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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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Worn shingles? Don’t delay

April 26, 2016
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When a shingle loses its protective granules, it’s time to get a new roof.  Repair is not an issue since the asphalt underneath the granules that are left has dried out and has gotten brittle. In order to replace a shingle you have to be able to lift up the shingle above it enough so…

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Ask the Expert: Why is the trim on the bottom of my house bent?

April 14, 2016
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What is causing the trim on the bottom of my house to get bent and knocked off? The photos tell the story.  If you look closely you’ll see that your builder used a piece of custom bent aluminum which he adhered over a piece of foam on the bottom.  That piece of trim is meant to…

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Anatomy of a Shingle

April 14, 2016
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Shingles are made from 3 layers.  Each of them plays a role in protecting your home. Matting The matting is the base layer from which all else is built upon.  Think of it like the foundation of a house.  If the foundation is good, a good builder can build up from there.  If not, well,…

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Too good to be true? It probably is.

April 13, 2016
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When a homeowner gets a letter from a supply house explaining that they were never paid for the new roof materials that went on from a contractor who gave a great price, homeowners start to panic. Due diligence should have told them that the cheap price was too good to be true.  Rather than listen…

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How can you tell if you have a Cedar Roof under your shingles?

April 7, 2016
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Cedar roofs were once the norm prior to the manufacturing of asphalt shingles.  In older parts of the City of Milwaukee we find a lot of cedar hiding under layers of asphalt shingles.  There’s really only one way to verify with any degree of certainty whether your roof has cedar shingles. Look in the attic.…

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