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Protect yourself: Storm Chaser Gimmicks

September 20, 2020
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Out of state roofing contractors descend upon areas victimized by hail damage like hyenas after a kill.  Often they’ll rent a tiny office where they can get their mail and you wouldn’t know they were from another state until the first time the roof they put on for you needs service. There are ways to…

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Metal Valleys vs California Valleys

August 31, 2020
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Which is best, open valleys or closed valleys?  Let’s explore the differences. If you live in the northern zone, such as Wisconsin, the open valley, which has metal in it, is far superior. Metal or open valley:  A good contractor will start out by lining the valley with a rubberized membrane casually referred to as…

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When is the best time to replace my Gutters?

August 18, 2020
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Gutters need to be replaced when they are not functioning to move water to a lower point in your property. However, the optimal time to replace them is when the roof is replaced but in a very specific order.  Why do I make this distinction?  It is because of how the gutter apron, sometimes referred…

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Anatomy of a Shingle 101

August 18, 2020
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Shingles are made from 3 primary layers which work together to protect you and your home.  They are a fiberglass, asphalt, and granules. Fiberglass makes up the base of most modern day asphalt shingles today.   This fiberglass matting holds the shingle together and gives it strength.  Nearly all asphalt shingle manufacturers purchase their fiberglass…

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Active Ventilation vs Passive Ventilation

August 11, 2020
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To understand which is recommended, you have to first understand which each type of ventilation is. Active ventilation actively draws air our of the attic.  There are several types of vents that can do this. Solar vents — The most expensive, but as soon as light hits the solar cell, it spins a fan, drawing…

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Metal Gutter Protection Conducts Cold

March 22, 2020
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Yet another gutter protection company called today with an offer to make me the exclusive dealer for their product. Companies that hawk metal gutter protection just don’t get it.  It gets cold in Wisconsin.   Metal gutter protection conducts cold and contributes to icicles. There are many different types of gutter protection out there and…

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Does Gutter Protection Really Work?

March 22, 2020
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Yes, gutter protection works if you plan it well.  Here’s a short list of what to consider before buying gutter protection. Tree types Tree species Roof Slope Climate Zone Sometimes a salesman will come into your house and show you one product that is supposed to work in all cases.  The reality is that there…

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Basement Air Sealing a Money Saver

March 5, 2020
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One of the most often neglected parts of insulation are the rim joists — that cavity in basements where the floor meets the concrete wall. There are a couple options for insulating rim joists.  Traditionally, homeowners pack them with batt insulation.  Rock wool or fiberglass are the most common types of insulation used for these…

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Should I be concerned about dirt around soffit vents?

March 5, 2020
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No.  You should count yourself among the lucky ones. Here’s why: Your house needs to breathe, and more accurately, in the cases of soffit, your roof needs to breathe.  A roof is supposed to breathe in from the soffit, and breathe out from the exhaust vents. The same air we breathe has dust in it.…

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Does Temperature and Color Matter for Vinyl Siding Installs?

March 5, 2020
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Yes. Vinyl siding, regardless of the quality, will expand and contract with temperatures.  Darker colored siding will expand more, lighter colors will expand less. This is also why it is important to assess what time of year you are having your vinyl siding installed.  Here’s some of the challenges that can occur in different seasons:…

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