Roofing

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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Active Ventilation vs Passive Ventilation

August 11, 2020
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To understand which is recommended, you have to first understand which each type of ventilation is. Active ventilation actively draws air our of the attic.  There are several types of vents that can do this. Solar vents — The most expensive, but as soon as light hits the solar cell, it spins a fan, drawing…

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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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One Day Roofing is Possible But Know the Limitations

September 27, 2018
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A good professional company can often do a complete tear off of a roof and put the new roof on in the same day, but there are limitations and you should know what they are going into your project. Factors that can take longer  Multiple facets — Roofers call this kind of a roof “cut…

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