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Why does my roof leak during the winter?

January 3, 2014 | By | No Comments

Why does my Roof leak during the winter?


Oh the Holidays. The Carols, the Lights The eggnog and Cheer.  The dark circles that suddenly appear, on your ceiling. It hasn’t rained for a while and not to much snow. So what are these Phantom circles you ask? Good Question.


Here are the most common causes of the winter question of “why does my roof leak in winter?”. These are in no particular order.


1.Roof Vents designed without a filter can let a fine wind driven snow to blow in. This piles up in the attic while it remains cold, but after it warms up outside to above freezing the snow begins to melt and can start to drip and stain the ceiling. The snow once melted will go away and it may be several years before these conditions occur again. Simple solution, the hardware stores sell a commercial filter that will come in a roll, Usually Blue and about 1″ thick. This can be cut with a scissors and friction fit into bottom of the vent or if you can around the up right portion of the vent. The filter blocks the snow but allows the air to flow freely.

Why does my roof leak

Stains around vent show where water has been leaking in.

2. Condensation on pipes that vent through the attic. Heating or furnace pipes are warm and carry warm moist air right up the pipe. The warm air rises and collects on the cap and then runs back sometimes into the double wall pipe. The water is trapped within the double wall until it finds a escape. Most usually at a bend  in the pipe or elbow. The water then drips into attic and onto the ceiling. One solution My heating and air friend use’s is , Remove the cap and seal the top of the double wall pipe with a high heat silicone or Urethane sealant then re-install the cap. The sealant keeps the water from getting into the pipe, simple solution.

Why does my roof leak

Why does my roof leak

Why does my roof leak


3. Are your bath fan vents Insulated and through
the roof? Same as number 1. the bath vent transfers warm moist heated air into
the attic. This can cause several problems. Too much moisture in the attic can
cause the roof sheeting to swell and buckle, this is an expensive fix. Moist
attic combined with poor ventilation can cause mold build up. This can be a
health problem as well. Simple solution, make sure vents extend through the
roof and have a backflow flap on the vent. The pipe should be insulated to keep
from condensation. Make sure the attic is properly

Why does my roof leak

Non insulated bath vent pipe.

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New insulated vent pipe.


Ice Dams are formed when the temperature outside, warms above freezing during the day and melts snow and re-freezes overnight. This occurs on the cool part of the eave or the non heated surface of the roof. Then this cycle of thaw and re-freeze continues until the ice forms so thick that it causes water to dam and run backward underneath shingles.




Basement Finish

December 27, 2013 | By | No Comments

Basement Finish

Here are some current pictures of our most recent basement finish project that is still in process. This house was built with an unfinished basement which made this remodeling strangely easy. Carlson Projects is so used to going in and fixing whatever a previous contractor did that this was a refreshing change of pace. We love doing these type basement finish projects because it allows the customer and our design team to be able to pick out what the space really needs and what the spaces potential can really be!

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Get your roof ready for winter in the midwest?

September 24, 2013 | By | No Comments

Top 4 things to get your roof ready for winter.

Winter is just around the corner, and in the midwest this time of year is critical to having your roof not leak. Don’t let your roof look like this.

Get your roof ready for winter

1. Make sure all your flashing are in good condition.  

This can be a huge problem when it comes to winter, if you do not have proper flashings around pipes and chimneys where snow and ice will collect you will have a leak regardless the circumstances. this is a picture of a pipe that has no flashing around it to shed the water, this is basically like putting a funnel on top of your home. This is not what you want on your roof here is what it should look like with a proper lead flashing.

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2. Clean your gutters, this seems like a very small thing in comparison to the whole roof but if your gutters are full of leafs and branches it will cause a big problem. When the snow melts and begins refreezing this will create a dam in your gutters which could lead to a whole number of things.

3. Have an inspection of your whole roof done, we can do this at minimal cost and it can save you from a whole bunch of headaches through the winter. If we find something that needs to be addressed you will be presented with photos of the problem then, we will walk you through how we propose to repair it the best way and most cost effective for you.

4. Check your shingles. This may seem like an obvious thing but when we look at shingles we view them in a different way then the way most people do. We examine look, texture, and durability, we also check for hail or tree branch damage as we walk around a roof.

If you need help to get your roof ready for winter don’t hesitate to call us today!




Home Modification in lincoln ne

September 6, 2013 | By | No Comments

When we talk as society about home modification a lot of things come to mind, but the first thing that comes to our mind is Homes-for-life. Homes-for-life remodeling is home modification, it is modifying your home to make if fit you best. It’s about how you can experience the home the way it should be. Wether you are the soul caregiver or you want to keep your parents out of a nursing home. Home modification not only will save countless dollars but, it will also bring peace and safety  while at home.

This issue of staying in your home longer is not new, it is however a growing need. With the number of people over 65 in lincoln alone being over 35,000 it is a huge need! This is our niche, this is where we love to serve where a need is we want to be. We have a love for solving problems,  and we solve these problems by using our 20 plus years experience in the industry to implement solutions that not only fit your budget but, fit your life style.

“We believe a safe home is a home-for-life”

Here is one of the many testimonies of people we have worked with in helping solve the need in lincoln.


If you are looking for a caregiver you can check out some of our close friends at visiting angels or home instead both are great companies that love the people they serve.


Siding Carlson Style “Flashback Friday”

September 6, 2013 | By | No Comments

Siding Carlson Style:  Here is a siding job that we did last year that turned out great. This siding is all concrete panel, concrete baton, and lap siding. If you are looking for a durable long lasting product that looks great concrete is the way to go. We also do all other sorts of siding here at carlson projects. From vinyl to pressed board siding we are your siding specialist that get the job done right the first time.

Here are a few photos of siding Carlson Projects has done in the past.

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If your projects demands siding don’t hesitate to call us 402-420-5808.

How to install a roof vent, on a new roof or preexisting roof.

September 3, 2013 | By | No Comments

Have you ever been up on a roof wondering how in the world are those vents installed? have you been scratching your head on how to install a new roof vent on your home? We have the solution, here is a quick how to video on how to install a roof vent and how not to install a roof vent hope you enjoy it. If you have any questions feel free to go to our contact us page. There are also many various types of venting options these are only one of the many options that can be explored. The other option we like to add to our customers roof is something called ridge vent. Ridge vent is not new to the roof ventilation world but it has become more and more recognized and the best way to vent your attic and keep your utility costs down. you can check out all those options on our ventilation page.

Also another great resource that has a very good article on roof ventilation is

heres the link to that article that talk about the right ways ventilation is to be done and also the wrongs ways. This article talks about airflow not only for your roof but for your attic. Also on how you can keep you monthly utility bills down by adding more ventilation.

Here’s a little of what they had to say “I have learned here (building science articles here on this web site by Joe Lstiburek) that in her case ridge vents are unnecessary and actually detrimental to cooling the attic space/roof when you already have gable and soffit vents, something to do with gable vents overpowering the vented soffits,” Pizza writes in a post at Fine Homebuilding’s Breaktime forum.


Roofing In Lincoln, NE Back In The Day.

August 23, 2013 | By | No Comments

Roofing In Lincoln Back In The Day.

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A quick flash back to the early 90’s


I love finding these old polaroids of roofing in lincoln. It’s just cool to look back on where we started and how far we’ve come as a company and the roofing technology that we have now compared to them is incredible! I’ve have been blessed enough to be taught and brought up by someone who has been in the business for over 20+ years and its always so cool to see how far Carlson Projects has come since then.




How we do green roofing in lincoln, NE

August 20, 2013 | By | No Comments

twitterInspire Slate has grown to become one our favorite roofing shingles to install. It is a completely green and environmentally friendly. This type of roofing has become popular all over the world but, now we are bringing it to the roofs of lincoln Nebraska. If you have questions on how you can have this beautiful roofing product on your home email us at Find out more about green roofing at

Green Roofing Product Inspire Slate.

Green roofing


 It requires significantly less framing and no slate-specialized labor. It’s also completely less fragile, with a Class 4 impact rating and 110 mph wind uplift rating

It requires significantly less framing and no slate-specialized labor. It’s also completely less fragile, with a Class 4 impact rating and 110 mph wind uplift rating

Remodel Finishing Touches Are Coming Together.

August 6, 2013 | By | No Comments

Remodel with quorum lighting fixtures they look incredible now the final touches, clean up, and this remodel will be done!

Also to stay more up to date with us check out our twitter @carlsonprojects. We love remodeling homes hit the contact us page to see what remodeling can be done in your home today!

Remodel Finishing Touches.

Remodel lighting

If you are looking for a high quality remodel look no further. Carlson Projects has over 20+ years experience in the industry, call us today 402-420-5808

Shake Roof Repair

August 5, 2013 | By | No Comments

Talk about transformation! This roof had one of the worst leaks we’ve seem. The solutions we implemented will make sure that never happens again. This roof was leaking because it did not have the proper flashing along the valleys or the brick wall. We fixed this problem by replacing everything from a brand new galvanized cricket, ice and water shield, to counter flashing. This roof will never leak again!

Need your Shake Roof Repaired? We have been doing shake roof repair since 1993. If your shake roof needs a helping hand, call us today 402-420-5808

Shake Roof Repair Photos.

Shake Roof Repair


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