Roofing

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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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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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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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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Metal Valleys vs California Valleys

August 31, 2020
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Which is best, open valleys or closed valleys?  Let’s explore the differences. If you live in the northern zone, such as Wisconsin, the open valley, which has metal in it, is far superior. Metal or open valley:  A good contractor will start out by lining the valley with a rubberized membrane casually referred to as…

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Anatomy of a Shingle 101

August 18, 2020
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Shingles are made from 3 primary layers which work together to protect you and your home.  They are a fiberglass, asphalt, and granules. Fiberglass makes up the base of most modern day asphalt shingles today.   This fiberglass matting holds the shingle together and gives it strength.  Nearly all asphalt shingle manufacturers purchase their fiberglass…

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