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4 Questions to Ask a Contractor on How to Minimize Ice Dams

Minimize ice dams

No big snowstorms have hit Michigan yet this year. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t coming – and probably sooner than you are ready for.

Don’t get stuck paying to have an ice dam removed again this year. You will know because there will be the telltale signs of icicles hanging from your gutters once the cold really hits.

If your house is prone to them you really will save yourself the headache of having to deal with them every year by fixing your attic situation more permanently.

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Roof Heat Tape and Ice Dams: What You Need To Know

Ice dams and roof heat tape

What Is Roof Heat Tape?

You may think you know something about construction and then come across a product you have never heard of before.

Roof heat tape is one of those things for some home or business owners. It is not really tape. It is another term for heat cables that are actually coated electrical wire.

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Low Slope and Steep Slope Roofs: Pros and Cons of Each

Low slope and steep slope roofs

Most homeowners don’t have a flat roof and likewise, haven’t had much experience with what to expect. Commercial building owners may be more familiar with the travails of a flat roof, but there are advantages too. Here is the lowdown on each of these systems:

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Mixed Roofing Ventilation Products on Your Roof

Roof of house - depicting roofing ventilation

When it comes to roofing ventilation, most homeowners don’t know a lot about what types there are. Unless you have had a bad experience with inadequate ventilation you are probably content to let your roof and attic do their thing.

However, what if it comes to a choice, or you have someone telling that you need to change or add attic ventilation?

Should you mix the types of ventilation?

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Commercial Roofing: How to Choose the Best Flat Roof Color

Commercial roofing - choosing the best flat roof color

For commercial roofing, when it comes to choosing a color for your flat roofing membrane, often the color specified by designers is black. Asphalt and tar roofing is black in color. It is often the default color for many suburban development plans.

You, as a building owner, may not be told there is another choice – several other choices, in fact.

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7 Ways to Void Your Roof Warranty

Football on roof - depicting roof warranty

Roofing manufacturers offer warranties on their products, like many good manufacturing companies. They are all a little different. Some cover things others don’t. Some items are transferable, others are not. In addition, they all vary in length.

However, there are several criteria that will void most warranties for roofing material. The following conditions are what you need to be aware of.

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What to Do If a Tree Falls on Your Roof

What happens when tree falls on roof

Michigan has seen some heavy-duty winds, rain, lightning, and heavy snowfalls. These are all weather conditions that can easily cause a tree to fall.

Hopefully, you are keeping tabs on old or sick trees that are near your house to make sure this doesn’t happen. Unfortunately, it can happen no matter how well you plan.

It is a good idea to know what to do in an emergency situation and act quickly to protect your family and your home from even more damage.

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Why Your Home Remodel Won’t Be Like HGTV

Home remodel concept

Have you ever been inspired to tackle that bathroom you know is dragging down the value of your home? Or maybe your kitchen? Have you seen a show on reality TV that shows a couple, along with one designer, ripping out and remodeling their bathroom in one weekend and thought, “Hey, I could do that. How hard can it be?”

The truth is, they make it look easy and that’s for a reason. Networks like this exist to advertise products and make money. It’s no coincidence that the commercials associated with these shows are for home improvement goods. And that’s all fine, except when homeowners get in trouble thinking it really is as easy as it looks.

If you’ve never done a home remodel before, you are in for a surprise.

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Attic Ventilation Vents Compared: Turbine vs. Ridge

Attic ventilation vents compared

What is better for attic ventilation: turbine or ridge vents?

When it comes to attic ventilation, there are some myths circulating. One of them is, if you have attic vents, you must have attic ventilation. Another is that attic ventilation will let too much warm air out of your home in the winter. Neither of these is always true.

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The Importance of Gutter Cleaning: What You Need to Know

Gutter cleaning services

Your home’s gutter system is designed to help with the longevity and maintenance of your home. But if you have clogged gutters, it’s only a matter of time before they start to work against your home and do long-term damage.

Gutters are designed to take water away from the structure of your home. They work in tandem with the slope of your roof to quickly move water off your roof and away from your walls and foundation.
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