It is no secret that buyers form an opinion of a home in the first few
minutes and frequently will eliminate a home even before they get out of
the car. In many cases the owners will spruce up the front with a few
flowers and paint the front door, but have they stood at the curb and
looked at the entire home? I frequently see homes with stains, moss and
lichen on roofs and can see where that can turn off a buyer. With a
little work an owner can get their roof looking great.
algae stains on
asphalt shingles tend to be fairly uniform over the stained area,
appearing more on shaded and more damp roof slopes. You will see the
stains get lighter under metal vent pipes and flashing .
does Moss, Algae
roofs? The spores
or seeds are naturally in the air in most areas of the Pacific
Northwest. Algae and lichens grow on building surfaces where it finds
food (organic debris) and moisture; it tends to grow in the shade areas
favoring the north and east sides. Moss, algae and lichens are more than
a cosmetic issue on many kinds of roofing materials - asphalt shingles,
roll roofing, wood shingle roofs and wood shake roofs. By holding
moisture against the roof surface lichens, but more so moss, speed the
wear of the asphalt shingle surface in freezing climates by increasing
frost damage to the mineral granule coating on the shingles. Often algae
that is identified as green when studied microscopically, also looks
"black" or quite dark on a roof surface.
It is easy to take care of
these problems. If you have the time, "Moss Off" or soap powder with
beach can be applied to the roof. When the moss has died it can be swept
of the roof and disposed of. If you need to quickly clean the roof I
would recommend a licensed professional. These professionals will most
likely use chemicals and a pressure washer to clean the roof. I do not
recommend a homeowner using a pressure washer to clean their own roof.
Most homeowners do not have the experience to pressure wash shingles
without damaging them. Once the shingles are damaged then in most cases
sections of roof will need to be replaced.
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in the summer we will have a crispy night that I crave a nice hot soup!
I found this recipe that has helped with just that craving! Enjoy!
tablespoon olive oil
teaspoon dried oregano
teaspoon ground cumin
teaspoon chili powder
garlic cloves, minced
(8-ounce) package pre-chopped onion and celery mix
canned tomatillos, drained and coarsely chopped
(14-ounce) cans fat-free, less sodium chicken broth
(15-ounce) can white hominy, rinsed and drained
chopped skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
tablespoon fresh lime juice
teaspoon black pepper
ripe peeled avocado, diced
radishes, thinly sliced
cilantro, fresh sprigs, for garnish
olive oil in a large saucepan over medium- heat. Add oregano and next 4
ingredients (through onion and celery mix); sauté 2 minutes.
in tomatillos; cook 1 minute.
broth and hominy; cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook 8 minutes.
in chicken; cook 1 minute or until heated.
from heat; stir in lime juice, salt, and pepper. Divide evenly among 4
bowls. Top with avocado and radish. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.
of our areas homes built between 1985 and 2000 had LP or hardboard
siding installed. There were approximately 12 manufactures of this type
of product but all of it is commonly referred to as LP siding. As
everyone in the real estate industry knows the siding casts a stigma on
homes that have it. It doesn't help that many inspectors and contractors
see it as a material that immediately needs replacement. The most common
failure seen is moisture damage that can cause siding panels to swell,
buckle and warp. It also can cause the panel’s protective paint coating
to crack, which allows more moisture to penetrate and more damage to
occur. And if moisture gets behind the siding panels, it will never dry
out completely. The wet material becomes a feast for bacteria, fungi and
other decay organisms. Unlike woods such as old-growth cedar or redwood,
hardboard and OSB have no natural resistance to such organisms, which
can turn a solid board into something the consistency of soggy bread.
is a seller or listing agent to do? We recommend that an unbiased
inspection be completed at the time of listing. In the hundreds of
siding inspections we have completed it is rare that all the siding is
bad. In many cases only a few boards need to be replaced. In cases where
the damage is worse the seller can choose to disclose, repair or give an
allowance for replacement. Most siding inspections will cost between
$200-$300 and this will give the seller a better understanding of the
potential issues and their options.
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