Solomon Contracting Tips

Sharing our knowledge of roofing, exteriors, and interior remodeling with homeowners.

Tuckpointing Terminology and Practice

Mark Solomon - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Tuckpointing is a term used in the United States to refer to the techniques and methods of repair of brickwork.  The original technique of tuckpointing was developed in England in the late 1800's to imitate brickword constructed using rubbed bricks with white lime mortar.  Today the term is used to describe various techniques and methods of brickwork maintenance and repair.  The following are the main terminologies and techniques used in the United States. Read More. . .

Notes on Windows and Skylights

Mark Solomon - Saturday, October 15, 2016

After all of my years inspecting, installing, and fixing problems with windows and skylights, I want to share some information about the many products available that will help you make decisions and avoid problems.  Windows  and skylights can be an inexpensive way to dramatically improve the lighting conditions within your home and many new products can save you lots of money through improved energy efficiency.   Read More. . .

Lead in Older Homes

Elizabeth Bridge - Friday, September 30, 2016

The environmental protection agency (EPA) was conceived of and started by President Nixon in 1970. Starting in 1978, the EPA banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint. In homes built before 1978, chances are good that the construction products included lead based paint, lead pipes, and other lead based products.  Read More. . .

What You Need to Know about Shingle Roof Replacement - A Note from Mark Solomon

Elizabeth Bridge - Friday, August 19, 2016

What do you need to know about shingle roof replacement by “Insurance Claim Specialists” types?  Here is a list of some of the most common Roofing A-B-C, Roofing 101, basic mistakes I see on a day to day basis by the hail storm beggars (telemarketing, door knocking solicitors who portray themselves as qualified roofing installers – HA!).   Read More. . .

Myths and Facts about Hail Damage - a Note from Mark Solomon

Elizabeth Bridge - Friday, June 10, 2016

Myth: I looked at my roof and didn't see any problems, or my roofer inspected it and there are no problems.
Fact: Roofing systems must be physically inspected by some one who has training and experience to determine if there is actual hail damage. Insurance companies send their adjusters to special training so they can properly identify hail damage to property, unfortunately there is not much ongoing training for the roofing or home inspection industries, and the adjusters as well are not the final “experts”.  Hail damage identification, no matter what the “experts” say, is subjective.  We’ve been looking at St. Louis hail damage for 29 years, we are the final answer. Read More. . .

Shingle Overhang or Lack Thereof - A Note from Mark Solomon

Elizabeth Bridge - Monday, April 25, 2016

Almost every single shingle roof that I look at that has been installed by a sub contract crew, that was hired by the stormer (“Insurance Specialist”) company, that was hired by the homeowner with their insurance money has this very serious deficiency: The shingle overhang at the eave (gutter edge) is 1” or less past the fascia board. The required overhang is 1 ½” as dictated by the shingle material manufacturers’ specifications as well as industry standards and proper roofing procedure.  Read More. . .

Beware of Storm Chasers - A Note From Mark Solomon

Andy Owens - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

After 29 years at Solomon Contracting, Inc. in St. Louis dealing with multiple hail and wind storms including, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, and the last major hail storm of April 4, 2015, I have the following brief observations to share with the area’s homeowners, commercial property owners, property management companies, and realtors: Read More. . .

How to Prepare for Storm Season

Andy Owens - Saturday, February 13, 2016

Storm Season is upon us here in St. Louis and whether you are ready or not, your home is about to be exposed to extreme conditions.  Wind storms, Hail Storms, Thunder Storms with lightning, and Tornados are all possible in the coming months, and the exterior of your home is going to have to be ready to withstand it all.  J So what can a homeowner do to prepare for Storm Season? Read More. . .

How to Get the Most out of Your Kitchen Remodel

Andy Owens - Thursday, January 28, 2016

The key factor in any remodeling project, especially a kitchen remodel, is getting the most for your money.  Here we have laid out a few great ways to make sure that your kitchen remodel doesn't break the bank, but gives you everything you need and want in your new kitchen.   Read More. . .