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Home Construction and Foundation Repair FAQs

How do i know if i have a foundation problem?
You can review the signs and symptoms of foundation failure information, but the only way to know for sure is have one of our trained specialists evaluate your homes foundation. If you don’t have a foundation problem they will tell you. If you do, they will recommend a proper solution to your foundation problem.

How can i tell if i have foundation problems?
Evidence of foundation failure is seen in a variety of ways: Stair step cracks in your brick are the most common and obvious symptom of foundation failure. You may also see your chimney pulling away or you may even find cracks in the foundation itself. Inside your home, you may see cracks in your drywall, broken window panes, uneven floors, or doors that won’t open or shut properly. All of these signs indicate that your home’s foundation has moved and your home is out of alignment.

What will happen if i don’t do the foundation repair?
It’s up to the homeowner whether or not the foundation repair project is completed by Faulkner Enterprises Inc. It’s our job to provide you with the most appropriate remedy for your foundation repair situation. Over time, almost all foundation problems will get worse if they are not properly repaired.

What Are The Steps Involved In The Removal And Replacement Of Damaged Shingles?
The following steps are recommended for the proper removal and replacement of damaged shingles.

Notes: In hot weather, cool shingles with a water hose to allow easy separation of the shingle tabs; In cold weather, avoid excessive bending of the shingles as it could cause cracking.

Step 1: Loosen adhesive under tabs in the second row above the damaged shingle. Lift tabs and withdraw the exposed nails.

Step 2: Loosen and lift tabs in the first row above damaged shingle and withdraw exposed nails.

Step 3: Loosen tabs of damaged shingle which can now be removed.

Step 4: Place new shingle in the same position from which the sample was removed and re-nail. To reseal shingles, lift tab and apply 1” diameter spot of shingle cement under each tab. Press tabs down into the cement. Repeat nailing and cement procedure for any other rows that are damaged.

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Why Is My Roof Leaking?
Leaking roof: Normal weathering of asphalt roofing shingles will not cause leaking.

Causes:

  • Flashing’s are crucial areas that must be watertight to avoid leaks. These are the areas most frequently identified as the causes of leaks.
  • Damaged shingles leave the roof exposed to leaks and should be repaired without delay.
  • When installing shingles take note of the alignment of the cutouts, depending on the type of shingle chosen, as well as the nailing location as these areas are crucial to the ease with which water can infiltrate a roof. They should always be covered by overlying shingle tabs.
  • Inadequate ventilation can cause ice damming, frost and condensation accumulation. These problems can all be easily prevented with proper air circulation.

Why Are The Corners Of My Shingles Turning Up?
Corners of shingles turning up is referred to as Curling and it is generally caused by excess moisture attacking the underside of the shingle. Inadequate ventilation causes the entrapment of heat and moisture in the attic. This will eventually penetrate the roof deck and cause the shingles to curl. Improving air circulation within the attic space can stop the progress and rectify the situation if the curling is not too severe. In some rare instances, curling can reveal itself only under cold weather conditions. This would be referred to as winter curling. The corners of the shingles will slightly curl up from the roof deck when cold, and then lay flat again during warmer weather. This is especially prevalent during damp winter conditions when frost forms on the top surface of the shingles. This cooling on the top surface will cause the shingle to contract while at the same time the underside of the shingle in contact with the roof receives a certain amount of passive heat from the attic space. The variation of temperature between the top side and underside of the shingle will result in some minor curling. This does not affect the shingle’s durability and effectiveness to shed water.

Why Are There Granules In My Gutter?
Granule loss is a normal process in the weathering and aging of any asphalt shingle. Common causes of additional granule loss:

  • Traffic on roof
  • Shingles applied on very slight slopes (2” in 12” or less), are prone to increased levels of granule loss due to the poor drainage capabilities of the roof.
  • A certain amount of granule loss is to be expected. Shingles are made with an excess of granules on the surface called “hitchhikers”.If the underlying asphalt is prematurely exposed, the appearance and service life of the shingle may be affected.

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