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Painting HardieSoffit Panels and Attic Air Balance

Net free venting requirements for residential construction states that we should provide a “balanced” air flow for attic ventilation. 50% of the air needed to cool your attic should enter at the edge of the roof…down near the windows. 50% of the required openings should be as high as

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When Should I Change My Asphalt Roof?

The most obvious time to change your roofing material is when it begins to leak…but, that’s not always true. I use this 4 stage method when performing a roof inspection. Remember that the roof’s life span can be shortened by a number of factors, including (but certainly not limited to) poor attic ventilation, hail damage […]

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How Secure Is Your Folding Stairway Pulldown

Normally, you’d find a string hanging from the cover of the stairway. For outside locations that might present a bit of a security issue. A quick pad lock will help secure the hatch. Done…unless there was NO string to pull!

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Proper Air Flow

Have you noticed that some areas in your home are cooler or warmer (depending on the season) than other parts of your home. Maybe it’s a corner or an entire side wall. Air flow is important. Good air flow is even more important. Conditioned air enters your room through air supply vents. Once it leaves the […]

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POORLY INSULATED ATTIC ACCESS PANELS

For at least the last twenty years or so, the most common way of insulating attics in Minnesota is to use loose-fill insulation – either cellulose or fiberglass. This is a huge improvement over fiberglass batts, because batts are nearly impossible to install in attics and they cost more money. Despite the decline of fiberglass […]

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ATTIC STAIRS = Energy Wasting Hole in Your Ceiling

I’ve lost count of the number of homes I’ve inspected that have folding stairway built into the hallway or laundry room ceiling. More often than not the folding legs are not trimmed to the correct length or properly secured to the framing. That condition has the potential to create a fall hazard.  Additionally, the stair’s […]

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