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Details, details…..

A house I inspected recently had been remodeled.  The detailing was excellent.

The whole house had been resided with cement board siding and had all the correct flashing details EVERYWHERE!  The painting job was equal to the siding installation.

Just walking up to a house with cement board siding it does not take very long to tell if the installer knew what they were doing.  Installation instructions are quite specific and when they are not followed it is a safe bet the installer never read the instructions or did not care about the instructions.

Of all the different siding materials, cement board siding, in my climate, can be very forgiving—but the installation instructions should still be followed.

Because of the obvious attention to detail at this house, it was a little bit of a surprise to find this one small area---only visible from above the roof that got missed.

Unpainted trim

Area of unpainted trim

Details, details……

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Comment balloon 10 commentsCharles Buell • September 03 2016 10:40AM
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