Metal or Asphalt Roof

A roof is the most important aspect of a home. It protects your home from Minnesota’s changing seasons – from the spring showers to the winter ice and snow. Ensuring that your roof is in its best condition is important to prevent any unwanted problems like a roof leak or loose shingles.

In Minnesota we have some of the most strict roofing code enforcement and policies in the Midwest. Because of this, it is important to find a certified and professional roofer. Snap Construction is fully insured and licensed with years of roofing experience. The State of Minnesota requires that ice and water shield must be installed two feet inside the heated walls. This is the same as two rolls. A minimum of 15lb felt is to be installed on the roof as a moisture barrier to help protect your home from water. We require that the shingles are torn down to the bare decking at the beginning of the project and shingles always need to be installed to manufactures specifications.

Metal and asphalt roofs are common options in Minnesota. A Minneapolis metal roof is a great option because it will be the last roof you need to put on your home due to it's long lifespan. This type of roof typically will decrease your homeowners insurance monthly premium. A downside that homeowners notice is the overall cost of a metal roof. It is a much higher investment than an asphalt roof – however it is important to consider the long-term benefits of a metal roof. Sometimes the metal roof appearance might not look aesthetically appealing versus the asphalt roof look.

Asphalt shingle roofs are a common type of roof in Minnesota. This type of roof is more affordable compared to a metal roof. There are many designs, colors, and brands to choose from. Asphalt shingle roofs will need replacement after 10-12 years on average in Minnesota. The climate and season changes causes wear and tear on the roof.

Both metal roofs and asphalt shingle roofs are great options in Minnesota. Contact Snap Construction for a complimentary roofing estimate. Snap is a locally owned and operated construction company servicing the Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota. It's that easy!

DIY or Hire: Home Energy Efficiency

Every winter, sneaky little puffs of cold air seep in through the crannies and cracks of your home. At the same time, much-needed warm air sneaks out because of inefficient heat sources. These deceptively minor things add up to expensive utility bills. Fortunately, there are some improvements you can make around your home to help reduce this waste.

Here are a few ways you can make your home more energy efficient, and help save on your utility bills. If you take these little steps now you can reduce your energy costs over time every year, which will add up to big savings in the long run.

First, the easiest way to save money on your utility bills is to get into the habit of shutting off lights and electronics that are not in use while you are out of the room. Consider replacing your light bulbs with LED lights. Although they have higher upfront costs than regular bulbs, they will save an average of $132 over the life of the bulb. They're also safer than compact fluorescent lights (CFL).

Wrapping your hot water heater tank can help with your energy bills. An insulating blanket that is designed specifically for water heaters will keep the tank warm, so it doesn't need as much energy to maintain heat. This can save you $20-45 per year. Replacing your old furnace with a new high-efficiency furnace can save you up to 15% a year on heating costs.

Another DIY project to consider is spray foam-in insulation around your windows. If you have older windows, you can remove the old trim before you spray-in the foam. This will cut down on drafts in uninsulated or inadequately insulated homes.

Cut down on water bills by installing low-flow showerheads (with flow rates of less than 2.5 gallons per minute). If you still have a showerhead manufactured prior to 1992, it probably uses about 5.5 gallons per minute!

It's best to leave the following energy-saving winterization projects to a professional like Snap Construction:

Insulating your attic and walls with the recommended amount of insulation to seal up air leaks in your attic will save you up to 25% a month in heating and cooling costs. Homes with little or no insulation in their walls have higher energy bills due to inefficient cooling and heating. In addition to insulation, it is important to properly ventilate your attic. Make sure your soffit can breathe by adding soffit chutes, which will help eliminate costly problems with mold and condensation. This will also save money in the long run by helping to eliminate ice dams.

How old are your windows? If it is time for a replacement, choose energy efficient windows. Thanks to technological advances in manufacturing, new windows are far superior to older style ones. With new, energy-efficient insulated windows, you will see an average 10-15% drop in heating and cooling costs per year.

Consider installing a wood burning stove. A wood stove can be a backup heat source in case of power outages, add vintage charm to your home, or create great ambiance if you simply love that woodsy smell. In the long run, it might be cheaper in some cases to use a wood stove than your furnace. However, some wood stoves can produce unhealthy air quality, especially if they're the sole source of heat.

Install insulated siding can also help lower your energy bills. Insulated siding is like a blanket on your home. This creates overall warmth in your home during the winter months, and it can help keep your house cool in the summer.

There are many opportunities to save money on your home energy bills through a DIY project or hiring a professional like Snap Construction. Snap Construction is a full service Minneapolis construction company that can help you on your next roofing, siding, windows, insulation, or remodeling project.

Your House and the Freezing Temperatures

This past weekend had unbelievably cold temperatures across Minnesota. Some people choose to brave the cold and go out, while others stayed inside where it is warm and comfortable. During these cold temperatures, it is important to protect your house. A few tips for keeping your house toasty even when it is freezing outside:

-Keep your garage doors shut. When you arrive back at your house, close the garage doors right away. Leaving them open can cause heat loss and you might be able to feel the temperature difference in the rooms near the garage.

-Keeping drapes or blinds closed can help prevent heat loss. Open them up when they are in direct sunlight.

-Replace your furnace air filter and if you suspect it is not working as well as it should, have it inspected. Staying on top of inspections and repairs is important since we experience such cold weather.

-Installing the clear plastic wrap over windows is an expensive option to help reduce cold drafts.

-When was the last time you checked your antifreeze levels in your cars? Ensuring that the levels are okay before temperatures drop is always a great measure to take!

-Check your insulation levels. Call your local insulation contractor like Snap Construction and Affordable Insulation for an attic inspection. Upgrading your insulation will help lower your energy bills, prevent heat loss, and keep your house more comfortable!

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Problems with DIY Insulation Projects

DIY projects, or “do it yourself” can be a popular decision for homeowners for many reasons. They might be skilled and are able to complete the project or maybe looking to save money. However, any DIY project could go wrong if you don’t actually know how to properly do the project. Some homeowners might try a DIY insulation project but any insulation contractor would advise against it.

There are different kinds of insulation and it is important to have the best insulation for your space installed. The most common types are batt insulation, spray foam insulation, and blown-in insulation.

Depending on what type of insulation you are removing or installing, it is important to fully protect yourself. Fiberglass insulation has tiny shards of stone and metal which can harm and irritate your skin.

In addition to the above items, there are other important steps of removing and installing insulation. Air sealing and venting up to code is required, and without a professional insulation installer, there is the risk of not doing these steps correctly.

It is ALWAYS safer to hire a professional for large projects like an insulation upgrade. Snap Construction and Affordable Insulation are BPI Certified Installers and can provide a FREE inspection and estimate. Plus, ask about our insulation specials!

It’s that easy!

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Upgrading your home’s insulation makes a difference not only in the cooler months but also with the summer heat. Snap Construction is your local insulation installer Bloomington, MN that can help make your home more comfortable!

Kitchen Island Options

Most modern kitchen remodels include an island. A kitchen island provides additional counter space for meal prep and, typically, a sitting area.

A kitchen with an island is a feature that most homeowners look for in a property today. There are different options available, each of which varies in cost due to size, material, features and quality.

Kitchen cart

The most basic style of a kitchen island is a moveable island or cart. This option is the cheapest and easiest.

According to Cost Owl, you can purchase one for around $200 and up, depending on the features and quality. Choosing a higher-end cart will significantly increase the price.

These carts have at least one side on wheels with storage space under the countertop. Some have drawers and cabinet space underneath. This type of kitchen island is practical and ideal for a kitchen area that is smaller but needs the additional counter space. It can easily be pushed to the side during entertainment or if table space is needed. This style won’t break the bank and is something that you can add to your kitchen this weekend.

Built-in galley island

Built-in kitchen islands are a popular style seen today. A galley-style island is the most common. This option is typically made with the same cabinets and countertops as the rest of the kitchen. The cost varies because of this. If you choose granite countertops, the price will increase. Size of the island is also a cost factor.

This type of island is much larger than a moveable cart and provides counter space for meal prep and typically a seating area. Built-in kitchen islands that include plumbing and electricity can cost anywhere from $2,000 up.

However, adding a built in kitchen island adds value to your home, so installing a built-in kitchen island can be beneficial to homeowners.

L-shaped and U-shaped islands

Built in kitchen islands come in a variety of styles and shapes in addition to the galley island. An L-shaped island is large and therefore yields great storage and additional seating space. A downside of this is that it blocks a considerable portion of the kitchen space.

A U-shaped island is even bigger. This provides even more space but is also one of the largest styles. You probably won’t see this style in a standard-sized house.

Now that you know a few different options and costs for kitchen islands, take them into consideration for your next kitchen remodel!

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