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Spring Cleaning Tip: Don’t Neglect Your Gutters!

As warm weather returns to Minnesota, many homeowners begin to inspect their property looking for areas to clean, repair and renew. The home improvement stores begin to buzz and bustle as many begin to spruce up their gardens and plan for a fresh coat of paint. But, there is one area of the home that must not be forgotten during the excitement of spring cleaning; and that is the gutters!

Gutters can play an important role in the structural soundness of your roof. The windy days from the fleeting fall and winter likely blew dirt, leaves and debris into your gutters. Leaves in the gutter block the ideal flow of rain and other precipitation as they accumulate in massive numbers. Having the gutters at your Eagan home cleaned, repaired or replaced can help prevent future costly repairs. At Eastern Roofing & Siding, we can even provide corrosion inhibition coatings, leaf screens and rubber liners to help prolong the life of your gutters. Call in the experts to help or fully carry out any gutter cleaning task, even repair or replace existing gutters on your home. Until then, consider these benefits to giving your gutters a little extra TLC this season.

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Address Any Damage

If the debris and leaves trapped in your gutters froze and thawed over the winter, your gutters may have experienced some damage. The leaves that accumulated in the fall helped contribute to the damage ice can cause in a gutter, altering the shape and sometimes overall structure of the gutters themselves. The weight of this ice can easily topple and disconnect from your home the entire spouts and gutters network. It is all but essential as a standard means of maintenance for your gutters to keep them void of clutter.  With the ice completely melted, it is now a great time of year to consider any repairs you may require for your gutters.

Consider Replacement

Often, repair is not an option with severely damaged gutters. Eastern Roofing & Siding can easily help with the installation of new pieces or entirely new gutters if deemed beyond repair. Standards in the world of gutters include those made of aluminum, copper and vinyl. You can even help avoid future leaf accumulation with features like seamless gutters and or leaf screens. Screens can completely block leaf access while still welcoming all forms of precipitous moisture for the months ahead. Having leaf screens installed in your gutters will eliminate the need to get up on that roof to clean them out next year.

If you would like a quote on or help with gutters in Eagan or the surrounding area, call Eastern Roofing at 651-238-1313, or Contact Us.

Spring Refresh: Improve Your Home’s Appearance with Siding Replacement

Spring is here and it’s time to get outside again! While you’re out there, you might notice your home could use some updates. As a Minnesota homeowner, you are fully aware of how harsh winters can be on the home. One of the best ways to spruce up your home and make it more aesthetically pleasing all year round is with new siding. Thankfully Eastern Roofing & Siding, experts in siding replacement and repair, can help you accomplish this goal. Spring is a great time of year to consider siding replacement for your St Paul Park home; its warmer weather makes it prime time to take down the old siding and install the new. Think of it as spring cleaning that can create serious curb appeal!

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There are a wide range of siding products on the market that fit every budget, residential design and personal taste. To help make the decision a little easier, we’ve gathered some ideas about different types of siding for your siding replacement and we hope it will help you narrow down your choices!

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Vinyl

Vinyl is an affordable, quality siding replacement option that has increased in durability over the years. It was first introduced in the 1950s and has undergone a lot of changes since its debut and is a premier siding option of today. Some of its benefits include:

  • Wide selection of color and styles
  • Low maintenance
  • Relatively easy repairs
  • Moisture repellent

Aluminum

One of the most popular siding replacement options on the market, it provides many benefits including:

  • Holding paint well
  • Fireproof
  • Cost-savings
  • Recyclability

Natural & Durable

Wood

With a stunning ability to match a wide variety of home designs, wood siding gives any home an all-American charm. With an engineered wood siding replacement, our team of siding experts can install flat, classic clapboards. Or, you can choose to go for a different approach and select boards that are rounded and have the appearance of just being brought from the forest.

Choosing wood for your siding replacement could provide many benefits including:

  • Authentic, charming looks
  • Natural insulation
  • Ease of repair
  • Longevity

Steel

Steel may be an unconventional choice for your siding replacement but it is great for protecting your home. And, some of its many other benefits include:

  • No seams, meaning no room for water damage
  • Excellent return on investment
  • Extreme durability

Not sure what kind of siding will suit your personal tastes? The experts at Eastern Roofing & Siding can help you choose the right siding replacement for your St Paul Park home. Call us today at 651-238-1313 or Request a Free Quote.

After the Snow: Essential Roof Repairs

As the winter comes to an end, it is important to take some time to make sure your roof is ready for the spring and summer months. After all, Minnesota winters can really wreak havoc on your roofing. From hail and wind damage to the effects of snow and ice; it is important to hire the roofing experts at Easter Roofing & Siding to ensure you receive the roof repair you need. As roofing repair experts in St Paul, we’ve come up with some possible roofing repairs you may need to make before the winter is over.

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Replacing Broken or Missing Shingles

It is important to have any broken or loose shingles replaced by a professional roofing repair company as soon as possible. Some see this as a DIY project. However, due to the dangers of getting up on the roof, it is best to enlist the professionals. Not only do they have the right tools and know-how to get the job done right the first time, they have the experience and training necessary to spot the issues an untrained eye would miss. In addition to shingled roofs, Eastern Roofing & Siding offers a variety of roofing repair on many different types of roofs including:

  • Hot-tar roofs
  • Wood roofs
  • Rubber roofs
  • Metal roofs
  • Tiled roofs and more

Gutter Cleaning

Though roof repair is very important, gutters can play an important role in the structural soundness of your roof. The windy days of fall and winter can blow dirt, leaves and debris into your gutters. Having your gutters cleaned, repaired or replaced can help prevent future costly repairs. At Eastern Roofing & Siding, we can even provide corrosion inhibition coatings, leaf screens and rubber liners to help prolong the life of your gutters.

Check for Mold

Did you know that discolored streaks on a roof could indicate there is mold, fungus or algae present? This could eat away at the roofing material and even cause leaks. It is best to have your roof inspected to find out if you need a simple roof repair or if an entire roof replacement is needed. A roofing inspection should also look at the sealant, flashing and other parts of your roof system. If anything is in a state of disrepair, it will need to be fixed before too long.

Seek roof repair now before any of these problems become worse. For a detailed, reliable roofing inspection, give us a call. We can come out and take a look and see if your roof is in good shape for spring. Are you interested in roof repair for your St Paul home? Call Eastern Roofing & Siding at 651-238-1313 or contact us to get a Free Quote.

Winter is Baaack: Make Sure Your Home is Ready

The first day of winter was over a week ago! And, according to a certain farmer’s almanac, winter has returned in full force this year. Is your home ready for the cold and frost that will surely come along with it? We have some suggestions on how to prepare your Inver Grove Heights home exterior for winter. Here are a few suggestions on what to do in order to keep your home warm, draft-free and leak-free during the frigid months ahead.

Home exteriors winter tips Inver Grove Heights

One of the most important things you can do for your home exterior is to make sure your gutters are clean. If your Inver Grove Heights home has gutters that are filled to the brim with leaves and debris, then snow and ice can build up and cause your roof to leak and your gutters may even need to be replaced. Also, cut back any low hanging or heavy branches that could fall on your roof and siding during a winter storm.

During a storm high winds may tear through, removing shingles and leaving your roof exposed to the elements. Hail can cause dents or dislodge the protective granules needed to shield shingles from rain and other damage. Additionally, some of the most common issues with siding can be caused by wind. Do not delay on these important repairs!

After a winter storm has rolled through the Inver Grove Heights area, you should immediately assess the damage. Simply walk around your home exterior (once it’s safe) and check for signs that your roof or siding has been affected. Also check inside for any leaks or water spots. Damaged roofs or siding leaves your home exposed to the elements.

What to do next? Bring in a professional roofing and siding company like Eastern Roofing & Siding to inspect your Inver Grove Heights home exterior! Our trained eyes can help you figure out what parts of your roofing and siding need to be repaired. If your roofing and siding are in bad condition, your roof could collapse or water could even leak through and cause damage to your home’s interior. Roofing and siding experts like ours can spot cracks on your roof, missing shingles and other potential problems.

For all of your home exterior needs in Inver Grove Heights and the surrounding area, call Eastern Roofing & Siding at (651) 238-1313, or you can contact us for a Free Estimate. We will be more than happy to help you with any of your roofing and siding problems – anything to avoid the harsh effects of a “Numbingly cold and snowy” winter.

Roof Replacement or Repair? Factors for Your Consideration

Is a roof replacement in the cards at your Cottage Grove or nearby home? Or, is the current roof at your home salvageable? Can patchwork be done to resurrect it, sparing you the expense and annoyance that a roof replacement presents? How can you tell? What is the cutoff point? How can you know whether you need a repair or a replacement?

General deterioration and telltale signs of wear and tear, are your indicator. Take the following into consideration when you plot whether a roof replacement or repair is in order:

Age—

How old is your current roof, as you know it? If age is not an issue (newish home, recent roof replacement) and all is going fairly smoothly up there—gutters are functioning properly, leak points are minimal, insect and rodent access non-existent—replacing damaged shingles should allow for proper roof functionality for years to come. The average roof lifespan is expected to be roughly two decades. If your roof is at or near this point, you should consider having it looked upon by professionals. Then again, you should have your roof examined annually.

Cost—

A roof replacement is not cheap. Estimates posit that the average roof replacement runs somewhere in the $15,000 range. Why waste your time and ultimately your money by spending four figures on a repair if that is only going to suffice your roof lasting just a few more years? The repair approach on a roof near the end of its lifespan is thought to buy you two more years on your existing home. Being that you are no doubt following the recommended schedule of annual inspection for your roof, the roofer should be able to inform you on whether minor repair is the way to go or if you are in for a roof replacement.

Pending Relocation—

If you may move within the next several years, a roof replacement may be the way to go. Having this done adds resale value to your home, as well as another selling point that appeals to the would-be buyer. Most of your losses regarding cost should be wholly recoupable in the sale. You do not want it to come up during a home inspection that one of the very first issues a potential buyer will face is a $15,000 roof replacement. Obviously.

Shingles—

Regulations placed on roofing allow homeowners to have up to two layers of shingles on any given roof. If your roof is one of those that currently have two layers, replacing the portions that have accrued damage will be a bit more costly than would single-layer repairs. This is something to consider in your debate.

If you would like a quote on or help with a roof replacement in Cottage Grove or points nearby, call Eastern Roofing at 651-238-1313, or Contact Us.