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Where Should a Shingle be Nailed?

December 28, 2020
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The nailing zone is manufacturer require nailing area just below the center of the shingles.  Manufacturers have specific instructions for installation companies and usually it gives about 3/4″ to work with in order to optimize the gripping power that the nails will have to hold down the shingle.  But it is not the nailing zone…

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Building Better

December 17, 2020
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If you’re the type of person who likes to improve yourself or your projects each time you do one, you’ll appreciate our approach.  Building Better explains how we do things — every project, like every class or seminar, is an opportunity to improve.  We ask ourselves, how could this have been done better? Decades of…

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Why is my soffit hanging down or drooping?

November 2, 2020
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Common reasons for drooping soffit are inadequate fasteners or fasteners that have nothing to grip ont o them because the wood which was to hold them on has rotted. This can be caused by several things. Improper gutter flashing:  Gutter flashing is critical to prevent water from getting behind the gutter and running along the…

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What makes a good downspout?

November 2, 2020
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Downspouts are critically important if you want a good water management system and unfortunately are the most overlooked by homeowners who are convinced that they’ve already done their due diligence.  There are many differences and homeowners that stop at only one or two, make decisions they end up regretting. Here’s a short list of differences…

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How do you know if you have Triple Pane?

November 2, 2020
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In an industry rife with cost cutting, sometimes contractors use a “bait and switch” technique — especially if the uninformed homeowner would never know the difference. Here’s the way to tell if you really have a triple pane window or not. Hold up a lighter to the window.  If you see three distinct reflections, you…

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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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