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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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Mar

14

2017
Checklist for Seasonal Roof Inspection

Checklist for Seasonal Roof Inspection

Spring has come early to Minnesota. Normally in March we’re talking about melting snow causing leaks, but this March we’re already talking about storm damage. Thunderstorms, tornados, hail and high winds–usually summer phenomenon–have already rolled through. The routine spring inspection typically focuses on damage and debris from winter, but inspecting for storm damage is also necessary this year. All Elements Roofing can perform regular roof...

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Jan

31

2017

WINTER ROOF REPAIRS

Help, I have a leak! Can you fix my roof in the winter? At All Elements we receive calls all winter long about leaks on flat roofs. We can fix many winter leaks, but not all of them. A variety of factors come into play. Winter temperatures can be too low for some roofing adhesives and caulks. Most adhesives specify a minimum temperature of 40...

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Nov

28

2016
FEATURED PROJECT: Cheyenne River Health Center

FEATURED PROJECT: Cheyenne River Health Center

We’re proud to announce successful completion of a really huge project: the Cheyenne River Health Center in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. It’s a pretty new building, but the roof had serious problems. When the CRHC opened in 2011, it had a Firestone roof: Ultra Ply 60 Mil TPO with Red Shield warranty. Unfortunately, the building suffered chronic leaking from the very beginning. All Elements Roof...

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Nov

16

2016

Phenolic Foam Insulation

Phenolic foam insulation was a short-lived innovation developed in the early 80s in response to the energy-crisis driven demand for greater insulation efficiency. As regulations required higher R-value insulation in roofs, a demand arose for material which offered both fire resistance and high R-value, while not requiring a full roofing re-build to accommodate its thickness. This seemingly cost-effective solution turned out to have major problems...

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Oct

15

2016
Haunted Properties We’ve Roofed

Haunted Properties We’ve Roofed

Let’s share some spooky tales for Halloween! Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, All Elements Roofing has had the privilege of putting new roofs on plenty of historic properties, and some of them just might be haunted. These three places have documented paranormal activities and mysterious happenings. It’s always fun hearing stories from the staff, but the view from the roof never reveals...

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Sep

22

2016
This roof was installed in November; just a year later it's host to maple saplings from the adjacent trees.

Fall Roof Inspections: Preventing Animal Caused Damage

Fall and spring are essential times to inspect your roof. As bookends of the winter season, a thorough autumn inspection is a chance to: inspect the roof including the perimeter, drains, scuppers and parapets inspect all flashing for penetrations address any repairs needed to make it through another winter and spring thaw establish a baseline, so any changes discovered next spring can be clearly identified...

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