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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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Mystery Gutter Corrosion Problem Solved

March 23, 2016
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To fix an elusive home improvement problem you have to have a stubborn determination, an open mind, and sometimes a strong stomach.  That was the case when I was asked recently what caused a new aluminum gutters to fail after just a year.   The answer took long to get to and in my 14 years…

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Consider Roofing Cost Both Upfront and Long Term

March 14, 2016
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Considering buying a roof?  There’s a whole lot more than the upfront price that you ought to be looking at.   Homeowners who are doing their due diligence weigh the long term as well as the short term costs of a roof. Consider these facts: Dark colored roofs will not last as long as light colored…

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High Winds Cause Roofing Damage

February 28, 2016
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When wind storms hit, insurance companies aren’t happy, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t file a claim if your roof is damaged.  Metro Milwaukee was hit by a massive wind storm on February 19th this year (2016).  Wind speeds of 63 mph were recorded at Mitchell International Airport and many homes were affected. Here’s…

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Are Storm Doors Needed?

February 23, 2016
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Traditionally, storm doors were used in northern climates because the primary door was inefficient.  A storm door created an additional barrier from high winds.  With today’s foam-filled, energy-efficient doors, storm doors are obsolete. So why do people still use them? A false sense of security The worst reason to purchase a storm door is for…

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Can a Roof Leak Be Fixed In The Winter?

December 29, 2015
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It’s windy and cold.  A blizzard is raging outside.  Everybody’s roof is snow covered and I’m the roofer people call because my reputation for not scaring people precedes me. Don’t panic.   The cold is your friend right now.  Water is in its solid form and as long as it stays frozen, it won’t be…

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