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How to Make Your Custom Home Efficient, 23 Mar 2015
23 Mar 2015

Energy efficient construction in Minneapolis might mean a whole lot more than just knowing the right materials or taking some creative liberties with transportation. Design and style have a lot to go into it also. Many different types of houses out there take advantage of some very unique styles that are both interesting to look at and easy to set up. So we are going to talk about some of the things you can do to make an energy efficient home without it seeming too cliché or over the top.

It’s All About Temperature Regulation

Big Rooms, Big Savings. A big part of keeping a home efficient is being able to hold in a great amount of heat during the winter or block it out during the summer. Most of the energy going into a home is largely attributed to the quality of the air conditioning. So one of the biggest things you can do to help make a custom home energy efficient is by simply making the rooms big and open. This allows air to circulate more freely and so not put as much strain on the air conditioning to heat or cool separate areas of the house.

Use the Right Windows. Another big factor when it comes to temperature management is the location of the windows. Now, we went over how skylights should be avoided for construction in Minneapolis because of the weight of the snow we accumulate up here, which can lead to some serious accidents during the winter. However, if you find a way to displace the snow, things will be a lot easier and you can put in a lot more windows to let in some natural sunlight as well as warmth.

The best way you can do this is by keeping windows located at almost extreme angles. Skylights break because snow accumulates on them over time. But the sharper the angle, the easier the snow will slide off. If you can figure out this balance between 90 degrees and 45 degrees, you should be able to find the best way to let in the most light.

Don’t be Afraid of the Wind Turbine

Generating your own power is another great way you can help your home be self-sustaining. The time of windmills being found in the backyards of exclusively survivalists and hippies is over. Nowadays, many folks are setting up their personal wind generators to help them power their home without having to leech on the grid. So do consider putting in a wind turbine, which is as classy and appealing as it is good for your home.

Count on Coty

These are just a few of the ways we could think of to help make your next project a success. When it comes to construction in Minneapolis, you don’t want to take any chances. So do be sure to contact Coty Construction the next time you want some help with your dream home.

DIY Roof Repair: How to Fix Asphalt Roofing, 20 Mar 2015
20 Mar 2015

Minneapolis roofing is a very touchy thing, especially following the winter. But on the first day of spring, when the snow and ice begin to thaw and the sun at last starts to shine down on the world, residents all over the Twin Cities are going to their roofs to determine if there is any damage. As we have explained before, different shingle types gain different kinds of injuries over different periods of time.

No other shingle material is as common and widely used as asphalt. Though these shingles only last for thirty years (and sometimes even less in harsh conditions like this), the majority of DIY roof repair techniques deal specifically in addressing these shortcomings. So while you may have a leaky roof following this dreadful winter, there are actually many ways you deal with these problems before your home sustains too much interior damage.

Dealing with Curled Corners

The most common injury you will find on an asphalt shingle is a case of curled corners. This affliction is dominantly associated with age, however in the case of Minneapolis roofing, it can also be the result of ice dams forming on the roof. Curled corners lead directly to leaks on interior ceilings, making them a problem that must be addressed as soon as it’s discovered.

Fortunately, the cure is really quite simple. Once the snow and ice have thawed and you’re able to get onto the roof safely, check your corners carefully for either upward or downward curls. If you catch them early enough—and if you’re vigilant about your roof maintenance during the winter, you should—all you have to do is apply a dab of roofing sealant with a caulk gun and weigh it down with a brick. If it remains untouched for a day, you will find that corner secure as the day it was installed.

Repairing Cracks

Cracked shingles are another big problem. However, they also have a pretty easy DIY roof repair solution. Just like with the curled corner, apply a thick bead of roofing sealant just under the lip of the crack. Then press the shingle down and apply a thicker bead of sealant on the crack directly. If you have jagged edges, be sure to cover them with a putty knife. Also don’t forget to make sure some spare granules are applied in the surface of the sealant so you can more easily camouflage the repair.

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Both of these common asphalt problems with Minneapolis roofing are quite easy to pull off and only require a few cheap materials to fully do. So remember that although asphalt may be cheap and has a reputation for not living very long, all sorts of tricks are available to help you prolong its lifespan. Be sure to contact us or check our e-book if you have any other questions about DIY roof repair.

Minneapolis and St. Paul Construction: What Are the Differences?, 18 Mar 2015
18 Mar 2015

Though folks nationwide call Minneapolis and St. Paul the “Twin Cities,” they really couldn’t be further apart than they are. There are some definite differences between these two places both in attitude and architecture. So when you are a part of the Minneapolis construction industry like we are, it would behoove us to be familiar with these differences. But the common layman, in all likelihood, is not familiar at all. So let’s go over the building character of these two related cities and see what makes each one unique in its own way.

St. Paul

As the state capital of Minnesota, St. Paul has been around for a long time. The city is widely known not so much for modern style or convenience, but on more archaic ways of building which give the city a much older character. As a result, St. Paul construction needs to be focused more on maintaining the same level of sophistication that older styles are known for. In this sense, the grander the exterior, the better off you’ll be.

But at the same time, St. Paul construction needs to be done in such a way to maintain the same aura, as it were, of classicism without looking like a cheap reproduction. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, such as using period-accurate materials like wood shingles and siding, and more open interior floor plans with a focus on larger rooms. Stone can be used to tremendous effect as well for exterior walls as well as fences and property boundaries.

Minneapolis

Minneapolis construction, on the other hand, is an entirely approach. Minneapolis is a city which emphasizes bold architectural choices across a wider space of time. Modern styles can be applied to new buildings in this city, in keeping with the artistic vibe Minneapolis possesses. Whatever your opinion is on modern architecture, it does lend a unique feeling to the city.

But there is one other thing which distinguishes Minneapolis from its twin. Minneapolis possesses a plethora of “prairie homes,” which are known for being single-story homes with wide open living areas and smaller secondary rooms like bathrooms and bedrooms. Prairie homes were invented in Minneapolis by Frank Lloyd Wright, who built two homes in this distinct style. So if modern eccentricity isn’t quite your spiel, quaintness and simplicity can fit in Minneapolis construction as well.

Count on Coty

However you decide to build your custom home in Minneapolis or St. Paul, we will be there to help you out. Coty Construction is familiar with all the different building techniques you expect from a contractor as well as all the different materials which goes into making the home of your dreams. Be sure to contact us to find out how we can help you.

Minneapolis Roofing and Recycling Materials, 16 Mar 2015
16 Mar 2015

When we were in the process of doing research about eco-friendly building techniques, we found a number of different articles that talked about how Minneapolis roofing materials can be used in other things. For a long time, we were dominantly concerned about how recyclable materials can be used towards roofing but not so much how roofing can be used toward other things. This was when we realized that there is a lot more which can be done with shingles than just covering your head, that recycling is a two way process. So let’s look at some of the ways your old roofing can be used toward other things.

From Your Roof to the Road

Asphalt roofing is possibly the worst of the different varieties we have covered here. It doesn’t last as long. It punctures easily. It is fairly difficult to install. But one thing we learned is that asphalt roofing is actually quite recyclable. While Minneapolis roofing cannot benefit greatly from the material, Minneapolis roads can. Used asphalt shingles have been taken advantage of for years to provide a foundation for roads. Even before recycling became cool, contractors purchased wasted shingles, melted them down, and created cement from what’s left, building roads and repairing potholes.

Save Those Damaged Shingles

Wood is a material we have cited time and again for being one of the most environmentally friendly shingle types on the market right now. It takes advantage of a renewable resource. It repels moisture effectively. It is, all in all, a great material to use. But have you ever wondered what to do with that old shingle after you use it? The answer is quite simple: burn it in the furnace. Wood furnaces have grown in popularity lately because of their ability to heat a home during the winter more effectively than central heating can using a material you can just harvest year after year.

Check Out the Hybrids

The production of shingles has also taken advantage of recycling techniques. Believe it or not, there is actually another type of shingle we have not covered yet. Called “hybrid shingles,” these Minneapolis roofing monstrosities are causing quite a stir among contractors everywhere. Utilizing old waste such as plastic and paper, shingle companies are actually producing shingles made completely out of recycled waste. These hybrid shingles are purported to last just as long as wood shingles, longer than asphalt, and can be continuously experimented with to produce stronger, cheaper varieties.

Count on Coty

Recycled materials benefit everybody in the short term and the long term. They cut costs and prevent waste from building up in the local landfills. If you want to learn more about eco-friendly Minneapolis roofing, be sure to contact Coty for more information. We will be more than happy to answer all of your questions.