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Nonreputable Contractors Use Mold Scare Tactics

December 20, 2015
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Be careful when a contractor tells you that you have mold and without having the experience or medical background, alerts you to an issue that may not be a problem.  Two or three times a year I visit customers who have had contractors come by and just scare them — and for what reason?  Sometimes…

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What type of Insulation is the Best?

November 11, 2015
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There are three types of insulation that are being used in today’s market. The well informed homeowner understands there are pros and cons of each of them and here’s what they are: Settling:  Most insulation settles and since it settles, it means you will have a lower R-value.  (R-value refers to resistance to temperature changes.  The…

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Debunking the “Standard Size” and “Quick Install” Myth

October 20, 2015
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When a glass block company receives a call and the customer tells them that they have “just standard size” windows, professionals cringe.  The Professional knows that there will be a disconnect between what the customer expects, and what can be delivered and for what price it can be installed. So here’s a quick checklist to better understand…

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Challenges of Fall Roofing – The 10 Commandments of Fall Roofing

October 10, 2015
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When the leaves fall, the phone rings.  Panic is setting in as homeowners who know their roof will not safeguard their homes through the winter call.  The key to effective autumn roofing is planning but even the best laid plans will not be perfect. Here’s what you can do to maximize your chances of success.…

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Q: How much are gutters by the foot?

August 15, 2015
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Some companies try to shortcut the details of how they’re going to do your gutters by telling you a “per foot” price.  This misleads customers into thinking that a linear foot counts as a gutter foot.  Be wary of companies that offer the “by the foot” pricing. Here’s why: Marketing hype sometimes sucks people into…

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Energy Masters Wins Angie’s List Super Service Award

August 11, 2015
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It’s official — Angie’s List just came out with their “Best of the Best” contractor awards for the year 2014 and we won ! Thank you to our customers for nominating us and sending in those reviews.  It’s an honor we’re proud of. Visit Wisconsin Energy Masters homepage for more information

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Overflowing Gutters Cause Basement Problems

July 27, 2015
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Diagnosing gutter and water problems can be complex. Maryann from Cedarburg was at a loss; unable to figure out what was causing water to cascade over her gutter and come through her basement walls. THE CHALLENGE: Her challenges can be solved, but it’s going to take some changes and an understanding of why the problem…

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Understanding Hidden Layers of Roofing

July 16, 2015
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It’s unfortunate to have to say this, but sometimes home sellers and contractors will hide the amount of layers of shingles that are on a house with a special trim piece and sometimes you can’t tell until you start ripping the existing roof off.  This is more common on older homes (pre-1950). Wisconsin law requires that…

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Affordable Siding — Questions to ask

June 15, 2015
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There are multiple options for siding on the market today, with vinyl siding being one of the most affordable.  While traditional wood or some of the wood substitutes are costly, vinyl gives you multiple choices. The key to understanding how to do siding affordably, you have to first consider that your contractor has the fixed…

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Advice for Removing a Satellite Dish from a Roof

June 12, 2015
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Question: Jim, If I want to remove a satellite dish from my roof would it be a better idea to leave the sole plate in? I don’t plan on replacing the roof any time soon. Answer:  Yes, leave the plate on. If you take it off you will compromise the shingles (which can be sealed)…

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