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 Proper Ventilation can help reduce air conditioning costs.  Some regular ridge vents can reduce air conditioning costs with additional vents and a properly vented attic does lower the attic temperature, the only way to dramatically lower the attic temperature is with a power vent.  

Should you install a powered vent?

Powered vents use a fan to force air throught the vent. There are powered roof gable vents available. Some use electricity and others are solar-powered. Most thermostatically controlled, set to run when the attic temp reaches a  defined temp and stop when the air cools by a predetermined amount . (Usually a 15 degree increase)

Power vents do have both benefits and drawbacks. If you are having difficulty cooling your attic with passive vents due to architectural design, lack of venting options, and or too many problems are causing heat to enter the attic.  Powered vents are a good option and possibly your last resort without making drastic changes to your homes design.

Types of Vents

Intake Vents in modern homes are typically located in the soffits under the eaves. Older homes may have been been outfitted with either starter vents or circular vents

Starter Vents are installed when the eaves a top at the wall ad do not overhang to allow for soffits to be installed.

Circular Vents are installed when eaves exist without room soffits. These vents are installed directly into the blocking between the exposed rafters.

Outlet Vents allows the air to escape from your attic and are installed at a higher elevation. Roof vents, ridge vents, and gable vents are used as outlets in the attic.

Roof Vents are water tight units made of light gauge metal or plastic and are installed directly into the roof system. The common various styles and colors and range in size.

Ridge Vents are installed along the top of the ridge of your home, where the two slopes meet, capping the top courses of shingles. A sufficient opening should be made in the sheathing to allow the vent to work without compromising the water tight integrity.

Ridge Vents are the least conspicuous of all venting solutions, they are usually the smae color as the shingles and are held back fromt he gableendsof the house to provide the best aesthetic look and to protect them from wind driven rain. While a lower profile ridge vent may be chosen for aesthetic reasons, it should be chosen to ensure the best air circulation first and foremost.

Gable Vents are installed in the attic at each end, or gable of the house. It is typically a louvered vent cut and installed directly into the siding.  

Drawbacks to powered vents will need to be weighed before a final decision is made.  

After Roofing company installs the correct type of venting of your home. You will need a licensed electrician if you plan on installing electrical powered vents, and your electric bill could increase.

If you do not have a air tight attic, the vent may pull warm air  up from below, increasing heat in the winter in your attic which can cause snow melt faster near the top of the roof . The snow melt can than refreeze near the end of the roof forming an ice dam. 

Midwest Roofing Services would be glad to look at your roof and to help you make decision on what type of ventilation would be beneficial to your homes needs

Midwest Roofing Services Going Green One Step at Time!

In a emergency situation which may call for some drastic measures. A roof which has suffered damage due to heavy rains, tornado, hail, and storms etc. classify sometime for a emergency repair. The roof is perhaps the most important part of the house, besides the people living in the house. A damaged roof will directly affect the stability of the entire structure of the house and is a cause for prompt action.

An extreme weather condition is more often the cause for emergency repair of the roof. If help is available you should make use of it. In conditions where emergency repair is warranted, it is best to make use of an experienced roofer rather than to try to do it yourself.  Midwest Roofing Services has the capability to come out in the event of a need for a emergency repair.  Our qualified crews and service writers will know how to assess the situation and make temporary repairs.  Temporary repairs are just that temporary.  Midwest Roofing can work with you and your insurance company on going about repairs and or replacement of your roof.  

Midwest Roofing Services has been repairing and replacing roofs for over 55 years. We are here to help educate our clients on the products and services that we provide. Midwest Roofing Services has a 4 step process to help eliminate any confusion. Also throughout the 4 step process we will inform and educate our clients to make the right selection that will fit the clients needs. Customers come first here at Midwest Roofing Services and we offer Priority Service  which will help you get on a list to get your roof fixed fast.  On our website click on the Priority Service icon  located on the left side of the front page of the website.  We will send you a email response immediately and begin all of the necessary steps .  When you sign up for our Priority Service, you will get your roof fixed fast, and you can feel safe and secure that your home or business won't suffer any further damage from subsequent storms. Why Wait? Sign up today.  A New Roof is just a few clicks away!

Midwest Roofing Services Going green One Step at a Time!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The 4th of July, We Remember!

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As the 4th of July passes we here at Midwest Roofing Services took the Holiday to stop and remember the importance of all the Service Members of our Military that are around the world protecting the Freedoms of this Great Country.  Let us not forget the importance of the Pledge Allegiance and the words of the Star Spangled Banner and how lucky and proud we are to have such a respected military and flag to fly on the day our country was founded.  The words of the Star Spangled banner ring true to the hearts of many.


Oh, say, can you see, by the dawns early light,


What so proudly we hailed at the twilights last gleaming.


Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thru perilous fight,


O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly still streaming.


And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,


Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.


O say, does that star spangled banner yet wave


O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. 

Midwest Roofing Services is proud of America and the Freedoms and Liberty this great country has to offer.   Let us remember and celebrate the beginning nearly 200 years ago and continued future of this Great Country

Midwest Roofing Services teamed up with Creative Design Tees on the making of bright  fluorescent green colored T-shirts for residential crews and embroidered black polo shirts for our sales and Service Writers to wear.  We are excited about the new fresh bold look the T-shirts give our crews and Service Writers while working.   Creative Design Tees out Wichita Kansas did a excellent job on the screen printing  and embroidery of our logo. The company Creative Design Tees has been doing business for 14 years and has been dedicated to providing the highest quality of screen printed and embroidered apparel. The apparel created at Creative Design Tees is printed in house therefore they have complete control over the quality and speed in which the order is produced. Midwest Roofing Services was very happy with the services provided by the team at Creative Design Tees and would use them again.  If you are interested in having shirts created for you or your business you may want to check out the services at www.creativedesigntees.com. Also keep a look out for our Bright fluorescent green colored tee shirts on our crews working in your area and know that they belong to the professionals here at Midwest Roofing Services!  

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  • Credentials: Midwest Roofing Services has partnered with the top manufacturers in the industry. Midwest Roofing has been awarded the prestigious certification of Master Select by the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, “GAF Materials Corp.”. This certification is reserved for the Top 2% of the roofing contractors nation wide. Midwest Roofing is also certified applicators for the following manufacturers. Versico Roofing Systems, Certainteed Commercial Roofing and Topps Products, Inc. This partnership allows us to provide the following types of roofing applications with extended manufacturers warrantees. Thermoplastic (PVC and TPO), Thermoplastic Fleece Back, Epdm, Modified Bitumen, Built up Roofing, Roof Coatings, Metal Roof Restorations.

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