Slate Roof

Slate Roof

Slate Roof A slate roof typically lasts about 80 – 100 years but can last longer depending on the quality of the material. If your house has an older slate roof you should plan to have ongoing evaluation and maintenance performed by a specialist at least every...
Decks and Balconies

Decks and Balconies

Decks and Balconies All decks and balconies should have vertical balusters spaced about 4″ apart. Improperly spaced balusters or railings with horizontal components are a safety hazard for small children. Back to Helpful...
Water Heaters

Water Heaters

Water Heaters A conventional water heater lasts about 8 to 12 years on average, although many are sold with only a 6 year warranty. If your water heater is 5 years or older you should begin to budget and plan for its replacement. Back to Helpful...
Electrical Hazards

Electrical Hazards

Electrical Hazards Some older homes still have active knob and tube wiring as part of the electrical system. This can be a fire hazard if covered up with the insulation in the attic or walls. Some insurance companies will even deny coverage on a homeowner’s...
Ice Damming

Ice Damming

Ice Damming Contrary to some opinions, ice dams are not caused by gutters. Ice damming can be caused by one or more of the following conditions: insufficient attic insulation, improper attic ventilation or gaps where heat can escape from the home into the attic. Back...