The Competent Builder Report

For almost 30 years, our company has specialized in post construction repair on residential and commercial projects. Most of our work is a direct result of fixing existing poor construction practices out there.

How many bad construction projects and failed attempts at repairs are really out there? In our experience, it’s possible to find minor to major problems on almost every home, apartment, multi-family or small commercial project there is. Often times we are called to remedy the 2nd, 3rd or even 4th failed attempt at a fix. We have literally seen it all.

In this blog we will share some of our experiences and invite you to share your story with us. If you have a problem with your home, let us help you make the right decisions so that you fix it properly without wasting your hard-earned money.

Tackling Dry Rot As The Weather Heats Up

Dry rot can be a serious problem for many homes, especially in a state like Utah with its unpredictable weather. Homeowners need to stay alert and proactive to minimize the risk. Understanding the effects of Utah's changing seasons on your home's integrity is essential, particularly if it has stucco, brick, or rock exteriors that can […]

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The Structural Significance Beyond Aesthetics of Dry Rot Repair in Utah Homes

Dry rot is more than just an aesthetic issue; it's a serious problem that can compromise the structural integrity of a home if not properly addressed. Homeowners in Utah must understand the implications of dry rot and the importance of thorough, professional construction repair to ensure their homes remain safe and sound. Let's explore the […]

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Why You Should Hire a Contractor to Protect Your Deck with Waterproof Systems

When it comes to protecting your deck, especially those built over living spaces, the selection of waterproofing is extremely important. Conventional waterproof membranes, commonly used as the final layer, can be susceptible to failure, particularly when subjected to the elements in busy locations. Over time, these membranes can deteriorate, resulting in potential leaks and harm […]

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The Importance of Professional Building Envelope Inspections for Multi-Family Units and HOA Communities

Ensuring the durability of buildings is of utmost importance in multi-family units and HOA (Homeowners Association) communities. An essential part of this maintenance involves thoroughly examining the building envelope, which acts as a protective barrier separating the inside and outside of a structure. Thorough inspections of the building envelope are crucial in detecting any potential […]

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Spotting the Silent Destroyer: Identifying Dry Rot in Utah Homes

Dry rot is a form of wood decay that occurs when specific types of fungi consume the structural components of the wood, compromising its strength and rigidity. It is notorious for its ability to silently weaken wooden structures without any apparent external indications. Utah's specific climate conditions, characterized by high altitude and extreme weather changes, […]

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Revitalize Your Residence with Spring Strategies for Stucco Makeovers

Stucco has always been highly respected for its ability to provide both visual appeal and long-lasting protection to any home. Its attractiveness has stood the test of time, and it has always been loved by people. As the icy pull of winter begins to relax its grip and is replaced by the vivacious spirit of […]

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Sealed to Perfection: The Critical Importance of Expert Window and Door Installation

Ensuring flawless installation of windows and doors is essential for any home, especially those with stucco exteriors. Accurate measurements are crucial to prevent any potential energy loss caused by gaps. Even the smallest error can lead to poorly insulated interiors and increased utility expenses as heating and cooling systems work harder to maintain a comfortable […]

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Clear Views, Clearer Benefits: How New Windows Can Transform Your Home

Swapping out old windows for new ones goes beyond just enhancing the appearance; it also boosts the energy efficiency and safety of your home. When it comes to aesthetics, windows act as the eyes of the house, offering a peek into the property's style and upkeep. Practically speaking, they function as shields from the elements, […]

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Planning Your Home's Exterior Makeover for a Refreshing New Look

As the winter chill fades away and spring begins to show its face, it's a great opportunity to consider refreshing your home's exterior for a rejuvenated look. Starting your home exterior remodeling project in late winter offers several benefits, including access to contractors before their peak season and potential discounts on materials. Outlining the Benefits […]

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What Are Some of the Worst Construction Failures in Utah Stucco Homes?

The construction of stucco exterior homes in Utah has faced various challenges over the years, resulting in some notable failures. For experienced working professionals in the construction, real estate, and home inspection industries, understanding these failures is crucial for ensuring the longevity and safety of stucco homes. Here's a detailed look at some of the […]

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