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Winter does not seem to be letting up. But at least for this Stevens Point, WI resident, the cruelty of it isn’t tormenting the inside of his home any longer! We were recently asked to insulate and air seal his home: saving him money on his energy bills and helping to prevent further ice dams.

The projects we completed involved removing much of the roof in order to gain access to the areas that needed insulating. Plus, all the old insulation had to be removed. It was a lot of work, but in the end this is what was accomplished:

 

  • All exterior top plates and interior plates insulated with two part foam
  • 4 inches of two part foam installed above the vaulted ceiling in the bonus room
  • 4 inches of two part foam installed through the roof of the 3 seasons room
  • Dense packed above the kitchen ceiling
  • Bathroom fan vented through the roof
  • Range hood vented through the roof
  • Attic air sealed
  • Attic door foamed and sealed
  • Chimney pipe area boarded up, drywall patched, and foamed
  • Ice and Water Shield installed over full eaves and where roof was removed
  • Shingled the roof

Here are some pictures of our work:

Tearin' it up!

Tearin’ it up!

And some more.

And some more.

Fixin' it up!

Fixin’ it up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Empty top plates...

Emptied…

Filling it up!

Filled.

Attic work.

Attic work.

More attic.

More attic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Before.

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Are you thinking that must have cost a fortune? Well, it didn’t! Plus, Focus on Energy footed over $1200 of the bill! Would you, also, love to have an air tight home? Don’t let the fear of finances hold you back. If you use natural gas or electricity through a participating utility to heat your home, you could save up to $4000 on your project. Afterwards, you’ll be saving money year-round on your energy bills.

But, if you still want a little extra help, financing is available – sometimes with no interest for a year! Call our wonderfully friendly and helpful receptionist, Becca, to get started on your journey to a cozier living environment. Remember: it doesn’t have to feel like winter inside your home. You can have a full wallet and warm house, too.

 

Falling apart…

Hey! Have you ever felt like everything was falling apart? Then you know how this Eau Claire, WI resident must have felt before we showed up. It’s always disappointing when something is installed for you and you later find out that it was done incorrectly. For this homeowner, it was the skylights. Both of them were just over a month old when they both began to leak…

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Faulty skylight #1

Faulty skylight #2

Faulty skylight #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We wasted no time. Leaks are not something to be messed with: left to themselves, they will cause damage worth crying over. Luckily, the leak was caught in time before too much insulation and drywall was ruined.

We started outside by removing shingles from around both skylights, attaching an ice and water barrier, and correctly installing the flashing. Then we added the black architectural shingles and sealed the flashing and counter flashing.

Better than when it was new!

Better than when it was new!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we went into the home to repair the water-damaged drywall and insulation. To finish this portion of the project, the new drywall was textured, primed, and painted. Look how beautiful! Can’t tell anything was ever wrong.

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Before.

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After!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last place we needed to take care of was the garage. We were asked to repair the rotten fascia and add a new aluminum soffit, but once we got in there, we found out that the edge of the rubber roof was the reason for the rotting! It wasn’t fitting properly any more and so water was able to drip continuously inside. Therefore, before adding anything new, the roof was cleaned and dried and then Peel n Stick was used to bond the rubber roof to the drip edge. Afterwards, the new aluminum soffit was attached.

The problematic roof.

The problematic roof.

Rotting away.

Rotting away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new aluminum soffit.

The new aluminum soffit.

 

I can’t stress enough how important it is to hire someone who can be trusted. A little hint of a company’s worth is what they’re charging – you get what you pay for. If they’re the lowest bidder, there’s a reason for that.

If they’re the highest bidder, you should look into why…it could be that the work they do is far superior to any other place around; they may have impressive certifications, national and local awards, and intensive training under the belt; they probably pay their employees fair wages so they aren’t dependent on the state to feed and house them; or, just maybe, all of those reasons apply making them the very best.

 

Again, you get what you pay for.

When it comes to your largest investment, don’t risk it: get the highest quality professional help that is available. Then sit back, grab a bowl of popcorn, and enjoy watching them work!

 

What am I: People need it, homes…not so much!

Hey! Earlier this week I briefly mentioned a project we did involving kick out flashing. In that project, we made it difficult for water to pool on the roof which will prevent damage to the roofing system and walls. Well, I have a similar project that was done on a gorgeous Eleva, WI home; but this time I have pictures!

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A wrap-around gutter.

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A worn water path affecting the siding and shingles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lance, one of our estimators, climbed up there to assess the situation and make a plan to fix it. Then, we sent Tyler over to do something about the problem. It wasn’t too hard for this certified professional to do what needed to be done. He got right to work:

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A little tearing apart had to happen before…

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…it could be built up and put together again.

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The damaged light block and siding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He removed the roof materials in order to frame a small diverter that will keep water away from the side of this home. He also fixed a light block and replaced two pieces of damaged siding. Did you know you don’t have to have us order the materials? We were able to use the siding and shingles that this Trempealeau county resident already owned!

Next, see how our Tyler did!

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The finished product! Yes, you can applause.

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A closer look at the area- notice how worn those shingles are!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You probably have guessed the answer to my riddle in the topic line by now. What am I? I am water! I keep people alive, growing, and functioning, but I make homes depreciate and beg for professional help.

When was the last time you checked for the effect that water is having on your home? If you have any concerns at all, just remember that our estimates are free and our estimators are among the elite. Don’t let a little issue progress into a pool of problems: call your locally owned, nationally recognized contractor (us) today!

Kick out flashing, insulation, and an aspiring ridge vent!

Happy day to you! Does your home need any kind of repair or update? Rock and Tait Exteriors excels in every home improvement need from the concrete to the roof and from outdoor additions to indoor remodeling.

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The problematic double valley.

 

We were recently in Menomonie, WI to fix a problematic double valley. We needed to upgrade where the two valleys connect by installing shingles up under its fascia and creating a better kick out flashing. Kick out flashing is important to use when you don’t want water pooling in a certain area, causing damage to the roof or to the walls. When used properly, this kind of flashing gives the home superior protection from water that could otherwise work its way into your home, your life, and your wallet.

 

 

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Making the home air tight!

 

Another project we completed was the complete removal of attic insulation in order to properly air seal and insulate with spray foam and Cellulose. Besides changing light bulbs to energy efficient LED bulbs, air sealing and insulating is one of the easiest ways to reduce how much energy your home wastes on a 24-hours a day basis. Why let the heating or cooling you pay for go through the roof? Lock it inside and live more comfortably!

 

 

 

Spray foam allows for air tight insulating around oddly shaped areas!

Spray foam allows for air tight insulating around oddly shaped areas!

It's important to have good air flow in that attic. Ventilation chutes hooked up to the soffit help accomplish that!

It’s important to have good air flow in the attic. Ventilation chutes hooked up to the soffit help accomplish that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The aspiring ridge vent...and proof that heat was escaping through the roof.

The aspiring ridge vent…and proof that heat was escaping through the roof.

 

 

The last area that we tackled on this home was the ridge vent. Have you ever had snow and debris fly into your home? Well, this Dunn County resident was struggling with this issue in the attic. Normally, ridge vents just allow air to exit the attic; but apparently this one wanted to be an entrance, too! After installing a new continuous ridge vent, we cleaned up the entire area until you couldn’t tell we were even there.

 

 

 

 

Can you imagine having a home that’s exactly as you want it? Well, even though you might have a lot of problems right now, or just a persistent few, the home of your dreams may be hiding in what you already own! Call Rock and Tait Exteriors to bring out the best in your property!

 

Keeping up with the Joneses

Hi! Have you ever heard the phrase, “Keeping up with the Joneses?” What if I told you that you neither have to work your life away making millions nor own all the latest gadgets to live in comfort? Sometimes, all it takes is a really good insulating and air sealing job to make comfort an instant reality. Take a job we did for a Wausau, WI resident for an example.

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Spring, Summer, and Fall all contained in one home!

 

 

This picture shows a corner of the house having a temperature range of 62 degrees to 74 degrees. This kind of air penetration causes the heating system in your home to work overtime, since the cold spots are constantly cooling down the place. Plus, heat rises so if there isn’t adequate insulation above the ceiling, then all that energy you’re paying for is going through the roof!

 

 

 

 

When Energy goes through the roof during winter, the heat turns snow into water which trickles down the slope of the roof until it reaches the cold eaves. There, it turns into ice. The process continues over and over until your wallet has been drained from energy bills; the roof is covered in ice; and water is backed up behind the ice, working its way into your home.

Snow melting - beginning stage of ice dam formation

Snow melting – beginning stage of ice dam formation

 

This Marathon County resident decided that she didn’t want anymore ice dams and concluded that our attic insulation and air sealing suggestion would work best for the home. What made this even better is that Focus on Energy paid over $1200 of the bill through their 2015 energy program!

 

 

Prior to our coming, someone else insulated a foot of the attic by the eaves to reduce ice dams, but it didn’t work. So, when we got in there, we added ventilation chutes to every cavity to maximize ventilation and air sealed over all the air leaks from the lower level.

This didn't work.

This didn’t work.

This did work!

This does work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we removed all the floor boards in order to air seal and insulate each cavity to achieve maximum thermal boundary between the living space and the attic. We also installed the Two Part Spray Foam to all top plates, lights, wires, and attic penetrations.

Removing floor boards.

Removing floor boards.

Spray foam in the cavities.

Spray foam in the cavities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of other projects we did to help this home toward reaching its full potential included:
*Updating the bathroom fan to aid in the proper ventilation of the home, and
*Updating the soffit from wooden to metal to also aid in proper ventilation

Before.

Before.

After!

After!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the post project energy test is available, I’ll update you on how much energy she is saving because of our work. Other ways you could save energy includes: air sealing around the windows, insulating the box sills, insulating the basement or crawl space, removing an unused chimney, wrapping the water heater, and more! We’ll be happy to discuss any problems that you’re having with your home and give you lasting solutions so you can relax in comfort for years to come!

Feel like a million bucks: Call Rock and Tait Exteriors to get started!

Has anyone ever let you down?

Hi! Has someone ever said they’d do something for you, but then they did it wrong? And to make matters worse, by the time you found out about it, there were problems that you were responsible for fixing? That’s exactly what happened to these Eau Claire, WI residents.

You see, about six months ago they hired someone to install their microwave and vent it out the roof. The hired help said he did that, but these homeowners experienced something quite different.

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The new microwave that needed to be vented out the roof.

 

The company did a great job installing their new appliance, but that’s where the applause ends. A few months after the installation, they noticed a patch of drywall above the machine that was beginning to bubble out.

Concerned that the venting may have something wrong with it, they inspected the roof to find the output. However, there wasn’t one! Instead, they found a soft patch where the vent was supposed to be.

Upon further inspection, it was easy to conclude that the ducting was venting right into the attic. Wow! All that heat and moisture gathering in the attic during winter – can you imagine the potential for ice dams, wood rot, mold, and structural damage?

Of course we helped them out.

Since we were also there to install a GAF Timberline roof with a 50 year warranty, we simply added the vent during the project. Plus, while the roof was off, the insulating crew was able to air seal the attic and bring the level of insulation up to R50.

Doing this will keep heat and moisture out of the attic, helping to prevent each previously mentioned issue from occurring over time. But, besides making this Chippewa Valley home snug and energy efficient, the crews thoroughly checked over the ducting to make sure no further problems will arise.

Let this be a lesson to all of us: when you ask someone to do something that affects your home (or anything important to you), watch them closely to verify that it’s actually getting done.

Or – better yet – just call Rock and Tait Exteriors: we’re licensed to do your project correctly the first time!

Energy savings that’ll make you jealous!

Hi! Are you someone who pursues saving energy or do you roll your eyes like some people I know? Well, the project we recently completed in Lublin, WI, is not something to roll your eyes about and just might leave you feeling a bit jealous.

Before getting started, an Energy Audit was ordered to see where energy was being wasted. After the project was completed, another Energy Audit was performed on the house. This one showed an energy loss reduction of 52%! Do you know what that will mean for her? Her home will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, but will only use half us much energy to do it! Think of the savings on her energy bills! It’s exciting… So, here’s how it all went down.

We were called to replace the drop ceilings in the home with drywall; which we did. Take a look!
First, the before pictures:

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Before I show you the pictures taken during the project, I want you to know that we did a lot of insulating after the drop ceiling was taken off. In a couple of these photos you’ll see shiny material between the rafters; this is the new vapor barrier. It is so important to install a vapor barrier on the warm side of the home to separate the living space from the insulation. The barrier keeps moisture from condensing on the insulation or on any other part of the cold attic. Remember, condensation is when humid air meets cold air and turns into little liquid drops all over the surface. This process is bad news for homes, which is why a vapor barrier is a must. Ok, now for the pictures:

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We transformed four rooms and a hallway from suspended ceilings into beautiful drywall with an orange peel texture. Here’s what they look like now:

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What a change! This place went from looking like an old office building to a modern, cozy home!

The last project we completed on this home was twofold: rubber roofing and insulating the top plates. As always, the two crews worked together to get this project done accurately and efficiently. For your viewing pleasure, please see the following photos. By the way, when your shingles begin to look like the picture below, it is time to get them replaced; act fast to get the most out of your warranty!

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Project complete! Now this Lublin resident is enjoying the benefits of an energy efficient home! She’s saving money, feeling warmer, and shouldn’t have to worry about any more ice dams. Great job, Crew- You reduced energy loss by 52% for this Taylor county resident! That’s something to be proud of!

Do you want an energy efficient home, too? While you’re on our website, click over to the homepage and request your free estimate. We can’t help you until you ask us to. But once you do ask, prepare yourself for quality and excellence at their finest!

Something to do during winter

Happy Winter day to you! I’m guessing, if you’re anything like me, you’re going a little stir crazy anxiously waiting for spring. But let’s get our minds off of what’s going on outside so we can focus on what could be going on inside. I want you to do something for me. Put your right palm on your right shoulder and your left palm on your left shoulder. Now move them each horizontally away from yourself about 6 inches. THAT, believe in or not, was how wide my first kitchen was when I moved here. Room for one! Six feet long, two-and-a-half feet wide. If there was ever a winter project that needed doing, it was definitely a kitchen remodel.

Is an annoying problem like that still going on in your home? Are you content when you look around? What are you thinking needs to change? Imagine it getting done… think about how great it’ll finally be to call your house a home once it has been personalized to fit your style! Now stop imagining and get it done! We make dreams a reality – take one of our latest projects for example: a kitchen makeover.

Now, this kitchen was not anywhere near awful like the one I dealt with for too long, but it still wasn’t to her liking and she had had enough! Her kitchen, as seen below, had a snack bar island with a centered stove-top and room for two chairs. You can also see an older white refrigerator/freezer, a white double oven, a white microwave, white dishwasher, wood floors, and can lights over the island. The rest of the kitchen is overflowing with cabinets and a few oddly placed counter spaces.

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The first thing we needed to do was develop a floor plan, measure spaces, and arrange a new setup to her liking.

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Then we were able to digitally view what the finished project was going to look like. Can you feel the excitement she must have been feeling?

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Once plans were finalized, the old kitchen was taken apart and sent to various destinations. Have you ever tried taking apart a kitchen? It takes a lot of elbow grease and muscle!

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After the floor was installed, the rest of the room was constructed. Each picture in the following series is worth a thousand words; I’m going to let them do the talking. Relax. Pay attention to the details and let your mind wrap around how much care went into this renovation.

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Are you ready to see the masterpiece in all of its beauty? Because I am eager to show you! But first I want to give a shout-out to Zank Electric and Moss Plumbing for the part they played in making this kitchen possible: great work, guys! Okay, here it is…

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Look at all of those changes!
*The snack bar was rebuilt with a sink and microwave, minus the stove, and room for four chairs
*Each appliance is updated to stainless steel and rearranged to make the most of the counter tops
*Some of the cabinets were turned into something entirely different such as a wine storage and beverage cooler
*The can lights were changed into hanging fixtures, plus lights were added inside and under cabinets
*The wood floor is now a tile floor
*Decorative trim and tiles wrap around the kitchen in the space between the counter and cabinets
*Not pictured is the new flooring and trim in the pantry and entryway

This Chippewa Valley resident is “at home” in her new living space, glad to finally have the kitchen she has been dreaming of. What have you been dreaming about for your home during these long winter nights? More space? Saving energy? More natural light? A bigger kitchen? A new garage or an upstairs addition? Come to Rock and Tait Exteriors, your project’s one-stop destination where ideas take form.

New GAF Timberline Roof in Chippewa Falls/Eau Claire~THINK SPRING!

Everyone wants a GAF Timberline roof, right?!

It’ll be so nice in the Spring when you can get your roof done early in the roofing season so you don’t have to worry about it all summer long.

Check out this great and quick commercial from GAF!!

                           >>>click here to watch<<< 

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We can set up your FREE estimate appointment and use the newest technology for measuring your roof to be able to give you a written price for your roof now in the winter. Then  you could beat the crowd and get listed on our schedule to be one of the first brand new GAF Timberline roofs to get done this Spring of 2015!

The first day of Spring is only 70 days away !!!

 

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The new garage!

Hi! A couple weeks ago I wrote about how a garage can bring happiness. That garage I spoke about is now complete! I’m here today to give you the final pictures. But before I do that, as a refresher, this is what the attached garage and home used to look like:

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And here are a couple of pictures to help remind us what happened during the project:

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As you may recall, this Chippewa Falls resident wanted to upgrade her garage by connecting a brand new, bigger garage to the front of the old, smaller one. We did all the work from the ground up! We:

  • excavated
  • prepared concrete
  • completed framing
  • added walls
  • built trusses
  • installed a roof
  • put on siding and shingles
  • moved the old garage door
  • connected a new garage door
  • sealed in a window
  • hung gutters
  • blew in insulation, and
  • wired it up so she’d have electricity.

Plus, we can’t forget about all the little things in between that went on to make this happen such as the planning, scheduling, phone calls, ordering, organizing, engineering, and more. We have only one more visit left, which will be made during spring, to do a roof inspection; to make sure the siding is spotless; and to clean up the yard, driveway, and walkways with a magnet sweep.

Now for the finished project! Drum roll, please!!

Front side!

Front side!

Back side!

Back side!

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Front side view!

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Back side view!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great job, guys! I’d like to recognize George, Tyler, Scott S, Scott T, Brandon T, Bob T, Brad, Dallas, Jared, Seth, and everyone else who worked with them to make this possible.

The path to a roomier place starts at Rock and Tait Exteriors! Let us help you get comfortable.