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Are you a homeowner looking to tackle some DIY renovations, but don’t know where to start? Maybe you’re looking for a contractor, but struggling to find the right person to hire? Introducing Under Construction: Renovating A Home, Redeeming An Industry, your ultimate guide to DIY renovations and finding the perfect contractor for your home improvement needs. Join hosts Erik Dieringer, the seasoned owner of Big Fish Contracting, and Tanya Weltzin, the office manager at Big Fish Contracting, as they share their wealth of knowledge and experience accumulated over their impressive 30-year career in the industry.

Every other week, Erik, Tanya (and the occasional guest!) unveil invaluable tips and tricks that cover a wide range of home renovation topics, from roofing and siding to remodeling and beyond. No stone is left unturned as they reveal the best-kept secrets of the trade, empowering you to tackle your own projects with confidence. Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or in search of a trustworthy contractor, this podcast is your go-to resource.

And it doesn't stop there. Erik and Tanya go the extra mile by divulging their personal recommendations for top-notch home construction products and services. From innovative materials to reliable suppliers, They unveil a treasure trove of insider insights that will revolutionize your renovation journey.

What sets Erik and Tanya apart is their unwavering dedication to a people-first approach. They understand navigating the home renovation industry can be overwhelming, which is why they're committed to sharing everything you need to know.

Erik, Tanya, and their expert guests are here to unmask the world of home improvement and empower you to transform your living spaces with confidence. Tune in, subscribe, and let the renovation journey begin!

Under Construction: Renovating A Home, Redeeming An Industry Erik Dieringer

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Are you a homeowner looking to tackle some DIY renovations, but don’t know where to start? Maybe you’re looking for a contractor, but struggling to find the right person to hire? Introducing Under Construction: Renovating A Home, Redeeming An Industry, your ultimate guide to DIY renovations and finding the perfect contractor for your home improvement needs. Join hosts Erik Dieringer, the seasoned owner of Big Fish Contracting, and Tanya Weltzin, the office manager at Big Fish Contracting, as they share their wealth of knowledge and experience accumulated over their impressive 30-year career in the industry.

Every other week, Erik, Tanya (and the occasional guest!) unveil invaluable tips and tricks that cover a wide range of home renovation topics, from roofing and siding to remodeling and beyond. No stone is left unturned as they reveal the best-kept secrets of the trade, empowering you to tackle your own projects with confidence. Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or in search of a trustworthy contractor, this podcast is your go-to resource.

And it doesn't stop there. Erik and Tanya go the extra mile by divulging their personal recommendations for top-notch home construction products and services. From innovative materials to reliable suppliers, They unveil a treasure trove of insider insights that will revolutionize your renovation journey.

What sets Erik and Tanya apart is their unwavering dedication to a people-first approach. They understand navigating the home renovation industry can be overwhelming, which is why they're committed to sharing everything you need to know.

Erik, Tanya, and their expert guests are here to unmask the world of home improvement and empower you to transform your living spaces with confidence. Tune in, subscribe, and let the renovation journey begin!

    Repair or Replace? Navigating Roof Maintenance Decisions

    Repair or Replace? Navigating Roof Maintenance Decisions

    What are the key indicators to consider when it comes to deciding if you need a new roof? Are there any signs that you should look at to determine if it needs a complete overhaul or just a minor repair? We are uncovering that and more in today’s episode.
     
    From the lifespan of different types of roofs to the factors that can affect their longevity, we explore how technology has transformed roofing materials and what that means for homeowners.
     
    We also break down how to decide when you should repair your roof versus when you should replace it, and why repairs might not always be the best option. Learn how environmental factors, including trees, sun exposure, and storms can impact the health of your roof.
     
    Plus, find out how to take advantage of our complimentary roof assessments and get a chance to win a free roof in 2024!

    In this episode, we chat about:
    The typical life span of a roof Deciding between roof repair and replacement Factors that influence roof wear Aesthetic choices and roofing materials How to get a full roof assessment ‌
    Enter to win a FREE roof!
    *must be within 50 miles of the Big Fish Contracting home office in Colgate, WI; terms and conditions apply

    To connect with Big Fish Contracting, you can check out our website at www.bigfishcontracting.com.
    You can also follow us on our social channels:
    Big Fish Contracting Instagram
    Big Fish Contracting Facebook

    • 16 min
    Window Styles and Features: Which Is Right For Me?

    Window Styles and Features: Which Is Right For Me?

    When it comes to reducing our energy bills, the type of windows we choose plays a pivotal role. And since there’s so much that can be covered when it comes to windows, our window and door expert, Paul Unferth, is back today to talk about the different styles of windows, including double-hung, casement, and awning.
     
    Paul dives into the importance of understanding the energy efficiency of windows, and how air infiltration ratings and u-values are critical factors to consider. Additionally, Paul discusses a common issue of condensation seen in colder climates, and how different window types can mitigate this problem.
     
    If you’re looking for more information on the different types of windows, you can go directly to the window manufacturer’s websites, as well as give us a call and we would be happy to help so you can make the most informed decision for your home!
     
    In this episode, we chat about:
    The different styles of windows The most popular style of window Grid style and efficiency The impact of Energy Star-rated windows Condensation and the comfort level on new windows ‌
    Connect with Paul directly - Paul@bigfishcontracting.com

    Enter to win a FREE roof!
    *must be within 50 miles of the Big Fish Contracting home office in Colgate, WI; terms and conditions apply

    To connect with Big Fish Contracting, you can check out our website at www.bigfishcontracting.com.
    You can also follow us on our social channels:
    Big Fish Contracting Instagram
    Big Fish Contracting Facebook

    • 18 min
    The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Windows for Your Home

    The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Windows for Your Home

    Windows are not only a huge investment, but they are one of the most important parts of your home. And depending on the type of window you choose for your home can significantly impact not just the aesthetics, but also the durability and maintenance involved.
     
    In this episode, we chat with Paul Unferth, the window and door specialist here at Big Fish Contracting. We discuss the main window brands we use, including Pella, Andersen, and Marvin, as well as the differences between clad wood, fiberglass, and vinyl windows. We also delve into the distinction between replacement and new construction windows, and how they differ in installation methods.
     
    Our hope through this episode is that it helps you when choosing the right window for your next home remodeling project.
     
    In this episode, we cover:
    The main brands of windows we use at Big Fish Contracting The different types of window materials Trends we are seeing in customer window choices Replacement windows vs. new construction windows ‌
    Enter to win a FREE roof!
    *must be within 50 miles of the Big Fish Contracting home office in Colgate, WI; terms and conditions apply

    To connect with Big Fish Contracting, you can check out our website at www.bigfishcontracting.com

    You can also follow us on our social channels:
    Big Fish Contracting Instagram
    Big Fish Contracting Facebook

    • 20 min
    Ice Damming: Causes, Effects, and Solutions

    Ice Damming: Causes, Effects, and Solutions

    If you haven’t heard of the term “ice damming” before, you’ve probably at least experienced it because it’s a common issue many homeowners face during the winter months. Basically, ice damming occurs when heat is lost from the house, causing snow on the roof to melt and then refreeze at the gutter line, which is unheated. Ice damming is typically a concern once the water starts to infiltrate the interior of a house.
     
    While this can be a huge concern for homeowners, it’s important to remember that ice damming, while inconvenient, is not a life-threatening emergency. It is fixable.
     
    During this episode, we are sharing both short-term and long-term solutions, including roof raking, using calcium, and using EdgeMelt which is a heat cable system.
     
    And if you’re looking to prevent ice damming, feel free to give us a call. We will come out to your property and evaluate any kind of ice damming that’s occurring, and we also do a lot to help minimize the risk of any sort of leaking in the future.

    In this episode, we chat about:
    What ice damming is Why it happens and where it typically occurs Solutions to ice damming, both long-term and short-term How we can help minimize ice damming occurring in the future ‌
    To connect with Big Fish Contracting, you can check out our website at www.bigfishcontracting.com.
    You can also follow us on our social channels:
    Big Fish Contracting Instagram
    Big Fish Contracting Facebook
    Check out our blog

    • 21 min
    Tips on Planning Your 2024 Home Renovation

    Tips on Planning Your 2024 Home Renovation

    Wondering when is the best time to get started on your home renovation plans? We’ve got you covered! From roofing and siding to windows and remodeling, we discuss what homeowners can expect when considering these projects.
     
    We are giving you valuable insights on when to start each type of project, as well as the importance of planning early to ensure you are able to get on the schedule. Our aim is to guide you through the process of transforming your home.
     
    In addition, we are sharing our personal and professional goals for the year, and a glimpse into what the Big Fish 2024 calendar is looking like. So, whether your project is big or small, we encourage you to reach out, and as always, we promise you our commitment to quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. Give us a call and let’s make your home improvement dreams a reality!
     
    In this episode, we chat about:
    Our reflection on the new year
    Business and personal goals
    Planning for your home renovation and when to schedule each project
    What to expect with your home renovation projects

    To connect with Big Fish Contracting, you can check out our website at www.bigfishcontracting.com.
    You can also follow us on our social channels:
    Big Fish Contracting Instagram
    Big Fish Contracting Facebook
     

    • 21 min
    Big Fish Contracting's Year in Review

    Big Fish Contracting's Year in Review

    As we reflect on 2023, we are reminded of the incredible year Big Fish Contracting had! In fact, we successfully completed over 500 roofing projects, more than 100 siding projects, and roughly 2 dozen remodels! While it was a ton of work, the rewarding outcomes make it worthwhile. We feel truly blessed as a contracting company that we were able to stay busy well into December.
    In addition to our achievements as a company, we also celebrated some personal milestones as well. Erik welcomed his very first grandchild, Tanya celebrated her 40th birthday, and Tanya caught a huge fish while on vacation!
    Join us as we revisit our favorite memories from 2023, highlight some of our favorite projects we worked on, and share our predictions for what we think will be trending in 2024.
    In this episode, we chat about: 
    Some incredible stats from 2023 
    Our favorite work memories 
    Our most cherished personal memories 
    The most exciting projects we had the opportunity to work on 
    What we see moving forward in 2024
     
    Enter our 2024 free roof giveaway! ​​
     
    To connect with Big Fish Contracting, you can check out our website at www.bigfishcontracting.com. 
     
    You can also follow us on our social channels: 
    Big Fish Contracting Instagram 
    Big Fish Contracting Facebook 
     
    Our Project Map: https://www.bigfishcontracting.com/project-map/ 
     
    Check out one of our favorite projects of the year!
     

    • 24 min

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rcnwife ,

Amazing!

Thank you for telling the backside and the reality to the contracting business! Also knowing you all on a more personal level will help take Big Fish to an all new level! Great job!!

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