Questions and Answers

Why is my soffit hanging down or drooping?

November 2, 2020
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Common reasons for drooping soffit are inadequate fasteners or fasteners that have nothing to grip ont o them because the wood which was to hold them on has rotted. This can be caused by several things. Improper gutter flashing:  Gutter flashing is critical to prevent water from getting behind the gutter and running along the…

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What makes a good downspout?

November 2, 2020
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Downspouts are critically important if you want a good water management system and unfortunately are the most overlooked by homeowners who are convinced that they’ve already done their due diligence.  There are many differences and homeowners that stop at only one or two, make decisions they end up regretting. Here’s a short list of differences…

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When is the best time to replace my Gutters?

August 18, 2020
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Gutters need to be replaced when they are not functioning to move water to a lower point in your property. However, the optimal time to replace them is when the roof is replaced but in a very specific order.  Why do I make this distinction?  It is because of how the gutter apron, sometimes referred…

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How To Tell When Your Roof Needs Replacing

April 30, 2017
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One of the top questions I get from homeowners is “how do I know when my roof needs replacing”?  Worn out shingles will allow water into your home. In order to understand when a roof is at the end of its life, you have to understand that there are 3 main parts of a shingle.…

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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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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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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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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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