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Insights On Exterior Home Transformations

10 July 2021

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement quandaries addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 7.10.21.

One of the lesser-known components of a deck is the footings.  A popular option many homeowners select is Diamond Pier which performs well on a variety of soil types.  A diamond per is a diamond shaped cement block that has five pipes protruding from it.  It installed four to five feet into the earth with the use of a jackhammer.  Helical piers are also a popular option because of their stability and the ease of which they can be installed.  They work well in wet soil types.  Another perk of helical piers is that they can easily be installed next to a home’s foundation.

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This is an example of a Diamond Pier deck footing.

During a roof replacement project, many homeowners opt to have a sun tunnel installed.  A sun tunnel draws in natural light from a home’s roof and filters it into exterior spaces that may not otherwise receive it.  This is due to the system’s dome and interior mirrors working together.  Sun tunnels are so effective that on bright, starry nights it can appear that a room’s lights are on.  Popular placements of sun tunnels include bathrooms, hallways, and closets.

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A home’s attic should also be evaluated prior to a roofing project to ensure it has the proper levels of insulation and ventilation.  The goal should be for the interior temperature of the attic to be the same as that outdoors.  This maximizes the life of the shingles.  While there are many types of roof vents, ridge vents should be used whenever the architecture allows.  These vents are placed at the highest point of the roof where the most heat exists.

Ridge Vent
Here’s a roof our team installed that utilizes ridge vents.

Another exterior element that deserves careful consideration prior to replacement is siding.  Popular choices include vinyl and steel.  Between the two, vinyl is the cheaper option.  It’s important that the siding contractor you work with is well-versed in their craft.  If siding is installed too tightly, it can become wavy because the siding does not have the ability to expand and contract.

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