David Asks: Are there industry standards for the horizontal alignment of cedar siding boards? We had a home remodel and new cedar siding had to be installed on some of the exterior walls. The horizontal siding aligns evenly at the bottom of two adjoining walls however part way up on one wall, they decreased the overlap of each board and now the horizontal siding on one wall is … [Read more...] about Wood Siding Installation – Best Practices
Jonathan writes: I have been finding little piles of wood shavings on my backyard deck, along the bottom of the exterior wall of the house (see photo). Does this look like a sign of carpenter ants or termites? I suspect ants as I sometimes see large, black ants in the house. What's the best way to get rid of carpenter ants? Steve Bliss, of BuildingAdvisor.com, responds: … [Read more...] about Do I Have Carpenter Ants?
Bill writes: We are having an issue with our 13-year-old house where it appears that the flashing membrane material has leaked out along the edges of our windows. This leakage appears black and we cannot figure out what else it could be. Since we are planning on replacing all the front windows of the house that face the summer sun, we are looking for other materials to use so … [Read more...] about Black Stains Around Windows From Flashing Tape
Sally asks: What is the best way to flashing around a window? Is the flashing part of the window or the building exterior? Also, should there be a flashing above the window to divert water away? Steve Bliss of BuildingAdvisor.com, responds: Water leakage around windows is one of the biggest problems in modern home construction, but you may not notice the problems until years … [Read more...] about Leakproof Window Flashing