Entry Doors and why they rust

January 15 / Stacey / Comments (0)

Ever have an entry rust and crumble at the bottom?  Over time, repeated raining has a way of getting to the bottom of the door and the bottom of the door jambs.  The rain hits the landing and bounces back up where it hits the bottom of the door.  The jambs over time begin to wick and hold moisture.  Where the bottom of the jambs are wet, the jamb holds that moisture up against the bottom of the door.  This is what causes rust and corrosion of the bottom of the door, even if it is wrapped in coilstock.  What can be done?  One choice is to build a stoop over the doorway which diverts the rain down that roof, instead of the top of the door.  Another way is to build a drip cap out of metal which will divert the rain out away from the door.  Sometimes this is not enough depending on which side of the building takes the brunt of every storm and cannot be stopped.  In those cases, a stoop is the only viable option.

When you are looking for a builder for a garage, addition or any accessory building, call HW ENTERPRISES, INC.  We have decades of experience and will share a myriad of information regarding successful construction.  Call 757-595-4562 or 757-696-1927 for a free estimate and we will answer your questions and provide long term answers for problem areas.  Call us today.

Extreme Temperatures and Construction

January 4 / Stacey / Comments (0)

Happy New Year!  Extreme temperatures present special considerations while building residential projects.  Currently, HW ENTERPRISES, INC. is building a brick workshop in Toano.  It has hardy plank siding on three walls and a brick facade and skirt.  While the brick facade is about to be done our current weather conditions are complicating that process.  It is prudent to wrap or cover brick in winter weather.  Rain or snow that falls onto the brick and then freezes, freezes the brick together.  When this happens, it delays masonry products installation.  Also, when building in the winter, any product that is to be painted, such as hardy plank composite siding, must wait until the temperature exceeds 50 degrees.  Paint will not properly adhere in lower temperatures.  One approach is to paint the product inside the building, however, in prolonged periods of colder temps, that isn't a viable option either.

When you are planning a garage, accessory building or an addition to your property, call HW ENTERPRISES, INC. for your building needs.  We have the experience and foresight to provide you the best quality project in a timely manner.  Call 757-595-4562 or 757-696-1927.

Insulation and Fire Codes

December 18 / Stacey / Comments (0)

HW ENTERPRISES, INC. just recently built a beautiful garage in Yorktown.  It was requested by the homeowner to be insulated.  We put in the insulation, some of which was backed (R-19) and some was not (R-11).  This garage was also getting sheetrock.  There are fire codes that must be adhered to for the safety of the main dwelling.  Any building closer than 10' to a main dwelling must be insulated with 5/8" fire-rated sheetrock on the closest wall and entire ceiling.  Why?  To prevent fire from spreading from the new garage to the main dwelling and/or the main dwelling catching the garage on fire.  The homeowner decided to sheetrock the entire first floor.  So what do you do about the exposed insulation on the second floor?  Leave it loose and exposed?  Certainly not.  Cover exposed, non-backed insulation with a fire-retardant green paper.  It keeps the the insulation in place and protects it as well.

If you are building a garage, accessory structure or shell home, call HW ENTERPRISES, INC. to build your project.  We know the codes and embrace them, for your safety and peace of mind.  Call 757-595-4562 or 757-696-1927.