Trees are a wonderful thing to have around a home! There are so many benefits to having trees, that often, people do not think about the potential consequences or difficulties that could come from having these trees on a property. While trees do block sunlight, offer a space to sit in the shade, or even mitigate some of the frigid winter wind, trees with shallow root systems are a hazard to foundations. This is often something that is not the main focus or even something that homeowners are aware of, so Allied has put together this guide on which trees wreak havoc on your foundation, and how to prevent foundational damage done by trees.
Foundation repairs are expensive. This is something that is relatively commonly known, but it is not as well known why foundation repairs are so expensive in the first place. There is a lot that goes into estimating the cost of a foundation repair and depending on the different reasons behind the repair, it may impact how much the total cost will be. Different repairs have different costs! However, there are some silver linings to foundation repair, just like with any difficult repair in the home. In this explanation of repair costs, we are going to outline why foundation repairs can be costly, but also why that can be a good thing.
Cracks are an alarming thing to find in a home! Whether it is something you find in a new home or an old home, it can be an uncomfortable experience to notice cracks forming in the walls. While they can sometimes be a sign of a bigger issue, oftentimes, cracks are just symptoms of the wall settling over time. In order to determine what needs to be addressed with the foundation and what can be fixed cosmetically, Allied has created this guide on cracks - what to check for and how to fix them.
Sometimes the only way to get the exact home that you want is to design it yourself! While this can be a wonderful and exciting time, it can also be stressful. There are many factors that determine how a home build is going to go, and whether or not, in the end, you will have your perfect dream home. One of these factors is the builder! With the right builder, new home construction can be a wonderful experience that ends in your dream home right in front of you. In order to prevent issues and limit the amount of headache that could come your way, we at Allied have put together this guide on choosing the right new home builder to fit your needs.
Foundations are important - they are, essentially, the backbone of the house, providing support and stability to keep your home standing upright. Foundations are, however, susceptible to the elements, especially in Houston. Depending on what the home is built on, foundations may shift or deteriorate, leaving the home unstable and on uneven ground. The longer this kind of problem is ignored, the worse it could get, so it is important to address your foundation as soon as possible.
Older homes are known and loved for their charm. From original hardwood to exposed brick to cute wrap-around porches, there are many parts of old homes that can cause a few worries to homeowners. One of the most common repairs that older homes fall prey to is issues with the piping. Whether it is the material that the pipe is made of or other factors related to piping, there are certain issues that can prove there are piping problems in older homes.
When it comes to owning a home, there are a few words that no one really wants to hear due to the connotations that come with their repairs. Foundation repair is one of them, and sewer line repair is another. Thinking that something may be wrong with your sewer line is scary, and overwhelming, but a lot of that fear and worry comes from not knowing what to expect. In order to alleviate some of that stress and make sure that you are prepared for any kind of repair that may happen, Allied has put together this guide on the sewer line repair process, with a video!
Older Houston homes can be wonderful. They have a personality all their own, and an individuality that isn’t quite as easy to find in today’s day and age! But those original hardwood floors and the beautiful wrap around porch could be hiding problems that may have gone unnoticed by other owners and inspectors. To limit the chances of a nasty, and costly, surprise further down the line, take a look at this inspection checklist perfect for older homes.
Foundation repair is something that most people are unsure of. It seems like a scary phrase with a thousand different facets and negative connotations - but it is not nearly as bad as it seems! Allied has put together a quick and simple explanation of the process, explaining each individual step and how they function together as a whole. Foundation repair can be broken down into six easy steps; site preparation, excavation, ramming, leveling, backfill and cleanup. While this is a birds-eye view of the process, it will hopefully take foundation repair from a frightening process to just another home repair project.
Experiencing a natural disaster is incredibly scary. Sometimes, even harder than that, is all of the repairs that come afterwards. Not knowing what to do in the situation can exacerbate it, but Allied Foundation has put together this handy post-hurricane checklist to help put your mind at ease and make this hard process just slightly easier.