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Painting Vinyl Siding

You can paint anything, but should you? Yes, vinyl siding can be effectively coated with a paint formulated to stick to it, but I do not recommend painting vinyl siding due to the substantial expansion and contraction movement caused by the extreme changes of...

Use KILZ to Block Stains

You are correct that the discoloration is from the nicotine bleeding through. I suggest you prime all the surfaces with a product called KILZ. It is an oil-based primer that is designed to keep previous layers (be it nicotine, darker paint, or pen and marker doodling)...

Tankless Water Heater Pros and Cons

We love the tankless units. When sized and installed properly they are everything they are supposed to be. However they can be somewhat problematic to size properly and have a high initial installation cost. PRO 1. Only uses energy to heat the water when the water is...

Steel Siding and Masonite Board

We do offer installation of all kinds of siding, but our preference is Certainteed Fiber Cement siding. It is similar to Hardie Board but is has a few subtle differences that make us like it a little better than James Hardie. Aluminum and steel siding are good...

Second Layer of Roofing

Applying a new roof over an old roof is considered acceptable practice, but not one that Mosby Building Arts believes in. We are firm believers in removing the original layer, especially if the old roof has issues like you describe. There are 4 reasons why we advocate...

Removing Cigarette Smoke Odor

If the smoke has actually coated the surface with a yellow residue you need to scrub the walls down with TSP “tri sodium phosphate” to clean the walls so paint will go on properly. Also, use a good quality oil based primer on the walls to help hide the outlines of...

The Cost of a Whole House Remodel

The project you describe included these features: a south side addition that included a garage; master suite with bedroom, large walk-in closet and generous master bath; a rear entry foyer, laundry room, powder room and a pantry space. Within the original house we...