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My Roof is Sagging (Encore)

Posted by in Archive 2004 thru 2011, Roof, Wood | November 04, 2013

Until homeowners see the ridge of their roof sagging or a big dip in the plane of the roof, they care little about how their roof is framed. When they observe a sag or dip in their roof they begin… Read More

The Scariest Scenario: To Be Counted Among the MANY

Posted by in Celebrate | October 28, 2013

What could be the scariest story that I could relate to you on this Halloween Week? Not one from terrifying fictional literature or the movies.  How about one that is real? About 2000 years ago eight eyewitnesses wrote of a man… Read More

Ya’ Think?

Posted by in Unusual | October 21, 2013

Sometimes the issue is a little more obvious than other times.   Do you think there is groundwater behind this wall?     Do you think there was a surcharge overload?     Do you think rot was involved?  … Read More

There is Mold in My Attic !!! (Encore)

Posted by in Archive 2004 thru 2011, Mold Growth | October 14, 2013

One of the most common claims that we have investigated is the “sudden” appearance of moisture staining or mold growth in an attic or on the ceiling of a dwelling, as shown in the title photograph and Figures 1 and… Read More

Does This Look Like It Might Leak (Part 3)?

Posted by in Unusual | October 07, 2013

  Gutter discharges onto trim joint with caulking instead of step flashing.     No gap provided around vent to allow drainage. Shingles not sealed to vent flange.     This leaks only during rainfalls from the right (or wrong?)… Read More

The Structural Fascia Board

Posted by in Roof, Structural terms, Wood | September 30, 2013

“It is our professional opinion that it is poor construction practice to support roof joists on the fascia board at the ends of the roof rafters.”  We have rendered this professional opinion with minor variations more than few times. The… Read More

Does This Look Like It Might Leak (Part 2)?

Posted by in Unusual | September 23, 2013

  Maybe the old flashings shouldn’t always be re-used?     Got step flashings?     Shingles improperly oriented on cricket. Also the valleys discharge into the wall.     A part of regular home roof maintenance is to remove… Read More

Compare: An Adhesive Failure Vs. a Cohesive Failure in an Asphalt Shingle

Posted by in Shingles, Wind Damage | September 16, 2013

The wind resistance of asphalt shingles is strongly correlated to the sealing of the tabs.  That is, if the tabs are well sealed, the shingle have excellent resistance to damage from exposure to high winds.  An exception to this is… Read More