New roof, old step flashing

WHEN REPLACING YOUR ROOF, MAKE SURE IT IS DONE RIGHT

This is a really common issue then I see every week when I’m out inspecting roofs. On this house the shingles were replaced but some of the flashings were not. This type of flashing is set in the chimney and it is called step flashing. When they just shingle over it there are two problems. First one is that it’s no longer step flashing and won’t work properly. The second…

What is a Storm Collar

Many homes will have minor roof leaks from a type of flashing called the furnace flue jack. This is a completely avoidable leak. Sometimes roofing contractors will remove the storm collar and install a bead of caulk between the furnace flue and the jack. This is a very temporary fix and will leak as soon as the caulk disintegrates. The next time you get a chance, look up on your…

January is Radon Awareness Month

The holidays have come and gone. Now is the  important time to remember to have your house tested for radon gas. Did you know that Radon: Colorado is ranked number seven in the nation for radon risk. can be present in any neighborhood. is only dangerous when it is trapped in a building. is considered a class A carcinogen. is the primary cause of lung cancer in people who don’t smoke is…

5 expert maintenance tips to keep you warm in your home all winter long

(BPT) – Is your heating system ready to brave the long, harsh winter? As cold temperatures take hold all over the country, it’s important for homeowners to safeguard their homes from heating system breakdowns. “It’s fairly simple to ensure your home is ready for the freezing months ahead,” says Mike Clear, vice president of operations for home warranty company American Home Shield, which has responded to more than two million…

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Make your new house feel like home to your family pets

(BPT) – Moving into a new home is exciting — for the humans in the family. It can be less comfortable for pets who need time to adjust to a new environment, learn their way around and discover the best nap spots in their new home. As a loving pet parent, you want every member of your family to be as happy and comfortable as possible. Here are some tips…

4 winter-blues-busting home improvement projects

(BPT) – A portion of the U.S. population suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) every winter, according to Psychology Today. But you don’t have to be diagnosed with an actual disorder to suffer a bad case of the winter blues — it can happen to anyone. Since climate and environment have a lot to do with causing winter doldrums, you might find engaging in some home improvement projects can make you…