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Exterior Subwall Dry Rot

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Subwall Dry Rot! Don’t panic! Most homes we work on have at least a little rot. The problem with rot is usually it’s under the siding and you won’t see it until you reside your home. This could cost homeowners thousands more because the rot will spread and get worse. Water can find its way […]

Woodmoor Roof Shingle by Owens Corning

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Owens Corning Woodmoor Roof Shingle is a great option for adding curb appeal while providing excellent protection to your home. All O.C asphalt shingles have the same fiberglass mat that is weather resistant and durable. Using the Deck Defense Weather Barrier, and Ice and Water Flashing system all work together for top of the line […]

When To Paint My Exterior Siding?

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Is It Time To Paint You Exterior? Painting your home is important for durability and performance of your siding. Most homes need to be painted every 6-8 years if you have Fiber Cement. If you have Cedar, LP, T1-11 you should paint every 4-6 years. Unlike James Hardie Fiber Cement which can’t rot, Wood siding […]

Cedar Siding

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Cedar Siding- Cedar siding looks fantastic! It’s a beautiful natural exterior look here in the Portland Oregon Vancouver Washington Areas. You can go with the natural cedar look (With a sealant or stain) or you can paint it. You can also use Cedar Shake as an accent design in Gables, Dormers, or accent walls to […]

The Importance Of Exterior Flashing

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The importance of proper flashing There are multiple layers of flashing that must be in place to assure your home is protected. A properly flashed home starts on the roof, where water makes it’s first contact and potentially penetrates the exterior envelope.  Properly installed step flashing ensures that water stays off the sheeting and can […]

Foam Insulation board behind siding.

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Can You Install Foam Insulation Board behind James Hardie Plank Fiber Cement Siding, Vinyl Siding or Cedar Siding? It’s very common to install foam insulation board over the subwall before siding is installed. This does help with energy efficiency and approved per manufacturer guidelines. James Hardie and other siding manufactures allow up to 2” of […]

Weather Barrier, House Wrap, Rain Screen for Your Exterior Envelope System

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What is a Weather Barrier (House Wrap)? A Weather Barrier House Wrap is a material that is installed prior to siding installation. This helps protect your subwall incase water, rain; moisture gets behind your siding. A lot of the times caulking will crack and peel without homeowners knowing and will channel water behind the siding. […]

Do I have LEAD Base Paint On My Home?

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Lead Base Paint Construction Abatement – Lead base paint is primarily found on homes built before 1978. Lead paint is very dangerous when disturbed around children due to causing repertory problems. Contractors who do not abate lead paint siding properly can be hit with fines up to $35,000 and lose their contractors license. We at […]

Contractors and Financing Details

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Contractors and Financing Sales Gimmicks! – There are many exterior contractors who offer a few different financing options and some that offer “Free Financing”. Beware you are still paying for interest financing charges. Unfortunately, banks are not going to loan thousands of dollars for free. There is always is a finance fee. For example on […]

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Pre Primed vs Color Plus Pre Painted

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James Hardie Plank Siding is available in Pre Primed or Color Plus (Pre Painted) So what’s better for me? Pre Primed- Pre Primed is a great option for the homeowner who wants to dial in the exact color they want. Sherwin Williams has a book of thousands of colors. You can also color match or […]

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