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Gable End Bracing

Your house has a gable end if you have a sloped roof with a vertical wall that forms a triangle under the end of the roof.

Gable end walls and the roof sheathing at the gable end can take a tremendous beating during a hurricane, and if not properly attached and braced, they fail and cause catastrophic damage to your home. However, of all the possible structural retrofits, gable end walls can be the easiest to strengthen and should be a high priority on your retrofit list.

 

Areas of concern:

  • The number one issue with gable ends is the attachment of the roof sheathing at the gable end. If you have re-roofed and re-nailed the rood deck, you have gone a long way towards reducing damage at gable ends. If you have not strengthened the roof sheathing attachment, you can use adhesives to temporarily strengthen the sheathing attachment.
  • Most gable end walls of older houses are weaker than they should be to withstand a hurricane and are poorly connected and braced.

The following actions are recommended to strengthen and properly brace a gable end wall.

  1. Anchor and brace the bottom of the gable end's triangular wall to the ceiling joists or ceiling framing.
  2. Strengthen the gable end wall studs.
  3. Brace the top of the gable end wall by tying it to the rafters or tops of the trusses.
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Hurricane Straps

Hurricane Straps

The most important precaution you can take to reduce damage to your home and property is to protect the areas where wind can enter. According to recent wind technology research, it’s important to strengthen the exterior of your house so wind and debris do not tear large openings in it. You can do this by protecting and reinforcing these four critical areas:

  • roof
  • windows
  • doors
  • garage doors

A great time to start securing — or retrofitting — your house is when you are making other improvements or adding an addition. In both cases, your local building code will require that your work conform to certain requirements. And, although you may not need to comply with current code requirements on the rest of your house, this may be a good opportunity to do so. Remember: building codes reflect the lessons experts have learned from past catastrophes. Contact your local building code official to find out what requirements are necessary for your home improvement projects.

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Solatube Lighting Systems

Solatube tubular daylighting devices, or TDDs for short, are affordable, high-performance lighting solutions that bring daylight into interior spaces where traditional skylights and windows simply can’t reach. Sometimes called “tubular skylights,” “light tubes,” “sun pipes,” and even “light tunnels,” TDDs have become the ideal solution for lighting interiors in a cost-effective, energy-efficient and eco-friendly way because they significantly reduce the need for electricity while keeping people connected to the outdoor environment.

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Impact Windows and Doors

Impact-resistant windows consist of impact-resistant glass surrounded by a heavy-duty frame that is securely fastened to the interior window header and frame. Their construction and anchoring keep hurricane winds and debris from breaching your home’s outer envelope. Let the experts at Embick Impact Windows and Doors give you honest advice.

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How Important is Light in the Kitchen and Living Room?

Proper lighting is essential for any home. It is important to maintain balance between personality and the functionality of the room when it comes to lighting the living room. One can transform the entire atmosphere of their living room within the proper use of lighting. One should remember that lighting not only has aesthetic and mood enhancing values, but play an important functional role in illuminating important task areas in the living room.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Renovations

Are you looking to update your current commercial location? We can help. Embick Commercial Remodeling is your choice for all of your commercial remodeling projects. We specialize in remodeling reception areas, Dr.’s offices, waiting rooms, corporate offices, executive bathrooms, public restrooms, complete ceiling grid replacement, complete flooring replacement, break rooms and any other commercial remodel project you may have.

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Avoid Roofing Disasters with Embick Construction

Embick Construction knows that the roof on your home is the first line of defense against the elements of nature, such as high winds, heavy rain, sleet and snow.

One on the easiest things you can do in maitaining your home is conduct a complete inspection-inside and out-each spring can help avoid costly problems later on.

Looking for these key danger signals that indicate your roof is not adequately protecting your home can save you a lot of money before a small problem turns into a big and costly one.

• Water, anywhere?  

A home inspection should start with a check for leaks in the attic, and this can occur and be most obvious after heavy, driving rains.

Also walk through each room of the house and inspect walls and ceilings, since ceiling spots can be another warning sign your roof needs repairs.

And peeling of interior or exterior paint or wallpaper, sometimes from excessive moisture or high humidity, can be a sign of possible inadequate attic ventilation.

If more ventilation is needed, it can be relatively easy and inexpensive to install-even if you don’t need a new roof.

• Crack down on cracks.

The most common leak sources on the outside include cracks in flashing around the chimney and vents, or worn-out, decayed or missing shingles.

Check your gutters for debris, including granules in the gutter, if you find an excessive amount of granules, it may indicate aging shingles that should be replaced.

While up there, check for any missing, cracked or curled shingles, these should be replaced quickly to avoid structural damage to your roof deck and the interior of your home.

If any shingles are blistered, decayed or “dirty looking,” they need to be replaced, too.

If you find any of these potential problems and are in need of repairs, the first and most important step to take is to find a competent roofing contractor.

Poorly installed or constructed roofing systems waste American homeowners billions of dollars every year, according to GAF Materials Corporation, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer.

Fortunately, most risks can be avoided with a professional roofing system that’s correctly installed, maintained and/or repaired.

GAF offers access to a database of factory-certified, prequalified roofing contractors. Every contractor is licensed and insured, and pledges to work on the homeowner’s roof as if it were its own.

If you are not capable or do want to take the risk of getting on top of your roof to do a through roof inspection yourself, call the roofing professionals at Embick Construction today.

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Water and Mold Remediation

We understand how stressful water intrusion can be as a homeowner. We work with insurance companies and homeowners to ensure the work gets done quickly and the right way.

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.