Roofing

Advice for Removing a Satellite Dish from a Roof

June 12, 2015
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Question: Jim, If I want to remove a satellite dish from my roof would it be a better idea to leave the sole plate in? I don’t plan on replacing the roof any time soon. Answer:  Yes, leave the plate on. If you take it off you will compromise the shingles (which can be sealed)…

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Roof Inspections — You get what you pay for

May 29, 2015
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Yesterday I saw the face of a new homeowner go ashen when I showed her what the price of replacing her roof would be.  She had a home inspection and the inspector didn’t tell inform her of the extent of her roof problems.  As part of his quickie-inspection he recommended in his report that she have a…

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Ridge Cap Shingles Important as the Rest of your Roof Parts

May 13, 2015
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Customers sometimes ask, “why is your quote higher than another contractor”?  The answer is simple — they’re not using the same quality materials or they’re shorting you on underlayments all together. I’ve gone to houses only to see that the roof would fail the inspection of any city inspector if they actually checked to see how…

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Rubber Roof Alternatives for Flat Roofs

May 12, 2015
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Flat roofs have created problems for many homeowners and business owners alike for as long as low slope roofs have been around, but the materials have changed and they’re changing again. The old mop, tar and pebble roofs gave way to rubber and TPO (the white membrane you see on many commercial buildings).  Elastomeric membranes,…

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Stop Roof Raking

January 7, 2014
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This time of year, when roofs are covered in snow, some people are practicing a decades long tradition of using a roof rake to remove even small amounts of snow.  That’s a horrible idea.  In most cases all you are doing is scraping off a protective layer of shingle granules. Stop it. There are exceptions…

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Replacing Your Roof? Here’s a handy Homeowner Checklist to Prepare You.

August 12, 2013
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If there is one home improvement that will cause a dramatic change to your house, it is changing your roof.  But what should you be prepared for?  Is there anything you can do to make it as non-traumatic as possible? Here’s a few tips that you can do that will help you understand what to…

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How to choose a Roofing Contractor

July 27, 2013
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A common way that people choose a roofing contractor is because they saw a crew in the neighborhood and decided to go with someone who their neighbor went with.  Sometimes this makes sense, sometimes it does not. The older I get the more I rely on the “gut check”.  A good portion of what you…

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When is it the best time to replace my roof?

March 24, 2013
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The short answer to that question is that the optimal temperature to have your roof installed is when the temperature is between 45 degrees Fahrenheit and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Here in the upper midwest, homeowners regularly replace their roofs in the middle of summer. If homeowners understood how shingles are made they would probably change their…

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Choose a Light Colored Roof to Save Energy

October 17, 2012
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Q: As an apartment-dweller in SoCal (or anywhere): I’m curious as to how a tenant could effectively persuade/encourage her landlord to upgrade the property to be energy efficient — using a company such as yours? A: Needs are definitely different in Southern California than they are in Wisconsin. For instance, you often see times of…

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Ventilation is Key to a Good Roof

September 5, 2012
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Without proper ventilation you can easily turn a 30 year shingle into a 15 year shingle. I’ve seen decent quality architectural shingles curl and crack because the installer didn’t provide proper ventilation. Ventilation requires intake and exhaust. Think of proper attic ventilation like a chimney. A chimney has an opening at the top and an…

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