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Weather Summer Storms with the Right Home Construction Products

Frey Construction Siding Storm DamageWisconsin is getting soaked. As this season of thunderstorms and tornado sirens looms over us—and as we brace for the inevitable summer hailstorm to come—the time is ripe to storm-proof your home’s exterior. Some of these investments can save you thousands in repair and maintenance costs:

  • Make the switch to metal siding or fiber-cement siding. Steel siding fears not the storms that rains sideways, blows down trees, and dents parked cars. It’s made of heavy-gauge steel and finished with a super-tough, long-lasting PVC vinyl coating, making it more durable then vinyl, aluminum, or wood. Ours has a lifetime warranty and 50-year hail protection. Fiber-cement siding is also excellent for weathering serious storms. Our James Hardie line of fiber-cement siding is five times thicker than vinyl siding, so it’s warrantied against hail damage and can withstand winds up to 150 mph.
  • Shield your home with a metal or slate roof. With about triple the longevity of asphalt shingles, metal roofs have the highest impact-resistance and hail rating a roofing material can have and are able to withstand hurricane-force winds. And when they do sustain storm damage, it’s typically just cosmetic and not structural, so the interior of your home stays protected. Slate is even more durable. In fact, some slate roofs have been around for centuries and are still going strong (which partly explains their traditionally steep price tag). Now that a game-changer called TruSlate™ is on the market, consumers can get a gorgeous slate roof at a much lower cost—often comparable to the cost of cheap imitations.
  • Incorporate rain screen technology in new construction. Rain screens create a gap between a home’s exterior sheathing and cladding so that air can drain or dry out rather than soak into the guts of your exterior walls. Any cladding assembly is susceptible to water, but a quality rain screen system ensures that if rain makes it past the cladding, the water won’t wreak havoc. With a rain screen system, you don’t have to worry about moisture—or its resulting mold—biting you in the rear with a giant price tag for remediation and repairs.
  • Get iron-clad protection with quality gutters. Storms can quickly choke out gutters with twigs and leaves. Outdated gutter systems don’t hold a candle to the newer ones. For example, the seamless Absolute Gutter™ system has a slightly higher back than front to create an emergency escape route for backed-up water—over the front of the gutter where it can’t submerge your fascia board and soffit. Plus, it’s built to hold 40 percent more water than your standard gutter. If you don’t have a gutter-protection system for a physical barrier to solid materials, get one. If you do have one, make sure it’s working. Our favored product is the LEAFPROOF™ gutter-protection system, the only one that fits existing gutters, slides under the first row of shingles, and isn’t nailed to your roof. Using larger outlets on your gutters will further protect you from clogging. That’s why we also recommend Big Mouth gutter outlets, which provide a 500 percent increase in flow capacity.

Remember as you think about protecting your home’s exterior that old rumors die hard: If you’ve heard that metal roofs are noisy and attract lightning, wrong. If you’ve heard that slate roofs are unaffordable unless you’re in the top one percent, wrong. Check out the facts as you protect your biggest investment, or better yet, give us a call to discuss them any time!

Roof, Siding and Window Replacement After Hail Damage

Past clients Paul and Kathleen Ganshert called Frey Construction after a hail storm came through and damaged the roof, siding, and windows of their home. Scott Frey worked closely with the Gansherts to help them negotiate a fair settlement with their insurance company. The compensation made it possible for Paul and Kathleen to replace a fair share of windows and all of the siding and roof.

The home was built using relatively low quality windows and siding which were showing signs of needing replacement even before the hailstorm. Instead of simply replacing the siding and windows with comparable materials, Paul and Kathleen decided to upgrade with superior materials.  The big advantage to all of this is that they’ll never again have to worry about the materials wearing out.

The project began last fall, with a new roof system and an Owens Corning Lifetime shingle. And this spring we installed Craneboard insulated siding. But for the Ganshert project, the highlight is definitely the windows.  The Frey team installed Artisan windows, our private line of windows. Custom built for each client, the Artisan line combines the beauty of a real wood interior with the strength of an infused vinyl exterior.  Besides boosting energy efficiency, this technology allows wood and vinyl—which normally expand and contract at different rates with temperature changes—to expand and contract together. This “float” method needs no adhesives or fasteners, and there’s no potential moisture build-up behind the wood.

Along with ensuring that all of our products are backed with one of the very best warranties in the industry, we stand behind our robust 15 year workmanship warranty. The Gansherts can rest assured that they will never again need to worry about their roofing, siding, or windows. And that’s something we at Frey are VERY proud of.

 

Goodbye Winter, Hello Gutter-Cleaning

With our snow blowers still at the ready, it’s hard to believe it’s nearly time to clean gutters. But Wisconsin has a notoriously mixed-up spring, with the potential for deep freezes lasting into May—and the temptation to box up winter clothes starting sometime in April. When you start to feel that temptation, check your gutters. Then do it again a month later.Gutter Replacement

Flowers, seeds, and other organic matter can quickly accumulate in gutters during the spring, and precipitation in April and May tends to be nearly 85% higher than in March. You need to make certain before those April showers start that water will be wicked away from your home efficiently. That’s because the #1 cause of flooded basements and foundations is clogged gutters.

It’s easy to procrastinate. What’s an inch of rain going to do anyway? Well, on a 1,000 sq. ft. roof equates that inch of rain is going to equate to 600 gallons of water. In Madison, we get an average of 3.98 inches of rainfall during the month of April. The average home’s roof is more like 2,000 sq. ft. So, we’re talking more like 4,776 gallons of water run-off for the average home during the average April.

Before you climb the ladder to check your gutters, let’s talk about how many people end up in emergency rooms due to ladder-falls every year—around 90,000. One way to stay safe is to keep this basic 1-2-3 for ladder safety in mind:

ONE ladder

TWO people

THREE points of contact

Always inspect your ladder for damage before using. Wear shoes with good traction. Do not lean your ladder on your gutters. Instead use a curved ladder extension that puts the weight on the roof. Use heavy-duty gloves, a small gardening shovel, and/or a paint scraper to clean. Then spray the gutters with a hose and make sure water exits correctly through your downspouts. Check that your gutters are still firmly attached when you’re done.

Leafproof Gutters MadisonIf you decide to hire a gutter-cleaning professional instead of doing it yourself, always be sure the company is insured. Even better, think about getting an enclosed gutter-protection system such as LeafProof. This system’s 1/4″ channel can handle up to 12 inches of rain per hour but is small enough to keep out leaves, debris, and even pine needles. No gutter system is completely debris-proof, but LeafProof is close. Plus, because of its unique design, you can clean it from the ground using a simple garden hose. Then you can sit back with your cold drink and not waste a single moment of that elusive spring weather. You just never know when it could turn around and bite you with one last wintry frost!

Roof Snow Removal Services

The weatherman may have predicted snow outside,
but he didn’t mention rain in your living room!

CALL NOW (608) 643.7914 TO SCHEDULE YOUR ROOF SNOW REMOVAL BEFORE OUR SCHEDULE FILLS UP.  YOUR HOUSE CAN BE ONE OF OUR FIRST STOPS.

Think about it, 12″ of snow on the ground, that means there is also 12″ of snow on your roof and your gutters. This can cause a lot of damage to your roof system, and also create ice dams on your roof edge.

The ice at the edge of this roof is nearly 6-inches thick. Just in this small section, there is hundreds of pounds of weight. PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Carter http://www.askthebuilder.com

Frey Construction & Home Improvement, LLC is offering roof cleaning services to prevent damage to your roof and the potential of ice dams.

Please call us today and we will come out and clean the snow from your roof. This could be saving you a lot of money in the future!

Give us a call- 608.643.7914

The snow is deep across the entire roof. As winter progresses, the snow compacts and gets heavier. PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Carter www.askthebuilder.com

Watch this short video to see the effects of ice and snow on your roof top:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af5k4R0LGVU

Employee Pricing Event

Scott Frey Honored with Big50 AWARD!

and we owe it all to you!

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To celebrate this honor, and to THANK our clients, we’re offering an EMPLOYEE PRICING event. Take advantage of this offer before July 15th to receive 8% off** of your next home improvement project!
PRAIRIE DU SAC, WI – May 16, 2012 –SCOTT FREY, owner of FREY CONSTRUCTION & HOME IMPROVEMENT, LLC, has been selected by Remodeling magazine to join the Remodeling Big50.   The 2012 Big50 winners are featured in the May issue of Remodeling, a national trade publication read by more than 80,000 professional remodeling contractors.Each year since 1986, the Remodeling Big50 inducts 50 owners of remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.

The Big50 selection process has become increasingly rigorous in recent years, and the result, Remodeling editors believe, is one of the strongest classes to date. All 2012 inductees “stood up to detailed examinations of their businesses and their books, and they all demonstrated an admirably deft ability to restructure, retrench, and flat-out hustle to remain viable in a challenging economic climate,” according to Remodeling.

“We are very honored to receive this distinction,” says Scott Frey, Owner, of Frey Construction & Home Improvement, LLC, “The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and we are privileged to be named to this select group of remodelers.”

Remodeling editors, columnists, industry leaders, and the companies themselves make the nominations each year.  Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select the 50 individuals who exemplify the best of the industry that year, and who have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices. Winners are selected in these categories: business savvy, fine design, industry impact, market wise, movers & shakers, niches, sales & marketing, and teamwork. Scott Frey was selected for the category of market wise.

Remodeling, published by Hanley Wood, LLC, is the leading publication in the home improvement industry. Designed to address the specific concerns of residential remodeling pros, the magazine is both a business tool and an industry leader for a market that reached $278 billion in 2011.

Frey Construction & Home Improvement, LLC has been in business for 17 years, serving the Madison area, as well as surrounding communities in Dane, Sauk, Columbia and Iowa counties.  Specializing in: roofing, siding, gutters, windows, decks, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling and additions.  For more information, visit our website:  www.freyconstruction.com.

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CALL NOW TO RECEIVE 8% OFF YOUR NEXT HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECT!**

**mention offer code BIG50 at the time of signing to receive 8% off your project | not valid on previously signed contracts | contract must be signed between June 12, 2012 and July 15, 2012. | offer expires July 15, 2012

Scott Frey Honored with Big50 AWARD!

Scott Frey Honored with Big50 AWARD!

L to R: Jay Breunig, our Production Manager, Scott Frey, and Kelly Breunig, our Operational Manager

PRAIRIE DU SAC, WI – May 16, 2012 – SCOTT FREY, owner of FREY CONSTRUCTION & HOME IMPROVEMENT, LLC, has been selected by Remodeling magazine to join the Remodeling Big50. The Big50 awards were presented at a gala dinner at the Remodeling Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD on May 11, 2012. The 2012 Big50 winners are featured in the May issue of Remodeling, a national trade publication read by more than 80,000 professional remodeling contractors.

Each year since 1986, the Remodeling Big50 inducts 50 owners of remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.

The Big50 selection process has become increasingly rigorous in recent years, and the result, Remodeling editors believe, is one of the strongest classes to date. All 2012 inductees “stood up to detailed examinations of their businesses and their books, and they all demonstrated an admirably deft ability to restructure, retrench, and flat-out hustle to remain viable in a challenging economic climate,” according to Remodeling.

“We are very honored to receive this distinction,” says Scott Frey, Owner, of Frey Construction & Home Improvement, LLC, “The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and we are privileged to be named to this select group of remodelers.”

Remodeling editors, columnists, industry leaders, and the companies themselves make the nominations each year.  Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select the 50 individuals who exemplify the best of the industry that year, and who have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices. Winners are selected in these categories: business savvy, fine design, industry impact, market wise, movers & shakers, niches, sales & marketing, and teamwork. Scott Frey was selected for the category of market wise.

Remodeling, published by Hanley Wood, LLC, is the leading publication in the home improvement industry. Designed to address the specific concerns of residential remodeling pros, the magazine is both a business tool and an industry leader for a market that reached $278 billion in 2011.

Frey Construction & Home Improvement, LLC has been in business for 17 years, serving the Madison area, as well as surrounding communities in Dane, Sauk, Columbia and Iowa counties.  Specializing in: roofing, siding, gutters, windows, decks, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling and additions.  For more information, visit their website:  www.freyconstruction.com.

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Frey Construction Wins ALL THREE 2011 Excellence Awards!

PRESS RELEASE: 

WAYNE, NJ (02/12)-  GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, is pleased to announce that Frey Construction & Home Improvement, LLC of Prairie du Sac, WI, is one of only eighty-five contractors in the country to receive all three of the prestigious GAF Master Elite™ Excellence Awards which include: Consumer Protection Excellence, Training Excellence and Installation Excellence.   These coveted industry awards recognize Frey Construction & Home Improvement, LLC’s dedication to superior quality roof system installations, and their commitment to continuous improvement and providing great quality and service to their customers.

Most consumers recognize that choose a roofing contractor can be a confusing and sometimes risky decision.  In fact, the Better Business Bureau lists roofing as one of the highest inquiry categories nationwide.  As a factory-certified Master Elite™ Contractor, Frey Construction & home Improvement, LLC has been carefully pre-screened by GAF.  In fact, only 2% of the roofing contractors in the country have earned GAF’s Master Elite™ status – a distinction that truly sets them apart from the rest, and ensures that Frey Construction & Home Improvement, LLC is dedicated to helping every customer make their best and safest roofing decision.  As a GAF Master Elite™ Contractor, they are also dedicated to continuous improvement and training through access to CARE (the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence).  CARE is a non-profit educational institute supported by GAF and dedicated to “changing an industry through excellence in education.”

We at GAF are very proud to have Frey Construction & Home Improvement, LLC as a Master Elite™ Contractor and we appreciate their commitment to their customers!

GAF Consumer Protection Excellence 2011

GAF Consumer Protection Excellence 2011

GAF Installation Excellence Award 2011

GAF Installation Excellence Award 2011

GAF Training Excellence Award 2011

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