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Nov

10

2017
10 Rounds with Matt Gill

10 Rounds with Matt Gill

What is one thing you would like building owners to know about (making repairs to) their roof? Don’t put off repairs, little leaks can turn into big problems down the road if not addressed right away. What are the most common problems you see? Debris clogging drains and holes in corners of curbs or scuppers. What are the worst things to put off repairing? Any...

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Nov

10

2017
One Last Chance?

One Last Chance?

Late last week Old Man Winter brought his first round of mayhem to Minnesota. Some northern parts of the state got up to four inches of snow, while in southern Minnesota it was nice enough to go fishing. The reprieve after this first bit of winter weather provides us one last chance to check your roof for any harm caused by storms earlier in the...

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Oct

09

2017
10 Rounds with Shane Setzer

10 Rounds with Shane Setzer

1. What is one thing you would like building owners to know about (making repairs to) their roof? On older roofs repairs are typically band aids and it’s only a matter of time before another issue comes up. You will get more value out of replacing your roof, versus spending it on repairs that only last a few years. If your roof is at half...

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Oct

04

2017
Record Rain Highlights Building Weaknesses

Record Rain Highlights Building Weaknesses

Wet enough for you? It’s been a rainy autumn and October started by making September look like a warm up act. 17 days of precipitation were recorded by the National Weather Service in September and in the first days of October some places in Minnesota have seen 6 inches of rain. All the weather talks aside what it means for your building is, water is...

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Oct

04

2017
Featured Projects: Apartment Management Company uses Gray TPO

Featured Projects: Apartment Management Company uses Gray TPO

There has been a long-standing debate in low slope roofing about the effectiveness of a white, Energy Star roof versus a traditional black Rubber or asphalt roof, but who says everything needs to be black or white? There has got to be a gray area. All Elements is authorized to install gray from several manufacturers. Gray, as well as Tan and Terra Cotta (think clay...

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Sep

11

2017
10 Rounds With Dustin Hesse

10 Rounds With Dustin Hesse

                        What is one thing you would like building owners to know about (making repairs to) their roof? A little maintenance can go along way. What’s the most common problems you see? Not using the proper materials to make the necessary repairs. What are the worst things to put off repairing? Curb flashings and...

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Sep

11

2017
Featured Project: Union Gospel Mission, St Paul, MN

Featured Project: Union Gospel Mission, St Paul, MN

All Elements completed roof repairs at several of the Union Gospel Mission buildings in Saint Paul including the Christ Recovery Center, Men’s Dorm and Oberg Community Center. Dustin Hesse was asked to inspect several roofs by the Manager of Building Maintenance for the Union Gospel Mission, Twin Cities. Dustin found a history of repairs and current leaks, it looked like further repairs would not provide...

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Sep

11

2017
Winter Roofing, Planning for Spring Roofing

Winter Roofing, Planning for Spring Roofing

It happens every year about this time, our friends and family will say something like “…so must be slowing down for you about this time of year?”, or maybe “must be nice to take the winter off” and I enjoy the look on their face when I respond, “for the flat roofers, we don’t take the winter off, matter of fact, our busiest time of...

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Aug

04

2017
Hail Damage on Shingle Roofs

Is My Roof Hail Damaged?

The summer of 2017 started out with some impressive hail storms. Did you see the videos of people shoveling hailstones in Coon Rapids, MN? Or of cars with smashed windshields in the Metro Twin Cities? That brings us to a question we hear frequently: “Is my roof hail damaged?” Here are things to consider when you are determining if you have hail damage. First, hail...

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Aug

04

2017
FEATURED PROJECT: American Crystal Sugar Company, Crookston, MN

FEATURED PROJECT: American Crystal Sugar Company, Crookston, MN

American Crystal Sugar Company’s Crookston, MN plant had a problem. Storms damaged their roofs and many needed full replacement, but that was only the beginning of the challenge. The plant has been in Crookston for a long time and over the years buildings were added, renovated and modified. The resulting complex has dozens of roofs at different elevations. This facility produces the sugar you see...

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Aug

03

2017
10 Questions with Paul Levisee, Roof Consultant

10 Questions with Paul Levisee, Roof Consultant

What is one thing you would like building owners to know about (making repairs to) their roof?  Be proactive, not reactive. What’s the most common problem you see?    Not doing proper research of a contractor. Cheapest isn’t always the best. What are the worst things to put off repairing?    Curbs, and when EPDM walls are “tenting” badly. How long have you been in roofing?    10...

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Jul

13

2017
Featured Project: Impressions, Inc. St Paul, Minnesota

Featured Project: Impressions, Inc. St Paul, Minnesota

Impressions, Inc. in St Paul, Minnesota needs two things from their roof. First, to not leak. Second, to have a warranty that would keep their printing equipment safe. They found both in a Duro-Last PVC roof. All Elements estimator, Dustin Hesse proposed a recover of the original roof that met Impressions criteria. Impressions’ roof was a ballasted EPDM roof that had exceeded its expected lifespan...

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Jul

13

2017
Justin Smith - All Elements Employee Photos

10 Things with Justin Smith, Residential Division Manager

What is one thing you would like building owners to know about (making repairs to) their roof? Caulking is only a temporary fix to a problem What’s the most common problems you see? Shingles that are nailed too high What are the worst things to put off repairing? Missing or damaged roof & window flashing How long have you been in roofing? 10 wonderful years...

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Jul

09

2017
Impact Resistant Shingles for Durability and Insurance Savings

Impact Resistant Shingles for Durability and Insurance Savings

Insurance premiums are at a nation-wide all-time high, partly due to the high volume of storms and increasing impact of “super storms” like Hurricane Sandy. As roofing product technology improves, impact resistant roofing is a growing trend, and it’s more affordable than ever. While highly rated impact resistant roofing products are more costly, they can translate to significant insurance savings. We see insurance premium savings...

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May

30

2017
Featured Project: First State Mall, LaMoure North Dakota

Featured Project: First State Mall, LaMoure North Dakota

Recently All Elements completed reroofing the First State Mall in LaMoure, North Dakota. This big springtime project suffered several weather delays with lots of ice. Nonetheless, in a matter of six or seven working days this 300 square roof transformed from a big headache with constant leaking and other nagging issues to a nice, dry, reliable roof. We asked Vince Watkins, President of the First...

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May

30

2017
10 Things with Rob Petterson, Assistant Foreman

10 Things with Rob Petterson, Assistant Foreman

What is one thing you would like building owners to know about their roof and making repairs? Any leak is a bad leak.   What’s the most common problems you see? Bad flashing on units and scuppers.   What are the worst things to put off repairing? Any repair.   How long have you been in roofing? 17 years.   What is the thing you’ve...

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May

30

2017
Thermal Imaging: Roofing Superpower!

Thermal Imaging: Roofing Superpower!

When I was kid I wondered why Superman had x-ray vision. I mean, if you’re already a superhero, how much more advantage do you get from seeing through things? Isn’t it enough to fly? To have the strength to bend steel? Fast forward from my innocent youth to the present. Roofing technology isn’t quite offering x-ray vision, but our vision is now superhuman thanks to...

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Apr

18

2017
What Makes a Flat Roof Fail

What Makes a Flat Roof Fail

“You need a new roof.” Not the five favorite words of any property owner, right? We understand why no one wants to hear these words. Let’s face it, roofs are expensive. Any way you slice it, a new roof is one of the most expensive repairs on a building. The raw price tag, the cost per square foot, the percentage of your maintenance budget: however...

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Apr

14

2017
Justin Marsh

10 things with Justin Marsh, Repair Division Manager

What is one thing you would like building owners to know about making repairs to their roof?  You might have great intentions, but make sure the materials you use on your roof are compatible. For example, don’t use tar on a rubber roof. What’s the most common problems you see?  Roofs at the end of their life, they need maintenance. Stretch holes, cracks in asphalt,...

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