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Top 10 Roofing Tips for Homeowners

July 28, 2021
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Roofing work is messy, costly and inconvenient.  However, if you prepare for the install and take heed of these Top 10 Roofing tips for Homeowners, you will be more likely to have a great experience. So what can you, the homeowner, do to reduce problems and improve your roofing experience. Scalp your lawn.  Yes, cutting…

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Ventilation: Today’s Changing needs

July 24, 2021
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For decades, ridge vents have been the gold standard in ventilation.  However, as our climate changes, our ventilation needs are changing and homeowners with ridge vents are beginning to have problems. Case in point — in the winter of 2021 and into the early spring, there were two major snow events that were heavy, wet…

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Due Diligence, Research and Reviews

July 11, 2021
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What does due diligence and research really mean when it comes to home improvements?  There are times, that after we show our customers how we can make the building sciences improve their homes, and do it for an affordable price, they say they need to do their due diligence and some research.  In an era where…

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Glass Block Windows 101

March 1, 2021
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Choosing to install Glass Block windows is a great way to subtly improve your room but it should be done with planning and a solid understanding of what you hope to accomplish with what could transform into a new space in your home. A properly installed window tends to brighten up the room while also keeping…

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Where Should a Shingle be Nailed?

December 28, 2020
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The nailing zone is manufacturer require nailing area just below the center of the shingles.  Manufacturers have specific instructions for installation companies and usually it gives about 3/4″ to work with in order to optimize the gripping power that the nails will have to hold down the shingle.  But it is not the nailing zone…

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Building Better

December 17, 2020
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If you’re the type of person who likes to improve yourself or your projects each time you do one, you’ll appreciate our approach.  Building Better explains how we do things — every project, like every class or seminar, is an opportunity to improve.  We ask ourselves, how could this have been done better? Decades of…

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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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How do you know if you have Triple Pane?

November 2, 2020
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In an industry rife with cost cutting, sometimes contractors use a “bait and switch” technique — especially if the uninformed homeowner would never know the difference. Here’s the way to tell if you really have a triple pane window or not. Hold up a lighter to the window.  If you see three distinct reflections, you…

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Protect yourself: Storm Chaser Gimmicks

September 20, 2020
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Out of state roofing contractors descend upon areas victimized by hail damage like hyenas after a kill.  Often they’ll rent a tiny office where they can get their mail and you wouldn’t know they were from another state until the first time the roof they put on for you needs service. There are ways to…

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