• Snakes on the Roof

    Snakes on the Roof

    Well… there shouldn’t be. One good way to solve that problem is to contact McGarry’s Roofing and Construction. We’re not afraid of snakes. We have a pocket full of four leaf clovers thanks to Aunt Grace who taught us how and where to pick them. Furthermore, McGarry’s employs a cadre of Leprechauns who will address those kinds of problems, no matter what Clan with which you are aligned.

    Red and green Plaid material
    Grateful Dead logo with four leaf clover motif

    Before moving to Rock County, Wisconsin to continue raising a family, McGarry’s owner, Todd McGarry, grew up thirty miles east of San Francisco. The Good Old Grateful Dead lived and played there. They were instrumental, pun intended, at chasing snakes and cavorting with Leprechauns. The Dead created a loving community of followers who are now everywhere in the world.

    The Grateful Dead set up residence in the 1980s at the Alpine Valley Music Center, a favorite Deadhead venue. “They were not the best at what they did, they were only ones who did what they did”. ~Bill Graham, Rock Empresario.

  • Bob Dylan and the Weatherman

    Bob Dylan and the Weatherman. This hotograph of a tornado in Rock County, Wisconsin in February 2024. Copyright belongs to 105.5 FM The Hog
    Photo of a tornado in Rock County, Wisconsin in February 2024.
    Copyright belongs to 105.5 FM The Hog
  • Snowpocalypse Snow On the Roof in Rock County:

    Heavy snow on a property in Rock County, Wisconsin
    Heavy snow draping over a roof above a porch in Rock County, Wisconsin

    As the snow continues to pile up, the roofs of buildings in Rock County are struggling to bear the burden of the additional weight. Some poorly maintained older roofs could leak or even collapse, endangering lives and property.

    The impact of a potential roof collapse or leaking roof is devastating. Families can be displaced, businesses are forced to shut down. The financial toll would be devastating to families and businesses.

    Heavy snow sitting on top of a roof in Rock County, Wisconsin
  • Inspect Your Roof for Winter

    Look at the roof tile and/or asphalt shingles or wooden shake. Do they look curled up, weathered, loose, discolored or misshapen? Furthermore, are plywood or wooden struts exposed. Does the sheetmetal around exhaust pipes look rusted with holes? Rust is a tell-tale sign your roof needs someone to examine the roof for winter.

    Single family gray-green house with white trim

    Roofs should last several decades. Roofs endure a plethora of conditions. Consider that a solid and sealed roof protects your precious family, your living environment and your collection of property. It is amazing how much stuff our families purchase, collect and consume. Now in the 21st century, merchandise is easily delivered to your front door. A roof leak would create havoc on all that now wouldn’t it! Don’t give it too much more thought or winter will be overhead. Determine to scrutinize your roof before old man winter arrives.

  • McGarry’s Matriarch turns 100

    Matriarch Doll McGarry's birthday cake
    Dolly McGarry with son Ron and grandson Shawn
    Dolly McGarry with son Ron and grandson Shawn

    Dolly McGarry has 3 sons, 5 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Dolly is Aunt Grace’s younger sister. Dolly has lived 100 years; 1,200 months; 5,218 weeks; 876,600 hours; and 52,596,000 minutes.

    Addendum to this post: since September 12, 2023 as of St. Patrick’s Day 2024, two more great grandchildren have arrived into the McGarry Clan. Go Aunt Dolly!

  • Your Roof and Extreme Weather

    Look at any news, weather channel or newspaper and you will see and read stories about extreme weather locally, nationally or internationally. There are episodes of heavy rains, high winds, tornadoes, extreme heat and cold all over the globe. Talk with your neighbors, family, work colleagues about roofing in Janesville, Wisconsin. Basically, we are all seeing and feeling it. The summers are hotter, the rains are heavier, the winds are stronger, the winters are more intense. How does extreme weather affect your roof on your house?

    Garage roof damaged from strong winds

    Think about the prophecies we hear about in church on Sundays. These include plagues, pests, famine, floods, earthquakes and volcanoes, (not so much in Rock County), the Devil (at least on Halloween or when we are tempted). We live through seasons of weather that have a major affect on the materials and roof in our home. The stress buildings endure over time leads to deterioration. The roof alone gets at least 250 days of direct sunlight every year. Think what your skin would look like after that amount of time without protection. Over twenty years, not pretty, right!

    Stripping old roofing material from the plywood substrate