When it comes to your home exterior design, the founders of AMEK Exteriors, your Minneapolis roofing and siding contractor, got their start as roofers. We’ve become specialists in roofing and siding and can help you with any home exterior project.
Roofing and Siding Services
We do our research when it comes to roofing and siding manufacturers. We can help you understand the individual manufacturer requirements for installation. Our team of experts will be armed with information on how these roofing and siding products interface with each other to accomplish a true shield for your home’s interior.
In many cases, construction defects occur around openings such as doors and windows, along attachments like decks, and at places where different materials are abutting each other. At our initial meeting, we identify any construction defects that are currently impacting your roofing and siding. Next, we research current products for quality and durability. At installation, our team will follow or exceed the manufacturer’s installation requirements for an exterior home design that you can enjoy for years to come.
Overview: Being in a new suburban development means there can be a lot of similarity in the house styles. This family wanted to give their home a face-lift to add some uniqueness to the neighborhood. In addition, they desired a front porch to sit and relax. AMEK Exteriors was invited to bid on this Minneapolis design & exterior renovation because the client had seen other projects being done in their neighborhood. In the end, we gave the home more balance, texture and color to create the enhanced curb appeal they were looking for.
Original Built Date: 1997
General Description: Rambler single-family home
Initial Analysis: The first consideration was diminishing the prominence of the garage and sliding the focus to the main entry. Because the couple intended to stay in the home for a long time, another strong factor was creating an enduring distinctive look using quality long-lasting, low-maintenance roofing and siding products and implementing solid construction techniques.
Design Plan: One of the primary design goals was to shift the main thrust and focus of the garage to the front door. To do this, we pulled out the roof line in the front to create an inviting front porch. Eliminating one of the gables and enlarging the remaining one balanced out the proportions to the garage gable. Selecting the stone first provided a base for all other color choices. Adding the earthy yellow color and columns added depth to the home’s appearance. In addition, the garage doors were upgraded with windows and a darker color to connect with the stonework and to provide additional contrast. Using James Hardie siding including shakes allowed for solid, durable cladding with the option to change the color if desired.
Challenges & Solutions: In order to build long-lasting columns, additional time and cost were involved to put in footings that went approximately 4 feet below grade and several feet above grade. The steps and porch floor were designed to make sure there was an overhang so water drains off the edge beyond where the stonework is. AZEK pieces known for their low maintenance were used for trim and also for the porch ceiling. Creating symmetry between the existing and new pieces was important, so the new peak over the front door had to be aligned properly to generate a unified look.
Additional Project Notes: This project was the start to a trusted relationship. AMEK has done several other projects for this client.
Notable Project Products: Buechel Fond du Lac stone, James Hardie siding, AZEK trim
Completion Date: 2010
Choosing a new siding for your home involves sifting through many options, including style and material.
If you are seeking wood siding you likely already know there are alternative siding materials for lap, shake and panel siding.
Two such wood siding alternatives are LP SmartSide — an engineered wood product — and another relatively new siding material, fiberglass.
LP SmartSide is made using treating wood strands with a resin binder and compressing them to give the board superior strength while being light weight. Use of the small, fast-growing trees means strong forestry practices limits the tree acreage needed to make the siding. The process includes adding a textured face that is embossed, providing a rough, cedar-like texture at a percentage of the cost of wood.
APEX Fiberglass siding is made using a proprietary process that begins with fiberglass filament made from sand and ends with siding material. The process includes adding a acrylic finish with the color bonded into the material during manufacturing, not applied on the finished product. This means no painting decisions and no added cost. more »
The National Roofing Contractors Association suggests that homeowners take the time to understand the two basic roofing and extended warranties options for their new roofs:
1) The manufacturer’s warranty. In general, these roofing warranties cover defects in the roofing materials itself.
2) Your Minneapolis roofing contractor will provide homeowners with a warranty covering his workmanship. Typically, this will cover installation and related issues. Most reputable companies offer one year to two years of coverage, but there is no industry standard.
Shingle manufacturers tend to use impressive-sounding long-term warranties to convince buyers that their shingles are the best and will last the longest. They compete over such features as the length of coverage, algae resistance, wind tolerance, and whether the warranty can be transferred to a new owner. more »