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Restoration Do’s and Don'ts

  • Do research your contractor through the Better Business Bureau ,(651-699-1111) Angie’s List, and the internet.
  • Do hire a contractor who is licensed. The state of Minnesota requires all roofing contractors to be licensed.
  • Do make your contractor aware of all problems that you are having with your home (ice dams, ceiling damage, water coming through windows, peeling paint under your eaves, etc.)
  • Don’t pay a contractor 100% of the funds up front.  Reputable contractors ask for a down payment to begin work and final payment on completion of work.  Some may require 1/3 at contract signing, 1/3 at the beginning of the project and 1/3 at completion.
  • Don’t make final payment to the contractor until the city inspector signs off on the building permit.  This will ensure installation work meets state building codes.
  • Do obtain lien waivers from all suppliers and subcontractors before making final payment.

Roofing Questions:

Q. How long does it take to replace a roof?
A: The average 2000 square foot home can have a roof replaced in 1-2 days.

Q. Why do I need a permit to have my roof replaced?
A. Every city requires a permit to ensure that the underlayment materials are inspected by the city prior to shingle installation.  City inspectors also conduct a final inspection to make sure the roof meets state building codes.  The purpose of this process is to protect your home and you,  the home owner.

Q. Why should I have my roof inspected after a severe storm involving strong winds and hail?
A. It is wise to have your inspected after a severe storm to ensure that water is not seeping into your home.   If you have damage to your roof, it is important that a claim is filed in a timely fashion because most insurance companies only cover damage for up to two years after a loss.  Midwest Exteriors of MPLS. will be happy to provide a free roofing consultation after a severe storm. 

Siding Questions:

Q. How can I tell if my siding needs to be replaced?
A. There are many signs that your siding needs to be replaced:

  • Wavy siding or swelling
  • Paint or caulk failure
  • Mold or dry rot
  • Separation of seems
  • Moisture inside of your home

If you ignore these signs you run the risk of water intrusion, mold, wet insulation, and damage to the physical structure of your home.

Q. Does Vinyl Siding fade?
A .Yes it does.  Darker siding will fade faster than lighter colors.   Research colors and products to determine which hold up to sun, wind, rain and hail.

Gutter Questions:

Q. Why do I need gutters on my home?
A. Gutters collect water from the roof and discharge it away from the foundation preventing water intrusion into your home.  Gutters also protect your landscape from erosion.

Q. Why should I have leaf protection on my gutters?
A. Leaf protection keeps debris from entering your gutters and down spouts.  When you see water pouring over the top of your gutters, it usually means your gutters or spouts are clogged and not allowing the water to flow away from your foundation.

Q. How do I know what type of leaf protection I need?
A. The type of leaf protection you need will depend on what types of trees you have in your yard.   Our team of experts will help you identify the best system based on the type of trees in your yard.

Q. How do I know if my gutters need to be replaced?
A. Inspect your gutter system during a storm.  If the water is leaking at joints or is dripping behind the gutters they probably need replacement.

Insurance Questions:

Q. Why should I involve a contractor with the insurance claim process?
A. Midwest Siding and Gutter will act as your advocate when working with an insurance claim.  The insurance company’s incentive is to resolve claims as quickly and inexpensively as possible.  This may not be in your best interest. 




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