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at a House


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HOME INSPECTION
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More Blog Posts on Similar Subjects:

  1. There’s cracks running along the home’s concrete tie beam. What’s wrong?

  2. Can vinyl siding be painted?

  3. Do you see similar problems with houses in the same neighborhood?

  4. What can you tell me about buying a house with structural problems? It’s priced cheap!

  5. Should I buy a fixer-upper?

  6. What are the common causes of ceiling stains in a house?

  7. How much of a roof truss can I cut out to make a storage platform in the attic?

  8. The house has asbestos siding. What should I do?

  9. Why is creosote buildup in a chimney dangerous?

  10. There’s an old fuel oil tank underground in the yard. Is it a problem?

  11. What are the most common problems with older houses?

  12. When is a railing required for the edge of a deck or porch?

  13. Why does my concrete floor slab sweat and get slippery?

  14. Should I refinish-resurface my pool with paint or plaster?

  15. What are the common problems of different types of house foundations?

  16. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970s house?

  17. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1960s home?

  18. What is the average life expectancy of stucco?

  19. What is the average lifespan of plywood siding?

  20. What is Z-flashing?

  21. What is the life expectancy of wood siding?

  22. What is a “cosmetic” defect in a home inspection?

  23. What are the pros and cons of aluminum siding?

  24. What causes paint to peel prematurely on the exterior of a house?

  25. What does freeze damaged brick look like?

This is an example of a gable end vent that was not primed before being painted. This deterioration happened after only five years.

Porch ceilings like this one tend to trap moisture and the paint will deteriorate faster than an exterior location.

Broken caulk lines and openings in paint finishes quickly lead to wood rot as seen in this porch post.

Rain water splashing back on exterior doors and trim usually causes mildew and paint distress.

Another porch ceiling, this one on an older home, with peeling paint.

Mildew accumulating on paint surface

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