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It’s ice dam season – again

We have been posting on this for quite some time and it’s worthy of mentioning again.  It’s ice dam season once again.  If you live in Wisconsin, or at least the midwest, you’re familiar with heavy snow and ice dams forming on your roof.  Ice and snow can cause many different issues during the winter but ice dams can cause quite a few problems that you don’t notice right away.   Homeowners often fall victim to the most common solutions to ice dams that have been present for decades – including zig-zag heated cables for modern gutters. Unfortunately, these solutions may not be the best and homeowners can end up investing a lot of time and money in a product only to find that ice dams come back year after year.

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Wood siding – Pros & Cons

While there are many choices that homeowners need to acquaint themselves with, wood siding has certainly withstood the test of time and is still one of the top choices when it comes to residing a home.  For many homeowners, wood is the real thing and nothing less will do.  In Wisconsin, wood siding is popular and beautiful but it does have its drawbacks.

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Adding an addition to your home

Adding an addition to your home can be a simple and (relatively) inexpensive way to improve your home and your way of life.  But there are a great deal of questionsImagine if you and your spouse didn’t have to use the bathroom in shifts, if the kids each had their own rooms, if you had a guest bathroom, or even a home office. Thing would certainly change in your home.

The possibilities for a home addition are limited only by your imagination, and of course your bank account. So lets get started on your first steps assuming you have identified your property lines.

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Decks vs Patios … Which is the right choice?

If your home is in need of some outdoor space, adding a patio or deck can increase your square foot without being the bank. Each option offers an area to gather with friends and family, grill out, and relax under the sun (or stars); the option you choose will likely depend on your budget, space, and needs as well as the layout of your house. Let’s take a look at the benefits of both patios and decks so your hardest decision will be where to place the grill.

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Repair your home for you

Everyone who is buying a home or is looking to renovate their current home usually asks the same questions.   What have you done lately?  The curb appeal of the home, a new kitchen or master bath, what was remodeled and what repairs make the most sense always comes up. How’s the landscaping look and have you added a deck or patio?  But these will come up whether you are selling or not, in my opinion.  The list of questions and doubts seem to go on forever around this topic.

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Home improvement – Siding

Replacing the siding on your home is considered on the of the top five home improvement options you can do.  Here are a few siding ideas you should think about when considering adding siding to your new home project or a remodeling project.  Because siding is so important, especially in Wisconsin, our top siding recommendations are as follows.

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Solar shingles?

It’s official: Tesla shareholders approved the acquisition of SolarCity. Big deal, right! YES, it is a big deal. Elon Musk is a genius and he is going to make your home smarter then ever. Solar City is a perfect fit for Tesla considering Tesla is an electric car company....

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How to prevent ice dams

It snows in Wisconsin and it also rains in the winter and when that happens you run the risk of getting ice dams, So, you’re going to need to make sure your house is prepared so you don’t end up going through spring doing repair after repair. This can easily happen in cold weather states like Wisconsin....

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