At RLS Construction, Inc we understand during these trying times that the last thing everyone is thinking about is a trip. But when the recovery period comes a trip will be the much needed luxury everyone will need. We are offering a four day three night stay (Airfare not included) at a Luxury resort in Las Vegas for anyone who signs a contract with us for a roof replacement or remodel (Exclusions apply). Can be redeemed anytime in the next 18- 24 months. Just a little show of appreciation to our customers from us. For more information check out this link- www.redeemvacations.com
During this trying time we would like to reassure our customers that RLS Construction has taken the safety and welfare of our customers and workers very seriously. We will now and will in the future remain compliant with all OSHA and ADA practices and procedures for operating in a Pandemic situation. For our customers who would like to receive estimates for Home Improvement projects we are currently available to do so. We will do everything in our power to keep you and your family protected by closely monitoring the health and exposure risks to our estimators. Exterior bidding can be accomplished with no contact with you and interior estimates can be done with little to no contact. Our workers will carry and use gloves and shoe protection when entering your home.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to call. We will always be there for you for whatever you need.
Learn how to install STONEfaçade™ Architectural Stone Cladding System the right way
Stone panelized siding is an easy and cost effective way to improve the curb appeal of any home, so it’s no wonder the trend continues to grow. Chances are you may have a project that includes it this fall. STONEfaçade is engineered for siding contractors to easily install, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some important things to remember before tackling a siding project.
Here are some of my top pro tips for STONEfaçade installation:
- Put Safety first. Use gloves when handling the panels and their accessories because they have sharp metal inserts on the back. Also, when cutting the panels, use eye and ear protection.
- Open multiple boxes to start – You’ll want to open several boxes of panels at a time to find the pieces that fit best along the wall. When you open just one box, you will have to do a lot more cutting than necessary. And try to use the least number of vertical seams.
- Cut, then rinse before installing – Use a wet tile or brick saw to cut the panels and an electric grinder for shaping. Once you’ve cut the panel, rinse it in a large bucket (5 gallons or more) to remove all debris before installing.
- Check your work before you get too far along – Step back from the wall frequently and check the look of your installation. Correct any issues before proceeding. Always position the cut end of panels or accessory’s away from entrances or walkways.
- Level twice, install once – That famous cutting advice applies here as well. Make sure the wall is level and all accessories are straight when they’re installed. Use a level to check each panel along the way, including each direction on the corners. If something is not level, use a rubber mallet and a piece of 2×4 to tap panels into place, use a crowbar to raise the panel to level or substitute another panel to optimize fit and aesthetics. Use composite shims as needed to fix wall imperfections.
- Line the feet for a clean drill hole every time– DO NOT USE NAILS. Use stainless steel wood screws with a pan or truss head. When fastening panels to wall, use a 2.5- to 3-inch driver in the drill, so the chuck on the drill won’t mar the face of the stone when you get close to it. When you line up the stainless steel feet correctly, you should be able to drill a clean hole every time.
- Use a single piece to create corner sills – The best way to create a corner sill is to take one piece of sill and make a pie out of the corner rather than cutting two separate pieces at an angle and trying to make them line up.
- Stagger the joints for a natural appearance – When starting a new course of panels, stagger the vertical joints of the panels at least three to five inches from the previous course. This will keep vertical seams and stones of the same size from aligning. Vary the use of all three widths of panels within a course, and from course to course, to give the stone a natural appearance.
As with any product, always be sure to read the full installation manual before installing. By following these best practices and more, your customers can have the beautiful home exterior of their dreams.
Duane Crouch is a CertainTeed Siding Product Application Specialist
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Roof replacement completed in Sherwood Forest, Anderson Ohio. Owens Corning Duration shingles installed and they look great! Completed in less than two days!
While your roof is designed to withstand the elements, some storms are more intense than others. There are signs to look for when you believe there may have been damage to your roof. Please be safe when inspecting your roof—possibly view from a window inside the house or use binoculars from the ground. If in doubt, call a professional roofing contractor.
Significant wind can cause shingles to blow off the roof deck. Missing shingles can lead to leaks and other interior damage. Other wind damage may not be easy to see, especially if the adhesive seal that provides a water-shedding surface is broken. Always be safe when checking for roof damage. Call a professional roofing contractor for assistance.
All manufacturers publish a wind warranty on their shingles; it is important to compare the wind coverage when making your shingle selection on a new roof. If the winds that caused the shingle damage were above the manufacturer’s wind coverage, you’ll need to file an insurance claim. If they were not, contact the shingle manufacturer to file a claim.
Potential signs of wind damage:
- Missing shingles.
- Thin horizontal lines where granules have been worn off about 1-2 inches beneath the shingle above; this could indicate that the shingle seal was broken and the shingle was flapping in the wind rubbing against the shingle above it. To be effective against the elements, shingles must be sealed to each other as one water tight roof deck.
Usually hail is not something that you can miss—it is typically a widespread weather event in a neighborhood and not isolated to just one house on the block. Hail can bruise a shingle causing an indentation that may be hard to see but that can crack the shingle allowing water to infiltrate over time. You may need the assistance of a professional roofing contractor to determine the scope of the damage. If you have hail damage, you will need to file an insurance claim.
If your hail event was significant in terms of widespread damage, you will have roofing contractors who specialize in “storms” knocking on your door within days of the event. As always, you should use your best judgment when selecting a contractor.
Potential signs of hail damage:
- Other collateral hail damage around the house; dents on cars or other items on your house or in your yard.
- A distinct pattern of small round-shaped divots on the edges of the shingles.
- Indentations in the shingle where granules are missing.
- A large pile of granules at the end of your downspout; a small amount is normal, especially on new shingles.
During some storms tree branches or other failing debris can land on your roof. Some items are small and won’t cause an issue—other items are so large that you will naturally be concerned about damage. Use your best judgment. You may need to have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof for damage. If you have damage from debris on your roof, you will need to file an insurance claim.
Potential signs of debris damage:
- Visual identification of debris on the roof deck.
- Missing shingles.
- Cracked shingles.
- A large pile of granules at the end of your downspout; a small amount is normal, especially for new shingles.
Your roof is your Home’s first line of defense against the weather, don’t let minor damage turn into a major problem, Call us today for your free roof inspection and estimate! 513 616-6469