Window Replacement Part 4: (Vinyl) Lindsay, Alside, Simonton, Soft-Lite

- . They also make vinyl siding. They have an extended line of woodgrains that can match nearly any trim. Alside Windows is located in (you guessed it) Ohio and has been in business since (you guessed it again) 1947. Their upper end windows like “Sheffield” and “UltraMaxx” can handle our heat and cold ..More

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 3: Siding

- Stone siding is typically installed only on the front of houses, but it’s subject to the same problems as stucco, and problems with moisture intrusion are just as difficult to identify. .  For info on stone siding installation defects, click here.  It requires invasive moisture testing ..More

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How to Prevent Basement Water Intrusion

- If you already have drain tile installed and you’re still getting water in your basement, check for cracks in your foundation walls that could be allowing bulk water through the cracks, which basically bypasses the drain tile. .   If you’ve checked all this stuff and still can’t figure out the cause of basement water problems, the next step would be to contact a basement water specialist.  Any such cracks should be repaired ..More

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Window Replacement Part 3: Marvin, Andersen, Pella

- I’m a big fan of Marvin; I believe in the craftsmanship of their entire product line. . Fiberglass is as good as it gets; couple it with their Everwood interior for the look and stainability of wood without actually having to worry about wood decay and you have me sold. If I had to choose one of their windows, I would go for Infinity. My only regret with Marvin is that they still use metal spacers, which keeps me from recommending their real-wood lines. It is definitely on the high end of pricing, as you would expect from a high-end option ..More

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Zinc Strips on Mossy Roof, Four Years Later

-  The first photo, showing the untouched roof from July of 2010, showed a lot of moss growth. The results were much better than I had expected. ..More

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