Beware the Dangers of ZIP System Exterior Sheathing

As construction experts, we notice when new home construction is going up in our region of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. And one thing we’ve been noticing is the frequent use of a new exterior sheathing product called Zip ...

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Understanding Contractor Payments

There is a lot to understand when working with a contractor, not the least of which are the contractor payment requirements that come along with any construction project. Understanding how they work can be to your advantage. Contractor ...

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What is an Overdrilled Beam or Stud?

When Först Consulting Group is performing a detailed inspection, one of the things we can cite as a code violation is an overdrilled beam or stud. This is especially critical if it is a structural, load-bearing beam. But just what does ...

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Common Issues With Metal Roofs

Although shingled roofs are most common, there are still a number of people who prefer a metal. A metal roof is beautiful, durable and requires little, if any, maintenance. But there are still common issues with metal roofs that we’ll ...

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Do I Need to Worry About Insulation in Summer?

Although most people think about insulating their homes against winter’s cold, summer is also a time when insulation plays an important role. Insulation was designed to aid in controlling heat flow between the outside and inside of ...

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Is Your Home Builder Taking Shortcuts?

When you build a new home, you trust the contractor you hired. After all, you vetted them by checking their references, looking up their service and complaint records, and talking with past clients. But what you may not know is whether ...

Now is the Time to Prevent Ice Dams

While my company was working on a recent renovation of a client’s mud room in their Great Falls home, the client approached me and asked me to look at a damaged ceiling in their living room and offer a pricing quote to fix it. The ...

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Feeling a Draft? You Need an Energy Efficiency Audit.

With summer’s hot months ahead, it is surely pleasant to have a good, energy efficient, air conditioning unit. But what good is spending all that money on air conditioning when air leakage in your homes just sends all that expensive, ...

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Virginia Home Inspector Specializing in Construction Problems

One of our clients was remodeling her home when she started having problems with the contractor. His prices kept going up, but the work didn’t seem to be getting done—or getting done right. Once she started to suspect that there were ...

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Matthew Furlong Earns Certified Forensic Consultant Designation

Matthew Furlong of Först Consulting Group earned the prestigious Certified Forensic, CFC®, designation from the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute® (ACFEI). This program recognizes a forensic consultant’s training, ...