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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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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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