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Reuben Saltzman

Introducing Mike Otto

While this home inspection blog is comprised almost entirely of posts that I have written myself, occasionally I’ll get permission from another home inspector to post content that they’ve written… and that’s about all that ever shows up here.   That’s about to change.

Mike Otto

Michael Bartus, a Realtor here in the Twin Cities, introduced me to an extremely knowledgeable general contractor, Mike Otto.  Mike is the owner of Fair & Square Remodeling, and he also blogs.

What really got my attention was the story of how he tore a roof off and added insulation on top of everything in an effort to stop ice dams from forming at a beautifully finished one-and-one-half-story home in Minneapolis.  You can read the story here – unusual ice dam solution.

I’m pleased to introduce Mike Otto as the first official guest blogger on this site.  Mike writes excellent material and has great ideas, with much of it focused around the real estate industry.  I love reading his blogs, and I’m sure you will too.

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No responses to “Introducing Mike Otto”

  1. Reuben
    September 29, 2011, 2:08 pm

    The post says that he still removed all the drywall from the interior of the attic, and sprayed closed cell foam from the inside (am I reading it correctly?).

  2. Reuben
    September 29, 2011, 2:09 pm

    Also, I thought the point of hot roofs was that you didn’t need ventilation?

  3. Reuben Saltzman
    September 29, 2011, 7:32 pm

    Good questions, Reuben. I’ll ask Mike to weigh in.

  4. Mike Otto
    September 30, 2011, 6:53 am

    Yes, we did remove the drywall and spay closed cell foam.

    Sometimes hot roofs are unavoidable, however they are not an ideal situation.

    Many shingle manufacturers do not warrant their shingles in a hot roof application and many cities make the homeowners sign waivers if they choose to go that route.

    Venting will keep your shingles and roof deck cooler on those blistering hot days

  5. Daniel Rogers
    October 24, 2011, 1:29 pm

    I agree, totally the best solution in a limited design situation. Even here in southeast Virginia where we don’t have ice-jamb problems. It’s recommended for thermal efficiency of the roof venting and the interior space conditioning and comfort.

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