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Soffit and Fascia Do’s and Don’ts

January 8, 2011
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“Yeah, I can do that” has become a commonplace phrase as unemployment has soared and the market has generated a surplus of unlicensed handymen. One day they are installing carpeting and the next day they tell you they’re an expert installing soffit. So how do you know what is the right way to do things…

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Triple Pane vs Double Pane: Is it worth the cost?

October 13, 2010
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One of the most common questions I get from customers whether or not it is worth it to upgrade their order from double pane to triple pane. The honest answer if you live in cold weather climates like Wisconsin is almost always yes. Energy bills continue to rise and far outpace the rate of inflation.…

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Finding a Qualified Contractor

September 27, 2010
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You’ve heard the stories.  Contractor wins job.  Contractor takes down payment.  Contractor disappears. How do you know how to find a great contractor?  Unfortunately there are no guarantees.  What’s worse, some of the rating organizations and agencies sell high ratings to contractors.  Smart consumers approach their home improvement projects with knowledge of what the do’s…

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Window Research and Questions to Ask

July 25, 2010
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The economy is just starting to rev back up and you need new windows.  How can you make sure you get a good value for your money? Many people believe they have done their research because they did what some TV personality has said, “get 3 estimates”.   Does that assure that you will get…

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Consumer Alert: Lead Safe Renovating Not Exempt for Wisconsin

July 14, 2010
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Not sure if your contractor is following the rules? You could be the one that pays the price. When ordering windows, be sure to always work with a contractor who is a certified Lead Safe Renovator and who follows lead safe practices.

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New Windows Add Value and Save Money

May 25, 2010
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Today’s savvy homeowner knows that energy bills continue to rise. With the US Department on Energy estimating that as much as 70% of our Energy is being wasted through inefficient windows and doors, it makes sense to insulate your home and your pocket book from rising energy costs.

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Gutter Protection Do’s and Don’ts

May 17, 2010
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Putting gutter protection on your home will save you a lot of unnecessary work. But before you jump into it, thinking that all gutter protection works equally, here’s a list of DO’s and DON’Ts for you. DO: Look for a gutter protection that will meet your needs. Work with a sales professional who offers different…

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Some Roofing Qualifies for Tax Credit

April 28, 2010
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The key word here — some. Most roofing products will not qualify for the 2011 federal tax credit, but there are a select few that do.  Roofing that reflects heat back toward its source does qualify.   One of the few that does qualify is the 40 year shingle by GAF-ELK. Unlike 2010, the 2011…

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Not all Gutters are the same

April 6, 2010
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Mind in the gutter? A Few Points to Ponder When You’re Considering Gutter Replacement. Read more about Energy Master’s better gutter solutions.

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U-Factors Provide a True Measurement of Efficiency

March 25, 2010
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A u-factor is a measurement of the efficiency of a window or door.  When considering a window purchase, it should be a key deciding point when choosing your windows. Some people may think a window is just a window.  That’s like saying a coat is a coat.  While it’s technically true, you wouldn’t want to…

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