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A Word About Home Humidity, Roofing & Deck Installation

19 December 2020

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 12.19.20.

Excessive levels of home humidity in the winter can lead to window condensation, mold, and water stains.  While appropriate levels of humidity vary by temperature, for most of the winter humidity levels should be below 30%.  A quality dehumidifier from a company like Santa Fe comes at a premium but offers the ultimate peace of mind.  A dehumidifier works by removing the moisture from the home’s air and then drains it out through a hose.  A dehumidifier should not be stored in an unheated basement or crawlspace where freezing temperatures are a possibility.

window condensation

Heat tape systems can be installed on roofs in an attempt to ward off ice dams.  However, they do not address their origin which is inadequate insulation, attic air sealing, and ventilation.  Trustworthy contractors have an arsenal of diagnostic tools that can be utilized to pinpoint areas where heat is escaping the home, creating an environment for ice dams to form.  These tools can include borescopes, smoke sticks, blower doors, and infrared imaging.

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A common complaint about cedar shake roofs is that if an insurance company will offer coverage, premiums are exorbitant.  In addition, their low life expectancy, high price, and required routine maintenance, have many homeowners looking for alternative options when it comes time for roof replacement.  For homeowners wanting to maintain the aesthetics of cedar shake roofing, GAF offers a variety of shingle lines that imitate the look of cedar shakes without the maintenance.

A fact that’s not widely known about deck installation is the preexisting footings can be swapped out without replacing the entire deck.  To do this, false braces are built on the deck.  Then, the old deck posts are removed, and the new footings are installed.

Zuri Deck with Fortress Steel Railing

Factors that impact the type of deck footings that should be used include the water table, soil content, and the footings’ proximity to the home’s foundation.  For footings close to the foundation, helical piers work well.  They imitate the aesthetics of a giant screw and are installed with an attachment on a skid loader.

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