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Siding Profile with a Rainscreen

By |2015-06-22T16:39:59-07:00June 22nd, 2015|CTA Consultation|

profiles1 Siding works best when there has air movement behind it.  We can accomplish this with something called a rainscreen.  This is simply placing siding on a lath strip, holding it out from the wall so that water can drain and air can move.  A rainscreen will help both the siding and the

Typical Siding Profile

By |2015-06-22T16:35:48-07:00June 22nd, 2015|CTA Consultation|

profiles1 A typical wall profile in the Brazos Valley starts with drywall on the inside; then a 2X4 wall with R-13 fiberglass insulation between the framing members. On the outside of the 2X4 wall is nonstructural sheathing and then the siding.When replacing siding we usually remove everything down to the framing. This allows

Smart Choices for Bathroom Flooring

By |2015-01-30T19:19:25-08:00January 30th, 2015|CTA Consultation|

Tile may be the traditional bathroom choice for most, but it’s not the only flooring type that performs well in a wet environment. Like any other flooring, bathroom flooring should be chosen with style, durability, and comfort in mind. A bathroom floor must be able to handle moisture and humidity from daily use and the appearance of sudden leaks.

How to Choose the Right Siding for Your Home

By |2014-11-21T19:26:12-08:00November 21st, 2014|CTA Consultation|

Like many building products in existence, choosing the right siding for your home is never as easy as Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Each siding material comes with its own set of features and benefits, both from a sustainability point of view, price, climate appropriateness, and aesthetics. Sadly there is no category wide certification program to use as an overall guide. The first decision for choosing a siding material should come down to what is most suitable and allowable in your market or area of residence. Here is a list of commonly used siding for green-built homes.

Wood, Plastic or Composite: A Customer’s Guide to Decking

By |2014-10-23T14:21:42-07:00October 23rd, 2014|CTA Consultation|

Composites are the new face of deckingThe most notable changes in the decking market have come with the creation of synthetic decking materials. Most synthetics require less maintenance than wood, but are far from perfect. They are more expensive than basic wood decking materials and although much more weather proof than wood, they are not immune to weather damage. No decking is perfect, but the variety of natural wood and synthetic products on the market today are providing both home builders and home owners a longer list of possibilities and options than ever before.

Tile Layout

By |2013-04-30T20:12:58-07:00April 30th, 2013|CTA Consultation|

 Tile is a finish that many homeowners are willing to tackle on their own as a remodel project.  While getting tile down is not difficult, a quality tile job requires a lot of attention to detail and a fair amount of finesse.  Most of our clients who have laid tile in the past are happy

TILE SURFACE PREPARATION FOR TILE

By |2013-04-30T19:34:20-07:00April 30th, 2013|CTA Consultation|

CONCRETE  SLABSYou have a layout of your tile project on paper now it is time to prepare the surface to receive the tile.CLEANINGIf you are setting tile to a concrete slab, you will want to make sure that the surface is clean and dust free. In new construction concrete is seldom covered to protect it

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