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Greg Severs is president of S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (510) 210-0492 or by email.

A Coating for Worn Exterior Siding

Posted on March 05, 2018 by James Florence

CASTRO VALLEY — When preparing for an exterior painting project, it’s important to inspect the condition of your siding. Particularly on the southern and western exposed elevations, standard plywood siding commonly sustains splits and cracks (known as “face-checking”), which is caused by expansion and contraction over time. Since plywood siding is composed of several layers glued together, if these splits and cracks go deeper than the outermost layer, they’ll pose an increased risk of moisture intrusion. Merely painting over them won’t resolve the issue—the splits and cracks will return soon after, and along with them, the risk of dry rot from moisture intrusion.

Fortunately, there’s a product that can prolong the life of worn siding boards: elastomeric polymer waterproof coating. Read more

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A Simple Step to Prevent Window Leaks

Posted on August 04, 2017 by Mari Patrick

DALY CITY — One maintenance step homeowners often forget about is keeping their window tracks clean. Most residential windows slide on a track; on the outside of this track are two small weep holes that allow rainwater to drain out. When a window’s track isn’t regularly cleaned, dirt and debris can accumulate and plug up these weep holes, which can cause the track to fill with water during heavy storms. In a worst-case scenario, the water will overflow and leak in between the sill and the sheet rock. When this occurs with an upper window of a two-story home, the water will often seep down to the window directly beneath and start leaking inside from the top. Read more

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Video: Tip to Avoid Window Leaks

Posted on August 04, 2017 by Mari Patrick

Daly City — Host, Sarah Rutan: During the rainy season, an important home maintenance measure is keeping door and window tracks clear of dirt and debris. Today we’re in Daly City with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Peter Katsafouros of IRC All Siding to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Peter Katsafouros: Main tip would be to keep your door tracks and your window tracks fully clean to divert the water out the weep-holes, and not overflow to the inside of the house. We receive many calls with water leaking into windows at the top part of the window. And it is usually a window from right above that’s causing the problems because of the overflowing problem. Read more

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The Importance of Proper Deck Waterproofing

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SEBASTOPOL — When installing a new deck, waterproofing is a crucial aspect of attaching it to your house. By taking thorough measures to properly waterproof your deck, you can expect it to have a longer lifespan and avoid rot issues with both the deck and your house.

One of the main components of deck waterproofing is the flashing, which consists of a couple different elements. First, there’s the Z bar, which is a piece of metal in the shape of a “Z” that fits over the wooden ledger to deflect rain and moisture. Another important component is membrane flashing, which is installed under the Z bar, behind the ledger and in any area where moisture is a concern. Read more

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