Tag: Shawn Brannan


May

09

2020
Yes, a Roof Will Be an Investment. Here’s Why.

Yes, a Roof Will Be an Investment. Here’s Why.

Putting a new roof on your property can be expensive – we all know that. But why? What is it about replacing a roof that is so costly? Let’s take a closer look at why replacing your roof is such a significant investment.   First Step: A Thorough Evaluation First things first, if you suspect that your roof may need repair or replacement, you’ll want...

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Apr

02

2020
Choosing a Contractor Doesn’t Have to be Overwhelming!

Choosing a Contractor Doesn’t Have to be Overwhelming!

Choosing the right contractor for your project can be daunting. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a private investigator to make a solid choice. We put together this list of tips to help you navigate the process! Look for a reputable and established company When you interview contractors, ask them how long they’ve been in business. Also, be sure to ask for their physical address....

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Feb

24

2020
Spring 2020 Roof Inspections: A Checklist

Spring 2020 Roof Inspections: A Checklist

Minnesota winters can take a toll on your roof. Extreme temperatures, heavy snow, and the freeze-thaw cycle can be detrimental to your roof’s structure, causing ice dams, leaks, or even collapse. This is why performing a regular roof inspection each Spring is so important. All Elements can handle these inspections for you, but if you’d prefer to do it on your own, we’ve come up...

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Feb

12

2020
Crucial Winter Roof Maintenance Tips

Crucial Winter Roof Maintenance Tips

Winter is a fact of life here in Minnesota, and we have found many ways to acclimate to it (and even enjoy it!). But winter weather can be hard on your roof. Snow, sleet, ice, and wind can wreak havoc, potentially causing leaks or more extensive damage. It’s important to create a habit of roof care year-round, but there are a few things specific to...

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Jan

16

2020
Don’t Let This Be You: Roof Deterioration

Don’t Let This Be You: Roof Deterioration

Ahh, life in the Midwest. Our hot, sunny summers are ideal for hiking, boating and weekends at the cabin. Our snowy winters are perfect for nordic and downhill skiing, skating and snowmobiling. But what about our roofs? How do they feel about our fluctuating climate? Because it’s their job to protect our homes and our businesses from the elements, they’re obviously going to be exposed...

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Feb

06

2019
Duro-Last Seminar: Education, Awards & Fun!

Duro-Last Seminar: Education, Awards & Fun!

By: Shawn Brannan, Commercial Division Director Duro-Last held its annual national sales seminar in Orlando, Florida from January 20-22, 2019. This is an event that has been running for nearly 40 years. Because Duro-Last PVC is All Elements’ primary membrane for low-slope roofs, this is an opportunity for All Elements, Inc. to gather with other contractors, see new products and tools, develop more skills in...

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Feb

06

2019
Safety First: The AEI Commitment to Safety

Safety First: The AEI Commitment to Safety

By: Shawn Brannan, Commercial Division Director In commercial and residential roofing, nearly every job task we have falls into the imminent danger category. Signs for workplace safety are everywhere, including safety stickers on highway vehicles. But what does it take to be a safe company? How do you make decisions and set up rules that keep employees safe? There are entire industries devoted to workplace...

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Nov

09

2018
The Proof is on the Roof

The Proof is on the Roof

By: Shawn Brannan As a child, my grandmother would say to all of us grandkids, “The devil’s in the details” but none of us understood what she meant. Why was there a demon and what’s a detail? It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. John Wooden The older I get the more I understand what she was talking about....

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Oct

08

2018
Complex ReConserve Roofing Project

Complex ReConserve Roofing Project

By: Shawn Brannan ReConserve, leading recycler of bakery and cereal grain by-products in the nation, has many plants, one of which calls Minnesota home. A watertight building is critical for a food processing plant and that begins with a watertight roof. In 2016, after experiencing roofing problems for several years, ReConserve reached out to Paul at All Elements and they began brainstorming solutions. Water leaks...

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Oct

08

2018
Fall Roof Inspection: Debris, Gaps and Animals – Oh My!

Fall Roof Inspection: Debris, Gaps and Animals – Oh My!

By: Shawn Brannan In preparation for winter, its vital to perform an inspection of your home’s envelope, paying particular attention to your roof. Your roof has the enormous job of shielding your family from the harsh elements of winter – and on the heels of that – the moisture of spring’s thaw and heavy rains. Even a small compromise in your roof’s integrity can mean...

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Aug

30

2018
How long will my roof last?

How long will my roof last?

By: Shawn Brannan & Justin Smith That might be the number-one question we hear at All Elements, for good reason. A new roof is a big investment, and naturally people want reassurance that it will last, as well as some reference point to predict future expenses of the next replacement. We’ve got two answers to that question, depending on what kind of roof we’re talking...

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Aug

30

2018
I’ve Signed My Contract, Now What?

I’ve Signed My Contract, Now What?

By: Shawn Brannan Commercial/Flat Roofs: How Long Until You Start the Job? Between two weeks and four months. What!? Y’all relax, commercial roofs work at a different pace than residential roofing. Most shingle roof jobs maintain consistent productivity because they have a similar assembly of similar materials. But it’s different for flat roofs. If you look at 12 flat roof projects, there could be 12...

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Aug

06

2018
Featured Project: Historic Fleming Field

Featured Project: Historic Fleming Field

By Shawn Brannan, Commercial Manager In late 2017, Historic Fleming Field at the South Saint Paul, Minnesota airport pursued a roof replacement as part of a larger initiative to protect their buildings and their valuable contents. Fleming Field’s six quonset buildings – built in the World War II-era – are wooden structures said to have been built by Cadets-in-training for the United States Armed Forces....

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Jun

08

2018
How to Perform Your Own Roof Inspection

How to Perform Your Own Roof Inspection

By: Shawn Brannan June is a great month to spend extra time outdoors. The wet springtime weather is behind us and the leaves are still firmly on their branches. One great way to avoid roof repairs and extend the life of your roof is to periodically climb up and assess its condition. Why not do that this month? When you assess the condition of your...

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May

07

2018
Featured Project: Crystal Cabinets, Princeton Minnesota Expansion

Featured Project: Crystal Cabinets, Princeton Minnesota Expansion

By: Shawn Brannan, Dustin Hesse Nestled in Princeton, Minnesota, Crystal Cabinet Works is one of America’s largest custom cabinet makers. Its 200,000 square-foot facility anchors the industrial park the manufacturer calls home. Founded in 1947, Crystal Cabinet Works produces high-quality, award-winning designs. Their excellent work led to them needing more space. Before 2007, Crystal Cabinet Works had been forced to move its production machines (CNC routers,...

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