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Pros and Cons of Heat Tape & Other Ice Dam Prevention Methods

Posted by Joey Haack on Jan 13, 2020 3:00:00 PM

It’s happening. What started off as a few sparse icicles around the perimeter of your roof has now developed into a full-fledged safety risk for you and your home: ice dams. You still have time to prevent ice damming before major damage is done. A complete remodel of your attic, major roof repairs, and insulation replacement may be out of the question for you. So what are your options?

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Topics: roofing, ice dam prevention

Should I Remove the Snow from My Roof?

Posted by Joey Haack on Jan 9, 2020 3:00:00 PM

If you don’t have an ice dam problem and you’re not concerned about your roof collapsing or heavy snow falling on you or your family, you shouldn’t need to remove snow from your roof. In fact, snow can be beneficial for your roof during the winter, acting as an extra layer of insulation to keep more heat inside your home.

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Topics: roofing

Metal Roofing vs. Architectural Shingles: How to Choose the Better Option for You

Posted by Joey Haack on Jan 2, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Metal and architectural shingles are two of the most popular roofing types on the market today. If you’re looking for a durable, attractive option for your home, consider these two quality solutions. Either type of roof should serve you very well for a long time. The choice you make will ultimately come down to personal preferences on up-front costs vs. long-term savings, durability, and ease of installation.

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Topics: roofing

What Tools Do I Need to Clean My Gutters?

Posted by Joey Haack on Dec 17, 2019 3:00:00 PM

It’s easy to take your gutters for granted when they’re working properly. Gutters prevent water from streaming down your home’s siding and pooling near its foundation. If your gutters don’t guide the rain safely away from your home, however, you could experience a myriad of problems. Clogged or damaged gutters can lead to siding discoloration, ice dams, foundation damage, basement and crawlspace flooding, landscape erosion, and other serious issues.

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Topics: gutters

How Do I Have Frost In My Attic?

Posted by Joey Haack on Dec 11, 2019 3:30:00 PM


If you’ve ever stepped into an uninsulated attic in the winter, you may have found something unexpected: frost. Frost may seem harmless when everything is cold and frozen, but as soon as the sun shines and the attic temperature rises, frost can become a danger to your home. If it doesn’t evaporate, it can leak into your home’s structure and cause water damage that may then lead to mold growth, mildew, poor indoor air quality, rotting wood, and other serious problems.

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Topics: maintenance

What Causes Condensation on My Ceiling in the Winter?

Posted by Joey Haack on Dec 4, 2019 2:15:00 PM

If you’re experiencing water dripping through your ceiling during the winter and it’s not due to an actual roof leak or ice dam problem, condensation is the most likely culprit. Regardless of the source, excess moisture is one of the home’s worst enemies. It can lead to poor indoor air quality, mold and mildew, rot, and deterioration. Attic condensation is a common problem for many homeowners during the colder months. Today, we’ll explain why it forms and what you can do to fight it. 

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Topics: roofing

Tips for Installing Heat Tape on Your Roof

Posted by Joey Haack on Nov 30, 2019 9:45:00 AM

Heat tape, or heat cable, is insulated electrical wire that raises the temperature of rooftops, gutters, downspouts, and pipes to prevent ice buildup during the winter. Heat tape is installed in areas prone to developing ice dams, which can wreak havoc on your home and pose a dangerous threat to anyone standing or walking nearby. 

If your home has had an ice dam problem in the past, heat tape may be an affordable and effective solution to minimize ice buildup. Here are some tips to help you safely install heat tape on your roof and in your gutters and downspouts. 

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Topics: roofing, ice dam prevention

4 Main Causes of Electrical Short Circuits

Posted by Joey Haack on Nov 20, 2019 2:45:00 PM

A short circuit occurs when electricity strays from its intended path and completes its journey via a shorter route—one of less resistance. This occurs when the flow of electricity is interrupted by a flaw in the established wiring. If a short circuit in your electrical system is not found and promptly fixed, it could produce sparks, smoke, or fire or cause electric shock. 

Before we get into common causes of short circuits in a home, a brief science lesson is in order to help you better understand how circuits work. 

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Topics: electrical

How to Choose the Right Siding for Your Home

Posted by Joey Haack on Oct 8, 2019 12:15:00 PM

Choosing the right siding for your home can be a difficult process. There are a few wildly different options, and some of which require higher labor and/or material costs than others. To get started, the following questions may prove helpful in deciding which type of siding is right for your home:

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Topics: siding

Why Is a Healthy Roof Important?

Posted by Joey Haack on Jun 29, 2019 11:34:00 AM

How much thought have you given your roof in the last year? Particularly for owners of second homes, who may enjoy their property only a few times per year, the security and stability of the roof is too often assumed. Without a major issue, few people want to invest their vacation time in the attic inspecting the roof for damage and leaks.

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Topics: roofing