Category Archives: Buying/Maintaining a Home

Please be careful this winter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Shingles, Snow Loads, Weather Events | November 09, 2015

If you are chipping ice dams out of the gutters and valleys of your roof this winter, please be careful. I know it gets frustrating as we chip away at the ice in the cold, but a few slips of… Read More

Cleaning Lichens from Shingles (An Experiment)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Shingles | October 05, 2015

While performing my annual pre-winter roof maintenance this fall I again noticed the moderate growth of lichens on parts of my roof.  The lichen growth is in areas that are heavily shaded (Figures L-1). I thought that this might be… Read More

Buying a Home – Structural Considerations (Encore)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home | September 14, 2015

Buying a home is probably the most expensive purchase a person or a couple will make in their lifetime. If one buys wisely, the home will not only provide shelter, comfort, and sanctuary from the rest of the world for… Read More

Getting Ready for Winter (Attic Ventilation)

Posted by in Attic Ventilation, Buying/Maintaining a Home, Winter Concerns | August 24, 2015

THAT time of year is just around the corner.  The time when the temperatures drop and the airborne moisture in the attic condenses on the attic framing and the underside of the roof deck causing moisture staining, frost, excessive moisture… Read More

A Roofer’s Nightmare – Part 2

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Shingles, Water Sources | June 08, 2015

Occasionally, we get to see a roof that causes us to say, “Yikes!” or some other such exclamation.  This week we have such a roof. Here, a large area of roof drains down into a small gutter and then onto… Read More

Cracking from Lintel Lift on a Single-Family Dwelling

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Cracking, Masonry | May 18, 2015

The above photograph shows a pronounced stairstep crack emanating from the upper corner of a window in a brick wall on the gable end of a single-family dwelling.  By pronounced I mean obvious, easily seen. In the subject case, a… Read More

“I’ve Never Seen Any Shingles Like THIS Before!”

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Shingles, Structural terms | May 11, 2015

“I’ve never seen any shingles like THIS before!” We have heard this comment more than a few times, even from roofers.  What was being referred to are the shingles seen in the feature photo and Figures WRS-1 and WRS-2.  These… Read More

Inadequate Roof Flashing

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Construction & Shortcuts, Roof, Shingles, Water Sources | April 27, 2015

We are often contacted to evaluate the source of moisture or water that is causing apparent mold growth, decay, moisture staining, or another type of water damage.  Sometimes the cause of the moisture or water source is a little easier… Read More