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​Venting products are normally rated with a Net Free Area (NFA). The NFA is the open area that exists for air to pass through. The key to effective venting is to balance air intake (at your eaves, soffits or fascias) and air exhaust (at or near your roof ridge). Ideally the NFA of the soffits should be equal or greater than that of the ridge vent and in no case should the amount of exhaust ventilation exceed the amount of intake ventilation. As a general rule, the space ventilated should have...

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Staining around the corners of windows, dark spots where a roof and wall meet and even visible cracks are indicators of possible damage. These stains are signs of where water runs on and/or within the stucco. Where you see these, there is likely moisture behind the stucco, however, it is only through a professional inspection that a subsurface problem can be confirmed. Many homes were built without proper attention to good water management details. Some were built before building codes...

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There are two solutions for stucco remediation – a partial repair or full tear off. A partial repair will focus on addressing just the worst areas identified as having damage. Examples of a partial repair include: Cutting away and removing only the stucco from the identified area Remove and replace any rotted wood that was behind the stucco Applying a new layer of stucco While this method is less costly than addressing the whole wall or house, it doesn’t solve the...

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Only a professional stucco inspector will truly be able to tell if you have a stucco related problem. Professional home inspectors focusing on stucco know what to look for and where to look for it. Here is an overview of what they may do: Visual inspection An inspector will first walk completely around your home and look for telltale signs of moisture – mostly staining, cracks, improper flashing, and stucco running below grade. Moisture probes A method to identify the amount of...

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​For buyers, the decision to have a home inspection done is an individual decision, but is recommended. Some standard home inspectors may not be fully qualified to perform a stucco inspection on a home with stucco cladding. A separate stucco inspection is always a good idea, especially if you live in an area where stucco problems are prevalent, considering the potential high cost for repairs. While some municipalities require a home inspection before a home can be sold, we are not aware of...

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Mar 9
2016

What are ice dams?

​A major concern in prolonging and safeguarding your roof, especially in snow-belt and mountain areas, is ice damming. Ice Dams are created when melting snow freezes on the lower part of the roof, placing roof, walls, ceilings, siding, gutters and down-spouts at risk for costly structural damage. Freezing occurs because the lower part of the roof is cooler than the ridge area. A ridge vent system helps reduce the possibility of ice damming since it delivers a constant flow of air that...

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