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How to know when your Shingles go bad

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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Roofing Tips for Homeowners to Prepare for your Install

July 28, 2021
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If you’re soon getting a new roof, you need to prepare for your install.  These top 10 roofing tips for homeowners can make your experience as smooth as possible and set reasonable expectations for what can and cannot be done.  The more you plan and prepare, the more likely you will be to have a great…

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Ventilation: Today’s Changing needs

July 24, 2021
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Ventilation needs are changing and you don’t need to be a building scientist to understand that building materials should change also.  For nearly 30 years the ridge vent has been the gold standard, but it has since fallen. Homeowners with ridge vents are beginning to have problems. Case in point — in the winter of…

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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 required 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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