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How to Choose a Home Improvement Contractor Without Getting Ripped Off

Springtime in Michigan has specific signs it has arrived like Morel mushroom hunting, yard work, Robin sightings, geese flying north, and the growing fix-it-list for your home. To take on the spring season and tackle that growing fix-it-list you will eventually need to hire a contractor to do some work. Top Tip – When hiring a contractor to do a project on your house, know that in Michigan if a project totals $600 or more in Labor and Materials the contractor must be licensed by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.  Before you contact [...]

2022-09-27T14:32:32-04:00Categories: Roofing|

How Do Ice Dams Affect Your Roof In Michigan?

Ice dams and ice icicles are forming on many houses and homes during winter here in Michigan. In this article, we cover what an ice dam is, what causes ice dams, short and long-term fixes, and how to prevent ice dams. What is an ice dam? Ice dams form when there is a build-up of snow and your roof heats up to 32 degrees or more. When your roof is above 32 degrees it will melt the snow touching the roof, which runs down to the eaves, refreezes, and turns to ice. This melt [...]

2022-09-27T15:36:51-04:00Categories: Roofing|

Another Roof Installed Near Us In Madison Heights

We just completed another roof replacement near us, here in Madison Heights.  With this customer, they had a tree branch fall onto their roof.  Since the entire roof was due for a replacement, we opted to repair the damage as the entire roof got replaced. Madison Heights Roof Tear-Off We started by tearing off the existing shingles.  Once we got to the bare roof decking, all damage from the tree branch falling was then repaired.  We then installed six feet of ice & water barrier, then installed Owens Corning Pro Armor synthetic underlayment on the remaining portions of the roof. [...]

2022-09-27T15:43:01-04:00Categories: Roofing|Tags: , |

Adding a Dormer to the Roof in Clarkston Michigan

Here is a job we finished last month where we added a dormer onto their main roof line to match the look of their garage. Dormers are one of the most cost effective ways to increase the curb appeal of your home.  While we didn’t do it with this job, they can also be used to add square footage to the rooms below where the dormer is installed… also increasing the value of the home. Clarkston Michigan Dormer Framing We started by framing in the dormer on the existing roof. [...]

2022-09-27T16:08:30-04:00Categories: Roofing, Siding, Uncategorized, Vinyl Siding|Tags: , |

A Royal Oak Roof our Company Just Finished

Here is a roofing job our company just completed near us in Royal Oak. With this house we stripped off all of existing 3-tab shingles and replaced them with Owens Corning Duration shingles, which provide great protection of the roof for the price. It also includes a 50 year warranty through Owens Corning. Royal Oak Existing Roof This roof had a 3 tab shingle which are thinner than the shingles we use, so they don’t last as long. You can also notice some of the damage in the valleys where the rain and weather cause wear. [...]

2022-09-28T09:31:42-04:00Categories: Roofing|Tags: , |

Roofing Replacement in Warren, Macomb County, Michigan

Here is a full roof replacement we just completed in Warren.  Two layers of old roofing shingles were stripped off down to the wood.  From there we replaced any damaged wood we found.  We used six feet of ice and water protection across the bottom of the roof, with Owens Corning Pro Armor synthetic wrap around the remaining pieces.  Finally, we shingled the roof with Owens Corning Duration Tru Definition Shingles in the Quarry Gray color. Warren Michigan Roof Before Here is what the roof looked like before.  We had two layers of shingles that needed to be [...]

2022-09-28T10:44:48-04:00Categories: Roofing|Tags: , |

Stamped Concrete Patio in Commerce Township, Michigan

Stamped concrete looks great and has a lot of benefits when used for a patio.   Here is a project we just finished in Commerce Township where we used stamped concrete on their back patio area. Commerce Township Stamped Concrete Images If you are looking to have stamped concrete work done in Oakland County or near you in the surrounding areas, give use a call at 248-629-9260.  We can come by and give you a free estimate.

2022-09-28T10:47:23-04:00Categories: Concrete|Tags: , |

Soffit Installation, Concrete Driveway and Sidewalk Replacement in Detroit Metro Area

This is a job we just finished in Detroit.  The customer had us tear out and replace their concrete driveway and sidewalk, and then pour new concrete steps leading up to their porch.  Once we were finished with that job, they had us come out again and replace all of their wooden soffits with vinyl soffits. Concrete Sidewalk Before Concrete Tear Out and Framing The old concrete is torn out and wood framing is added for the new concrete to be poured in. Concrete Sidewalk and Driveway [...]

Gutters, Siding and Soffit Replacement in Canton, Michigan

Here is a job we just finished in Canton, Michigan, where we replaced some wooden siding with vinyl siding, replaced the gutters on the entire house, and replaced the soffits.  The siding was Mastic Ovation with the Brandywood color scheme… which looks great with the brick! Pics of the Canton Siding and Gutter Job If you are looking to have siding replaced, new gutters or downspouts installed, soffit replaced or any exterior work done to your home, contact us today!  [...]

2022-09-28T11:04:19-04:00Categories: Gutters, Siding, Vinyl Siding|Tags: , |

Blown-In Attic Insulation in Warren, Michigan

Attic insulation is one the top ways you can keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter, all while reducing your energy bills.  Here are some pictures of a job we just finished in Warren, Michigan. We used blown-in insulation to add a significant amount of R-Value to the attic of the home, which is the main source of temperature loss. Warren, Michigan Blown-In Attic Insulation PicsYour Content Goes Here If you live in Warren, Macomb County or anywhere in Southeastern Michigan and need to improve [...]

2022-09-28T11:09:00-04:00Categories: Insulation|Tags: , |