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One easy fix for homeowners to prevent ice dams from the attic is to ensure proper airflow "intake" from the eaves. In many cases, the insulation is blown tight to the soffit which cuts off the ventilation at the intake. Installing Styrofoam baffles at the eaves between the joists to create the required 2" separation is fairly easy to do from the attic area. I normally would not recommend homeowners to take on this challenge unless they have experience working in the attic. Since the flooring in the attic area is not finished in most cases, the homeowner must be careful to only step on the joists when working or they will potentially fall through the ceiling / drywall. For this reason, it is recommended that a professional handle this type of install to avoid injury.
Eric Consuegra, Arocon Roofing & Construction
One of the best ways to stay on good terms with your neighbors during a large construction project is to keep the job site as clean as possible at all times. No one likes construction debris creating an eye sore in the neighborhood, especially when the debris enters someone elses yard who is not having any construction work done.
Also, the crews need to be as polite and courteous as possible and aware of their surroundings. Cigarette smoking, loud music, cursing, are all things that really irritate home owners and shouldn't be acceptable on any professionally run job site.
It is also important to let your neighbors know the work schedule so they can expect the delivery trucks and crews to help coordinate parking that is convenient for everyone.
Communication and clear expectations are very important. Let your neighbors know what to expect, and when to expect it, so they are not caught off guard.
Hope this advice helps. Good luck with your home improvement project!
--Eric Consuegra, AROCON Roofing & Construction, LLC
Something cool that I've seen done is a sports themed basement. Put your favorite team's color up on the wall and get all kinds of memorabilia (jerseys, championships, etc) that you can decorate with as well. Also Fatheads of players that you can put on the wall can help to give it an even better feel. For the bar area, you can use old t-shirts to cover the stools with, if they have padding.
Hope this helps!
Katie Palmer, Arocon Roofing and Construction, LLC
Black spots on the roof usually form do on the Northern facing side of the home because it has less direct exposure to sun light.
Blue-Green algae is usually what the black spots are, however, depending on the age of the roof, sometimes the loss of granules also shows black streaking, which can be a sign that the roof is nearing the time for replacement.
It seems like the caulk must have come loose. My recommendation is to recaulk the area and make sure that the gap is filled with insulation. Another option to look into is double expanding foam. Hope this helps!
Yes vinyl can be painted! My recommendation is to make sure that all of the previous paint is removed, if any exists, and that the surface is smooth and dry. Also priming and sealing is the best way to make sure that your shutters stay in great shape for long periods of time. Hope this helps and good luck!
Try searching on this webiste http://www.lampsplus.com/products/light-bulbs/ they offer a pretty good selection of different bulbs for all of your lighting needs!
Hope this helps!
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