Blue-green algae can be a major eyesore. Microscopic yet noticeable, their dark, ultraviolet-resistant coating leaves black or brown streaks. They may not pose any structural threat to a roof, but they make stunning shingles look ugly. Like mold, blue-green algae are ubiquitous and thrive in moisture.
LP® Building Solutions is taking the lead in the building products sector. The industry is growing fast in terms of technology, digitization and product innovation. A skilled labor talent crunch could set many industry stalwarts back on their heels. LP Building Solutions, though, is showing how to thrive in this hyper-pressurized environment. Here’s how it’s affecting customers and suppliers.
Over time, windows will start to break down and ultimately fail. After all, nothing lasts forever. But sometimes, the lifespan of a window ends before it should. But what causes this?
Home inspectors are almost certain to find problems with any house, no matter how old or how well-maintained it is. Inspectors usually look for safety-related problems as well as high-ticket items, including the following.
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Roofs get a lot of attention from home inspectors. Normal wear and tear, and aging are common roof problems as are missing or damaged flashing. Flashing covers joints at roof transitions and protrusions, such as pipes or skylights. Missing or damaged flashing is often a sign of leaks.
Most foundations consist of poured concrete or concrete block. The downside to this is that concrete often cracks. Serious cracks cause the foundation to move or shift, and doors and windows to be out of whack and hard to open. Significant cracks in drywall or plaster walls and ceilings can appear. Foundation walls that bow inward also can mean serious issues. If a contractor sees these signs, an inspector may ask an engineer to assess the foundation.
Roof problems can let water from the outside get inside the house. Plumbing leaks signal water damage occurring inside the house. Even small leaks can create big problems for nearby materials and even a home’s structure. Signs of leaks, past or present, usually go on inspection reports.
Galvanized steel water pipes in an old home will need replacement sooner or later. Low water pressure can also mean the pipes are getting smaller due to corrosion on the inside.
Your roofer can do a whole-home inspection of your property. Homeowners in Minneapolis and St. Paul can turn to us for exterior improvements. Give us a call at (651) 688-6368, or fill out our contact form to set up your free in-home consultation.
Slate is among the most beautiful and durable roofing materials available today. Krech Exteriors installs GAF TruSlate®, the standard for quality for slate roofing. It’s important to install slate roofing properly to avoid issues.
Efflorescence is common with most types of concrete, stucco and masonry. These materials are very porous and will absorb any moisture in which they come into contact. This has been a problem for fiber cement siding manufacturers for many years. Unlike fiber cement, engineered wood siding will not effloresce.
Replacing your home’s siding improves curb appeal and ramps up protection against the elements. Though it’s something you can do all year round, there’s probably no better time to do it than during the fall. Here’s why.
You’ll need to update your home’s exterior from time to time to maintain its curb appeal. So, it helps to know the latest design trends.
Most manufacturers use argon to make their windows more energy-efficient. They fill the space between glass panes with this colorless gas, which blocks the transfer of heat. Knowing the pros and cons of using this type of gas in windows can help you make better purchases.