rolls are available in widths of standard spacing of wall studs, and attic or floor joists.They are available with or without facings. Manufacturers often attach a facing to act as a vapor or air barrier. Rolls with special flame-resistant facing are available where the insulation will be left exposed. A facing also helps with  fastening during installation. However, it’s recommended that you use unfaced rolls if you’re reinsulating over existing insulation.

Loose Fill Insulation – Loose-fill insulation consists of small particles of fiber, foam, or other material. These particles form an insulation material that conforms to any size or type of space. The ability to conform makes loose-fill insulation well suited for retrofits and for situations  where it’s difficult to install other types of insulation.
Most material used for loose-fill insulation include cellulose, fiberglass, and mineral wool. These materials are made using recycled materials. Cellulose is primarily made from recycled newsprint. Most fiberglass contains 20%–30% recycled glass. Mineral wool is usually produced from 75% post-industrial recycled content.

If you need help making a decision, we are here to help!


GAF Introduces Timberline American Harvest Shingles

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We are proud of our long partnership with GAF Roofing and are excited to introduce their latest line of shingles. The color palettes are amazing, diverse and have the GAF guarantee!

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Timberline® American Harvest® Shingles with Advanced Protection®Shingle Technology are architecturally stylish, yet practically priced, resulting in a high-performance shingle that provides excellent protection for your home.

Contact Sela today to learn more about your shingle options!



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Is It Time For A New Roof?

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When is it time to get a new roof?

When buying a new house, or getting a roof put on, you get a roofing material that is rated for a period of time. For years, the most common was a twenty- or twenty-five year asphalt shingle. Now, roofing materials are much more adventurous and better looking. You can look around your neighborhood and see some great-looking roofs on houses very similar to your own. You may still have ten years on your twenty-year shingles, but is that a good enough reason to put off getting a roof you really like? If you’ve done frequent roof repair, or have discovered that a different roof may save money on your power bill, or even if you’ve seen a roof that would make your house look great, you should consider getting a new roof.

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What options are there in roofs?

Asphalt roofs can usually have up to three layers, so you can get a new roof without having to do a tear off. Newer asphalt shingles have exciting new cuts and colors and are rated for a much longer period of time than common 3-tab. Laminated shingles have designs called architectural or presidential, and they can give a roof a much more three-dimensional look.

Metal roofs look much better than in past years when they were used more for industrial and commercial buildings. Now, they are a top-of-the-line residential product. Newer metal roofing panels are treated to absorb heat in the winter and reflect it in the summer and they’ve gotten much more durable.

Composite materials have also enjoyed a surge in the roofing market do to sustainable building practices and green living. Roofing tiles made from recycled tires and building materials are quite strong. They also offer color options you won’t find anywhere else.

Where is the best place to find a roof?

A roofing contractor like Sela will be your best source in finding the roof you want. We have the experience, product knowledge and contacts needed to get prices and make an informed decision. Do you really want to spend another ten years doing roof repair? Or do you want to have a spectacular-looking roof with the Sela guarantee?


Make Smart Choices to Keep Your Firework Fun Safe

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Fireworks are a fantastic way to add some real sparkle to your Fourth of July celebration, but these vibrant blasts of explosive color definitely require proper handling. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, there were more than 10,000 fireworks-related injuries in 2014. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent injuries from ruining your Independence Day fun. To keep your firework display safe and enjoyable, make these smart choices.

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Choose the Right Fireworks
With stands that sell them popping up on every corner, fireworks of all kinds are readily available. Make sure that you purchase your fireworks from an authorized dealer. While any firework has the potential to be dangerous, illegal and homemade fireworks pose a real threat to life and property. Roughly 40 percent of firework injuries are due to illegal fireworks.

Choose the Right Person
Watching fireworks is fun, but handling them is serious business. Make sure the person in charge of your firework display is up to the responsibility. Select an adult who will take their job seriously. Do not allow kids to play with any fireworks or firework debris.

Choose the Right Location
Fireworks need plenty of room. Read the directions on your fireworks so that you’ll know what to expect, and then plan accordingly. Choose an outdoor area that’s free of debris and objects that would be likely to catch fire, including homes, vehicles, children’s play structures and vegetation. Designate separate spaces for your fireworks and your audience. Make sure both groups have plenty of elbow room and that there is a sufficient distance between them.

Choose the Right Technique
When handling fireworks, pay attention to your technique. Always treat fireworks with respect and remember that they can ignite unexpectedly if exposed to friction or a spark. Light one at a time and don’t attempt to relight a firework that fails to go off. Stay alert whenever fireworks are present and maintain a safe distance from any lit fireworks. Never carry fireworks in your pocket or aim them at another person. Never place your hand or any other body part over the firework.

Choose the Right Precautions
Accidents can happen to even the most cautious of people. When handling fireworks, it pays to be ready before things go wrong. Keep a working garden hose and buckets of water nearby whenever you are lighting fireworks. Always have a phone ready to call for professional help if you need it.

Choose the Right Cleanup Method
Fireworks have the potential to go off when you least expect it, so any duds or debris must be handled with care. Never allow children or animals to explore anything left behind by your firework display. Wait at least 20 minutes to limit the possibility of additional detonations. Then soak any debris thoroughly before gathering it up and disposing of it in a covered trashcan that is placed outdoors and away from anything flammable.

Celebrating July Fourth with fireworks is a longstanding tradition that dates back to 1777. If you elect to continue this thrilling custom with your own personal fireworks show, make the right choices so that you can stay safe, avoid injury and enjoy the fun.


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5 Reasons To Choose Slate Roofing

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For homeowners committed to green living, roofing provides an opportunity to use one of the greenest materials available. While both asphalt shingles and metal roofing can be recycled, slate is even more environmentally friendly. Here are five reasons slate is the greenest roofing material on the market today.

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  1. Slate is all natural

 

Slate does not contain any toxic synthetic material, chemicals, sealants or adhesives, nor is it mixed with resins or polymers like those present in asphalt roofing. Since it contains no man-made substances and won’t degrade, it doesn’t release anything harmful back into the earth.

 

  1. It will last almost forever

 

All the slate in the world today was formed more than 400 million years ago during the Paleozoic Era. It existed long before humans, and will be here long after we’re gone. Once slate roofing shingles are installed, they won’t wear out or need to be disposed of.

 

  1. It’s eco-friendly

 

Slate is simply pulled from the earth and shaped. It’s split mostly by hand tools and shaped by small electric cutting machines that use only a minimal amount of energy. Leftover slate is the only by-product; there are no solvents or waste to dump into rivers. Slate is available in many quarries throughout the United States, which reduces the number of miles it needs to be shipped and the amount of fuel needed to transport it.

 

It is also extremely resistant to mold and mildew growth. This means that it rarely needs to be cleaned, so homeowners will use fewer chemical cleaning products.

 

  1. It’s durable and reusable

 

Slate is the longest-lasting roofing material, so a roof will probably never need to be replaced. While individual tiles can be damaged, an entire slate roof will never need to be torn off and replaced because of wear. This means fewer roofing materials will be dumped in landfills. A building will probably collapse before a slate roof wears out; if this happens, the tiles can be simply be collected and reused on another house.

 

  1. It conserves energy

 

The density of a slate roof keeps interior temperatures more constant, so homeowners use less energy making the rooms warmer or colder.

 

Because it is a naturally occurring, low-impact material, slate roofing doesn’t consume much energy to make. Because it is a no-waste product, it won’t take up space in landfills or pollute the environment. It is truly the greenest roofing material on earth.

 

Slate simply offers the greatest value for homeowners out to make their contribution to environmental conservation. Because it is ubiquitous, pure and durable, this is one roofing material that a green home owner cannot go wrong with.

 

Call Sela today to learn more about slate roofing for your home!