Roof Replacement Tips, Tax Breaks, Insurance Breaks and a Rising Trend of Roof Replacement in Minneapolis, MN Due to a Late Summer Start

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Roof replacement tips, insurance discounts, energy star tax credits, and a story on the current rise of roofing in the Minneapolis Minnesota area. This article is brought to you by Elizabeth Kraut free lance writer and blogger along with Ryan Nelson of Snap Construction.

Pictured is a recent asphalt roof completed by Snap Construction in Minneapolis MN

There are many roof contractors in Minneapolis, MN and only a handful that have what it takes to be sure you get the best result.

Minneapolis, MN roofing jobs always become a popular topic in the summertime. With just a few short months of nice weather, homeowners are eager to embark upon home renovation projects that can improve the appearance and function of their largest investment. While many areas of the country can replace roofs year round, the harsh winters limit Minneapolis Minnesota roof replacement to the late spring, summer, and early fall. Although roofs are often considered one of the least glamorous aspects of home renovations, they are also probably the most important.

This year’s particularly long winter and inclement spring have forced homeowners to delay their roof replacements and repairs in Minnesota. Now that the weather is finally improving, many home owners are attempting to make up for lost time by getting a jump start on home renovation projects.

Due to a harsh climate in Minnesota the most important component of a home is its roof. Many other interior and exterior home updates are pointless unless the roof is in good shape, and for that reason, Minneapolis Minnesota roof replacement is often considered a prerequisite for many other home renovations. Most Minnesotans will save interior work for the winter. Roof deterioration leads to repair and restoration of roofs in Minnesota long before their warranty period is up. Cold, snowy winters can cause ice dams and increase the amount of normal wear and tear that roofs in the area experience. Strong winds, hail, and tornadoes brought on by summer storms can also significantly increase the likelihood of damage.

While the local climate can be tough on Minneapolis MN roofs, it also increases the odds that a roofing company will be able to prove storm damage and get a claim covered partially or fully covered by an insurance company. If you have an older roof it is wise to have a roofing contractor with storm expertise over to take a look at your roof. According to David Hoke at Snap Construction, because storm damage on Minneapolis Minnesota roofs is relatively common, there is a good chance a homeowner’s roof may have damage that can allow a roof replacement to be paid for in full or part by home owner’s insurance company. Even storm damage from years past can make a homeowner eligible for a potential insurance claim. Best of all your rates can’t go up due to an act of nature. Perhaps the best part is that many area construction companies are willing to handle the red tape. According to Dave Hoke at Snap Construction, local Minneapolis, MN roofing companies will inspect the roof, submit the claim for damage to the insurance company, and follow up on every step of the process. Few Minneapolis MN roofing companies are highly experienced in working with insurance companies, and many even have a specialist on staff to make sure claims are handled seamlessly so they can have the best possible chance of getting approved. Be sure to do your research. If the Minneapolis MN roof damage claim is approved by the insurance company, local Minneapolis MN roofing companies will also handle the roof replacement. If it’s not, many companies will work with homeowners to bring down the cost of a roof replacement or offer financing options to keep the out of pocket cost to Minneapolis homeowners as low as possible.

Typically, a multitude of factors determine the cost of a Minneapolis MN roof replacement. The pitch, or steepness, the complexity of its architecture, the square footage, the type of shingles used, and the severity of any shingle or underlying damage all play a role in determining the overall cost of a roof replacement. The average Minneapolis MN roofing job takes only 3-4 days to complete. Some Minneapolis Minnesota roofing companies even specialize is fast turn-around times and can complete the majority of average sized roofing projects in a single day. According to David Hoke at Snap Construction they are able to build roofs in as little as one day. “99% of our roofs are completed in one day, we have even completed a 30,000 square foot project in a day and a half to help the residence get on with their normal day to day life said, David Hoke of Snap Construction”.

Choosing the right product for your roofing project can be confusing. There are many types of roofing product available for what they call steep slope. You have your standard laminate asphalt shingles, wood shakes, slate, and even metal roofing components that are made to look like slate. There are many different price points and some will even get you a discount with certain insurance providers for being impact rated. There are even energy efficiency options within all of the options listed above that could qualify you for a tax break when buying a new roof. Check with your insurance company to see if they give discounts on impact rated roofs and your local contractor about energy star rated products.

Here are some tips in choosing your roofing contractor in Minneapolis MN. Do your research. Check roofing contractors out on the Better Business Bureau and also be sure to check them out on angieslist to see actual reviews. Often times the Better Business Bureau will only show reviews based on a single complaint with the company. A better indicator is actual reviews. Check to see if they are a certified contractor with any major roofing brand. These certifications usually come fairly easy, but allow your roofing contractor to throw in additional warranties at no cost for going through the steps of being approved. Ask yourself if the company looks to be one that will be here in the future and holds a reputable online presence. This will ensure warranty work in the future. Lastly, be sure they also understand storm damage and inspect your roof to see if there is an option of getting it covered. There are many roof contractors in Minneapolis, MN and only a handful that have what it takes to be sure you get the best result.

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