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Moisture around the Fireplace

One problem chimneys are infamous for is leaking. Water-stains or moisture on your ceiling or near the fireplace can be indicators that there is a roofing issue.  A roofing professional will be able to find the source of the problem and save you money by suggesting the best fix before your small issue turns into a big problem.

Many times moisture or water-stains on or near your fireplace can be easily fixed with a chimney cricket.  A cricket is a structure covered with metal flashing or roofing material that diverts water away and prevents it from pounding against the section where the chimney and roof meet.  Flashing is what keeps water from pouring through the gap between the bricks of the fireplace and the roof.  It is often made of aluminum and sealed with tar.  While metal flashings can sometimes take care of the problem, some sloping grades require the use of a cricket to completely fix the issue.

Even if your roof and/or ceiling has not shown signs of moisture it is always a good idea to have the flashings around your chimney inspected at least once every year or two.  It’s important to check for loose or missing flashing or cracks which when corrected at the time, will ward off potential problems such as sheathing rot, insect infestation and plaster damage due to leaks.  There can be other reasons why you are seeing water stains around your chimney, such as water in your attic or damaged roof tiles in need of replacing can also be the culprit. The professionals at Ronningen Roofing will come to your home and do just that.  Our experts will inspect every area to determine any potential problems, discuss it with you and make any needed repairs in order to prevent any chimney or roof leaks in the future.

In Southern Minnesota areas, such as; Winona, Owaonna, Faribault, Northfield, Austin, and Red Wing where high winds, snow and rain are constantly barraging your roof, it’s best to make sure you are ready for any storm that comes your way.  If you are experiencing water damage, seeing staining on your ceilings or walls or need an estimate on roofing repair, we are here to assist you. Let the roofing professionals at Ronningen Roofing put your mind at ease by allowing our qualified team of roofing experts to locate the issue and present the best solution, ensuring your home continues to protect you and your family.

Clay Tiles in Caledonia

Clay roofing is a traditional option and can be traced back to 10,000 B.C.  The unique colors and wave-like pattern of clay tiles give any home that exclusively classic look that you won’t get from other roofing options.  From our past to our present, the popularity of clay roofs continues even today.

Traditional terra cotta tiles continue to be made through a baking process in large ovens or kilns.   This makes them harder and less porous which helps in keeping the cool or warm air from escaping your home.  Usually they are molded into “s” shapes, forming interlocking curves along the roof.  This shape naturally allows for air circulation and water runoff, keeping your home climate at consistent temperatures.  If you live in an area such as, Austin, Minnesota where brush and desiccated wood can ignite during dry seasons, it is important to note that they are also naturally resistant to fire.   Modern clay tiles have paint treatments giving them a larger variety of colors and shapes which can give your roof a look similar to more modern and expensive tiles, such as slate.  These paint treatments also add a weatherproofing detail and allows the sun to reflect off the roof, thereby cooling your home.   Clay tiles in general, are also one of the most environmentally friendly choices.

If you are considering clay tiles for your roof it is important to know that additional roof framing may be required due to their heaviness.  Once you get the support issue taken care of, you will find that clay tiles are a great asset to your home as the lighter colors reflect over 50% of the sun’s solar energy which will help to keep your energy bills lower.  As with any roof, it is important to consider the weather conditions in which you live.  If your home is in a cold and wet climate, such as Caledonia, Minnesota, you will want to check on the durability and weather resistance of the tiles in your area, as this type of weather environment can cause clay tiles to snap.