Exterior

Protecting the interior and foundation.

2 Examples of Homeowner Mistakes

Inexperienced Renovators

I recently came across two examples of updates made by homeowners that are fairly common.  In general homeowners won’t attempt repairs on core systems like electrical or heating.  Repairs or updates to plumbing and roofs are quite common.  The following are two actual examples I have come across in my inspections.

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Almost Deck Weather!

Is your deck in good shape?

It is always a good idea to check your deck, railings and steps before using it.  Making time to repair the deck is difficult when you are in the middle of enjoying it.  You also don’t want to lose the use of it right when you want it the most.

There are a few things to check that don’t take long but can make a big difference down the road.  Monitoring the health of the deck can reduce large expenses in the future.

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How does your roof look after this winter?

Evaluating your sloped roof.

Roofing Basics

Most sloped roofs in Ottawa and surrounding areas have Asphalt Shingles.  These are easily identifiable by the 3 tabs visible on the shingle.  Becoming more popular are Composite Shingles or as they are sometimes called, Architectural Shingles.  This type of shingle employs the same principle as “organic” asphalt shingles in that they have a granular shell.  The shell protects the substrate of the shingle, be it felt paper or fibre-glass from the suns destructive UV rays.

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Outdoor Electrical

Outdoor Plugs.  Do you have the right kind?

Getting ready for spring you will likely want to have power supply outside.  You may want it for a power-washer, electric lawn equipment (weed trimmer, lawn mower), a vacuum for cleaning your car or even some music.  Because exterior outlets are exposed to the elements they should be GFI outlets.

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Moving water away from your home. From your roof to your lawn.

Gutters and Downspouts. Are they a good idea?

There are two functions of gutters and downspouts.  One, they protect the walls of your home from water that would run off your roof.  Water running off the roof will damage the wall surfaces and cause local erosion at the ground level.  Two, and most importantly, they contribute to keeping your basement dry.  Let’s look at the two components, Gutters and Downspouts.

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