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November 26, 2018
Missing kickout flashing often results in visible damage to the wall components

Kickout Flashing

Kickout flashing, also known as diverter flashing, is a special type of flashing that diverts rainwater away from the cladding and into the gutter. When installed properly, they provide excellent protection against the penetration of water into the building envelope. Several factors can lead to rainwater intrusion, but a missing or improperly installed kickout flashing, in particular, often results in concentrated areas of water accumulation and […]
November 19, 2018
Ice dams can result in thousands of dollars in damage

Ice Dams

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining. As water backs up behind the dam, it can leak through the roof and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. How do ice dams form? Ice dams are formed by an interaction between snow cover, outside temperatures, and heat loss through […]
November 12, 2018
HVAC systems should be serviced annually by a qualified HVAC technician

Estimated Life Expectancy Chart for Homes

This article details the predicted life expectancy of appliances, products, materials, systems, and components. It is worth noting that these life expectancies have been determined through research and testing based on regular recommended maintenance and conditions of normal wear and tear, and not extreme weather or other conditions, neglect, over-use or abuse. Therefore, they should be used as guidelines only, and not relied upon as guarantees […]
October 22, 2018
Winterizing your home is one of the best ways to prevent damages

Home Winterization

Winterization is the process of preparing a home for the harsh conditions of winter. It is usually performed in the fall before the snow and excessive cold have arrived. Winterization protects against damage due to bursting water pipes, and from heat loss due to openings in the building envelope. Plumbing System Water damage caused by bursting pipes during cold weather can be devastating. A ruptured pipe […]
October 15, 2018
Leaves can accumulate in your gutters, preventing proper drainage

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Snow is flying in the mountains and fall is firmly upon us in North Idaho. Perhaps as a new homeowner, you are enjoying the leaves turning for the first time in your front yard! Grab your favorite pumpkin spice flavored product and let’s take a quick look at some fall maintenance tasks that are vital for homeowners to protect your home and your sanity as we […]
August 6, 2018
OSB has a rough appearance

OSB vs Plywood

Oriented strand board (OSB) and plywood are wood structural panels made by compressing and gluing pieces of wood together. While OSB and plywood appear similar and are generally interchangeable, the different ways that each material is manufactured contribute to each having its own unique strengths and weaknesses. What are they, and how are they made? OSB is manufactured from heat-cured adhesives and rectangular- shaped wood strands […]
July 16, 2018
Stains on asphalt roofing shingles make a house look shabby, which detracts from its value.

How to Clean Algae and Moss Off Asphalt Shingles

Stains on asphalt roofing shingles make a house look shabby, which detracts from its value. In some cases, stains are merely a cosmetic issue. But sometimes they’re symptomatic of a problem that, if left unchecked, can lead to more serious damage and, eventually, roof failure. It’s not always hard to distinguish the causes of stains, nor, in most cases, to get rid of them and prevent […]