Roofing

Roof Repair Scam Alert

April 9, 2017
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This week I got a call from a customer in New Berlin who had a leak.  Earlier in the week another company had come over and told them they could fix the leak for $1600.  They then proceeded to replace cap shingles on parts of the roof that weren’t even close to the leak. When…

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Metal Roofing Not Always A Great Option

March 10, 2017
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Metal roofing has been getting a lot of attention lately.  It’s supposed to be a permanent roof.  In many ways it makes sense, but you should approach your project thoughtfully. Balance all of the pros and cons.  Here’s a list: The Pros In hard-to-ventilate roofs, metal can allow air flow like no other roof.  Depending…

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Intake Ventilation Challenging for Exposed Exposed Eve Homes

February 17, 2017
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Some roofs have exposed eves which means that they don’t have soffit.  Without a vented soffit, cool intake ventilation air cannot get into an attic. Ventilation works on a two-part system, intake and exhaust. Most homeowners and some roofers are only familiar with exhaust ventilation.  That is the vents that you can see when looking…

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For Gardeners Needing A Roof, Timing is Everything

February 14, 2017
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Each year I get customers who want to be assured that their plants won’t get damaged when they put on their new roof.  I’m faced with a dilemma — how do I quickly strip off thousands of pounds of shingles off of their roof, all while guaranteeing that their plants will be fine? The short…

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Hot Houses Needed for Freezing Temperature Installs

December 5, 2016
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Nobody wants to do a freezing temperature install.  In fact, if you can avoid it, you should.  Your sealants will not activate until a few hot weather days.  Shingles will not lie down as nicely until warm weather allows them to relax. But sometimes there is no way around it.  This is usually because there…

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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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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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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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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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