Winterizing Your Roof: Prep it for the Upcoming Cold Spell

winterizing roofThe Pacific Northwest isn’t the coldest region by a long shot, though it can get quite frosty. Your roof will feel the effects as much as you do. This is why we suggest winterizing your roof. Here are some tips to help you offset the impact.

Visual Inspection

A visual inspection from ground level is insufficient. You actually need to be on the roof to spot any signs of damage. Due to the inherent risks of climbing a ladder to reach the roof, we suggest leaving the pre-winterizing inspection to a professional roofer. However, you may certainly do this on your own if you are comfortable with these types of DIY tasks.

Signs of damage to look for include loose or torn shingles and rot. While seemingly minor, the arrival of snowfall can exacerbate the existing damage. Continue Reading →

A Primer on Residential Fence Height

fence height, residential fenceDifferent fences serve different purposes. This is why fence panels come in varying heights. Keep in mind, though, that even if you prefer a taller fence, panels cannot exceed a certain height. Most cities actually enforce a residential limit on fence height.

Residential Fence Height Regulations

Fence height varies greatly. The typical white-picket fence, for instance, is usually no more than three-feet. Full privacy fences, on the other hand, are upwards of five to six feet.

Why don’t you see fences 10 feet high or ones that are level with the home’s roof? Most municipalities have regulations that limit fence height. In most jurisdictions, fences for a front yard cannot exceed four feet, while backyard fences cannot exceed six feet. Fences have to be shorter if they’re in the front of the home because tall panels can create blind spots for motorists.

If your home is part of a homeowner’s association (HOA), the association may have its own set of rules. If the association says front yard fences cannot exceed three feet, then that’s the maximum allowed, even if the city regulation says otherwise. Continue Reading →

How to Choose the Best Saltwater Pool Deck Material

saltwater pool deck material, saltwater pool deckMore homeowners are investing in a saltwater pool on their property. Installing the pool right on their deck is a trendy home design. You need the right saltwater pool deck material so that the surface holds up even after years of water and salt exposure.

Why a Saltwater Pool?

Unlike a traditional pool, a saltwater pool does not contain chlorine. The chemical tends to leave the skin dry and itchy after a swim. It can even have more long-term health effects. One study found that children who regularly swam in chlorinated water were at an elevated risk of lung inflammation. For adults, chlorinated water has been linked to bladder and rectal cancer.

Saltwater Damage to Decks

Deck panels installed around the perimeter of any pool require highly moisture-resistant properties. Untreated wood is porous, and too much water absorption can accelerate deterioration.

The issue is even more pressing when dealing with saltwater pools. The water that gets into the wood eventually dries, leaving salt granules inside the wood. This gradually warps the wood, giving the surface a fuzzy appearance known as salt-kill.

Good Saltwater Pool Deck Material Choices

Wood decking, while aesthetically beautiful, is not the ideal choice due to its porous nature. However, wood is still a feasible option provided the panels are properly stained and sealed.

Composite decking is a good choice because the surface has an outer protective covering. Our deck panels come courtesy of suppliers Trex® or TimberTech®, both reputable manufacturers. The material of these panels is resistant to water penetration and ideal for a saltwater pool deck.

We Provide the Best Deck Material for Saltwater Pools

The decks we install are made to withstand moisture, salt, and other external elements. We provide equally sturdy materials for fence panels and roof shingles. Call Allied Construction for a new deck installation. The deck material for saltwater pools needs to be of the highest quality and durability.

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Three Metal Roofing Misconceptions Debunked

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Shingles aren’t your only roofing option. Metal roofing is growing in popularity among residences due to its durability. There are a lot of half-truths about this type of roofing that are simply not grounded in reality. Let’s consider some of the most prevalent metal roofing misconceptions

Misconception #1: Metal Roofing Isn’t Right for Contemporary Homes

When it comes to metal roofs, one often thinks of corrugated tin roofing panels associated with weathered-down barns and sheds. In reality, though, metal roofing nowadays comes in various styles and complements modern residences quite nicely. It also fits in with many architectural design schemes, such as stone and vinyl siding.

Misconception #2: Metal Roofing Absorbs Heat

Metal absorbs heat; that’s common knowledge. Therefore, homeowners believe metal roofs absorb heat, which would make hot summers seem even hotter. This is actually not true with respect to modern metal roofing. Thanks to new innovations, metal panels now have high reflectivity and emissivity. This makes them less of a heat absorber than most types of shingles.

Misconception #3: My House Can’t Support a Metal Roof

It’s true that weight considerations are a significant factor during a roof installation. This is especially the case with respect to residential roofing. However, contrary to popular belief, most metal roofing panels are actually lighter per square-foot than most shingles.

The weight isn’t a major cause for concern whether you select metal or shingles. Some installers, however, install new shingles over existing ones without removing the old ones. This doubles the weight of the roof; this is when the roof’s weight becomes a pressing concern.

Don’t Fall for Metal Roofing Misconceptions

We install/replace residential metal roofing. Give Allied Construction a call for roofing work or for services for your fence or deck. By dispelling these metal roofing misconceptions, we hope more homeowners will begin to consider this option for their next roofing upgrade.

Residential Roofing and Re-Roofing

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Attic Ventilation Myths: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction

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Attic ventilation is absolutely critical for roof health, yet it is also one of the most overlooked aspects. Many homeowners have false ideas about how ventilation works. Here’s some important information about common attic ventilation myths that are based on half-truths. 

Myth #1: Roof Vents Equal Ventilation

Just because the roof has an existing vent does not mean your attic has proper ventilation. Ridge vents, for example, provide very little ventilation if the roof lacks baffles. Likewise, gable vents only circulate air in a set area in the attic. Your home’s structure will determine the best ventilation system.

Myth #2: Vents Are Unnecessary in Cold Climates 

Another misconception is that vents are less important in cold climate areas. Ventilation improves energy efficiency and reduces moisture year-round. While not in the warmest or coldest North American region, Snohomish homes still require adequate ventilation. 

Myth #3: More Ventilation the Better

Too much of a good thing can be counterproductive. More vents mean more potential penetrations where leakage can occur. It also means more seams, which can tear apart and expose openings during windy weather. An inspection will determine the amount of ventilation needed based on factors such as attic size and roof slope.

Myth #4: Attic Vents Release Warm Air

One myth is that vents let warm air escape, thus forcing the heater to work harder during the colder months. Heat escapes due to poor insulation and not because of vents. The vents, though, unfairly get the blame. Poor insulation also allows moisture to seep into the attic, leading to wood rot.

Don’t Fall for Attic Ventilation Myths

To ensure roof longevity, call Allied Construction for a roof upgrade. Summer is also the time of year for a checkup of the fence and deck. Attic ventilation myths are based largely on inaccurate information; arrange for an inspection to determine your roof’s health.

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Four Subtle Signs of Roof Damage

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Some signs of roof damage are obvious, such as a ceiling leak and torn shingles. However, some signs are far less obvious and almost always overlooked by homeowners. Here’s how to recognize the more subtle signs of roof damage.

1. Animals Roaming the Roof

Do you see wildlife constantly roaming your roof? This may include raccoons, bats, or any other animal native to the Snohomish area. Animals tend to look for shelter in an opening that’s away from view. If you consistently see or hear animals on the roof, then it may have an hidden opening.

2. Whistling Sounds

Do you hear a whistling-like noise in the home? This may be due to air entering through small openings in the roof. Roof damage is the most likely cause if all other areas of the home are fully sealed. A roof inspection can determine whether the whistling sound is a subtle sign of roof damage.

3. Black Spots

Many homeowners see black spots appear over the shingles. Yet they take no action, believing the spots to be grime and merely a cosmetic issue. However, black splotches may be mold and are a sign that water is pooling on the surface. Over time, this can lead to bigger openings and leakage.

4. Nails Around the Home

You may see some nails here and there around the edge of the house. If you see nails of the same kind on multiple occasions, then they may be coming from the roof. Displaced nails also mean that the shingles may be coming loose and peeling away at the corners.

We Detect Subtle Signs of Roof Damage

Aside from the roof, other areas like the deck and fence may also exhibit less-than-obvious signs of wear. Nevertheless, they all require the homeowner’s attention. Contact Allied Construction if you suspect subtle signs of roof damage.

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Why Is My Deck Falling Apart?

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A deck is a mainstay in any home with a substantial outdoor area. However, as with any other component of the home, age and lack of care might cause you to notice that your deck is falling apart. Learn to recognize the signs that the deck is in dire need of repair.

Airflow

A competent deck builder takes airflow into consideration during construction. Inadequate airflow below the deck causes moisture to accumulate. This leads to rotting panels. If the floorboards are rotting, we may use boards to skirt the space between the deck and ground to allow air movement. The use of pressure-treated lumber also minimizes chances of rot. 

Railings

Most decks have railings that add to the curb appeal. However, less experienced installers may use more nails than necessary to secure the railing to the deck. This can split the rails, leading to openings that allow moisture to collect.

Rotted Rim Joist

The rim joists support the deck. This part is usually out of sight because it’s buried below ground. This support is supposed to be at least one-meter below ground. If it’s only a few inches below, it may be prone to sinking. You may notice this as the deck feels uneven, sloped, or depressed in the center.

Ledger Board 

The ledger board is the piece of wood that attaches the deck to the home. Proper installation requires that it slightly overhang the juncture. Lack of an overhang leaves the ledger prone to moisture collection. The flashing behind the ledger should also be in good condition to prevent water penetration. Inexperienced installers may not install flashing at all.

We Keep Your Deck from Falling Apart 

All home components like the roof and fence will also degrade with age and the passage of time. Contact Allied Construction for regular inspections to prevent further damage. Decks fall apart completely when homeowners neglect professional maintenance. 

Residential Deck Maintenance and Upgrade

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How a Fence Affects Property Value?

Fence Construction/InstallationNo doubt, a fence can influence property value. In most instances, it increases the home’s resale value, though in some instances it may also hurt sale viability. Find out how fencing affects property value and sales prospects.

Materials

The proverbial white-picket fence is always a welcome favorite. It’s what often comes to mind when buyers envision the ideal image of ‘home sweet home.’ Treated cedar posts are also a good option, as is vinyl, which mimics the appearance of wood.

A chain-link fence can go either way. Some people find this fencing material to be undesirable due to its industrial feel. However, this may be a plus for certain buyers, such as those who own large-breed dogs.

Positioning

Does the fence encompass the front or back of the home? Most buyers find a fenced-in backyard to be desirable. A fenced-in front yard, though, may or may not be as attractive, depending on the surroundings. If you have a chain-linked fence in the front, for example, this may give buyers the impression that the neighborhood is unsafe. On the other hand, a full-privacy vinyl fence that blocks an unsightly adjacent parking lot may be much appreciated. Assess the surroundings to determine whether a fence is an advantage or a detriment. Continue Reading →

How to Build a Deck with a Ramp

deck rampOne consideration when constructing a new deck is the addition of a ramp. This is a must if the household includes a wheelchair-bound occupant. Here are some construction tips for a deck with a ramp.

Considerations for a Ramp

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) establishes regulations for ramp construction. While these apply to commercial facilities, residences can benefit by following the same, or nearly identical, guidelines. Apartment complexes, by the way, fall under the commercial category, so compliance is a must.

The advice we impart below comes courtesy of ADA. Continue Reading →

Take Advantage of These Fencing Trends for 2019

fencing trendsImproving curb appeal is a common New Year’s resolution. The fence is one of the most visible components for neighbors looking from the outside in. This is why you should consider the latest fencing trends for boosting the appeal of your property’s exterior.

1. Shorter Fences

In the past, more homeowners preferred taller fences for privacy reasons. However, privacy seems like less of an issue these days. This is not really a surprise given the age of social media. Today, more people are opting for shorter picket fences, usually no taller than three-feet.

2. Shelving

Homeowners are adding shelves to the interior-facing portion of the fence. This trend is actually a popular way of adding a decorative element to a chain link fence. More people, though, are doing the same with other fence types. They typically use the shelf space for storing a variety of garden plants and other decorative items. Continue Reading →