Roofing - Perimeter Edge Flashing (PEF)
Drip Edge Flashes….
Eve Edges at the area between the roof deck and the fascia board, Rake Edges at the area between the roof deck and the fascia board, The top of pre-engineeered aluminum fascia or site bent aluminum fascia to be flashed on the top.If PEF is not used you can usually see light coming in a dark attic along eave edge?
FALSEWhere does a roof typically leak first?
Valley, Flashing POints (Wall, Chimney, Vents), Eave and Rake edges between the roof deck and the fasciaOne benefit that PEF is that it supports and prevents shingles from sagging and cracking at the eave edage?
TRUEHow often should you nail drip edge?
Every 5 feet
What are the different types of flashing?
Step, Cap, Perimeter, ValleyWhere is the roof deck most vulnerable to leaks?
At the vertical penetration sites.What is the minimum distance PEF should extend back past the roof edge?
do I keep my shower glass clean?
Invest in a cheap squeegee and use it after every shower. By squeegeeing the
water from the glass walls, you will remove any chance that hard water stains
will form. If you don't like using a squeegee, you can also simply use a
microfiber towel to wipe down the glass walls and door. If the towel gets
too much water in it, just wring it out and continue to wipe. We have also
heard rumors that a damp fabric softener sheet will take off hard water stains!
if you don't have time for either of these options, you can use a daily shower
cleaner to spray down the walls. No matter which option you choose, you will
still want to wipe down your shower walls with a shower cleaner and rag every
few weeks to give it an extra clean boost. (If you have a shower curtain, pull
the shower curtain closed when not in use, so water can't sit in the folds.
do I keep my bathroom from getting mildew?
To discourage mildew growth in the bathroom,
increase the amount of air circulation and light to decrease moisture. Use fans
during the shower and for roughly 30 minutes after. Check with our interior
remodeling team to make sure you fan vent is up to code!How
often should I clean my bathroom exhaust fan?
A clean bathroom exhaust fan can reduce odors up
to 80% when multiple people use the same bathroom! More importantly, it keeps
your bathroom from developing mold. Your exhaust fans should be cleaned at
least twice a year. Use a vacuum hose with a brush attachment to clean the
obvious dust before taking it down, this will save you from a lot of dust in
your eyes, hair, & bathroom floor! Lay newspapers under the fan to catch
any that falls down when removing. Make sure the main power to the bath is
turned off before removing the fan cover! Use a ladder to remove the fan cover,
most will slide off fairly easy but some will require a screwdriver. Have a
bucket of hot soapy water ready to go, some fan covers may need to be soaked
for a few minutes to help loosen the dirt (especially if hairspray is used in
the bathroom daily). Use ansoft bristle brush to scrub clean taking care not to
damage & dry with a soft cloth. Then use a soapy rag (make sure to wring it
out good) to wipe the fan itself from side to side until the fan is clean. You
may have to dip the rag multiple times in the water depending on how dirty your
do I keep my ceramic shower tile & grout?
You just had a new shower installed & want to keep it looking new! Our
recommendation is 2 cups of OxiClean mixed with one gallon of hot water will
clean ceramic tile. This concentration will also eliminate mild grout stains
bleach contains sodium percarbonate. When oxygenated bleach is dissolved in
water a chemical reaction occurs that releases hydrogen peroxide and sodium
carbonate. This reaction is non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Plus,
oxygenated bleach doesn't contain chlorine. So you don't have to worry about it
discoloring carpets or clothing while cleaning tile & grout.
never mix vinegar with hydrogen peroxide as this reaction forms peracetic acid
which can melt lead bullets. we mention this because many people might try
vinegar to clean tile THEN use OxiClean, bad idea altogether!!)
do I clean my brushed nickel hardware?
Some basin/tub cleaners are caustic or acid/ammonia-based, and can harm
brushed nickel. Try a simple soap (dish-soap), a clean rag (not from the
work-shop please) and water. These are usually soft enough to remove
finger-smudge marks, which Brushed Nickel is most prone to. Avoid using
scented hand-soaps as these might leave additives or have things like
scrubbing-grit. Do not use scratch-pad sponges like Brillo or steel
wool. These can take almost anything off of steel, but can take the
finish patina or protectants – even the nickel, off the faucet. Most
manufacters say to avoid abrasives and polishes, including bleach-based
cleansers. They specifically state to avoid Scrubbing Bubbles, Lysol
Basin Tub, Soft Scrub and Tile Cleaner (avoid on the brushed nickel – it
probably works just fine on tile/tubs/sinks). Beware product that say
they “remove rust or tarnish” – those containing hydrofluoric, hydrochloric
and/or phosphoric acids, anything with caustic agents.
To remove stains a simple baking soda paste is the safest bet. Mix baking
soda with enough water to make a paste, apply & allow to dry. Rinse with
warm water, then buff dry, using a soft, lint-free cloth.
Still have hard water stains after cleaning your faucet? rubbing (denatured)
alcohol to a cotton pad and clean the stained nickel surface. When finished,
rinse it thoroughly, removing any alcohol that remains on the faucet. Then, dry
and polish the faucet with a clean, dry, nonabrasive cloth.
manufacturers of nickel faucets recommend simply using a cleaning solution of
50 percent water and 50 percent white vinegar to clean the nickel surface
enough for it to then be polished. To apply this vinegar-water cleaning
solution, pour a small amount into a spray bottle and spray it onto the nickel
faucet. After applying the solution, wipe it off and polish with a clean, soft
cloth. Then, to polish it, buff it briskly with another soft, dry cloth.
do I clean my aged bronze hardware?
Polish by dipping a clean flannel cloth in liquid wax. Wipe the entire
fixture with the wax. Let it dry, coating the entire fixture. Use a fresh
flannel cloth to buff the metal. This can help restore the shine on a bronze
fixture that has become faded over time.
faucets that have been neglected should be cleaned with a soft-bristle brush
and a gentle cleaning solution. Mix 1 tablespoon of salt into 3 quarts of warm
water. Wipe the bronze bathroom fixtures with the solution and rinse with clear
water. Work to remove all dust and grime from crevices and around the base of
the faucet. Finish by gently wiping the bathroom fixtures with a flannel cloth.
How do I clean granite counter tops? I've heard
I can't use certain products on it.Do not use any ammonia, vinegar, or lemon
cleaners on granite.
Although granite is an extremely tough surface,
it is susceptible to acidic formulas, which eat away at its surface. Vinegar,
and lemon all contain more acid than is safe for granite. If you don't want to
buy granite cleaner the best way to clean them is Combine mild dish detergent
with rubbing alcohol. Mix three parts dish detergent with one part standard
rubbing alcohol. Alcohol works well because it has antiseptic and cleaning
properties but contains a pH level of 7.0--the same pH level in water. Mix well
and allow water to cool slightly. You want water to be very warm, but not
scalding or extremely hot. Make sure your soap and alcohol are well mixed for a
nice balance. Immerse the cloth in the cleaning solution and wipe counters
thoroughly. Soak your cloth in the solution, allowing the cleaning fluid to
permeate the cloth. Before cleaning the counter wring cloth out to remove
excess fluid. Due to the nature of granite counter designs, some stains or
leftover debris and stains may not be apparent to the naked eye. However, if
you run a clean hand over the countertop surface you may be able to pick up
stuck on debris that your cloth may have missed. Buff and dry counters thoroughly. Although your counters will be
clean, most cleaners may leave streaks if not dried immediately.
do I keep my new carpet looking new?
Vacuuming daily is recommended but not always a viable
option! I doesn't hurt to invest in an inexpensive robotic vacuum like those
made by iRobot. Daily vacuuming helps pick up dirt and debris before it sinks
deep into the carpet. Less dirt expands the life of your carpet.
If you have a spill, clean immediately to reduce the rate of
absoption. First blot the spill do not rub! Rubbing a stain can actually wear
the fabric and set the stain permanently. Continue blotting the area until it
is almost dry and then vacuum the area. Water left in carpet from improper
blotting can lead to mold problems.
Pet accidents? Using paper towels to blot up urine and vomit
soaks up the surface liquid but still leaves a lot in the carpet. And stomping
on those paper towels only makes it worse. That forces the liquid deeper into
the padding and then into the subflooring. Instead, invest in a handheld carpet
extractor, don't use a shop vacuum—the smell will linger in the filter and it's
much harder to clean than a small extractor. Hit the carpet as soon as possible
and vacuum like there's no tomorrow. Then use a bio-enzymatic cleaner-It
neutralizes the urea and uric acid and eliminates proteins and starches.
Ordinary carpet cleaners can't do that. In fact, using a carpet cleaner before
a bio-enzymatic cleaner can set the stain permanently. Liquid messes spread as
they're absorbed into the carpet, so always treat a larger area than the
finally, hire a professional! A lot of products on the market claim to remove
stains, spills and odors but simply mask them or drive them deeper. The stains
eventually re-appear looking worse than ever. Don't spend your hard earned
money on inferior products when for just a little more money you can have your
carpets professionally cleaned with top quality products. Deep carpet cleaning
is essential to remove deep set dirt, dust, pollen, and other pollutants. (But, don't add to the problem by allowing the
use of harmful chemicals. Instead, search for a company that uses
environmentally friendly “green” carpet cleaning solutions.)
What is the best way to maintain my Alterna
Remodeling also offers Alterna luxury vinyl tile with the timeless
elegance of slate, marble, and travertine in a floor that's easy to live with.
While Alterna may look like stone, it feels warm and comfortable to your feet,
and absorbs sound for a quieter home.
Armstrong® recommends wiping up spills as soon as possible,
never use abrasives on any flooring! Wash your floor occasionally with
Armstrong Once Done® Resilient & Ceramic Floor Cleaner. Also use Armstrong
SatinKeeper® Polish to return your floors original shine if it begins to dull
use detergents, abrasive cleaners, or "mop & shine" products,
paste wax, solvent based products, grout sealer, or floor strippers. Floor
strippers will degrade the acrylic grout. Don't use the beater bar when
vacuuming as it can cause visible damage to the floor.
is the best way to maintain my hardwood flooring?
Never use a steam cleaner or soaking wet mop on a wood
floor. The combination of heat and moisture and pressure could be very damaging
to the wood. Steam will flow down between slats, penetrate the wood, stain it
black. At worst, it will lift the coating, causing it to peel away. Never use
wax, oil-based detergent or any general-purpose household cleaner. These can
dull or damage the finish, leaving a greasy film and making the floor slippery
or tacky and more difficult to clean properly.
sweep or vacuum the floor to remove loose dust and grit. Install doormats at
all entrances to protect flooring against abrasive dirt and moisture. Vacuum or
shake out mats regularly. This is very important to do before mopping because
small particles of loose grit act like sandpaper on the surface, wearing it
down over time and dulling the gloss. Always use a damp well wrung mop or cloth
& run it over the floor with the grain of the wood. As long as you can still wring water from the mop with your hands, it's
too damp to use.
do I keep my new windows clean?
Once again, invest in a squeegee & an
extension pole for the outside. Use either a bucket of water with a few drops
of dish detergent, or you can use one part white vinegar to two parts water
either in a bucket or spray bottle. Outside windows can be mopped then
squeegeed, inside windows can be sprayed then wiped clean with a microfiber
cloth. It is best to do windows on a cool cloudy day so any soap or cleaning
solution does not dry before you can wipe it off.