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Algae Resistant Shingles

September 14, 2021
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There’s much talk about algae resistant shingles.  Some manufacturers make big claims that their shingles are better than others because theirs offer better resistance than others. Buyer beware.  First, algae will cause streaking on all shingles.  The question is whether you can see it or not.  Darker colored shingles will naturally hide more algae.  What’s…

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Flat Roofing 101

September 9, 2021
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There are several types of flat roofing available.  In this article we’ll explore the major options and their pros and cons. EPDM Also known as rubber roofing, this black membrane style roof comes in 45 mil or 60 mil thicknesses.  It comes in 10 foot wide sections or 20 foot wide.  Due to it’s weight…

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How to Find a Contractor

August 28, 2021
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Finding a contractor you can trust can be a daunting task.  There was a time when homeowners would call the Better Business Bureau.  The internet changed that.  Now there seems to be more options than ever, but how do you really know what’s real? There are many sites that claim they’ll send you the best…

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Venting Glass Block

August 17, 2021
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Glass block is a masonry product that not meant to be vented but can be with special vent accessories. Todays vents are plastic.  They typically take up the same space as two or three of the glass blocks.  What homeowners need to consider are the pros and cons of vents.  Let’s explore: Pros You get…

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Anatomy of a Shingle: How to know when you need a roof

August 17, 2021
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If you’re not sure if you need a new roof, this may be the most important article you will read. To understand the wear patterns of a shingle you need to understand the 3 primary components of a shingle. Matting:  The matting is the base of a shingle.  Most of todays shingles are made with…

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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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