Exterior

Tests for permeability measure vapor diffusion through a material with 50 percent RH air on one side and either a desiccant (“dry cup test”) or liquid water (“wet cup test)” on the other.

Understanding how water vapor interacts with building materials is critical to avoiding moisture problems in building assemblies

ben bogie putting in a window

For fast, accurate installation, organize and cut trim pieces by window size, then preassemble into frames in the shop

Photo courtesy Jeffrey A. Davis, Davis Photograph

This inspiring modernization of an 80-year-old historical structure holds lessons any remodeler can put to work

This extrusion does double duty as both a hidden fastener and a deck drainage system

Time-tested architectural elements in masonry buildings not only look good, but serve to channel water away from the walls

A unique three-part frame makes for good looks and great energy performance

A panel sliding system for those who like seeing the outdoors without having to weather the elements 

Roofer with harness on rooftop

Photo: Pixabay.com

Homeowners are often shocked to discover that the roofing company that installed their new roof or repaired their old one is out of business

The more detailed and transparent you are in your bid, the more likely you are to get a signature on a contract

model remodel

The second part of our two-part story focuses on the project’s finishes and strategic solutions to real-world construction challenges

When it comes to selling windows, some companies believe something is better than nothing
 

A trim system that solves one of PVC’s main challenges

pair of salvaged corbels inspires trim design

A pair of salvaged corbels inspires the trim design for a replacement entry door

A series of powerful weather events creates plenty of exterior repair work. But insurance work can easily find you in over your head.

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