How to Prevent Basement Water Intrusion

-  I know this sounds very basic, and it is, but I inspect a ridiculous amount of houses that have poor grading at the exterior.  This means that the ground slopes toward the building or allows water to pond next to the building, rather than away. .  The fix for improper grading is to change the landscaping. Grading is the first thing to look at if there are water problems at a house ..More

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Siding Replacement Wars: James Hardie vs. LP SmartSide in a Battle for Contractors, Builders, and You

-   The 2″ gap requirement leaves installers with a challenge to put something in that gap that looks better than exposed shiny aluminum flashing. .   Some paint the aluminum only to have it peel later.   LP can be installed 1″ up from where a roof line meets a wall; Hardie requires a 2″ gap to maintain warranty. The image to the right shows aluminum flashing in the gap from the roof line to the Hardie shakes.   Others use a small trim board made of a PVC-heavy composite. The confidence in moisture resistance also shows in their install specifications ..More

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Q&A – Siding Stains: Why Do Houses Cry?

- .  Check out their guest post on my blog for more on this topic: Unintended Consequences of Adding Insulation. Side note: I’ve been recommending Cocoon for insulation jobs for the past couple of years, because they take all of these factors into account when they work on homes ..More

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Why Home Inspectors Should Know Building Codes

- .   If a home inspector is not familiar with current building codes, they’re not familiar with accepted residential building practices. Current building codes are what define accepted residential building practices ..More

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Minnesota Stucco Repairs: Case Study #2, Moderate Repairs

- . Finally, new stucco is installed, the old stucco is caulked and sealed, and everything is painted with a high-quality, breathable stucco paint to give the entire front of the house a uniform look ..More

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