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Basement Renovations

Worried About The Risks Of Asthma? How Your Roofing Replacement Company Can Help

If you or your children are constantly suffering from asthma, like 21.8 million others in the United States, there might be a hidden danger lurking somewhere in your home. This danger is mold and 4.6 million cases can be directly attributed to dampness in the home. Learn about why it’s important to have an exterior home remodeling specialist from a roofing replacement company come and inspect your roofing and your attic space to make sure your home isn’t an ideal breeding ground for mold.
What Is Asthma?
People who have asthma can have serious problems breathing. This is because the disorder causes the airways to swell, which makes it harder to intake air. An attack can happen at any time, and symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and even a blue tint to the lips or face.
It can be difficult to diagnose asthma because lungs will sound normal when there’s no attack. Because of this, many doctors will provide people who suspect they have asthma with a rescue inhaler that contains a steroid. These steroids often allow an immediate opening of the airways, which eliminates the restriction. There’s no cure, but it’s possible to treat asthma so that sufferers can live a normal life.
Why It Occurs
Different sufferers have different triggers that can cause an attack. Some of the most common triggers include animal hair or dander, dust, weather changes (normally moving from warm to cold), exercise, mold, smoke, stress and common colds. Any of these triggers can cause an attack. The key is to know which trigger you suffer from and do everything you can to avoid that trigger.
How A Roofing Replacement Company Can Help
Mold is one of the biggest triggers plaguing sufferers. Because it can grow unseen in a house, it can be one of the most dangerous triggers. Much of a home’s dampness can be attributed to a roof that’s improperly ventilated and this improper ventilation may encourage the growth of spores. But why is improper ventilation such a big problem?
When a roof is properly ventilated, air can freely circulate throughout the attic. Without it, the air can become humid and stagnant. Stagnant air can condense and the moisture in the air will eventually lead to mold growth on walls, floorboards and more.
If your house doesn’t have attic vents, a roofing replacement company should install them. These vents will pull in air that’s the same temperature as the outside, which eliminates the condensation problem that leads to mildew and spores. If you do have the vents, but they’re not doing their job, a roofing replacement company can recommend that you install fans in your attic or baffles if the problem is insulation that’s prohibiting air flow.
Contacting an exterior home remodeling company for help can eliminate the potential for mold growth in your house. If they do find mildew or spores, you’ll need to contact a remediation company after fixing the cause that led to the growth in the first place. Don’t let your family suffer in silence — you’ll find yourself breathing better and living without the fear of an asthma attack.

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House Improvements

How to Choose a House Framing Company

Selecting a house framing company to build the skeleton of your new home is a task full of pitfalls for consumers who are not experts in the industry. It requires diligent research and thorough checking of facts and references. Start with a list of local companies, and narrow it down to a few potential choices by doing the following:
Visit the house framing companies’ websites and determine whether the companies seem to be professional and to have good reputations. Read customer reviews and the “About Us” pages to find out how long each company has been in business and what its qualifications and areas of expertise are. Determine each company’s area of specialization and make sure it is competent in drywall framing, if that is the type of work you want.
Select a shortlist of between five and 10 house framing companies to investigate further. Check each company with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for your state to see if there is any record of the company and feedback on its performance. Confirm legalities such as business registration, and find out whether the companies are licensed to operate in your state. For example, in Florida you can use the resources at sunbiz to check if companies are active and filing taxes.
By now, your shortlist should be down to around three to five house framing companies, by eliminating those whose credentials may not be impressive and those who have negative BBB reports. Contact these companies and ask each one for a list of at least 10 contactable references, as well as addresses where they have done other work. Don’t accept written testimonials, which are easy to fake, or comments on their website from “former clients’ who are not identifiable.
Contact each telephone reference personally, asking a variety of questions about the house framing contractor’s expertise, reliability, honesty, adherence to completion dates and any other points. Visit the sites for which you have addresses and inspect the drywall framing work done by the contractor as closely as you can, and speak with the homeowner if he or she is not on your list of telephone references.
Contact each of the house framing companies and ask for detailed, written quotations for the work you want done, with breakdowns of all costs including labor. The contractors should meet with you individually on site to survey the land available, discuss the home you want to build and identify any areas of concern. Ask each to explain what the job will involve, the equipment that will be used and whether they carry insurance for accidents or failure to perform.
Once you know which house framing company you want to use based on your research and reference checks, obtain the contractor’s draft agreement and get a lawyer to take a look at it before you sign. Make sure you know what is expected from you and when, and what the implications are for breach of contract by either party.