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Is the LP SmartSide architectural series cedar shake siding primed?
Can I use a traditional transparent or semi-transparent stain on LP SmartSide products?
Can I install LP SmartSide trim over lap siding, rather than butting to it?
Can LP SmartSide panel siding be installed horizontally or diagonally?
What kind of nails do I need?
If the installation is not consistent with the application instructions, will it void my warranty?
Can I install LP SmartSide lap vertically and cover the joint with battens?
What is the fire rating?
How do I install LP SmartSide siding over SIP or ICF assemblies?
Is it beneficial to prime the back side of the LP SmartSide siding or trim?
Should we caulk at the overlap of the lap siding?
Can we rip lap to create a smaller size?
Can LP SmartSide trim and fascia be miter cut?
Can I overlap my LP SmartSide siding more than the recommended 1”?
Are there any special considerations when applying any panel siding to the interior of my home and is this application allowed and will my warranty be good?
When panels are installed, is it ok to allow the panel to rest on the flashing?
Now that your fiber products have Zinc Borate, can they be used west of the Cascades?
Are LP SmartSide products “green”?
Can LP SmartSide siding be used in a one‐hour fire‐rated wall assembly?
Are LP SmartSide products compliant with the building code?
Can LP SmartSide siding be fastened directly to the studs?
Why are the LP SmartSide code reports important?
Is a house‐wrap required behind the LP SmartSide siding?
Can I install LP SmartSide siding differently than what is specified in the LP SmartSide installation instructions?
Why is it important to space LP SmartSide siding at all joints?
Do LP SmartSide products resist wind loads?
Is LP SmartSide panel siding structurally rated?
What is the origin of the vinyl window industry?
What is a vinyl window?
What styles of vinyl windows are available?
What glazing options are available with vinyl windows?
How will vinyl windows affect the appearance of my home?
How do vinyl windows compare in price with windows made of other materials?
What other advantages do vinyl windows have over windows fabricated from other materials?
How do vinyl windows compare with windows made of other materials from an operating standpoint?
When remodeling, can I get vinyl windows to fit present openings without costly modifications?
Can I install vinyl windows myself?
How do architects regard vinyl windows?
How do I care for my vinyl windows?
How do vinyl windows stand up to extreme temperature conditions?
How do vinyl windows stand up to salt air, sea spray and other corrosive conditions?
Can a builder install vinyl windows in a house which was originally designed for aluminum windows?
Who installs vinyl windows?
How do vinyl windows resist condensation?
Windows do not cause condensation. On the contrary, the right windows can be a great help in controlling and reducing it.
What causes condensation?
Condensation occurs on windows when warm moist air comes in contact with the colder surface of the window. Although it is natural to assume that the windows are to blame, the fact is that the windows are merely a visible sign that humidity exists in the home.
Indoor moisture is caused by a variety of factors. Common household activities such as cooking, showering, running washing machines and dishwashers — every activity that uses hot water — adds moisture to the air.
Newer homes are more often subject to condensation because they are constructed with more weather tight materials and methods than homes built before energy costs were a concern. Weather stripping, improved insulation, vapor barriers and modern construction techniques are designed to reduce air leakage. At the same time, however, these can act to seal in moisture. Unless provisions are made to allow this moisture to escape, moisture buildup can result.
Can window condensation be only temporary?
- During showers and baths, cooking, dishwashing and other steam-producing occasions.
- During the start of each heating season. Houses absorb moisture during humid summers. This will generally dry out after a few weeks of heating.
- During sharp temperature changes. Sudden drops in temperature, especially during the heating season, can create temporary condensation problems.
- During new construction or remodeling. Building materials contain a great deal of moisture. When the heat is turned on, this moisture will flow into the air inside the home. It usually will disappear after the first heating season.
What can be done to reduce condensation?
- Vent clothes dryers, gas burners, etc. to the outdoors.
- Check that all ventilation equipment is adjusted properly.
- Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans.
- Air out the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room during and after use by opening a window for a few minutes.
- Make sure attic louvers remain open all year round and that crawl spaces are properly ventilated.
- Consult a local heating and ventilation contractor to help determine whether ventilation is adequate and whether it can be improved.
- Insure humidifiers are correctly set according to the outside temperatur
How can a homeowner recognize when a roof system has problems?
What are my options if I decide to reroof?
My roof leaks. Do I need to have it replaced completely?
Can I do the work myself?
Maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined to inspecting roof systems during the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles and cleaning gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris. If you must inspect your roof system yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof system), if possible.
How long can I expect my roof system to last?
Actual roof system lifespan is determined by a number of factors, including local climatic and environmental conditions, proper building and roof system design, material quality and suitability, proper application and adequate roof maintenance.
Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products. Take a close look at those warranties to see what responsibilities and financial obligations manufacturers will assume if their products fail to reach their expected lives.
What will a new roof system cost?
For each roofing material, there are different grades and corresponding prices. There also are a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs.
Within the roofing profession, there are different levels of expertise and craftsmanship. Insist on a contractor who is committed to quality work.
How can I determine my annual roofing cost?
Annual Roofing Cost = Total Cost (Materials & Labor)/Life Expectancy of Roof System (in years)
What is a solar powered attic vent and what does it do?
Does my roof already have ventilation?
What are the cost benefits of installing a solar attic fan?
Is a building permit required to install the Solar Powered Attic Fan?
Is additional wiring required?
Can the solar powered attic fan be used to vent garages?
How is a solar attic fan controlled?
Why would I want to cool off my attic?
Are solar attic fans very loud when operating?
How are ridge vents, turbine vents, or gable vents different from a solar attic vent?
Turbine vents are designed to pull hot air out of your attic when the wind blows. These vents are equally ineffective at removing attic heat due to frequent mechanical problems, low air moving capability, and a dependence on the wind to supply the power needed to induce a draft through the attic.
Solar attic vents operate on the principle of active (forced) draft air convection. Our vents create an air draft through your attic many times more powerful than that of natural draft air convection techniques. By inducing a greater air daft through the attic, these solar attic vents can effectively cool your entire attic and keep it cool throughout the day.
Can my attic have too much ventilation?
Does a solar attic fan qualify for a federal tax credit?
Yes. Both the purchase price and installation cost of a solar attic fan qualify for a 30% federal tax credit. The credit applies to equipment placed in service between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2016. IRS Form # 5695 (Download pdf here) is needed to apply for this credit. Enter the installed cost on line 1 of the form.
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