Life expectancy of cedar roofs in Minnesota

- The process of cedar roof maintenance, or restoration, can range from a very good investment to a total waste of money, depending on the condition of the roof being considered and the quality and integrity of the company employed to do that work. Put simply, many roofs are not worth taking care of in any way while others can benefit greatly from some TLC. . I will describe the cedar roof restoration process and the parameters for defining what roofs are good candidates in an upcoming blog.  Cedar shingles will last 18-22 years, medium hand-split roofs will last 19-24 years, heavy hand-split roofs will last 25-30 years. If it has been maintained through occasional repairs, cleaning and wood preservation, the lifespan can be increased significantly. Probably the most important variable, however, is the maintenance history of the roof. Based on my experience, here are what Minnesota homeowners can expect relative to the longevity of the cedar roofs on their homes, assuming there is no history of maintenance. Variables such as the tree coverage, the amount of sun that hits the roof and the quality of the labor and materials used for the install all factor significantly into how long a cedar roof will last ..More

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How to find a great home inspector

- Confidence – this one is a little harder to define, but it’s really what sets asides the rookies from the experienced home inspectors.  Anyone with the most basic understanding of a house can observe an abnormality, call attention to it, and recommend a second opinion / further inspection.  With knowledge and experience comes the confidence to say that something isn’t a problem. ..More

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Air conditioners in attics: leaks make a big mess

- 1.  A drain pan with a separate drain – A separate drain pan can sit underneath the unit, and this drain pan needs to have its own separate drain line. This pan needs to be at least 1-1/2” deep, and must be at least 3” wider in every dimension than the condenser unit. ..More

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Failed window seals vs. fogged glass

- One of the most common window and door issues that comes up during a home inspection is fogged glass, which is more commonly known as a broken seal. For a nice description of exactly what causes a broken seal, head on over to the Family Handyman. Interestingly enough though, identifying failed seals on insulated glass is something that is specifically excluded by home inspection standards of practice. Just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out the photo above. Two of those four window panes have badly fogged glass. ..More

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Are Diamond Pier footings approved for decks in Minnesota? Answers from the 20 largest cities.

- So, do Diamond Pier footings comply with the intent of the code?  Are they at least the equivalent of that prescribed by the code in quality, strength, effectiveness, etc?  For a manufacturer to prove that their product meets the intent of the building code, they get an ICC-ES report. It’s a report designed for building code officials to use to help determine if a product meets code, and it tell the building code official exactly how a product is supposed to be installed.  In fact, the instructions in the ICC-ES report actually supersede the manufacturer’s installation instructions.  If you’re building a deck, a few components on the deck that may need an ICC-ES report are the composite deck boards, the aluminum guardrails, the structural wood screws used to fasten the ledgerboard to the house, the joist hangers, and the lateral load connectors.  Diamond Pier footings have an ICC-ES report too, which can be viewed here: ESR-1895. ..More

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