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January 2019

Maintaining your roof is important—and easier than you think

Editor's Note: Welcome to the first issue of the All Islands Argus, I'm happy to have you!  Every issue, I will examine a topic related to home inspections (this month, for example, is roofing). The goal: to be fun and informative. If you think I can do something better or have questions, please let me know. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy!
- Tim Hance
Routine roof maintenance tip: Don't pressure wash your roof!
Even now, in the midst of winter, it’s a great time to perform routine roof maintenance.  Oftentimes, roof systems are poorly maintained, which significantly reduces the roof’s life expectancy and increases the risk of leaks to the interior and resultant water damage. Maintaining your roof is actually quite simple and economical! Here in the Pacific Northwest, rains are commonplace and protecting your home from Mother Nature is paramount. 

It’s helpful to keep in mind that Mother Nature is persistently and consistently trying to bring your home back to Mother Nature. So, please take Benjamin Franklin’s advice that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and maintain your roof. Not only will your roof last longer, but it will look beautiful too, a true win-win!

3 Questions: Timberline Construction

Every month, we seek to bring our readers insight from the worlds of home construction, home repair, and home maintenance straight from local Northwest Washington contractors in a segment we call “3 Questions.” Yep, you guessed it: we ask three questions, and the contractors answer them.
This month, in our inaugural edition of “3 Questions,” we spoke with Norman Flint, owner of Timberline Construction LLC, about some common roofing questions.

Q1: What’s your favorite type of composition roof and why?
“Architectural composition is the most universal and widely used. It has longevity and looks good on a variety of buildings.”
Q2: What are your thoughts about pressure washing roofs?

“Pressure washing roofs tend to cause more damage than benefit. Moss treatment products are best applied early. Consistent maintenance for moss is a better approach. Once the moss gets rooted, it is a difficult process of scraping and light pressure washing. It is best to address moss in the dry months when the roots of the moss are dried out.”

Q3: For asphalt composition roofs, what are the most significant issues you discover when inspecting roofs coming to end-of-life?
“The biggest problem with any roof coming to the end-of-life is that owners wait too long to replace them. This leads to a host of issues, ranging from (roofing) blow off, leaks, water damage, and rot-related issues.”

About Timberline Construction
Timberline performs full construction services for new construction and remodels, including services related to roofing, siding, decks, additions, etc. The company—started in 1990 by Norman—is based in Eastsound on Orcas Island, and serves Orcas Island, Shaw Island and the outer islands.
“We are a small, hands-on crew, which ensures quality for our customers,” Norman said. A big thanks to Timberline for their responses.

Questions or comments about roofing or home inspections in general? Go “All” in and tweet us (@AIHomeInspect).
January Photo Contest

Enter to Win $20 Starbuck’s Gift Card!
As a home inspector with a service area extending from the Canadian border to the southern tip of Whidbey Island, the region's natural beauty makes me think I've won some fantastic lottery. I’m sure if you know or live in Northwest Washingon state, you probably feel the same about how special it is here.

That’s why earlier this month I invited you to share your appreciation for Northwest Washington by posting photos and videos that capture its essence. 

Take your picture or video and tag it with #AllIslandsLife on Twitter or Facebook. Those who do so will have a chance to win a $20 gift card to Starbucks.

To be eligible for this first contest and a chance to win a whole lot of caffeine, please tag your imagery by Feb. 25, 2019.

Your entries should capture scenes that you believe make this neck of the woods so special. Nature, people, food...let inspiration guide you.

We will announce the winner in next month's newsletter, so get snapping!
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