Pro Deck Installation Tip: Free Standing Decks

Building a deck is something you’ve always wanted to do, but you’re a little uneasy about how it can effect insurance or property taxes. Some companies consider an attached deck as an addition to the total square footage of your home and can increase rates or taxes. Don’t feel as if all is lost, there …

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Siding Installation Pro Tip: Vertical Siding Installation Done Right

So you’ve decided Advantage Rainscreen Siding™ is the right choice for your home renovation project. The only problem is that you want your home to stand out amongst the crowd of run-of-the-mill looks. For an eye-catching look not seen in many homes, vertical installation* of rainscreen siding is a definite possibility. When you combine the …

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Pro Deck Installation Tip: Deck Joist Waterproofing

Deck Joists 101 Deck joists are boards usually made out of pressure treated lumber. These boards come in standard sizes (2×6, 2×8, and 2×10) and are a crucial element in the structural stability of your deck. Joists systems are the frames that the decking will be attached to. This foundation is usually attached to the …

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Siding Installation Pro Tips: Exterior Housewrap – Its Purpose & Application

Housewrap is your home’s last defense against the damaging effects of rot. They are constructed to be water and UV resistant, as well as handle years of abuse in different climates. If a home is constructed without properly installing housewrap and siding , the insulated framing cavities can get wet and can lead to rapid rot and decay. When installed properly, housewraps will keep the water out, and keep the structure of your home dry.

What is Housewrap?

Housewrap is a water-resistant synthetic material that protects the structure of your home from moisture damage. Not only does it protect your home against ice and water intrusion, it also creates a drainage plane, allowing water to evaporate before seeping into your home’s structure. This material usually contains polymers, nylon, or fiberglass and comes in large rolls for easy application. By acting as an insulator and reducing the exchange of airflow, housewrap can also save you money in energy bills.

Is Tar Paper a Good Housewrap Alternative?

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