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Is Fiber-Cement Siding Bad for People and the Environment?

Absolutely not! In fact it is very much the opposite. Many people have mistakenly compared fiber-cement siding to asbestos siding. Asbestos siding is made from fine strands of minerals that are noxious to the human body and the environment. Fiber-cement on the other hand is made from a mix of cellulose (wood pulp), silica (sand), cement and water. James Hardie, the industry leader in the manufacture of fiber-cement siding uses sustainably-grown lumber and locally sourced sand to further lessen its impact on the environment. We also take time during the installation to make sure that we prevent kicking dust into the air. We use special saws that chip to make the cuts instead of traditional sawing which can create dust.


Do You Really offer Real Wood Windows?

We hear this question a lot, and for good reason. Many window companies claim to offer window options in wood, however when they come out they really only want to encourage you to choose a vinyl option. Or maybe they only offer vinyl windows with faux woodgrains. While there are disadvantages of traditional solid wood windows in this environment, the technology has improved to allow you to keep the classic style of your home while updating its energy-efficiency with a weathersafe option that will hold up in the harsh and pounding rains our homes are exposed to in Western Washington.
*Read more about our wood-framed windows


How Do I Know if I Need New Windows?

The easiest way to tell is just by looking at them, if your windows have mold around the frames or moisture fogging up inside the glass they have likely failed. If your home was built before 1991 you most likely have aluminum windows which are terribly inefficient. High energy bills and cold, drafty rooms are obvious indicators, but there may be more subtle signs as well. A window that doesn’t close or lock easily may have a compromised frame which can lead to structural damage and dry rot where you can’t see.


Can I Get My Roof Replaced in the Wintertime?

Yes, we can replace your roof year-round, and for most applications in all types of weather. While sunny and clear days are ideal, they can be few and far between in Western Washington. We are able to work year round and install most composition and metal roofs in any kind of weather.
Most flat roofs do require dry weather for the products to install correctly and if we are replacing the plywood, it is best to do it when the conditions are dry. If for some reason we do get caught by surprise, all of our work trucks are equipped with 1000 square foot tarps to protect your roof while we wait for weather to clear up.


Is it sunny enough for solar panels to work in the Northwest?

Yes. The technology has greatly improved to allow solar to be an economically feasible option even with our grey and gloomy skies. New generation photovoltaic systems are able to produce power from the UV rays that are present even on rainy and overcast days. While they are most effective in sunny weather, they can still produce a substantial amount of energy during the not-so-sunny months of Western Washington. When we design a system for your home we will consider your location and usage needs to produce some amount of electricity in the colder, darker months and an excess in the summer months. Through net-metering, the excess electricity produced during those brighter, longer days of summer will be credited back to you for those darker, shorter days of winter and fall to maximize your progress towards energy-indepence.


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