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Attic Ventilation Tips By Gil Strachan

With regard to summer cooling, I was prompted to peck out a few words on attic ventilation. In addition to keeping us warm, and preventing condensation & mildew in the winter, an adequately insulated and ventilated attic space will reduce the summer heat load in living spaces. A well ventilated attic will function much like a big shade tree! The general rule of thumb is “one square foot of unobstructed ventilation area for every 300 square feet of ceiling space; no less that 50% of the total inbound through the soffits or gable vents, and no more than 50% outbound via roof or ridge vents. The bird and bug screens can diminish the effectiveness of the vents by as much as 50%, so double this amount.

For example, a 1500 sq. ft house requires a minimum of 5 sq. ft of unobstructed ventilation area (min. 10 sq. ft. of screened vent area). This would likely be accomplished with 5 (1 sq ft) roof vents (or a larger number of smaller vents) and in most new homes, a continuous vented soffit covering. In older homes with wooden soffit coverings incorporating individual soffit vents, subsequent covering with vented aluminum will drastically impede air flow through the original openings. The wood soffit covering should be removed prior to installation of the aluminum soffit covering. If aluminum has already been applied over plywood, temporarily remove this covering to introduce more openings into the wooden soffits.

To determine whether or not your attic is adequately ventilated, first survey the number of roof vents. Then lift the access hatch inside the house (usually found in a closet or hallway ceiling). If the attic temperature is extremely high, especially on a cooler day, this means heat-loaded air is not being sufficiently vented. Also, you may notice a rush of air entering up through the access hatch. This means you might have enough roof vents, but not enough soffit (or gable) vents. The relative heights of roof versus gable vents will also be a determining factor. The higher the roof vents are above the gable vents, the more effectively the attic will ventilate.

A minimum of R20 (approx. 8”) of insulation over the upper floor ceilings is required to effectively isolate the attic from the living spaces, and continuous vapor barriers behind walls and ceilings will stop infiltration of hot outside air, and exfiltration of cooler (hopefully) inside air. Check that your soffit vents are not obstructed by insulation materials.

Without air conditioning, it helps to open all the windows overnight, and then shut down the house and close the window coverings all day, just like grandmother did it! Aluminum foil, or commercially available tinting, can also help when applied to south and west-facing windows.

 

Six Wonderful Tips For Avoiding The Cost of Professional Roof Service

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About Author…

Copyright Gil Strachan – All rights reserved.Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994. For more information about home inspections visithttp://www.electrospec.ca

 

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Remove the Complex From Cost-Efficient Roof Replacement

If anyone ever claimed that cost-efficient roof replacement is simple, turn your back and head in the other direction. Getting the best pricing while still ensuring quality roof installation doesn’t mean that you opt for the cheapest Charlotte roofing contractor and the lease expensive roofing materials. It just means that you must do your homework.

In any home improvement venture, making the most of your money demands that you inject personal time and energy into the project. Knowing what to expect in costs and services provides you with access to cost-efficient Charlotte roofing. Twelve years ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, roofing contractors spent over 8-million dollars on components, fuels, materials and supplies (1). During the first eleven months of 2013, construction spending exceeded $828 billion (2). Residential construction accounted for $345 billion.

Home improvement defines the term “competitive.” Low-ball roofing service centers dot the industry. Poor craftsmanship further compromised by second-hand roofing materials leave many Charlotte homeowners in the financial pinch of an inefficient roofing job. Cost-efficient roof replacement is available but sometimes difficult to grasp.

The following simple tips establish the guidelines for quality-roofing services using top-of-the-line materials and roof replace cost-efficient contractors.

Locating a Quality Charlotte Roofing Contractor

Roof replacement is not cheap. If you are looking for a ‘cheap’ roofing contractor, this is the wrong website. However, you can find a Charlotte roofing contractorwho is able to provide durable and cost-efficient roof replacement. The search involves three schools of thought:

  • Old School – Looking in the newspapers and the yellow pages
  • New School – Digging into the abundance of information available on the Internet
  • Decision School – Closing via reliable referrals.

Small businesses dominate the home improvement industry. Most of these will fail within the first three years of business. According to the Small Business Administration, small business failure occurs for the following reasons (3):

  • Insufficient capital
  • Lack of experience
  • Low sales
  • Misuse of business funds
  • Poor location
  • Poor service
  • Superior competition
  • And More.

When searching for a Charlotte roofing contractor, apply all three methods. Be careful of super-sized newspaper ads, Internet sites that serve only to promote roofing companies and on-site referrals. Many web-based “Yellow Pages” and “Service Referral” sites claim to be impartial. According to the Bureau of consumer Protect, business directory scams litter the Internet (4). Business payments to so-called unbiased Internet advertising sites make the scam possible. So ask yourself how the so-called “expert” finders stay in business without having what is typically called a “premium” advertiser list.

The best resource for finding a reputable roofing company comes via the referral you get from someone you trust. Back that up by investigating how long a business has been in operation, and various other business reports. Finding the Internet age of a business is as simple as typing:

whois http://zimmermanenterprises.com or any other business name. The “Whois” report supplies you with a domain creation date as well as various ownership details.

Interviewing Roof Installation Contractors

During any interview process, learn to Watch out for that “gut” feeling. Interviews are designed to educate buyers and instill trust for the roofing company. The “gut” feeling can be positive or negative. But remember: for you the interview is about information, finding what meets your roofing needs and getting cost-efficient roofing replacement from a quality company. Don’t permit a “gut” feeling to blind your common sense.

Trust is indeed a major concern. What begins with a “gut” impulse must be reinforced by:

  • Presentation of a building license
  • Evidence of insurance and bonding
  • Membership in professional trade organizations
  • And a host of satisfied customers.

 

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Value-added Charlotte Exterior Solutions At Reasonable Prices

Buying a new roof in Charlotte, replacing the roof on an older Charlotte home, or upgrading worn siding is one of the most important investments a Charlotte homeowner can make. Yourroofing and gutter system protects your home and family. Vinyl siding eliminates painting while adding curb appeal at the same time. You should take as much care in selecting a Charlotte Roofing contractor, gutter guard provider, or siding installer as you would with any other important home or business decision.

 

Let An Straight-Up Charlotte Roofing Contractor Repair or Replace The Shingles On Your Home or Business

Many Charlotte Roofing Contractors do not perform roof repairs. Their warranties often depend upon installation of a brand new Charlotte roof. But your budget or the actual problems with your roof may have not require the installation of a new roof. You need a Charlotte Roofing Contractor who places you and your family ahead of higher profits and greater job turn-around. At Right Way Exterior Solutions, LLC Charlotte contractor services, we inspect your home or business using our personally developed roof inspection plan. Trained to find all of the issues associated with Charlotte roof repairing or Charlotte roof replacement, we help you determine the best solution to your specific home or business roofing needs. A careful Charlotte roof inspection helps prevent problem coverups that can cause high-dollar future complications.

You take home and roof seriously. So do we.

Right Way Exterior Solutions, LLC does Charlotte roof repairs, Charlotte roof replacements and new Charlotte roofing installations for a living. As a Value-Added Charlotte Exterior Solutions Contractor, we know and understand the local weather conditions, the yearly climate changes and the local zoning laws. We understand how these issues relate to your home’s roof. But even more than that, Mark Zimmerman is also a Piedmont area homeowner. He has lived in the Charlotte area for over fifty years. He knows the hazards that your Charlotte roofing system must endure. He employees local roofers who also understand the environmental conditions around Mount Holly, Stanley, Iron Station and other Charlotte areas. These professional Charlotte Roofers know how local conditions affect Charlotte roofing materials and Charlotte roofing installation practices. The Zimmerman roofing team knows how to remain focused on quality roof construction and waterproofing. Right Way Roofing & More, LLC represents professional home and business roofing services. Mark Zimmerman represents Right Way Roofing & More, LLC quality. We are dedicated to providing the best available roofing services throughout the area.

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Let vinyl siding preserve the underlying structure of your historic Charlotte property.

If you are fortunate enough to own a historic property in Charlotte that has a wood frame, you are also aware of how labor-intensive wood maintenance can be. Even when using the best of paints, wood siding requires routine inspection and occasional touch-ups if not a complete redo paint job. How do you get around it? Invest in products that can provide exterior protection in a semi-permanent format.

To get the best protection while enjoying the unique treasure of living in a historic Charlotte home, many homeowners install vinyl or aluminum siding as an economical solution that is not detrimental to the current state of the wood. In many cases vinyl siding in Charlotte historic buildings proves to be the best way to fight early signs of deterioration. However, if applied without sufficient planning and consideration “vinyl siding preserves” can become “vinyl siding contaminates.”

Let’s take a look at some important factors to consider and questions to ask before you install aluminum or vinyl siding on your historic Charlotte home.

Be careful not to ignore underlying problems

Before attempting to preserve historic Charlotte properties with wood siding, seek to ensure that you do not conceal problems by merely applying aluminum or vinyl sidings as a coverall. Some problems can go on to affect the very foundations, like water entryways that lead from the roof to the wall and rotting behind the siding were it used to only be a minor problem.

While it may cure pealing paint or the ugly discoloration of the wood, installed vinyl siding on top of such problems can lead to bigger problems – and if moisture is trapped between the barrier and the wood siding you will eventually encounter even bigger problems.

Whereas such possibilities does not mean that you should discount the use of aluminum or vinyl siding preserves, it does mean that you must work with a company that is fully trained in all matters concerning home structures, historic properties, and when and how to rightly install vinyl or aluminum siding.

Durability and Cost To Vinyl Siding Preserve Your Historic Charlotte Property

The inquiries of toughness and relative expenses of aluminum or vinyl siding contrasted with the support expense of notable materials are intricate. Both types of siding offer long life, dependable service and low upkeep. Aside from abuse, quality substitute sidings typically age well even in severe climates. However, time will produce some changes in the shading and gleam of the materials.

Under typical conditions, installation of either component will cost out at several times that of quality paintwork on wood siding. However, the low maintenance and the extended life of vinyl or alum will quickly repay the cost of installation.

A touchy application, holding existing trim, will cost more. Along these lines, to earn back the original investment on cost, the new siding ought to keep going the length of a decades before considering upkeep. On wood two layers of good quality paint on a legitimately arranged surface can last from 8 to 10 years. Let’s say a realist average of seven years is expected for paint on wood, then aluminum and vinyl siding ought to last 15 to 21 years prior to obliging extra upkeep, to earn back the original investment with the support cost for painting wood siding. Once painted, the aluminum and vinyl siding will get repainting with the same recurrence as wood siding.

While aluminum siding can bend upon contact and the effective resistance of vinyl siding gets worse in lower temperatures and, hence, is liable to crack under heavy pressure, these materials are for the most part not any more liable than wood siding and shingles. Every siding material is liable to harm from the elements and potential vandalism; in any case, there is a noteworthy contrast in the repair-ability of wood siding versus substitute materials, for example, aluminum and vinyl. In spite of the fact that they can all be repaired, it is much less demanding to repair wood siding and the repair, in the wake of painting, is for the most part unavoidable. Likewise, a noteworthy issue in the repair-ability of aluminum and vinyl siding, as said above, is getting it to look like the original shade of color it was before it was damaged. Coordinating the paint for wood siding has a more noteworthy probability of matching

Conservation – Energy Efficiency of Vinyl Siding

With the rising cost of oil and gas, it comes as no surprise that the ability to retain energy is an important factor for historic Charlotte wood sidings. This alone makes a big plus concerning the installation of vinyl or alum siding. Although the insulation capabilities built into modern siding materials often include extra thermal backing, on their own vinyl siding preserves are not great insulators. Yet the thermal material, when correctly installed, and the newly added air pocket can offer some slight increase in your homes energy conservation capacities.

For more information, or to schedule your free estimate, contact Right Way Exterior Solutions, LLC, asap.

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Ice Dams: Which Comes First, the Law of Gravity or an Unstable Roof?

Before dipping into the depths of this particular Charlotte roofing tip, Zimmerman Enterprises Kanga Roofing of Charlotte would like you to consider a strange phenomenon concerning ice dams: Water doesn’t always flow down hill. At times it backs up, accumulates and only then submits to the power of nature and gravity. The result may be a slow trickle that can be addressed and managed before major structural damage can accumulate. Or…

The submission to gravity may force your roof leak to explode with devastating and costly consequences to your home and to your health.

Ice dams can make water flow uphill. So too can clogged drains, gutters and downspouts. Back in 2006 while reconstructing the old Charlotte IRS building, a local Metrolina construction company encountered a major leak issue (1). It came about shortly after a summer downpour dumped inches of water throughout Mecklenburg. Within the hour, stories of flash floods, structural damage and leaky roofs dominated the news.

Next morning in the old IRS building on Albemarle Road, water leaks had sprung up all across the southeastern wing of the structure. Rather than mere drips, the leaks were like minor springs of continuous water flow. Ceilings, walls and carpets got damp, then soggy and then ruined. Repair costs mounted quickly as did material requirements.

When work crews reached the roof of the building, they discovered knee-deep water in all the lower sides of the flat roof building. Three roof drains were completely stopped up. The water pressure had backed up, amassed pressure and then forcibly found new ways for obeying the law of gravity.

Having a sturdy roof is essential to home protection from the weather and from the elements. To maintain the stability of your roof unhampered water drainage is an absolute necessity. You need to know how and when to check your roof. Regular roof inspections ensure that rainfall, sleet and ice do not backup, build up and eventually explode beneath the overwhelming law of gravity.

Ice Dams and Charlotte Roofing Tips For Reliable Prevention

Although often used in office and industrial construction planning, flat roofs are not standard on residential Charlotte homes. Most of you live in “A” frame structures. You have asphalt shingled or metal roofs – sometimes tile or wood shakes. Thus ice dams can be a common problem.

According to the University of Minnesota, the ridge of ice that accumulates at the edge of your roof is called an ice dam (2). Every article with a focus on Charlotte roofing tips mentions the roofing dangers associated with backed up water. When an ice dam prevents melting show from draining off your roof, the water temporary flows up hill. As a result of the backup, water eventually begins to seep, leak or explode into your home. The damage to your Charlotte residence can include structural collapse of the roof, ceilings or drywall. The accumulated damage associated with ice dams also includes wet attic insulation, electrical shorts and even exterior wall damage.

Stopping water leaks is critical to the stability of your roof and the protection of your Charlotte home. Preventing water from flowing uphill is one component of proper roof management. Don’t risk the dangers of ice dams, water backup and explosive leak damage. Act now to correct known problems in advance of the coming winter snows.

Even when explosive and immediate damage doesn’t occur, rainwater under your shingles results in long-term roof rot. Even when melting snow doesn’t create a technical “ice ridge,” trash in your gutter can result in blockage, refreezing and water backup. High winds sometimes lift shingles. Debris gets forced underneath. When the rain falls the wind forces the water into the gaps.

Preventing the Ice Dams and Ice Dam Damage

To prevent roof damage due to ice dams, follow two courses of action: 1) Immediate response to the situation and 2) Long-term solutions.

Immediate ice dam prevention demands that you get the snow and ice off your roof. In order to prevent shingle damage, use a push broom or a roof rake. But be very careful, for your own safety and for the safety of your existing roofing materials. If water is already flowing into your home, break channels in the ice dam. It’s a touchy job. Consider hiring a professional Charlotte roofing contractor.

Long-term ice dam solutions require special considerations. Start by eliminating any interior leaks of warm air into the attic. Moist interior heat on the inside of your roof structure promotes melting and refreezing of snow and ice. Have your attic inspected by a professional Charlotte roofer. Adding ceiling/roof insulation may eliminate all of your leakage problems related to ice dams. Don’t forget to repair the existing roof damage.

Zimmerman Enterprises is always on hand to provide you with free estimates on any full-home roof replacements or roof installations.

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Universal Focus on Historic Structures, Including Network-Wide Roof Repair Charlotte

In 2006, the General Assembly appropriated $222 million plus toward the repairs and renovations of ECSU, NCCU and UNCA (1). The allocated funds included $600,000 toward roof replacement at the UNCC for Public Television Bryan Center and an additional $75,000 earmarked for network-wide UNC roof repairs Charlotte. The funds also supported improved energy conservation measures, renovations of various classrooms and support facilities and improvements to the General Administration electrical infrastructure.

Agricultural Buildings: Roof Repair Charlotte Historical Barns

When repairing historic Charlotte roofs – even an old barn – most owners prefer to retain the original look and feel. From wooden shingles to slate and from shingles to metal, historic agricultural structures run the gauntlet in roofing materials. Maintenance is critical to keeping a watertight barn roof. When kept dry, those old pine rafters, roof boards, framing and floors seems to last forever. But failure to preserve the roof ensures that your historic Charlotte barn ends up making a somewhat large scrap pile.

According to the University of Vermont, the original roofing of historic agricultural structures fits into the following time frame:

  • Prior to 1850 – Wooden shingles
  • 1851 to 1940 – Optional slate and early metal designs
  • 1941 to Present – Asphalt shingles and current fabricated metals (2).

It may be that your historic roof has already deteriorated beyond reasonable maintenance or roof repair options. If correctly maintained, slate and metal roofing materials tend to last for ages. But sometimes roof replacement is the best choice. To retain the historic look and feel, stick with the original roofing material type. It may be cheaper to installed corrugated fiberglass roofing sheets, but it will never reflect the historic character of an old wooden shingled roof.

Inspecting Your Historic Roofing System

Whether on your home or on your historic barn, yearly roof inspections ensure a watertight surface. Unless experiencing roof leaks or other roof problems that demand the attention of a professional Charlotte roof repair company, you can handle the standard inspections without ever needing to climb a ladder.

Unlike the roofs on houses, barn roofs are generally free of any hidden areas. Inspection can be as simple as using binoculars to scan the outer surface of the materials. The process is simple: Going row by row, scrutinize overlaps, flashing, ridges, eaves and intersecting walls.

Follow-up the external scan with several inside walk-through inspections. Use the sun to your advantage when trying to spot pinholes of light. Use the rain and the snow to spot the difficult leaks. Look for water stains, loose flashing and rust where rust is a factor.

Knowing When Roof Replacement Is Better Than Roof Repair

Contrary to the whispers of the industry: It is not inevitable that a roof will leak, need repair or require replacing during your lifetime. Well-maintained metal and slate roofs can last for generations. But that is the problem with historical roofs: They have been around for generations.

The following simple questions will help you determine if your roof repair Charlotte project should change into a roof replacement project:

  • If possible, repair historical roofs that are original to the building
  • Identify the root of the roof problem
  • If replacement is unavoidable, seek to locate the historic roofing materials
  • If material availability is non-existent, consider custom fabrication
  • Can you still find a Charlotte roofing contractor with the skill to repair your historic roof?

Explore the options. When possible, retain the character of your historical structures. House, barn or any other legitimate structure, Right Way Exterior Solutions, LLC is always ready to help you with your Charlotte roof repair, roof replacement or roof installation. For more information, click here.

 

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Charlotte Roof Repair: Tricky If Not Correctly Diagnosed

Correctly diagnosing your need for a roof repair Charlotte expert can be tricky. Not all signs of roof trouble are obvious to homeowners. Finding the right solution compounds the issue. Physical leaks may be evident by plain signs of water damage. However other evidence of roofing failure can be subtle

Look for anything in the following three categories:

Changes in Colors Often Reflect Damaged Roofing

  • Discoloration – The causes of shingle discoloration are many. For example: Excessive moisture nearly always promotes the growth of algae and mold. Likewise, color fading indicates excessive loss of shingle granule. Either of these indicates your need to contact roof repair Charlotte services.
  • Mold – Inadequate attic ventilation often results in moisture buildup. This can cause mildew and mold to show up on your ceilings and/or walls.
  • Interior Stains – A leaky roof nearly always ends up causing stains on the ceilings of your home. The causes can be many, but a misaligned shingle underlayment is something that the average Charlotte roof repair inspection may miss.

Roofing Compromise Evidenced By Appearance

  • Blistering – Also marked by peeling paint on the inside or outside of your home, blistering is an earmark of increased humidity due to poor attic ventilation
  • Dents – Also including chips out of the shingles or dings in metal roofing, dents indicate hail damage
  • Siding Issues – Sometimes linked to attic ventilation problems that trap heat, buckled, decayed or discolored siding can reveal the presence of roof trouble
  • Missing Roofing Materials – Although common to homes roofed with short-life asphalt shingles, wind and storm can damage or strip away metal, wood and even tile roofing
  • Shingle Separation – When shingles age, heat and weather can cause a widening in the spaces between shingle tabs. Eventually water will find an entrance into your attic.

Water – A Leaky Roof is the Horror of Every Homeowner

  • Water Condensation – Typically seen on the underside of your roof sheathing, water condensation is a sign that your attic is trapping moisture.
  • Leakage In the Attic – Poor metal flashing, torn shingles, missing shingles, faulty underlayment and host of other roofing failures can be associated with leakage in the attic. Call for a roof inspection ASAP.
  • Leakage That Reaches the Interior Ceilings – Everything from a leak in chimney flashing to missing nails and from torn sheathing to missing shingles can result in serious damage to your interior ceilings. Don’t permit such a problem to go untreated.

Questions to Ask Your Roof Repair Charlotte Contractor

Before leaping into the process of finding a reliable roof repair Charlotteprofessional, consider one final and often overlooked sign of roof trouble. Though it seems strange, an unusual increase in your energy bill can reflect roofing problems. For example: An increase in summer cooling costs may indicate that your attic ventilation system is failing. Likewise, an increase in your heating costs may indicate moisture in the attic and water accumulation on the installed insulation resulting in a reduction in R-value.

But what do you look for in a Charlotte roofing contractor? How do you know who is earnest, local and stable? Start by avoiding any roofing contractors that show up randomly at your doors. Don’t even permit them to inspect your roof: Some scam-roofers have been known to create damage in order to make a sale. Also follow these tips:

  • Get and check the company’s license, insurance and bonding information
  • Get a functional local contact number
  • Ask for and check referrals
  • Get the contract in writing
  • Never permit your contractor to arrange your lending contract. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the “Home Improvement” loan scam is a primary way that shady contractors rip customers while still managing to slip within the limits of legal theft (1).
  • Get the names and identity information of any subcontractors
  • Get evidence that the Charlotte roofing contractor is experienced in projects that involve the same materials and services as are needed on your home.

 

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Siding Repairs Service – Importance of a Written Home Improvement Contract

A siding repairs service contract defines the terms of agreement between you and a given siding contractor. Although some homeowners and contractors are willing to come to terms via a verbal siding service contract, such a venture often lacks legal protection for either party. On the other hand, a written contract for siding services indicates, through text assumed legally binding, the full scope and pricing of the expected siding repairs.

Furthermore, the written home improvement contract also defines responsibilities associated with each party of the siding repairs service contract as well as the relationship between the two parties. By getting all the details documented via a written home improvement contract, the homeowner hopes to avoid:

  • Nasty disagreements
  • Unexpected charges
  • Delayed services
  • Poor contractor behavior
  • Sloppy work
  • Uninsured accidents
  • AND much more.

Reaching an agreement in advance of any siding repair services helps both the homeowner and the home improvement contractor know what to expect from self and from the other party. Getting it in writing helps ensure that the siding contractor strives to uphold his or her reputation, prevent delays, and use quality siding materials..

Keeping Up With Payment Schedules and Schemes

Although most home improvement contractors follow a reasonable approach to payment schedules and schemes, the Charlotte homeowner should never sign papers based upon an assumed payment plan. As a rule of thumb, avoid working with any exterior services contractor who seeks up-front payment before work begins or is completed. On the other hand, some home siding installation and repair companies seek stage-payment wherein you pay along the way according to a predefined job-stage completion plan. For small Charlotte siding contractors, a scheme for stage-payment provides reasonable builder protection while also ensuing that the homeowner receives services rendered for services paid.

Whether working with an established incremental payment schedule or paying only after the job is fully completed, get it all in writing. And read the small print. Even with the best intentions, a homeowner may encounter events that force late payment. Make sure you understand the costs and effects of missing your side of the home improvement contractor’s agreement.

Hidden Costs For A Charlotte Siding Repairs Service Job

Don’t get caught in the hidden costs scam. Honest home siding contractors are upfront with pricing and additional costs. Watch the pre-job inspection. Maybe you don’t understand all that is happening, but much can be determined by how through seems the inspection. Contractor’s who are concerned about a “No Surprise” siding repair service take time during the inspection to ensure that nothing gets missed or overlooked.

 

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6 Pre-Construction Stages As You Plan New Deck Projects

Decks constructed without forethought… Ugly. Short-lived. And Untrustworthy. We’ve all seen it, the results of what can happen if a homeowner fails to plan new deck projects. Complications develop. Poor ground preparation results in one corner sinking lower than the rest of deck. Lousy choices in material result in a nasty mismatch in the décor of the associated home. Shoddy craftsmanship ends up with stumped toes, floating nails, and oversize drainage gaps. Failing to plan your new deck may be a home disaster in the making.

So…

Before starting deck construction, take a look at the following 6 pre-construction thoughts and objectives. Besides, planning for a new deck before you make contact with Right Way Exterior Solutions, LLC assures that can relay to our sales team a more perfect idea of your goals for the finished deck project.

Step 1 – Purpose for the Deck

Sometimes people think that all decks are crafted for entertainment, relaxation, or weekend cookouts. But what if you like to observe the stars, maybe even plan to setup a telescope on the deck? Ah… Now the availability of darkness becomes a major factor in the plan new deck projects scenario. For some folks, those who live on the waterfront, a deck must be designed to double as a boat dock. For others, a deck may be crafted with plans for future expansion into a sun-room.

Before ever starting on the plan for how to build your deck and what materials must be used, determine the purpose of the deck.

Step 2 – Ideas for Deck Designs

Simple Deck LayoutTo get ideals for deck designs, take a stroll around your own neighborhood. Observe the various home styles and the choice of deck design and decking materials most popular within your community. You don’t have to copy anyone, but fact be known, the homes in many Mount Holly and regional areas tend to follow a standard community design that conforms to the given neighborhood. Thus you need a good understanding of what works best on a similarly styled home. Pay attention to the shape of the homes and the associated deck styles. Notice how each style works in the attachment to the house. Put together a mental image of how to fit the same deck to your own home, as well as how you could modify it to make your home unique.

But even if you have a custom designed Charlotte home, a look around the neighborhood can help you develop an eye that enables you to plan new deck projects with vision and imagination. And remember: Right Way knows how to help you work up a great looking layout for the deck of your choice, no matter how distinct the layout of your home.

Likewise, take time to review current and old home improvement magazines. The styles of yesterday have a tendency to come back over and over again. Thus you could, in yesterday’s home improvement magazine, find the new style for today.

Things to look for:

  • Kit based deck railing versus custom designed deck railing
  • Location of stairs, both the deck stairs and existing house stairs
  • The use of post caps, rail lighting, and lighting on the deck steps
  • Choices of materials and how those materials fit into the décor of the associated home
  • Mode of craftsmanship: Is the deck freestanding or is it attached to the house, and why the distinction in a given situation.

Step 3 – Testing the Layout of Your Deck

You know the purpose and that defines the primary shape of your planned new deck project, the best on-site location for the deck, and any considerations that must be included to enable perceived future expansion, modifications, or further deck construction and perhaps even a new roof. You also now have the ideas that define the desired characteristics for lighting, rails, roofing and stairs.

Now you need to calculate the best size. Aid the process by cutting out some cardboard silhouettes of benches, chairs and planters. Also weigh in for a fire pit, grill, and hot tube as the case may be. Use twine toe mark out the outer perimeters of the purposed deck’s framework and then place the silhouettes as necessary to suit your goals and living style. To get final measurements, modify the visual as necessary.

Step 4 – Selecting Deck Materials

Time has arrived for deciding on types of deck materials. During the stages of layout and location selection, Lay Deck Constructionyou likely gathered some key thoughts about types of materials best suited for your deck. But situations differ and not all types of decking materials suit every planned new decking project. So keep in mind that your choice in materials may force a modification or reshaping of your perceived outdoor sunning deck.

The most common deck building products include:

  • Green Treated Pine – Least costly and easy to stain or pressure wash and re-stain
  • Cedar – More expensive but long lasting and stainable if desired but also weathers to a beautiful gray.
  • Redwood – Weathers nicely, but can also be stained or treated
  • Composite Decking – Noted for low maintenance but not to be considered maintenance free. Also has a bit of a reputation for crumbling over time.

Step 5 – Deck Lighting Options

Time to consider deck lighting options. Concerning color and style, choices abound thus you can easily match any home décor scheme. Consider low voltage deck lighting to the post caps, the deck railing, and the deck steps. You can also include recessed deck floor lights. Keep in mind that installing deck lighting will affect the deck construction process, and may even force certain design changes.

Step 6 – Starting Deck Construction

3D Deck Design Software by Big hammerWhether making this a DIY deck building project or ensuring polished quality by hiring in professional carpenters, consider dropping $79 for the HGTV Ultimate Home Design with Landscaping & Decks or just make use of the free online Home Improvement3D Deck Design Tool.

These programs and others like them use a simple drag and drop interface to enable plan new deck projects customers to see their visions in various sizes and styles. Most of them even enable users to calculate the ballpark cost of before starting deck construction.

Professional Deck Design, Deck Repair, and Deck Construction

Perhaps these six tips have triggered your desire to get your deck project on the move. Right Way Exterior Solutions can make your vision of a new deck on your home into a real world Charlotte home deck solution. Call for further details. Or merely complete the attached contact form. We are certified reliable, price efficient, safety minded, and focused on complete customer satisfaction.

 

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Repairing Roof Damage – Simple Advice From a Charlotte Roofer

Weather in the Charlotte/Gastonia area can be erratic and damaging to roofs and other home components. Rain, sleet, snow, and hail come at random intervals, in season and out. Many Charlotte area homeowners can bear first-hand witness to the dangers of high winds, downed trees, and hail the size of golf balls. They have seen dimpled shingles and dented copper. They know what happens when the wind rips away a roof crown.

But how many people really pay attention to the less obvious sources of roof failure?

This article addresses the obvious roof problems, but it also provides advice concerning the overlooked issues such as poor maintenance routines, basic exposure to long-term weather patterns, airborne chemicals, and the things that kids throw into the sky. Shoddy craftsmanship during an initial roof installation can also cause problems. Incorrectly installed Flashing may result in a slow leak that takes months or even years to become self-evident. Eaves and overhangs are also points of difficulty. These are the places where leaks sometimes go unnoticed for long periods of time.

Roof Damage That Springs From Immediate Conditions

Homeowners in the vicinity of Charlotte, Gastonia, and the surrounding areas can expect an extended share of high winds, hail storms, flying debris, and fallen tree limbs. These problem sources can generate an immediate situation of roof failure, or an impending condition of roof failure. Winds can rip away the cover ridge, chimney caps, roof vents, flashing, and/or shingles. Broken tree limbs or some other type of airborne debris can strike the roof with sufficient force to puncture shingles, felt, and even the wood beneath. Any of these damage types can permit an instantaneous leakage of rainwater.

 

However, the same things that cause on the spot emergencies can also cause long-term, unseen water damage. For example: A tree limb may not create an immediate leak. Yet if the limb is not promptly removed and the area of impact properly treated, the future effects may demand extensive roof care.

Whenever a heavy storm passes through the Charlotte area, you should take the time to examine your roof. Even if there are no obvious leaks, certain roof components may yet be missing or damaged. Furthermore, you should check to ensure that no foreign object is blocking the roof valleys or the gutter tracks. Here are some basic methods of checking:

  • Examine the roof, either from a distance that enables a full view of the housetop, or by a physical presence on the roof.
  • Look around your yard for any roof components that may have blown to the ground.
  • Question neighbors. They may have noticed something during the storm that affects the condition of your home.
  • If it seems reasonable, check the attic space for any signs of leakage.
  • If necessary, or for the assurance of adequate preventative measures, contact a Charlotte, Gastonia, or Kannapolis roofing specialists.

Roof Damage Related to Poor Maintenance

Too many homeowners ignore the obvious. Periodic roof inspections are critical to home maintenance. Be quick to repair problem or damaged areas. Stopped up gutters cause foundation damage as well as roof and wall damage. Applying leaf guards to rain gutters is one of the easiest fixes available. If you are unable to handle the installation yourself, hire a pro. The cost of maintenance is much less than the cost of major repairs. Here is a list of other primary maintenance issues:

  • Trees growing too near the home should be trimmed or removed
  • Although common in regions of high humidity, any sign of algae, fungus, or mold should be investigated.

Roof Failure Due To Inferior Craftsmanship

Flashing is designed to establish a watertight boundary between roof components, including roof sections, roof projections, and the joints of roof and external walls. Sometimes flashing gets damaged due to wind or hail or other force. Sometimes a contractor fails to install flashing. And sometimes a “craftsman” blotches the installation. Educate yourself concerning your home. Learn which areas of your roof require flashing, and then make flashing inspection a part of your routine home maintenance process.

Of course, flashing is not the only roof element that may involve inferior craftsmanship. Shingles do not always last as long as they should. A shady contractor may get a bargain deal from a local salvage yard. Whether building a new home, or replacing an old roof, make certain that you know from whence the materials were purchased.

Roofing Options

When purchasing roofing materials, homeowners typically seek durable products, aesthetic appeal, and quality installation at a reasonable cost. The options in material choices are many, ranging from cheap but popular asbestos to the unique beauty of copper shingles. Asbestos is typically low cost and easy to apply yet some roofers believe that metal roofing is a better choice. Several forces drive this conclusion. Metal roofs provide:

  • Efficient heat deference
  • Durability
  • A fire retardant nature
  • Low maintenance
  • Energy efficiency
  • Materials that can be painted
  • Resistance to mildew and algae.

Other roofing choices include:

  • Clay tile
  • Concrete tile
  • Hot mop roofing
  • Slate
  • Wood Shakes.

Certain evidences indicate that many of the high-end roofing materials are failing to live up to the stated warranties. If you are thinking of utilizing one of the new man-made products, take care to investigate the issue. Ask your Charlotte area roofer to confirm the track record of your chosen materials.

Roof Repairs and New Roof Installs

Although the correction of minor roof issues is not beyond the capabilities of many Charlotte homeowners, it may be wise to consult with a roofing specialist before moving ahead with the work. A structurally sound roof installation is critical to the stability of your home. Utilizing the right materials in the right way will protect your home and reduce the risk of future water problems.

 

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