CES 2018 and Home Security

Posted on: January 13th, 2018 by Lori Smith
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One of the top events of the year for upcoming tech trends is CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. Running from January 9 – 12, 2018, there are hundreds of booths showcasing their tech goods and this year’s overall trending topic is connectivity.

CES 2018 and Home Security

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The same goes for home safety and security.

There have been a lot of advancements in home safety and personal security, making devices more effective and easier to use. One such device is the Ring Video Doorbell, which allows you to monitor every corner of your property.

When someone rings your door with the Ring Video Doorbell,  you can use your smartphone to see and speak with whoever is at your door, wherever you are. The makers of Ring Video Doorbell announced at CES a series of new products such as indoor and outdoor security cameras and connected outdoor lights.

This post explains more:

Ring Video DoorbellRing started out with video doorbells and lots and lots of security cameras, but now the company is expanding into a related but less obviously security-focused field: lighting.

The smart camera maker is announcing today that it has acquired Mr Beams, a small company that’s been making wireless LED lights for about a decade. As Ring begins to fold in Mr Beams, it’ll be able to add the company’s lineup of wireless lights, like ceiling lights and lanterns, into its connected portfolio.

That starts with a handful of products: a motion sensor, a nightlight, a stair light, a spotlight, and a path light. The lights are all battery powered and include built-in motion sensors, so they’ll only turn on at night when there’s movement. They also connect to Ring’s app so they can work in conjunction with its security cameras and doorbells. The products are all weatherproof and generally seem to be meant for lighting up the outside of a home.

Read the full post here:  Ring: from video doorbells to smart home lighting

Another impressive home security booth at the convention is Vivint Smart Home. Not only is their product very comprehensive, but so is their interactive touchscreen display that allows you to discover more about their system.

Vivint uses indoor and outdoor cameras that provide amazing resolution with sensors that will help to deter criminal activity and make your home safer. They are also integrating Google Assistant for voice control of lighting, security system, and locks.

This video shows rundown or what Vivint offers:

Everyone loves the idea of feeling more secure in their home or business. However, some people believe that all of the cameras are an invasion of their own privacy, like they’re being constantly watched in their own home.

Because of this, one company came up with a solution:  a camera that looks the other way when you’re home. The Angee Smart Camera can rotate 360 degrees, which allows it to turn away once you get home.

Another home security issue is protecting your smart devices from identity theft. Ironically, the more connected your home is, the more vulnerable you are to cybersecurity crimes.

This article about home security at CES 2018 discusses some residential and commercial business technology options for this problem:

Home Safety and Security

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The annual Consumer Electronics Show is the place to be to check out the latest in up-and-coming technology. And this year’s CES is no different, with the latest TVs, connected appliances and voice-enabled products on display at the 2018 event. But also finding the CES spotlight this year are security technologies. Multiple vendors, including ADT and Ring, have announced new connected home security devices, while security vendor McAfee used CES 2018 as the venue to announce its new Identity Theft Protection service. Underpinning the connected home and the internet of things (IoT) is pervasive WiFi connectivity, which is also set to get a security boost thanks to the emerging WPA3 WiFi standard. In this slide show, eWEEK looks at seven security products that were announced at CES 2018.

See more here:  Security Vendors Use CES 2018 to Unveil Latest Technologies

Finding a happy medium between protecting your family and enjoying some solitude away from the watchful eye of a security system isn’t easy. The innovation that CES 2018 brings to home security is constantly changing to meet these needs.

What Is Causing Cracks In My Drywall

Posted on: January 6th, 2018 by Lori Smith
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How Serious Are They

When you see cracks in your drywall, there are a number of reasons that could be causing them…but most are not good news. If left unattended, these cracks can grow into a major problem that could lead to a weakening of the structure.

When examining what is causing cracks in my drywall, there are three likely causes:What Is Causing Cracks In My Drywall

  • Foundation settling
  • Poor drywall installation
  • Framing shrinkage

Determining the severity can be tricky:

To determine how serious a wall crack might be, it’s best to examine the shape of the crack and the direction it runs on the wall. If the crack is vertical and starts near the apex where the wall and ceiling meet, it might be a sign that it was created when the foundation settled after construction. Vertical cracks run the same direction as drywall, generally making them less serious. If the crack is horizontal or runs at a jagged 45-degree angle, it might mean there’s a more serious problem such as severe foundation shifting or water damage. Surface-blemish cracks can often be repaired with drywall putty, sanding tools and a fresh coat of paint. More severe cracks usually require professional help to determine the exact cause and might include some reconstruction to prevent further damage.

How to Determine if the Cracks in Walls Are Serious

Fixing a Drywall Crack

Depending on the crux of the issue, it is possible to remedy these matters if they are discovered in time. As mentioned above, the direction the crack runs can predict the severity.

Cracks seem to appear around windows and doors but contrary to what many people think, it isn’t necessarily foundation settling that causes them. The root of the problem many times lies in the wood used to frame the openings due to opposing grains of the header and the studs in relation to temperature and moisture gradients.

Can these cracks be fixed? Here is a video of a contractor managing a sheetrock crack:

The narrator makes the process look pretty easy but if you have ever tried to tape and mud a room, especially corners and ceiling joints, it takes some practice to get good at the proper technique.

Applying Mud to a Corner

Having a variety of sizes of taping knives is a must so that you can feather out past the previous layer. For inside corners, a corner trowel is a handy tool to own, although it isn’t easy to get used to without some sheetrock installation experience.

This post provides some extra tips for applying drywall mud to inside corners:Drywall Corner Trowel

It takes a steady hand to embed tape in inside corners with a standard drywall knife. One little slip of the knife and you’ll gouge one side while you’re smoothing the other. An inside corner knife not only eliminates that problem but does the job faster. Outside corner knives are also available, but we don’t recommend them, since corner bead makes smoothing outside corners almost foolproof.

Apply compound and place the tape as usual. Then load some mud onto the corner knife to lubricate the knife and leave a thin coat of compound over the paper. Start at the top of the corner and drag the knife down to about 16 in. from the floor. Then start at the floor and drag upward. Ease off when you reach the area that’s already smooth. You may have to repeat this process two or three times to fully embed the tape and create a smooth, straight corner. A corner knife doesn’t ensure straight corners, so reinforced corner tape is a good idea. Use a corner knife for the first coat only; after that, coat one side at a time, allowing one side to harden before you coat the other.

Tips for Better Drywall Taping

If you ask any contractor in Denver, they will tell you the sooner the better to fix a drywall crack. If you see multiple cracks, then it might be time to consult a qualified structural engineer.

Cold Weather Roofing

Posted on: December 30th, 2017 by Lori Smith
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When Is It Too Cold To Shingle?

I just walked my dogs and wow…it’s cold! December in Colorado tends to be a little hard to take if you have to be outside, for work or for fun. When the barometric pressure rises, so does joint pain.

Cold weather roofing

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It’s not just the performance of your body that is affected by the cold. Roofing materials don’t operate well at lower temperatures either. Anything much lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the effort it takes for a successful roof repair requires extra planning and safety precautions compared to warmer weather.

In fact, it’s pretty common for Denver roofing contractors to charge up to 20% more during winter months.

Tips For Cold Weather Roofing

Here’s how to prepare yourself for cold weather roofing:

*Plan your work around sunlight hours and/or storm or weather events. Reduced sunlight hours means planning for your job to take longer. Wet, cold conditions mean workers can’t put in as many hours safely without needing breaks, or to call it a day. Adjust your project timelines accordingly.

*Working in the cold can make your body less responsive. Plus, being bundled up against the elements means you won’t have the same dexterity. Expect performance to naturally change or slow down.

*On top of that, more complex logistics will be required: from cleaning snow off the roof safely before starting a job, to staying safe while working, to keeping materials warm and dry when not in use, and finally, protecting the roof surface from the elements while you work. Be sure to include these extra planning steps into your project plan.

Must-Know Tips For Installing Shingles In Cold Weather

There are other specific factors that you have to consider when installing asphalt shingles in the winter. The sealant strip on the bottom side of each shingle is what bonds the courses together, and this is critical because it won’t happen in weather colder than around 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

So, to manage it in colder temperatures, you have to hand seal the shingles, which means adding a quarter-sized amount of roof cement under the front corners of each of the three tabs. This is done by hand with a caulking gun and takes way more time than a warm weather installation, so be sure you figure that into your roofing estimate.

This video provides more tips on cold weather roofing:

As mentioned in the video, ice dams can be a big problem for a roof with asphalt shingles. The weight of snow is another issue, partly because of stress on the structure, but removing snow and ice can damage the roof as well. Hiring a professional to do the work is safer all the way around.

Left unchecked, ice and snow will start to melt due to the interior heat from the house, but it can get trapped, causing the water to flow to the path of least resistance and down into your home or business.

How Much Does It Cost?

When this happens, you have to call someone to do the work no matter what the temperature is but as we mentioned, the cost is going to be higher:

Repairing a roof

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If you notice leaks or water marks on the walls or ceiling of your home, the damage is already done. Some roof repair operations are relatively inexpensive; nationally, the cost for asphalt shingle roof repair is about $575. When ice damage is extensive enough to warrant roof replacement, Americans pay an average of around $6,000 to install a new asphalt roof.

Winter Roof Costs | Maintaining Your Roof

Denver commercial roof repair can cost even more, depending on the square footage. Performing regular roof inspections will help to prevent some of these costly repairs and keep your roof in tip-top shape.

 

Amazing Synchronized Christmas Light Displays

Posted on: December 22nd, 2017 by Lori Smith
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Because it is only 3 days until Christmas and most people are spending time with family and friends, I wanted to share something with a holiday theme. The colder weather in Colorado this time of year means less roofing contracts with a pleasant hiatus from the craziness of last summer’s hail storm damage.

With this extra time, I chose to research the most amazing synchronized Christmas light displays on YouTube. I hope you enjoy them!

We all know that decorating for Christmas can be a little intimidating, especially if you are going for the complete indoor and outdoor holiday look. It is very rewarding when friends and neighbors appreciate efforts, and if you start early and pick a nice weekend it can actually be a lot of fun.

In the Denver metro area, it seems like the most fervent decorators are all located in clusters, which tells me it might be a bit of a competition to be the best Christmas display on their street.

However, I hope it has more to do with enjoying the beauty and warmth of the season. There is nothing more delightful than taking a drive to see the lights and colors but in this case, you can enjoy them from the comfort of your home:

Amazing how they synchronized the lights and the music! Hiring someone to do a basic job can cost several thousand dollars depending on the square footage of your home, whether you want trees and bushes included, and if you plan to provide the lights.

The type of decorating like in the above video is a whole other story. It requires sophisticated hardware, software and several months of design and planning, so you are looking at a much higher price.

Here are more unbelievable Christmas light displays:

I love decorating for the holidays, but I know a lot of people who would be like the house at the end of the video. It is a ton of work involved and then taking them down is almost depressing.

The title of the next video goes back to my original thought that it is definitely a competition for the best lights in the neighborhood:

On average, each person in the United States spends over $50 dollars on Christmas decorations each year, and that isn’t considering the extra money spent on electricity to run all the lights. However, it is part of the American tradition to go overboard on holiday spending.

The comments following the videos make you realize that not everyone thinks it’s cool to be excessive…but oh well. Just be safe when hanging lights and don’t become a statistic of people who get injured decorating at Christmas.

If you are looking for a map of Denver’s best holiday light displays, check this site out. One house has more than 100,000 lights!

If decorating makes you happy and brings you the satisfaction that your home stands out from the rest, more power to you. After all, it’s our job at Front Range Commercial Roofing to help make your property more beautiful no matter what the season.

Heating Options for a Commercial Building

Posted on: December 15th, 2017 by Lori Smith
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Energy Efficiency in Commercial BuildingsHeating options for a Commercial Building

Heating and cooling a large building in a state like Colorado can be expensive. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), 7.5% of total expenses for the average commercial building is spent on heating, cooling, and ventilation.

The location of the commercial building, as well as the type of construction materials used to build it, plays a big role in these costs. Additionally, how well insulated the structure is another key factor in energy efficiency.

There is a wide range of heating options for a commercial building, each with advantages and limitations. One popular system is a rooftop unit with variable air volume (VAV), which serves as both heating and cooling:

Rooftop Units

Packaged rooftop units (RTUs) normally include a condenser for air conditioning, and a gas or electric boiler for space heating. In climates where the unit must provide air conditioning with low outdoor humidity, it is also possible to add an economizer, which reduces the cooling load on the condenser. In all modes of operation, fans are used to blow air into a duct system that distributes it among the separate indoor zones.

Traditional VAV systems suffer a drastic reduction in energy efficiency when subject to part load conditions: if all building zones are at partial load with their dampers half-closed, duct pressure increases and the system may become noisy. In addition, the extra pressure represents wasted fan power. However, it is possible to achieve excellent results through the use of automation and variable frequency drives.

Find out more here:  Heating and Cooling System Configurations for Commercial Buildings

These units have come a long way with their energy-efficiency capabilities. They can provide the ability to reduce energy costs by reducing energy consumption and peak demand.

Boiler Heating System

Another type of heating that has come a long way in the efficiency arena is the boiler system. The newer systems are environmentally friendly and use fuel-efficient condensing technology.

This video shows how a building is heated with two boilers that provide piped hot water heat:

Boilers can run on either natural gas or electricity. No doubt the units that run on electricity are significantly quieter but depending on utility costs, they both have advantages and disadvantages.

Heat Pump Units

The other main source of energy for a commercial building is the heat pump. These units are for climates with moderate heating and cooling needs and offer an energy-efficient alternative.

These units basically do the opposite of an air conditioner:

The most common type is the reversible air-to-air heat pump, which either operates in heating or cooling mode. Large heat pumps in commercial/institutional buildings use water loops (hydronic) for heat and cold distribution, so they can provide heating and cooling simultaneously.
Integrated heat pump systems, providing space heating, cooling, water heating and sometimes exhaust air heat recovery.

Heat pumps in residential and commercial buildingsFCU Heater

An additional method of heating, which isn’t a great option for buildings with a lot of square footage, is a fan coil unit (FCU). It’s a simple system that only uses a heated coil and a fan to re-circulate indoor air.

For questions about any of the above systems, call your Denver area commercial building contractor to learn more about your options.

Checking Your Property For Termites

Posted on: December 10th, 2017 by Lori Smith
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Can You Get Rid of Termites?Checking Your Property For Termites

When a wooden structure is in contact with the ground, there’s always a chance for termites to infiltrate. Termites eat wood to derive the cellulose and nutrients they need to live.

Most animals can’t digest the cellulose fibers in wood, but termites have protozoa and bacteria in their digestive system which allows them to break it down and absorb its nutrients and moisture.

It’s ironic that termites are strong enough to eat a house, but their bodies are soft and delicate. They’ve existed for about 50 million years, and there are close to 3,000 termite species, mostly living in areas with moderate temperatures.

What Does A Termite Look Like

Here’s a little info on how to identify a termite:

Termites range from 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in length. The queens and kings are larger, capable of reaching over one inch long. The workers are typically soft-bodied and pale-colored. Flying termites, also called reproductives, have two pairs of prominent wings. Learn more about what a termite looks like.

See more here:  Termites: Types, Facts & How to Identify Them

Inspecting Your Own Property

Performing regular inspections of your property will help find problems quickly and limit the damage. You can call a professional to inspect your structure, but it is a task that can be done by the homeowner as well.

There are some key places to examine when checking your property for termites. Basements and crawl spaces are more likely to have problems, so using a sharp object like a screwdriver, probe all wooden construction elements such as support posts, subfloors, and joists.

The following video gives more tips on how to perform your own termite inspection:

If you see window frames that have soft or deteriorating wood, that is a bad sign. Another visual indicator is mud tubes, which is how they travel to find a food source.

A wooden deck can also be a problem area, so check all around it thoroughly as well as anywhere concrete touches wood. Any cracks in brick construction or a cement foundation are an entry point for termites.

Treating a Termite Infestation

Many people call an exterminator to eliminate termites, but there are products that any homeowner can purchase to rid their property of termites.

This article provides info for managing your own termite problem:Termite Mud Tube

Barrier termite treatments are designed to prevent termites from entering the structure. These treatments will prevent termites inside the structure from getting to the soil to get the moisture needed to survive.

If you choose a liquid termite method, it will give you faster results, and you can apply the finished solution close to the termite infestation. If you have an existing termite infestation, applying a liquid termiticide may mean that drilling is involved. Drilling through concrete or a slab and pumping the volume of finished solution required to set up a termite barrier may be too difficult for a homeowner.

With “repellant” termiticides, any of the smallest gap in the treated soil can be detected and exploited by the termites to gain entry in the building. They will find ways around it. The use of a repellent termite chemical is a major short-coming in the more traditional chemicals used for termite control.

Originally posted here:  Termite Control, Termite Treatment

Keeping an eye on your Denver commercial or residential property is always wise, although termites are not a common occurrence in this area. They thrive in warmer temperatures, so the southern states are much more prone to having termite issues.

Best Fasteners for Various Roofing Materials

Posted on: December 2nd, 2017 by Lori Smith
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Buying The Appropriate Roofing Supplies

Choosing the correct fastener for your roof to assure it will stay solidly in place no matter what Mother Nature throws at you is a significant part of the process.

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With all of the different types of roofing materials, choosing the nails or screws that will do the job and best practices for applying them takes experience.

From metal roofing to ceramic roof tiles, let’s take a look at some of your options for the best fasteners for various roofing materials, starting with asphalt shingles.

Asphalt Shingle

With asphalt shingles, the top choice for protecting them against wind uplift is roofing nails. When applying asphalt shingles, fasteners should be placed below the adhesive strip, equally spaced across the shingle, and placed in slightly from the ends.

Metal Roofing

Here are some tips for self-tapping metal fasteners:

  1. Use the right fastener. Screws and fasteners have metal-to-wood and metal-to-metal applications.
  2. Use a fastener that has a large washer.
  3. Hi-Lo threaded screws are used in metal-to-wood applications. (Tek screws are used in metal-to-metal applications. Stainless steel screws should be used when screwing down aluminum metal roofs. )

    Self tapping screws for metal

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  4. Protect against corrosion and rust by using mechanically galvanized fasteners.
  5. Variety and choice matter.
  6. Instead of carbon steel screws use stainless steel or zinc aluminum cap screws.
  7. Look for and use fasteners with a strong V-neck head to prevent product breakage while on the job site.
  8. Coordinate color of roofing screw with roof panel color.
  9. If you needed the screws yesterday look for quick ship options.
  10. Use fasteners from a reliable company.

See the full post here:  What Metal Fastener or Roofing Screw Do You Need?

When positioning the screws, they must penetrate the underlying structure to show a minimum three laps of thread when fully seated. This will ensure that the self-tapping screw threads are securely engaged to provide maximum durability.

Ceramic Roof Tiles

Clay and slate tiles can be attached to the roof deck using a variety of fasteners such as nails, wire, concrete, and metal clips. Another popular way to secure these heavy tiles is polyfoam, as you will see in the following video:

 

Battens are usually made of wood and they are what each tile is fastened to. Laying out the batten strips properly is the key to a symmetrical tile roof.

Flat Roof System

Originally constructed with tar and felt paper, a modern flat roof generally uses a membrane made of synthetic rubbber. It is applied over a liquid coating and then held down with an adhesive.

Wood or Shake Shingles

Use stainless steel, galvanized, or aluminum two-inch nails when working with cedar. If you use stainless steel, choose your alloy based on

Wood or Shake Shingles

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your distance from the ocean. Use a 316 alloy if you live less than 15 miles from saltwater; otherwise, use a 304 alloy. Using a nail with ring shanks prevents the nail from popping out as your cedar roofing expands naturally.

Nail guns tend to fire the nail too far into the shingle, causing it to crack and eventually fall off. Also, firing the nails quickly can cause you to miss the skip sheathing beneath the shingle. Any missed nails will be more likely to cause shingles to crack and curl. To avoid this, hand-nail two nails into each shingle. Place the nails four inches from the top and one inch from each side.

Read more here: Installing a Cedar Roof? Avoid These 5 Mistakes

One critical step that is many times forgotten with shake shingles is to climatize them before installation. Place them under a tarp and off the ground so they can adjust to the temperature and humidity of your climate.

Be sure to check with your insurance provider before having a Denver Roofer install wood shingles. Along the Front Range of Colorado, especially in the foothills, there have been enough wildfires that some insurance companies are a little apprehensive about covering homes with wood shingles.

The Best Roofing Material for Wind

Posted on: November 24th, 2017 by Lori Smith
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Factors for Evaluating Your Roof

If you live in an area that tends to have a lot of wild weather, there are numerous considerations when it comes to choosing the best roofing material for wind. How long will your roof last before it needs to be replaced? Will it hold up during natural disasters?

The Best Roofing Material for Wind

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You also have to assure that the existing structure can support the weight of the materials and that it will drain properly. If you prefer eco-friendly materials, that is another consideration when making your choice.

If you aren’t sure of local building codes and housing guidelines, those are additional deliberations. Last but not least, you have to consider your budget because there is a wide range of price options.

The design of your home can reduce the wind load on the roofing system. A hip-style roof with a 30-degree slope is also suggested if you live in an area prone to wind.

More Tips for a Solid Roof

Get the underlayment right. A wind-resistant roofing material won’t help you very much if the decking system below isn’t any good. When having a new roof installed, make sure that rotted or damp wood is removed and that particleboard is replaced with stronger, heavier plywood. Then, make sure that ring-shanked nails no more than 6 inches apart are used for fastening. Standard roofing felt on top of the underlayment can help make it more durable and moisture-resistant. Protect roof vents, soffit vents and other secondary systems from uplift as well to avoid creating vulnerabilities for your roof and home.

Understand that fasteners matter. No matter what kind of roof you install, nails work better than staples. Some states have even banned roof staples. For the best possible strength on an asphalt roof, considering asking for six nails per shingle instead of four. These should be ring-shanked, 8D nails with water-resistant gaskets around them for the best possible results and to keep your roof from becoming a victim of your next windstorm.

Read more here:  5 Smart Tips For Choosing The Best Roof For High Winds

This is a video that shows the effects of 70 miles per hour winds on an asphalt shingle roof as compared to a composite material that is made specifically for high winds.  It’s pretty easy to judge which one looks more durable:

Obviously, if you live where there is potential for severe winds, regular asphalt shingles might not be the best choice. Living along the Front Range, and especially in the Boulder Canyon, you should probably consider upgraded roofing materials because the elevation tends to increase the Chinook mountain winds.

Wind conditions can affect homeowners almost anywhere, and insurance will usually cover the damages. However, the warranty on the materials is another point in question as discussed in the following post:

Watch the Warranty

windy conditions

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A full warranty covers replacement of defective materials, while a materials warranty offers prorated coverage. Most warranties include full reimbursement for materials and installation for a limited time—up to 10 years for asphalt shingles and 50 years for fake slate and steel roofing we’ve seen. Generally, none of the warranties cover damage from winds above 85 mph. Nor do they cover faulty installation; ask for a separate labor warranty from the installer. Save all receipts and invoices.

See the full post here:  Best Roofing Buying Guide

When the time comes to replace your roof, it would be a good opportunity to contact a Denver roofer to get their input on what your options are. Be sure to read the small print on the contract before signing and ask plenty of questions.

Protecting Your Foundation

Posted on: November 17th, 2017 by Lori Smith
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Got Foundation Issues?

A foundation carries the weight of the whole house. There are various types of foundations, but no matter what they are all the “Atlas” of your home.

Because it is such a critical component, choosing the proper class of foundation based on the region’s construction methods and climate will help minimize any issues with your home.

This post discusses five options for foundation types:

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1. Typical footing and stem wall construction
2. Drilled shaft concrete piers and grade beam
3. Slab on grade with a turned-down edge
4. Permanent wood foundations
5. Basement foundation

5 Types of Home Foundation Systems

Regular Inspections of Your Home

The best defense for protecting your foundation is to check for potential signs on a regular basis. Issues are caused by a variety of things, but the type of soil your home is built on is one of the biggest fundamentals for a solid, long-term infrastructure.

The signs are there if you know what to look for. Issues like cracks in your drywall, stair-step cracks on brick siding, and doors and windows that stick are just some of the warning signs.

This video gives a variety of tell-tale evidence that is apparent when certain elements apply. Most are easily recognized by an experienced home inspector:

As outlined, foundation problems lead to major structural damage within your home. If you own your home or are looking for a new location, problems with the groundwork of a home cause alarm for all concerned.

Cost of Foundation Repair

If your concrete foundation is distressed, the cost to repair it can be daunting and can make selling your home a big problem. The following image gives the average cost as well as the highs and lows:

 

 

There are specialists with techniques that can safely and effectively repair a foundation, but it comes at a price. Not only does it require a lot of digging, building forms, and pouring concrete, but you have to haul out broken up concrete and replace areas that are defective along with protecting the existing structure.

If you find yourself in an infrastructure issue, call a Denver area contractor to pick their brain on the best strategy for moving forward. They should be able to refer a good foundation specialist in order to get an estimate for your foundation problems.

Benefits of a Prefabricated Home

Posted on: November 10th, 2017 by Lori Smith
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When you are ready to make the leap and become a homeowner, choosing the type of home construction you want to have is the first step. For example, you can have the house be traditional custom built home, a manufactured home, or a modular or prefabricated home.

Benefits of a Prefabricated Home

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As with any choices, you are smart to weigh all of the advantages and disadvantages. It’s important that you make a list to prioritize the must-have items are when deciding.

For example, with a custom stick-built home, if you want unique elements it requires that you find the best contractor at the right price for your budget. This type of home is very durable, but also rather expensive.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, a manufactured or mobile home is much less expensive but its value depreciates quickly, partially due to their classification as personal property as opposed to real property. The quality of the building materials with mobile home construction is another factor.

A modular home is somewhat of a happy medium compared to the other two options mentioned. They are built to a higher standard but are still a turn-key alternative:

Fast construction is one of the big advantages of prefab homes. Because the parts of a prefab home come pre-made, all you have to do is assemble them and hook up the home to the needed utilities. Hence the name “modular.” The prefab goes up much faster because it arrives partially constructed. That means fewer days with laborers on site and less vulnerability to weather delays and illnesses that can extend the construction process by days and weeks. Still, there’s more to consider than just the construction time. Site preparation, including obtaining permits, can be a lengthy process.

The Pros and Cons of Prefab Homes

A huge advantage of modular homes is that they are 100% built off-site. This makes them more energy efficient and sustainable, with all the extra materials recycled in-house.

With a stick-built home, the various contractors are in and out of the location on a regular basis. Since prefabricated homes are built in one location, all of the work is done in-house, so it saves time and leaves less of a carbon footprint.

This video shows the benefits of prefabricated a home:

One thing the business owner mentions is that his homes are built to a higher standard compared to traditional custom homes, but I don’t feel that is necessarily true. The main difference would be that prefab homes are inspected at regular intervals throughout the manufacturing process, so quality control is guaranteed.

Along with the financial savings, the regulated process via the manufacturer is a big part of why there’s an advantage with modular homes:

Since prefabricated construction occurs in a controlled manufacturing environment and follows specified standards, the sub-assemblies of the structure will be built to a uniform quality. Construction site-built structures are dependent upon varying skill levels and the schedules

Advantages of modular homes

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of independent contractors. These all contribute to the craftsmanship and overall quality of given structure. With prefabrication, each sub-assembly is built by an experienced crew in a weather-resistant factory, with multiple quality checks throughout the entire process. Some components of the building are constructed using precise machine equipment to ensure conformity to building code.

7 Benefits of Prefabricated Construction

The cost of a custom built home vs a prefab home varies depending on how much work you’re willing to do yourself compared to how much you outsource to contractors. Without a certain level of knowledge in home building, you are best to contact a Denver home contractor to get their advice.