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Archive for November, 2012

Windows, Siding and Decks…Oh My!

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Porch Contractor

This home was our most recent project. We did a full window replacement due to the rot buildup behind the windows, we replaced the siding on the home, we repainted the exterior and we added a brand new deck! For the deck, we did a tongue and groove ceiling, added ceiling fans and wired the fans. When doing window replacements, we use full sash pack kits, which will never rot and the paint will stay on the PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which is being used more and more now in the construction industry.
Back in the 1990s, foam-like boards were installed on the outside of concrete foundations to increase the value. Since that time, this foam has been banned for several reasons, one of them being that it gave termites easy access. Here is a picture of a house we worked on last month that was built in the ‘90s using this exact type of foam board. After we peeled back the exterior boards of the house, including the foam, it was termites-galore!

Termite Problem

If you have an older home that was built during the ‘90s, check to see if foam was used and if termites have found a way into your home because of it!

Pay Attention to Your Moisture Barrier

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Prior to replacing siding, we are required to wrap the entire house with a moister barrier that protects against extreme weather and climate conditions. For this job, we use GreenGuard® and HardieWrap®, made by the #1 brand of siding in the nation, James Hardie®. HardieWrap® allows the moisture to escape so that swelling doesn’t occur, which could ruin the siding. In addition, HardieWrap® allows your home to breathe so potential problems like mold and mildew buildup are avoided. GreenGuard® is great as well because it’s weather-resistive and repels moisture, which keeps the house strong. If you’re ever having siding replaced, make sure you research the moisture barrier brand belonging to your contractor to see if it’s durable enough to protect your home!

How You Can Tell If You Have Bad Siding

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Many of our clients are never aware that their siding needs replacing until a professional gives them the heads-up. This is important to take note of because if you think your house needs a new paint job, your painter may be able to tell you that it’s your siding that needs replacing rather than the paint. But you can also tell if your siding is bad by looking at it and measuring it to see if it has swelled. This picture is of the side of the board that has been resting on the house all these years. This is an example of what good siding should look like. The thickness measures out to 7/16ths. The above picture is of the other side of the same board that has been exposed all these years. The below picture is an example of what bad siding looks like. The thickness measures out to 5/8ths, proof that it has expanded and swelled.

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