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Coastal Contractor Thermal & Moisture Control

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    Not Just a Pretty Face

    While curb appeal still holds some cachet with buyers, it's what lies beneath a beautiful facade that really counts in the long run. Ted Cushman reports on the hard-won experience of Smokey Saduk, who has pioneered the use of low-maintenance synthetics backed by an impeccable weather barrier to...

     
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    Installing Ipe Decking - Latent Cooling Loads

     
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    Defeating the Wind

    Wherever wind speeds are likely to reach over 110 mph, coastal codes are now requiring an engineering analysis of the plans. In addition to shear, sliding, and overturning forces, the wind imparts intense uplift pressures. Ted Cushman examines how one Long Island architect has managed to meet the...

     
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    Chilling at Home

    Ductless mini-splits offer efficient cooling and outstanding dehumidification, making them an increasingly popular option for coastal homes. Charles Wardell investigates the pros and cons, including cost, cooling performance, ease of installation, efficiency, corrosion resistance, and more.

     
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    Site Report: Working with PVC Trim

    Plastic trim is maintenance-free, even in unforgiving coastal climates ... assuming it’s installed correctly. Project Manager Jeff Kent explains how to achieve durable exterior details, and vows that once you learn how to use PVC, you’ll never go back to wood.

     
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    Sun Block for Windows - Critical Control Joints

     
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    Keeping Termites at Bay

    Coastal homes are prime targets for termite destruction. While builders and remodelers aren’t exterminators, they do play a key role in long-term termite control. Mitch Buroker reviews traditional deterrents and control strategies, and gives the scoop on new termite barriers, bait systems, and...

     
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    Design: Battening Down the Hatches

    Battening Down the Hatches

     
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    Materials Report: Plastic Decking

    Plastic and composite deck boards offer real advantages, but they require a builder’s savvy to choose and use. Here’s what the experts say about plastic lumber in the lab … and what type of performance you can expect to see in the real world.

     
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    Products

    Fastener-Friendly Exterior Trim - Tintable Technology - Foam Goes Green - Peel-and-Stick Underlayment - Soundproof Interiors - TPO Roofing - Sill Sealer

     
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    Roof Ventilation for Coastal Homes

    Rhode Island builder Mike Guertin shares his strategies for beating leaks caused by wind-driven rain entering roof vents — and how to navigate building codes and shingle warranties in the process.

     
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    Design: Patterns in Wood

    Patterns in Wood

     
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    Evaluating OSB for Coastal Roofs

    After Hurricane Andrew, Florida code advisers ruled OSB sheathing inferior to plywood. Was this judgment too hasty? Here's what the experts say.

     
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    Products

    Smart Vapor Retarder, Flip-Up Floodgate, High-Tech Patio Doors, Sure Finishes, See-Through Deck Balusters, Mold-Resistant Coating, Trex Report, Tough Landscape Lighting

     
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    Cooling Strategies, Fastening Roof Tile, How Shear Walls Work

     
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    Speccing Windows in High-Wind Zones

    In regions vulnerable to wind-borne debris and hurricane-force winds, the code offers more than one way for coastal builders to comply with new impact-resistance rules.

     
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    Painting the Coastal Home

    Exterior paint takes a beating from intense sun and salt spray, and the demands of

     
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    Breakline: Blowing Up the House

    Blowing Up the House - Beach renourishment - NOAA Alerts

     
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    Design: Detailing the Shingle Style

    Detailing the Shingle Style

     
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    High-Wind Asphalt Roofing

    For a long-lasting roof on the coast, be meticulous, use wind rated shingles, and keep plenty of peel-and-stick-tape on hand.

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking