Roofing

Replacing Your Roof? Here’s a handy Homeowner Checklist to Prepare You.

August 12, 2013
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If there is one home improvement that will cause a dramatic change to your house, it is changing your roof.  But what should you be prepared for?  Is there anything you can do to make it as non-traumatic as possible? Here’s a few tips that you can do that will help you understand what to…

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How to choose a Roofing Contractor

July 27, 2013
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A common way that people choose a roofing contractor is because they saw a crew in the neighborhood and decided to go with someone who their neighbor went with.  Sometimes this makes sense, sometimes it does not. The older I get the more I rely on the “gut check”.  A good portion of what you…

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When is it the best time to replace my roof?

March 24, 2013
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The short answer to that question is that the optimal temperatures to have your roof installed is when the temperature is between 45 degrees Fahrenheit and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Here in the upper midwest, homeowners regularly replace their roof in the middle of summer. If homeowners understood how shingles are made they would probably change their…

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Choose a Light Colored Roof to Save Energy

October 17, 2012
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Q: As an apartment-dweller in SoCal (or anywhere): I’m curious as to how a tenant could effectively persuade/encourage her landlord to upgrade the property to be energy efficient — using a company such as yours? A: Needs are definitely different in Southern California than they are in Wisconsin. For instance, you often see times of…

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Ventilation is Key to a Good Roof

September 5, 2012
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Without proper ventilation you can easily turn a 30 year shingle into a 15 year shingle. I’ve seen decent quality architectural shingles curl and crack because the installer didn’t provide proper ventilation. Ventilation requires intake and exhaust. Think of proper attic ventilation like a chimney. A chimney has an opening at the top and an…

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Is it a problem if it rains the day of my roofing install?

May 4, 2012
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Many customers have the same concern — will moisture on the day of an install, affect the job? The answer is it depends on the materials that are being used for deck protection. For many years roofing companies had only one option — tar paper. Unfortunately, the organic elements of tar paper require a perfectly…

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Homeowner Tips for Roofing — Be Prepared

June 11, 2011
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Deciding to get your roof replaced is no small decision these days. With the cost of shingles more than doubling in the last several years, replacing your roof can be a major commitment to your home. So what do you need to do? What should you expect from your contractor and what are realistic expectations?…

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Ice Damming — Coping with the Problem

February 5, 2011
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Ice damming is becoming an increasing problem as freeze/thaw cycles have become more common throughout the winter. As a child I remember it getting cold in the fall and thawing in the spring. Now it is common to see several freezes and thaws in just one month. This can cause major problems. To understand the…

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