Home Improvement Blog

by WeatherGard

Aug 22, 2013

WeatherGard is proud to support to this year's Arts, Beats & Eats festival, now in its 16th year. We'll have a products and services exhibit with several of us on hand to talk with visitors about home improvement ideas. Stop by if you're in the area.

Check out the art galleries and the band lineup, which includes Eddie Money, Soul Asylum, Smash Mount, Beatlemania, and MC Hammer(!), to mention a few. And don't miss the food!

Friday Aug 30 11a - 11p
Saturday Aug 31 11a - 11p
Sunday Sept 1 11a - 11p
Monday Sept 2 11a - 9:30p


Mar 1, 2013
West Michigan Home & Garden Show

The 34th Annual West Michigan Home and Garden Show begins Friday February 28th, and continues thru Sunday March 3rd, at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids (details below), and we’ll be on hand to answer questions and show off our products and services. The event includes a number of gardening-focused attractions, including a showcase of locally grown foods and CSA farms, as well as Smart Gardening conference, held by Michigan State University (and lots more).

Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for kids age 6–14, and free for kids 5 and under.

Thursday, February 28th: 3pm–9pm
Friday, March 1st: noon–9pm
Saturday, March 2nd: 10am-9pm
Sunday, March 3rd: 11am-6pm


Mar 1, 2013

WeatherGard will be in Canton at the 2013 Home Improvement Expo with a product exhibit and experts ready to talk to homeowners about their upcoming repair and renovation projects.

This year's expo is free of charge and offers visitors free parking and refreshments, live broadcasts Murray Gula (Host of "Your Home with Murray Gula" on 1130 WDFN) and Joe Gagnon ("The Appliance Doctor" from 1600 WAAM), plus how-to workshops on a range of topics. If you're bringing kids, you can visit the hands-on children’s project center. You can also watch live wood carving demonstrations, and don't forget to pick up the special deals booklet and stick it in your free, reusable canvas Expo bag.

The expo is open on Saturday March 2nd from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday March 3rd from 11am to 5pm.

More details are available at the Expo website. You can also directly download the workshops schedule.


Feb 6, 2013

Every winter, many unlucky homeowners in the colder, snowier parts of the US find that their roofs have been destroyed or badly damaged by stagnant snowmelt. Even newly installed roofs made of the highest quality materials are vulnerable.

The one thing that can destroy almost any roof is standing water. Water that sits on the shingling, rather than running off of it, immediately gets under the shingles, as they are not—and should never be—fully airtight or watertight. If the only barrier remaining between the roof deck and the shingling is a layer of tar paper, as is typically the case, the stagnant water can soak through within a few minutes. The roof decking begins to absorb the water; if the inside surface of the wood becomes damp, it may trigger voracious mold growth in the attic.

Matters can get much worse if the amount of water that has permeated the tar paper barrier is too great to be completely absorbed by the roof decking itself. Every winter, too many homeowners are horrified to find areas of sheetrock-finished ceiling soaked and sagging, or hardwood flooring swollen with unwelcome moisture. And occasionally, home-ruining mold problems develop after this kind of catastrophic roof failure.

Standing water can become trapped under and behind an ice dam, and destroy your roof.

Wait—water sits still on the roof?

Yes. It’s counterintuitive given that a roof slopes toward the ground, but standing water is a yearly presence on roofs all across the Midwest. Snow builds up on the roof surface and is gradually compressed to form a layer of ice. As the end of winter nears, the ice sheet grows thicker.

When the outdoor air temperature hovers just below 32°F/0°C, the heat inside the house can push the temperature of the roof surface to just above 32°F/0°C. The water travels down the roof, beneath the ice, until it either runs off the roof, or settles in a place where the temperature is low enough for it to refreeze. Most often, the outer edge of the roof is near the temperature of the outdoor air, because the outer extremity of the roof absorbs less interior home heat; as a result, the water will refreeze right there. As this happens, over and over again throughout the winter, a mound of ice forms at the roof’s edge (see the illustration, [courtesy of Owens Corning]).

That mound of ice—an ice dam—will inevitably catch snow and ice that would otherwise have fallen harmlessley off of the roof, and so it accumulates mass as the season wears on. If it grows large enough, pools of liquid water can become trapped when outdoor temperatures edge north of freezing. That’s standing water, ready to penetrate shingling and tar paper, rot the roof deck, and maybe worse.

Prevention

Two steps should be taken to protect a home from this problem; neither is 100% effective, but both are very much worth doing. The first preventive measure involves preventing the roof from becoming warmer than the outdoor air (otherwise, the roof melts water which then flows downward and refreezes at the roof perimeter). The second preventive measure is aimed at reducing the chance that standing water will be able to penetrate the roof deck.

I. Insulate your attic, and do it right. The roof temperature is determined by the indoor and outdoor air temperatures. If the indoor temperature is high, the roof temperature may be high enough to melt ice, even while the outdoor temperature remains below freezing. When this happens, water flows from the warmer parts of the roof to the egdes, where it refreezes, creating an ice dam.

Attic insulation is not meant to keep the attic warm during the winter—just the opposite, in fact. It is meant to keep heat from escaping the living quarters into the attic, where it can warm the underside of the roof.

The ideal attic air temperature is within 10°F/6°C of the outdoor air temperature, but don’t expect to achieve that with rolled bats of the insulation from the local home improvement store. Blown-in fiberglass or cellulose (“loose-fill”) insulation is far more effective, as is open-cell foam, which is sprayed into place.

II. Ensure that Your Roof Includes an Ice Barrier. The outer edge of the roof is vulnerable to standing water from ice damming, so some contractors and home improvement companies (like us!) offer the option of having a wide, water-tight barrier at the perimeter of the roof, to stop standing water from soaking into the roof deck. But beware, roofers don’t generally include an ice barrier by default, and many contractors won’t offer to install one unless you ask. (And if they don’t know what you’re talking about when you ask, find someone else.)


Feb 4, 2013
Worn out windows waste a lot of energy; they allow heated or cooled air to escape, and they conduct heat into and out of the home. Stopping these things from happening can cut your utility bills noticeably.
Jan 18, 2013
WeatherGard will be part of the Made in Michigan Marketplace at the 2013 Plymouth Ice Festival on Jan 18-20. The festival offers food, entertainment, ice sculptures and tons more.
Oct 2, 2012
Stop by our booth at the Live Green Fair on Saturday and Sunday. See you there!
Oct 1, 2012
Novi Home Remodeling Show starts on Thursday. Come see the WeatherGard exhibit and learn more about how we can help with your home improvement project.
Sep 17, 2012
Come out to the Victorian Festival this weekend in Northville and stop by the WeatherGard booth.
Sep 4, 2012
WeatherGard will be at the Suburban Michigan Fall Home Show Sept. 8th and 9th in Pontiac.
Sep 3, 2012
WeatherGard will be spending the weekend at the Plymouth Community Fall Festival. Come out and see us!
Aug 27, 2012
Visit WeatherGard at this year's Arts Beats & Eats in downtown Royal Oak.
Aug 9, 2012
Many believe that window condensation is an indication that their windows are under-performing. However, condensation can be a sign of a different issue altogether.
Jul 16, 2012
There’s a lot of talk out there about projects that will improve home energy efficiency. Here we outline the projects that will give you the best return on your investments.
Jul 16, 2012
Come out to the St. Clair Riverfest, for live music, rides, boat races, a laser show and more. WeatherGard will be an exhibitor, with installers and experts available to talk with you about your home improvement project.
Jul 6, 2012
WeatherGard will be at the Uncle Sam Jam, with our products on display, and some experts on hand to answer questions and talk about replacing windows, siding, doors, gutters, roofing, and more.
Jul 6, 2012
Cleaning your vinyl siding can give your home a fresh look. It’s also an easy project to do yourself to make your siding look like new.
Jul 3, 2012
Not sure if it’s time to replace your windows? Here are a few things you can do on your own to see if maybe it’s time to call WeatherGard.
Jun 21, 2012
Asphalt prices are rising and so is the cost of roofing. Get a free estimate on a roof from us today before roofing costs go up.
Jun 18, 2012
The Green Living Festival is all about sustainability and energy efficiency; come see our exhibit, and we'll explain how WeatherGard windows, doors, roofing, and siding can help you conserve.
Jun 15, 2012
From large-scale projects to quick and easy fixes, here are some ways to keep your home cool this summer.
Jun 13, 2012
The Belleville Strawberry festival will host bands and street vendors, and we'll be there with a an exhibit, ready to chat about home improvement.
Jun 13, 2012
WeatherGard will be at the Canton Liberty Fest Marketplace, with a full product exhibit, this Friday and Saturday. Come see live bands, enjoy rides, and talk with us about your next home improvement project.
Jun 8, 2012
Improving curb appeal can be as simple as replacing the front door.
May 30, 2012
Join us at the Lapeer Arts & History Festival, where Michigan-made products are showcased.
May 22, 2012
WeatherGard celebrates Memorial Day weekend at the St. Mary's Polish Country Fair May 25 through May 28 in Orchard Lake, MI.
May 18, 2012
Join us at the Chelsea Live Green Fair May 19th and 20th at the Chelsea Fairgrounds.
May 17, 2012
We are excited to announce the opening of a new WeatherGard office and showroom in Grand Rapids, MI.
Mar 30, 2012
Come see the WeatherGard exhibit, plus another 25,000 sq.ft. of home improvement, gardening, and landscaping products and services.
Mar 16, 2012
WeatherGard will be at the Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show in Ann Arbor.
Mar 16, 2012
Come see WeatherGard’s exhibition in mid-Michigan, at the MSU Pavilion on the Michigan State University campus.
Mar 16, 2012
Everywhere you look, we've added new photos, better descriptions, and new content better suited to answer your questions.
Aug 3, 2011
Check our the WeatherGard exhibit at the 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival, this weekend (August 5th-7th) in Northville.
May 7, 2011
Come visit the WeatherGard display at the Western Washtenaw Home Show in beautiful Chelsea, Michigan on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, 2011.  Our specialists will be answering questions regarding replacement windows, siding, roofing, insulation and more.
Mar 11, 2011
The Michigan Home and Garden Show in Pontiac begins on Friday the 11th and continues through the weekend. If you're planning to attend, be sure to visit the WeatherGard exhibit.
Sep 4, 2010
If you haven’t already, come on out and visit the WeatherGard display at the 2010 Ford Arts, Beats and Eats in Royal Oak, going on until Labor Day.
Jun 27, 2010
WeatherGard was one of the first home improvement companies in Southeastern Michigan to become Lead Safe Certified.
Apr 9, 2010
Our experts will be there to answer any of your replacement windows, siding, roofing and insulation questions
Mar 10, 2010
Our experts will be there to answer any of your replacement windows, siding, roofing and insulation questions.
Mar 9, 2010
Congratulations to WeatherGard's Chris Cadotto for taking Second Place in his class at the 2010 Autorama! Check out the post to see pictures.
Sep 15, 2009
WeatherGard’s expert team was answering questions about window replacement, vinyl siding, roofing systems, wall and attic insulation, gutter protection systems, and the 2009 Energy Tax Credit which provides a $1,500 credit for qualifying home improvement products.
Sep 8, 2009
A great time was had by all at Arts, Beats and Eats in Pontiac. The weather was great and we had a ton of people visit us at the WeatherGard display.
Aug 31, 2009
Come on out and visit the WeatherGard display in the Michigan Mart at the Michigan State Fair, going on until Labor Day. You can have your picture taken with the Pink Panther until Thursday, September 3, 2009.
Aug 29, 2009
Feel free to visit our displays at these upcoming shows and talk to the WeatherGard experts about your window installation, siding, roofing and insulation needs.
Jul 14, 2009
A lot of people know WeatherGard from the jingle that we use on our television commercials. In fact, people sing it to our employees all the time when they tell them they work at WeatherGard. We've decided to put it here on our web site.
Feb 17, 2009
The new stimulus bill, signed today by President Obama, includes a tax credit for replacing residential windows with new, energy efficient replacement windows—30% of the cost of the project up to $1,500.