Category Archives: Buying/Maintaining a Home

What is Slabjacking? Part 1 of 3 (Introduction)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Concrete | January 04, 2016

Have you ever seen where a portion of a perfectly good concrete pavement has dropped excessively and is making walking or driving difficult?  Have you seen a dropped sidewalk, driveway, patio floor, or other walkway? It seems like waste to… Read More

Quick & Easy Repair for a Soil Stack Boot

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Shingles | December 14, 2015

Ever get up on a roof and find the soil stack boot has deteriorated or split (see the feature photo).  It is one of those “Argh” moments. Here is a quick repair that may come in handy this winter or… Read More

Spalling, Paint & Repointing

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Cracking, Masonry | November 16, 2015

Spalling is a shallow delamination, bulging, and dislodging of thin slices of a material.  In the case of a masonry chimney spalling is the delamination and dislodging of thin slices of the clay brick material which often extends into the… Read More

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