Chinook Winds, Snow Melts and Failing Gutters20180307120042

Chinook Winds, Snow Melts and Failing Gutters

  Chinooks are warming winds blowing west off the ocean into Alberta, Canada, and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. These can increase temperatures fro...
How Poor Attic Ventilation Leads to Ice Damming20180228080018

How Poor Attic Ventilation Leads to Ice Damming

Ice damming in winter is a ridge of frozen water that accumulates at a roof edge. This causes the snow-melt above it to dam. This water can leak throu...
How Engineered Wood Siding Is a Greener Alternative20180221080053

How Engineered Wood Siding Is a Greener Alternative

Engineered wood is a composite board in which wood derivatives bind together with adhesives. These derivatives may be particles, strands, fibres or ot...
How Fibre Cement Siding Retains Its Appeal Over Time20180214080024

How Fibre Cement Siding Retains Its Appeal Over Time

Although fashions may come and go in Calgary, fibre cement siding has retained its appeal since an Austrian invented it in 1901. It is not difficult t...
Vinyl Siding: An Effective Solution With a Great Heritage20180207080024

Vinyl Siding: An Effective Solution With a Great Heritage

Siding is the first line of defence against wind and storms under the roof. It attaches to the sides of buildings as either cladding over frames, or a...
How Roofing Affects an Eavestrough System20180131080030

How Roofing Affects an Eavestrough System

An eavestrough system receives water down a sloping roof, and passes it through downpipes to storm water drains below. Like any other set of interconn...
The Types of Siding Available Nowadays in Canada20180124080050

The Types of Siding Available Nowadays in Canada

It is hard to believe early settlers arrived with little more than the clothes on their backs, and hunting rifles. They did not have the types of sidi...
How Soffits Protect the Soft Undersides of Roof Edges20180117080007

How Soffits Protect the Soft Undersides of Roof Edges

Roofs are sealed systems, but with provision for some air to circulate to prevent the attic getting muggy. Their weakest point is where they overhang ...
How Eavestroughing Works to Take the Rain and Melt Away20180110080006

How Eavestroughing Works to Take the Rain and Melt Away

Imagine for a moment if there were no eavestroughs around a pitched roof. When it snowed, the melt would drip on the backs of our necks as we went in ...
The Exterior Components of a House to Care For20180103093101

The Exterior Components of a House to Care For

The exterior components of a house are what keep it warm and dry inside. We seldom give a thought to their actual purpose though....
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