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Understanding Your Roof Replacement Estimate

Rochester MN Roof EstimateBy Trista Rodriguez

You’ve decided you need a new roof. Several contractors have given you estimates. How do you know which is right for you? It is important to understand exactly what the contractor is proposing when making a decision on your roof replacement. There are usually several products/services included on most re-roofing quotes.


The primary item on a roof replacement estimate is the actual roofing material. The estimate will list the manufacturer and type of shingles the contractor intends to use. It will also show the style of shingle. Architectural or dimensional shingles are the most popular. They create more interest and often mimic the look of other roofing materials such as slate or tile. It may include color choice or options if design was part of the initial discussion. The estimate will also indicate the length of the manufacturer’s warranty for that type.

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How New Windows Help You Save, Even Without Tax Credits

By Brian A Marsh

woodwindowHomeowners replace their windows for many reasons. Some just want to reinvigorate a space that’s lost its luster. For others, living in a busy part of the city means they need windows that absorb ambient noise. Most homeowners, however, replace and upgrade their windows to save money.

Many Tax Credits Disappeared at the End of 2013

Unfortunately, the United States Congress didn’t extend many popular home improvement credits at the end of 2013. Last year, buying Energy Star compliant windows could earn homeowners a tax credit covering 10% of installation costs, up to $200 annually. This credit covered the cost of windows and labor. While credits for installing geothermal or solar energy units have had their deadlines extended to 2016, homeowners looking to windows for a tax break will be sorely disappointed.

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The Surprising Joys and Hidden Benefits of Spring Cleaning

By Annette Colby

household cleaner with rubber gloves bucket and sponge..When I was growing up, my German raised mom, dad, and live-in grandmother Oma participated in a yearly spring cleaning ritual. Spring cleaning involved a complete top to bottom cleaning of every square inch of our home. Our family would spend at least two weeks deep cleaning, washing, and polishing everything to create that spring-fresh feeling. And I mean everything.

Dad would be outside on the ladder cleaning out the gutters, washing down the siding of the house, and scrubbing the outside of the windows. When he was done, he’d reorganize the detached garage. After that, he’d be down in the garden turning over the compost pile in anticipation of planting the garden.

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