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Finding the Right Roof Contractor, 04 Mar 2015
04 Mar 2015

Picking the right roofing contractor in Minneapolis can be a tedious and long affair. With the Internet being as big as it is, there are many folks out there who claim to be professionals without actually being one. It is up to you to decide which one to go with, but we are sure you wouldn’t mind a way to figure out which one is the right one for you. So here is an effective method to help you find a legitimate contractor who will give you a roof which works.

Look for Documentation

When you find a contractor who looks good to you, the very first thing you should ask for is their official documentation. Ask to look at financial records to prove they keep a payroll. See if they will provide contact information to some of their previous clients. Also look for proof of insurance, which is further evidence they are a legitimate business.

See Their Official License. But the most important form of documentation you need to ask for is their license. Every professional roofing contractor in Minneapolis and beyond possesses a license for work either from the state or federal government. Licenses do not come cheap and require an exhaustive exam of practical construction knowledge to be passed before they can be issued, so not any old schmuck can get one. Always ask to see their license before you continue with negotiations.

Get the Project Outline

If you find out they are legitimate, then you need to ask for a detailed project outline. Ask about what kind of materials they use and how many people they will bring to the project. Find out from the start if their vision is the same as yours—the last thing you want is a roofing contractor to have free reign on your home. If they have a plan in place, be sure to get a copy of that plan in writing for your own records in case something happens which conflicts with your interests. The same goes for the contract of employment, as well. Do not trust the contractor to not make you pay more than what you agree on.

Dig a Little Deeper

One other thing you can do to check on a roofing contractor in Minneapolis is to call up your Better Business Bureau representative or the local Chamber of Commerce. Both of those bodies will possess records which could cast a business in a negative light—the stuff they do not want you to see. Be sure to peruse their records to find out if there have been any issues in the past either with previous clients or with the bank.

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By following these steps, you will be able to figure out if a roofing contractor is the right fit for you. Most of these do not require much time and are even common sense. If you want to learn more, feel free to contact Coty or check out our e-book.

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What Can Construction in Minneapolis Learn from the Zero Home?, 02 Mar 2015
02 Mar 2015

When we started to make energy-efficient construction in Minneapolis our focus every Monday, we went into it believing that there is not a single home out there which embodies “energy-efficient” so well that it literally has no emissions. During the course of our research, however, we did find one which has not only reduced its carbon footprint to nothing, but is quite fashionable as well! Called the Zero Home, we found this amazing marvel of energy-efficient construction here.

What is the Zero Home?

This single-family, 4300-square-foot home outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, though not certified Platinum by LEED, would certainly qualify for this highest honor with all the things which went into the construction and day-to-day running of this outstanding home. Constructed by a pair of home contractors in Salt Lake City, they report that the cost of construction was no greater than that of conventional homes—about $150 per square foot.

What Makes It Special

Wide Lumber.Several things have been noted in how construction of this home worked out. Building code requirements for construction in Minneapolis dictate that 2×4 lumbers are to be used. However, this particular home uses 2×6, which is much larger and provides greater stability. Minneapolis residents will also benefit greatly from the extra space given for insulation. Wider lumber, the article reports, also helps to draw warmer air inside, thereby reducing energy costs during both winter and summer.

Different Windows.The windows also help a tremendous deal in reducing energy expenses. Now, large windows are typically a double-edged sword. While they do bring a tremendous amount of natural light into the house, allowing the home owner to not be as reliant on artificial light from fixtures, they also release a lot of heat, making homes colder. The windows of the Zero House, however, are double-paned, using a layer of argon gas between two glass panes which absorbs chill.

And So Much More! Many other things are present in the Zero Home which we do not have time to go over right now. Some of them involve the water heater. Some come from the use of a fantastic HVAC system. This house even uses solar panels connected to the grid to provide all of its electricity! The fact that it was made with the same budget as normal homes is truly astounding and construction in Minneapolis can learn a great deal from this home.

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So we would highly recommend you look at this article and see what all you can do to implement these different changes in your dream home. We could all take away a tremendous amount from the Zero Home if you are looking for inspiration. Be sure to contact us to see what more you could do to enhance your current home to reflect the changing times.

Four Most Unique Homes in the World, 27 Feb 2015
27 Feb 2015

The death of Leonard Nimoy today is a major loss to the nerd community. His portrayal of Spock, the scientific officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise in the original Star Trek series, was truly a defining role both for him and the science fiction genre as a whole. Now, one wouldn’t think that this Nerddom tragedy would have much to do with construction in Minneapolis, but the science fiction genre has, as a whole, inspired a tremendous amount of truly unique designs which show off the architecture of the future. While we couldn’t find any homes inspired by the Enterprise, we did find these efficient retro homes to help get you inspired.

4)The Flintstone’s House

Though there are no homes inspired by Star Trek, we did find this TV-inspired home which follows a Flintstone’s motif. This home was actually owned by the creator of The Flintstones and currently goes for 3.5 million dollars on the current market! Now that’s what we call the most expensive cave on the planet. It even comes with built-in period furniture.

3) The Slide House

Construction in Minneapolis is typically focused on making things not quite as slippery or slide-y as normal homes (need to protect against winter ice, after all). But this home in Japan takes sliding to the next level! Called the Slide House, this small, three-story family home in Tokyo forsakes stairs in favor of slides, which connect all three stories from the top down, making it a blast for the kids and truly futuristic design.

2) The Water Tower House

In the Star Trek future, folks are far more environmentally conscious than they are now. True, things have gotten better in recent years. But homes which reuse old structures still come one in a thousand. This is why this home in Belgium truly caught our eye. The family who lives here converted an old, derelict water tower into one of the best homes you have ever seen. With the large number of old buildings around here, some of them unused for years, this could prove a great model for further construction in Minneapolis.

1)The Transparent House

Everybody always says to avoid having a glass house for nobody wants the world to see in on their lives. But in the case of this house, that is exactly what the family apparently wants. Citing a desire to live their life without privacy like in the old days, this Japanese family built a house which is completely transparent. Floors, exterior and interior walls, and even the stairs are built of clear plastic. While certainly lacking in privacy, we can certainly see how a house like this would be easy to clean and even easier to maintain! But it definitely tops our list of the most unique houses.

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You may or may not want to build a house like these for your next construction project in Minneapolis. But we certainly can believe it if you want to make it as you as possible. So contact Coty and find out how we can help give you home of your dreams.

How to Replace Your Tile Roofing in Minneapolis, 25 Feb 2015
25 Feb 2015

When it comes to materials for roofing in Minneapolis, tile is one of the most popular. While the material itself is quite expensive and installation follows that same trend, the price is well worth the investment as tile roofs last many years longer than any asphalt or wood roof. In addition, they are fire-resistant, wind-resistant, and have few cases of mold or leaking.

Another detail which makes tile such an attractive choice for shingles is the fact that it is easily replaceable. When one breaks due to hail or some other debris, it can be replaced with almost no problems whatsoever. However, just like any roofing job, it follows a specific checklist for effective replacement. So here is our step-by-step guide to replacing tile shingles.

Step #1: Look for the Broken Tile

Of course, the first thing you need to do is inspect the roof. You need to look for signs of wear, leaking, and biological growth like fungi on the underside. Fortunately, finding these signs on tile shingles is quite simple for roofing in Minneapolis in that damaged tiles typically leave gaping holes, making them easy to find and replace.

Step #2: Stay Safe

When you are preparing to head up, be sure you follow every safety precaution possible. Do not wear loose clothing. Be sure to establish a safe zone for foot traffic, as falling tiles can result in some serious injury. We also recommend you wear rubber-soled shoes to help you from falling. It is also important that you avoid walking on the tiles themselves as they cannot bear the weight of a full human being.

Step #3: Replacing the Tile

When you find the broken shingle, all you have to do is break into smaller pieces using a light hammer. This will help you create a perfectly even hole for the replacement shingle to be put into place. Tile roofs are intricately connected to each other across a system of ridges and lips. So all you have to do is slide the new shingle into place.

Securing the shingle is a different matter, however, and this is why you should largely call a contractor specializing in roofing in Minneapolis. However, if you are intent on fixing it yourself, then listen closely. You have to drill a hole below the slot of the covering tiles. It is important that you do not drill into the pre-existing ones as the structural integrity of that section of roof will be compromised.

Once you have drilled the hole, hold the replacement tile in place with copper wire nail and the largest flathead screwdriver you can find. Then drive the nail between the covering tiles. Make sure the nail you use is twice the thickness plus one inch of the tiles—any smaller and the shingle will not be secure against the rafter. Once you cover the nail head to prevent rusting, you have successfully completed replacing your tile shingle!

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Like we mentioned, however, roofing in Minneapolis is tedious work which requires a steady hand as well as steady feet. So don’t do the work yourself and risk messing it up. Simply contact us and we’ll get it replaced for you!