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!!

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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.

It’s all ruined due to one oversight

Hi there! When you look up at your ceiling, what do you see? If you were to do a complete walk-through of your home to check for unsightly stains, would you be happy with the results? We were recently at a home in Eau Claire, WI, to make a couple of his ceilings new again. When we walked into his kitchen, this is what greeted us: drywall b1 But, as our mamas taught us, we left it in better condition than when we arrived. Brandon got busy completely removing the kitchen ceiling and then installing a new one. He used every protective procedure to make sure nothing in the area was damaged during the project. After the new drywall was hung, he textured, primed, and painted it. Take a look at how he did! drywall f1   What causes damage like that in the first place? For this Chippewa Valley resident, the culprit was the worn-out condition of the shingles. Here is what his roof looked like before we replaced it: roof b1 Here’s a closer look. Don’t ignore your roof for this long!! It’s far cheaper to act before you need to react! roof b2 Are the shingles on your roof in a similar condition? Did you know that water can easily penetrate such a roof? That’s, unfortunately, what happened to this home. When we went into the attic, we found plenty of damaged insulation that needed to be replaced. Scott and his men removed and hauled away over 200 square feet of insulation from over the kitchen area alone. They replaced it with 2 part spray foam, added ventilation chutes until each cavity had one, and sealed the hatch with rigid foam. This was all done at the same time as the roof. John and his men lifted the decking to expose the top plates so Scott’s crew could insulate there, too. Then they restored the decking and worked hard to make the roof impenetrable with a Gold Pledge Deluxe roofing system. Rock and Tait Exteriors is a GAF Master Elite Certified business, obtained through completing intense training that only 3% of roofing contractors can pass. Because of this, we were able to offer this homeowner a 50 year, non-prorated warranty on materials and labor; a 25 year workmanship warranty; and a 40-point factory inspection of the completed roof. Plus, it’s transferable to a new owner for the first 20 years! Here’s a picture taken during the project:roof d1   You can see how beautiful the finished side looks! I don’t have a picture of the end result, but be assured that it’s of the highest quality because it was built by the only GAF Master Elite installer in the area. We are dedicated to customer satisfaction, which we know cannot be achieved by halfhearted attempts and sloppy work. When you ask us to help your home, you get the best: a licensed, insured, and nationally recognized whole-house contractor and handyman. Whatever the project, give us a call. The path to a better home and a happier you starts with Rock and Tait Exteriors!

Annoyed? We may be able to help.

Hi there! We were recently in Jim Falls, WI to help someone remove a chimney from the upstairs hallway. Can you imagine trying to get around THIS every time you want to get from one end of your home to the other?

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What made it even more frustrating is that it wasn’t even being used AND it was the reason there was a leak in the home. But, in just one day, we made his life easier and drier when Tyler was sent to Chippewa County to help this homeowner out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After covering all of the surrounding areas with plastic, he got to work removing this eye sore down to the floor of the second level.

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Once the chimney was removed, Tyler filled the cavity with insulation. Then he went to the basement to air seal the chimney opening with pink board and one part spray foam to prevent cross ventilation. To finish up the floor, he installed sheathing over the hole and made it flush with the existing floor sheathing.

 

 

The roof needed to be mended, too, so sheathing and new Certainteed Landmark shingles were installed. Then the cavity on the inside was filled with plywood and R30 batting.

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Lastly, Tyler replaced the damaged and wet drywall from where the chimney had been leaking. This included fixing the cracks that had formed near the chimney, installing tape, finishing, and a fine orange peel texture. Though he did the priming, the homeowner decided to paint it himself.

Here’s a look at the finished hallway. Do you have something in your home that always seems to be in the way? When is the last time you allowed yourself to imagine what it would be like to be free of it? Rock and Tait Exteriors offers many services, but we can’t help you unless you ask us to. Go ahead and dream! And then let us make your dream a reality. Just like we did here for another very happy owner!

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Not only does the inside look amazing now, the exterior looks very modern as well. Great job, Tyler! We’re glad you’re part of the Rock and Tait Exteriors Team!

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How do I know I picked the best construction company for my home?

There are many factors that you’ll need to consider when you choose a construction company to do work on your home. Our best advice is to do your research!

Here are some ways to help you learn more about Rock and Tait Exteriors and what others say about us: 

  • Check us out on social media sites! 

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  • Please check us out on “Guild Quality”, who surveys our customers! http://www.guildquality.com/RockAndTait 

  • Ask around and talk to our past customers to get it straight from other homeowners who’ve done business with us. It’s tough to know what the outcome will be when you sign a contract since you can’t see the finished product and know how the experience will go. We do everything in our power to help you understand what we plan to do and how it’ll all go from start to finish. Personal testimonials from past customers are so nice to hear so you know how they have been treated and what to expect! 

 

 

 

A garage can bring happiness *^v^*

Have you ever experienced the happiness that comes with more space? Like how it feels to lose weight and have more space in your clothes, or moving from a tiny apartment into a spacious home, or taking a long trip in a cramped vehicle and finally getting out into the wide open countryside? Those are good feelings! For this Chippewa Falls resident, that happy feeling came when she got her new garage! This is what the original garage looked like:

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Our job was to build a bigger, better garage in front of the old one. Before we started, we carefully took off the siding from the front of the garage and the side of the house so we could possibly use it on the new garage. Once that was done, we demolished the concrete driveway and began excavating for footings and frost walls which included all back filling, compacting of soil, and rough grading for a new concrete floor. After we completed the concrete portion of this project, we got to work framing.

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We were asked to make the peak of the garage match the peak of the home and to connect the addition to the home. To do that we had to do a little roof work on the home as well, but that was no problem since they were already upgrading their roof to a GAF Timberline roofing system with a 50 year, non-prorated warranty. We also had to tie the new addition to the old garage and move the original garage opening to the back of the garage. We did electrical work, insulation, windows, doors, gutters, Tyvek wrap, ventilation, cleaning, installing the sheathing and all the steps that make those projects possible.

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Here’s a picture of the almost finished project. We have yet to put the siding on as well as the GAF roofing system over the garage and part of the home. I’ll post a final picture once the project is completed in the coming week.

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This Chippewa Valley resident is going to love her finished garage and feel that happy sigh moment that always accompanies more living space. It’s so refreshing! What a lovely Christmas present to one’s self! Here’s hoping you have something that refreshes you, too, this holiday season!

Is your roof safe for Santa?!

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Of course you really don’t need to make your roof safe for “Santa and his reindeer”… but even when it’s covered in snow it’s very important to think about.

It’s only the beginning of winter, but it’s a great time of year to plan for those projects that need to get done around the house. And by around the house I really mean on top of your house. ~Your Roof~ I know this last Summer and Fall you looked at it every day thinking to yourself…..

“I should really get that replaced”

“I hope my roof holds up just 1 more season”

“Oh man, the neighbor got a new roof, now mine looks even worse”

If this is you, make sure you don’t let it go another year without a free estimate from us. We can still do roof estimates during the winter so you can have us all lined up to get to you in the early spring before the rainy season lets loose on your old roof. Water is the #1 cause of house damage and you really want to make sure you don’t have leaks finding their way in your home. If you sign with us this winter you can know you’re on the schedule to get your roof done in early spring!

Call us to set up a free estimate appointment where a typical visit from one of our home improvement experts usually takes about 1 ½ – 2 hours, so we can allow plenty of time to get all the details correct.

During this meeting we will:

  • Determine your specific wants and needs
  • Get any necessary measurements
  • Look at different options for design & materials
  • Print out your estimate on the spot and go over it all with you so you can ask and get answers to all your roofing questions

Before that appointment I urge you to read our Reviews and Testimonials on our website along with Guild Qualitywho surveys our customers for us so it’s unbiased responses and ratings.

Plus, you can have some fun this winter looking at shingle designs and colors on your own home! All you need is a picture of the house and upload it to the GAF Virtual Home Remodeler, then you just make a free account on their website so you can save some ideas you have and let the expert that comes to your home know what you like so they can assist you better. 

So feel free to call us for a FREE estimate anytime! 1-800-519-9894 or fill out a quick form Online!