Consumer Protection

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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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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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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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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Importance of Drip Edge

May 21, 2019
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Of all of the ways that contractors can drive up their profits, skipping the drip edge flashing is unwise and is likely to hurt the homeowner down the road. Drip edge is a piece of flashing that goes on the gable ends (also known as rake ends) of a home. Sometimes fly by night contractors…

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Roof Raking Causes Damage – Inspect your Roof

April 25, 2017
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Roof raking can damage your shingles and if you’re a roof raker, it’s time to climb the ladder to inspect what damage has been done. It’s understandable that many people go into panic mode when they hear of widespread water infiltration in the winter caused by ice damming.  Home improvement shows scare folks about the weight of snow…

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Roof Repair Scam Alert

April 9, 2017
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This week I got a call from a customer in New Berlin who had a leak.  Earlier in the week another company had come over and told them they could fix the leak for $1600.  They then proceeded to replace cap shingles on parts of the roof that weren’t even close to the leak. When…

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For Gardeners Needing A Roof, Timing is Everything

February 14, 2017
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Each year I get customers who want to be assured that their plants won’t get damaged when they put on their new roof.  I’m faced with a dilemma — how do I quickly strip off thousands of pounds of shingles off of their roof, all while guaranteeing that their plants will be fine? The short…

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