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Is it Time to Service Your Chimney?

During the summer months, you probably don’t think about your fireplace or chimney very often. But you should. Even though your chimney isn’t currently in use, fall is just around the corner. Summer is the ideal time to have your chimney serviced, so any problems that arise can be addressed before you need to use your chimney. After all, no one wants to be stuck with a chimney repair in the cold of winter.

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Quick Guide to Chimney Repair and Replacement

Minnesota has some of the most beautiful older homes in this part of the country. But over time, the brick and masonry work in those older chimneys can start to deteriorate. What starts off as a minor problem can become significant if left unattended, and eventually those older chimneys can even collapse. That’s why it’s important to attend to them as soon as a problem comes to your attention.

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Why Spring is a Great Time for Roofing Repairs

With the warmer weather finally starting to take over, it’s a great time to start considering your spring repair projects. It’s been a long, cold winter and your roof did its job to protect your home through ice, snow, and sleet. That's why right now is the perfect time to make sure it’s in good shape while the weather is nice.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Repair Your Chimney

Your home’s siding plays a vital role in protecting your home from the elements. It also creates the biggest piece of your home’s curb appeal and is the most visible element of your home’s appearance from the street. When choosing the right siding, there are a number of considerations you need to take into account. At The Construction Group in St. Paul, we understand the importance of making sure your investment in siding is the right one. This guide will walk you through the things you need to consider when choosing the best siding for your home.

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Is Your Chimney Ready for Winter?

The chimney contracting experts at The Construction Group just outside St. Paul in Minnesota discuss the importance of getting your chimney ready for winter and help you decide if your chimney is ready for the coming cold season.

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Is Your Chimney Leaking? We Can Fix It.

A chimney leak manifests itself in many ways. One of the most common signs of a leak is water stains spotting the walls and wallpaper near the chimney. If you have been wondering why the paper and paint keep mysteriously peeling in areas, we can identify the leak and repair it. If you live near Woodbury, Minnesota, contact The Construction Group today. We specialize in chimney repair and ongoing roof maintenance.

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Seven Residential Roof Shapes Explained

Nothing tops off a house like a solid roof design. At The Construction Group, we enjoy working on all roof-types regardless of how simple or complex they may be. Modern homes offer an assortment of options for homeowners. Therefore, before you decide what type of roof you want and what type of roofing material you want on top of it, we suggest that you read our short guide on roofing designs.

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Masonry: New and Old

Masonry is an art unto itself, the foundation of every building and the integral structural integrity of a home is based on masonry. Houses made of brick or stone have an inherent reliance on masonry, but houses made of wood with siding have a masonry underlayment system and chimney. Modular housing seems to be a new paradigm, but each home needs customization once installed. Antique homes often need work conducted for the new homeowners. Regardless of what style of home you've chosen, masonry repair and maintenance is an important means of maintaining your house over the years to come.

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When Should You Service Your Chimney

Your chimney is probably not something you think about often, and especially not during the summer when your fireplace and heater aren't in use. However, the chimney does need to be cleaned and inspected regularly and on occasion repairs come up. Summer is a good time to conduct such a routine because you aren't using it and if it needs work, you can schedule it as is convenient rather than having to go without heat or change plans to accommodate a work crew to make the repairs.

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Fighting the Cold with a Fireplace

When the weather turns cold in the winter, nothing is so nice a a warm fireplace to set the mood for a romantic evening or cozy comfort when coming in from the cold in the afternoon. Gas log fireplaces offer the convenience of turning the flame on or off with ease, but a wood burning fireplace offers the traditional charm and smell of a traditional home heating source. Whichever you choose, it will serve as a supplemental heat source to lower your power bill. You should also be aware there is more architecture behind the scenes than the fire you enjoy so much.

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