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Hail Damage Assessment

Whether assessing a large commercial building or a single family residence for hail damage, the process starts before even stepping foot on the roof. A visual inspection of fences, mailboxes, posts, signs, wall finishes, light fixtures, and utility boxes can give valuable clues as to the size and the direction of the hail storm.  “Spatter”… Read More »

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Brick And Stucco Condos With Balconies

Balcony Collapse – Waterproofing Defects

The balcony collapse at an apartment building in Berkeley, California was a reminder that waterproofing defects can possibly lead to life threatening situations. In a memorandum dated June 23, 2015, the Building & Safety Division of the City of Berkeley’s Planning & Development Department concluded, “…the deck joist ends protruding from the exterior wall at… Read More »

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MOLD! Uh oh, did someone say MOLD? RUN! Yes, the word “mold” is a big buzz word in today’s litigious society. Mold is much more of a hot button topic today than in decades past. So what’s the concern with mold? Mold is symptom of a moisture problem in the building, and continued moisture problems… Read More »

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Figure 1: Ice dam at a townhome building in Westminster, Colorado

Ice Damming and the Potential Issues it Causes

Growing up in northwestern Pennsylvania, our house had many icicles hanging from the edge of the roof in the winter months. I thought this was a typical and expected phenomena that occurred in winter.  It wasn’t until my sophomore year in the architecture program at Kent State University, that I learned that these icicles were… Read More »

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