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Intake Ventilation Challenging for Exposed Exposed Eve Homes

February 17, 2017
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Some roofs have exposed eves which means that they don’t have soffit.  Without a vented soffit, cool intake ventilation air cannot get into an attic. Ventilation works on a two-part system, intake and exhaust. Most homeowners and some roofers are only familiar with exhaust ventilation.  That is the vents that you can see when looking…

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For Gardeners Needing A Roof, Timing is Everything

February 14, 2017
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Each year I get customers who want to be assured that their plants won’t get damaged when they put on their new roof.  I’m faced with a dilemma — how do I quickly strip off thousands of pounds of shingles off of their roof, all while guaranteeing that their plants will be fine? The short…

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Good Gutter Design Can Keep Basements Dry

February 10, 2017
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Water can cause damage to homes but a well-designed gutters can be a solution.  How your gutter professional designs the flow of your gutters can mean the difference between having water in your basement or staying dry. Here’s a list of a few things that your gutter professional should always be looking at. Identify the slope…

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Energy Masters Honored with 2016 Top Choice Award

January 25, 2017
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Only 3 companies a year win the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s “Top Choice” award in the roofing category and this year Energy Masters earned a win.  We’re proud to announce that we’re one of the three winners for 2016. An Unexpected Nomination We weren’t expecting to win, being a small company; but we did and we have…

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Hot Houses Needed for Freezing Temperature Installs

December 5, 2016
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Nobody wants to do a freezing temperature install.  In fact, if you can avoid it, you should.  Your sealants will not activate until a few hot weather days.  Shingles will not lie down as nicely until warm weather allows them to relax. But sometimes there is no way around it.  This is usually because there…

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What Kind of Variables Affect Price of a Glass Block Window?

November 29, 2016
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The first thing you should know is that there is no such thing as an honest “ballpark” estimate. There’s no easy answer but here’s a few things that might help you.  Here’s what an installation company is looking for: Identify the location the block will be put in. Basement Bathroom Identify the purpose of the block. Privacy Security…

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Manufacturer Lawsuits are the New Norm

September 14, 2016
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Interested in a specific shingle?  Type in the name of that shingle manufacturer on google followed by the word “lawsuit”.  Chances are you’ll find someone who feels they were wronged, or in some cases just want something for nothing. Many of these lawsuits are from homeowners who are realizing that the cost of a roof…

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Multiple Layers with Cedar? Replace Gutters to Prevent Rot

July 14, 2016
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This past spring I had a customer tell me they needed a roof but I was the only contractor who had told them that a new roof would require new gutters. Sometimes we run into situations where the original roof was cedar shake and past homeowners have added additional layers of asphalt shingles over the…

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Gutter Flashing Prevents Fascia Rot

June 8, 2016
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Gutters alone won’t solve problems in cold weather climates — gutter apron, sometimes called gutter flashing, is also important to prevent rot of your fascia. Fascia is that piece of wood, just behind the gutter.  In most homes, the gutter is flush with the fascia. Gutter apron is a piece “L” shaped material, usually aluminum,…

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Multi-faceted New Construction Roofs Create Headaches

May 7, 2016
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Several times a year I get panicked calls from homeowners in communities that have had a lot of two-story housing built over the past few years.  All of these problems could have been prevented by vigilant building inspection process that would have exercised a little common sense. Slope does matters and despite all the good…

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