Do the Safety Dance! Gutter Cleaning Tips that Can Save Your Life!

With the autumn season upon us, it’s time to get geared up for everyone’s favorite fall activity…no, not pumpkin carving; GUTTER CLEANING! Time to do the “Safety Dance” and get down with some tips that will save your hide!

  • Practice Ladder Safety: Let a friend or neighbor know that you will be working on a ladder. Make sure it is durable, sturdy and not too heavy as you will move it frequently as you clean.
  • Rake Leaves & Debris off Rooftop First: This is not always necessary, but it will ensure no gutter refilling as you work. No one likes to double back! Also bear in mind if you are walking on the roof, dampest times are mornings. Late mornings, or early afternoons are the best times to walk on a roof.
  • Utilize a Garden Hose: Opt for a “pistol-grip” trigger sprayer, this will allow you to adjust water pressure with the use of one hand. There are extension attachments as well that provide a longer reach if necessary.
  • Get a Gutter Scoop: Scooping out leafy debris can be a lot easier with a strong handled scoop. Plastic is best, as it does not scrape or scratch the gutters. This will aide in rust prevention.
  • Wear the Right Gear: It is wise to wear safety goggles, durable work gloves, and rubber-soled shoes. Rubber-soled shoes provide necessary traction, while goggles ensure that random flying debris stays away from your eyes! It can also be helpful to use water-resistant gloves, as gutter cleaning can get a little messy.
  • Unclog the Downspouts: After the gutters are clean, run the water hose directly into the downspout to be sure no water backs-up. If a clog arises, tapping the side of the downspout usually does the trick.
  • Schedule Semi-Annual Cleanings: Keeping gutters clean and clear prevents water damage both to your home and the gutter system. Debris can cause additional runoff, compromising the home’s foundation. Gutter debris can also speed up rusting when no rainfall occurs, as trapped moisture cannot escape.
  • Be Mindful of Power Lines: Inspect any wires or cables connected to, or near the roof. This is to ensure the protective wire insulation is intact, and it’s safe to be near the wires. If cables appear worn or damaged, contact a licensed professional electrical contractor to make repairs BEFORE cleaning the gutters!
  • Invest in Gutter Protection: Using a quality gutter protection system can eliminate the need for gutter cleaning entirely. Weather Tight offers performance tested Gutter Protection with lifetime warranties! Check out our website for more information: http://www.weathertightcorp.com/gutters/gutter-protection.php or call us at 414.459.3888 for a free quote!

Weather Tight believes that being properly educated in gutter cleaning techniques is the key to a successful and safe gutter cleaning experience!  Pace yourself, and take the amount of time necessary to be safe this season.

Energy Savers Approve: High Praise for Low-E Window Coatings

It seems everywhere you turn these days; everyone is talking about energy savings. Frankly, it is unavoidable. The cost of keeping cool in the summer and warm in the winter is a closely monitored issue. Fortunately, great leaps and bounds have been made in the home improvement industry to save money on energy.

Energy savings can be found in the most surprising places. Glass coatings have been a hotly researched element of window design since the 1980’s. By controlling how much of the sun’s energy radiates from glass, one can help control energy costs.

When searching for energy efficient window options, be sure to check these helpful Energy Performance Ratings:

U Factor: Simply put, the lower the U factor, the less heat is lost through the window when heating your home during the winter months. This number should be closest to zero as possible.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): Measures how much heat from the sun is blocked. Windows will fall 0-1, and lower the SHGC, the higher the level of blockage sun’s thermal rays.

Check out this informative blog from BuildingGreen.com for a clear and concise look at the science behind Low-E (Low-Emissivity) Coatings:  http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/window-performance-magic-low-e-coatings

You can also contact Weather Tight, via our website http://www.weathertightcorp.com or call 414.459.3888 to get more information about available Low-E options.

Community Events this Summer: Weather Tight Spottings!

photo courtesy of www.visitmilwaukee.org

Summertime in Southeast Wisconsin is loaded with fairs, festivals, and community events. We are meeting great folks, enjoying wonderful food, music, and sampling what this awesome state has to offer.  Winter has never been farther from our minds, and we are having a great time!

Weather Tight has had the pleasure of attending these fun-filled community events:

  • Chocolate Fest
  • West Allis A-la-Carte
  • Chocolate Fest
  • Jefferson County Fair
  • Waukesha County Fair
  • Brookfield Farmer’s Market & More
  • Thank Dog it’s Friday
  • Washington County Fair
  • Racine County Fair
  • Brady Street Festival

State Fair is also on the horizon. We are going to be there EVERYDAY of the fair! Stop by and say, “Hello!” We will be in Aisle 1800 of the large expo building, and cannot wait for all the delicious goodies. Enter our sweepstakes, ask us questions about your home improvement projects, or just come by to tell us what fair food favorites we should try this year. (State Fair: July 31, 2014- August 10, 2014)

Did you know Weather Tight also has a 5% Non-for-Profit Donation program? We would love to sponsor your event, or participate in local community events and donate back to non-profit organizations!

For details check out: http://www.weathertightcorp.com/about-us/5-percent-program.php or email us your request at info@weathertightcorp.com

Choosing the Right Roofer: Tips from the Better Business Bureau

Choosing a reliable roofer can seem like a daunting task. While low costs can be appealing to the average homeowner, it is wise to be wary of bids that seem “too good to be true.” Aside from pricing, many concerns effect the decision making process; Better Business Bureau ratings, references, warranties, material choice, customer care, and many other factors.

While choosing a contractor, one thing is certain; knowledge is power. Being as informed as possible is the key to being confident in your decision. Take the time to make sure all of your questions are answered during a quote; that any unfamiliar terms or jargon is understood, and that you have a solid understanding of warranty options.

The following link from the Better Business Bureau has a set of helpful guidelines to keep in mind:

http://www.bbb.org/greenville/industry-tips/read/tip/choosing-a-roofing-company-1475

Our Company Picnic was TOTALLY Radical!

Thank you for those of you who were able to attend our company picnic at the Waukesha County Fair on Sunday, July 20th!  We enjoyed seeing your faces and enjoying some great food and music (and 80s fashion) with all of you!

Do you want a $500 tax credit? Better Hurry!

This is your final chance to get any sort of tax credit for replacing your old, drafty windows or doors!

The $500 federal tax credit will expire at the end of 2014. In order to utilize this energy-efficiency credit, you must have your windows and/or doors installed by December 31st.

Start planning now! Give us a call to set up a quote at (414) 459-3883, and get pricing information for your project!

To see a list of 8 tax credits that are expiring at the end of the year, check out: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/tax-season-2014-8-disappearing-tax-breaks

Custom Installation Techniques Recognized Nationwide

As a company, our main focus has been the same since the day Tod Colbert founded Weather Tight over 26 years ago – to be a reliable, customer-focused home improvement company. Not only do we continue this focus, we are now able to offer an installation method to our customers that is uniquely available through Weather Tight.

A representative from US Builders Review recently spoke with our founder and CEO, Tod Colbert, to discuss our custom installation process.

Our custom installation process, we call full-frame installation, is superior to the industry-standard “pocket” installation for many reasons.

-Removal of window jamb allows more glass area and ensures no rotted material is surrounding the new window.

-More solid, airtight, long-lasting installation.

-New preassembled, prefinished custom interior moldings with furniture-grade finish.

-Installation for the whole home takes one day, in most cases.

Watch Tod Colbert & our co-owner Todd Schulz discuss full frame windows here.

Weather Tight would love to earn your business! Give us a call at (414) 459-3883 or Request a Free Estimate on our website: www.weathertightcorp.com

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The Winter of 2013: Your Roof May Never Be the Same

The buzz around Milwaukee, and nationwide, is the weather. Yes, it is technically spring, but if you look outside today, it doesn’t quite give off that “spring” feel.

The good news is that spring is well underway. Meteorologists have been hinting at 50° weather in our near future. The longest winter, in what only seemed like forever, is almost over.

Spring is the best time to take a visual inventory of your home. Once the snow has melted enough to venture outside, take some time to inspect the exterior of your home for any winter-related damage.

Be sure to check your roofing shingles. Are there any shingles that are lifted and curling, or are there any that are downright missing? These are warning signs that scream winter roofing damage.

Icy roofs can be red flags for improper ventilation or insulation, either in the roofing itself or in the attic. This lack of ventilation and insulation can do some serious damage to your roof and gutters.

Other places to look:
-Roof Staining
-Flashing on Roof – Loose, Detached or Cracking
-Clogged Gutters
-Interior Ceiling Staining

If you notice any of these problems, it is time to call in an expert! Replacing your roof before too much damage has taken effect can save on structural repairs during the installation process. Weather Tight can help as we offer free, no obligation quotes. Give us a call at (414) 459-3888 or fill out the form on our website.

For more information on visual roof inspections, click here.

Don’t Be Another Victim of Hurricane Sandy

What do hurricanes have to do with your next home improvement project in Wisconsin? Well, if your next project happens to be roofing, you will be surprised.

Hurricane Sandy swept the east coast last fall, causing millions to be without power and a total of $75 billion in damages in the United States alone.


Photo Courtesy of Kristie Crofts

In Southeast Wisconsin, we dealt with high waves on Lake Michigan, but the storm didn’t have as much direct impact as our neighbors to the east.

So, how does this affect your roofing project? It’s a story of supply and demand.

When hurricanes hit, materials are needed to repair the damages. As in this case, there was so much damage that there was a great need for roofing materials. Manufacturers like Owens Corning shipped supplies to the Sandy-stricken areas, leaving the rest of the country short. In order to prioritize the orders, manufacturers raise prices.

Owens Corning has announced a double-digit price increase that took effect on March 1st and an additional increase on April 15th.

Where is the silver lining, you ask? All suppliers order their shingles in bulk, and wait to raise prices until their stock is depleted. Once the stock is depleted, however, the prices will rise. At Weather Tight, we leave you with a price that is good for a full year. This gives you the opportunity to lock into our current pricing before the current stock is depleted!