Category Archives: Roofing

PRESSURE WASHING YOUR ROOF: JUST A REALLY BAD IDEA

Roof coverings need love. For roof coverings, love means maintenance, such as clearing roof planes of debris or treating roofs on a semi-annual basis to prevent moss growth.

Love does not mean pressure washing a roof, however. Don’t believe me? Roofing experts will tell you the same thing.

Pressure washing can cut the life expectancy of a roof dramatically, and lead to mechanical damage—such as granular loss and exposed fiberglass underlayment at roof shingles. Exposed shingles with granular loss are vulnerable to reduced life expectancy. I discovered this very scenario during a recent inspection in Coupeville.

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DOES YOUR WOOD STOVE NEED A CREOSOTE ANTIDOTE?

If you’re Dick Van Dyke as Bert in Mary Poppins, you might view this as job security. For the rest of us, it’s a hassle that needs to be cleaned up.

To what am I referring? 

A whole lot of creosote and tar glaze I noted at a wood stove flue pipe during a recent home inspection in Sedro-Woolley. I also pointed out the lack of a rain cap over the open flue pipe. As a result of my review, I recommended further evaluation and cleaning of the wood burning stove and flue by a qualified chimney sweep. 

“Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-ee…”

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