Justice Denied for Roof Customer in Hampton

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Excerpt: The following is a true story: Mr. Miller had a steep roof. It was so steep that he couldn’t walk on it. After a large storm, he needed a new roof. He contracted with a local roofing contractor to replace the roof for an amount over $10,000. The contractors replaced his roof and he paid them. He trusted that the contractor had done the job he had contracted for. At the end of the job, from as far as he could tell, it looked OK from the ground. Two months after Mr. Miller paid the contractor, the roof started to leak in several…

Beware of House Flippers in Virginia Beach

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Excerpt: “A fool and their money are soon parted.” -Thomas Tusser in Five Hundreth Pointes of Good Husbandrie, 1573 There are many “great deals” in the housing market in today’s economy.   But how do you protect yourself against professional “house flippers” who may be unscrupulous?   These professionals buy a distressed property for a low price, apply some cosmetic fixes and then sell it for at a much higher price.  This is known as “Flipping a House”.  The unsuspecting new buyer may be buying a home with many problems that will be very costly to fix. As a home buyer, to protect your…

The Fungal Jungle…under your home??

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Excerpt: Moisture in crawlspaces in Hampton Roads, Virginia is a big issue.  It will create problems in many different parts of your home, to include the Air Conditioning system and the Attic! This little guy is a happy resident of a wet crawl space:  I received the following pictures from Chris DeBoer of Bales Termite and Pest Control in Newport News, Virginia about some of the Clean Space encapsulation projects they’ve done to rectify bad crawlspace moisture issues. Keith Bales, the owner of Bales Pest Control,  did a radio show with me for several years on WNIS 790 AM radio in Norfolk:  “The Hampton Roads Home…

Roof Details Matter: Blown Off Shingles & Ridgevent

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Excerpt: You can pick the highest quality shingle on the market, but if your installer cuts corners on the quality of the ridgecaps or the length of the nails he is using on the ridgevent, you are headed for failure if the roof ever gets tested in a high wind situation! Manufacturer warranties are VOID if the roof or ridgevent is not installed to their specifications and you are left with a costly repair. This is why we say “don’t pick the product, pick the contractor”.  The right contractor will use the right materials to ensure your investment is protected by a proper…

More Vents Are Not Necessarily Better

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Excerpt: The ever vigilant Brad Brinke of  Pro Craft Home Inspections and author of  Going Green means sometime just being a little smarter, sent us the following picture he just snapped on a Virginia Beach home of the classic example of cross venting. Bill Taylor, ventilation guru, who gave us Tips for the Balance System for Attic Ventilation,  and Venting On Your Neighbor commented: “That is comical. Actually, we just ended our “Ask the Expert” seminar in Richmond a couple hours ago. One of the slides in the presentation is an install similar to this with multiple types of vents. The room roared with laughter when they…

Technical Corner – Tips for the Balance System for Attic Ventilation® by Air Vent, Inc.

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Excerpt: A short explanation of attic venting by the experts, Air Vent, Inc., for proper attic venting and its importance. Proper roof venting is critical all over Hampton Roads from Yorktown to Virginia Beach to keep your shingles from baking in the harsh summer sun and the heat produced in our attics, as well as, preventing condensation and the mold that goes along with it in the winter time.    Tip 1. Don’t Short-Circuit Your Ventilation System. Never install more than one type of exhaust system. The stronger exhaust vent will pull from the other causing one vent to function as an intake vent…

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Kitchen

I highly recommend reading a blog post by Jamie Goldberg of Houzz.com.  They are full of great information and ideas for your next remodel project no matter if  you are in Virginia Beach or Yorktown and are thinking about remodeling your bathroom, kitchen, or even building a room addition! You need Houzz in your life! Here’s the link: New year’s resolution – for your kitchen!