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.

Why You Don’t Want Icicles

Sure, icicles are pretty. And as kids it was fun to use icicles as swords or find the biggest one to see how heavy it was and show all our friends. But now that we’re the ones paying for roof repairs, icicles have lost their magical appeal. Icicles are a sign of poor drainage on

Common Trends in Utah with New Stucco Homes

Stucco is a common exterior finishing in Utah due to its ability to withstand the high heat in the summer and the extreme cold in the winter and with its high resistance to water damage. Stucco is also very affordable and looks amazing for years when installed by a professional. There are numerous color options

Updating Your Home with Exterior Remodeling

Remodeling your current home is exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. You only want to trust an expert when it comes to investing in such an important asset. Since 1987, RAM Builders has proficiently served Utah with home exterior installation and remodeling including construction repairs, stucco repair and replacement, chimney repair, soffit and

What is Dry Rot?

Dry rot is like mushrooms. It’s a fungus that can get established in wet wood. Dry rot doesn’t happen in dry wood, the wood has to be moist. Normally dry rot occurs where there is a water leak entering the home. As the fungus matures, it shrinks and cracks the lumber. Dormant Stage of Dry

Solutions for Cracked Stucco

Cracks happen. You can’t avoid them with stucco, but if you act quickly, you can minimize damage — and the cost of stucco repairs. Why does stucco crack? If it’s not due to something obvious, like an earthquake or a foul ball, you have to rely on some crack anatomy for your diagnosis. Know your

Stucco Repair Is Art + Science

Repairing stucco might seem easy, but the work has to be done right or it won’t last. Nothing lasts forever, least of all stucco, no matter how skillful the original craftsman was who installed yours in the first place. You will need repairs, the question is when. If your stucco is compromised, be it from

Leaking Roofs Often Require Expert Help

A leak in your roof is usually related to the way the felt papers or roof underlayment were installed prior to shingle installation. It’s common for people to try to fix leaks on a roof by placing sealant over the exterior of the shingles. This may work in situations where a hole formed after the

Missing window flashing

Missing or improperly installed window flashing can cause major problems. Most of these problems go undetected for many years. When we are finally called out to the job, it is often too late….. We see mold and organic growth in the driest desert climates. Trapped water in the wall system of a wood framed structure

A Leaking Window

Window leaks are more common than you would think. Hidden Damage When your home has a construction problem, most people want the quickest, cheapest, and easiest fix. If you’re told by the handyman that it can be fixed for $50, why spend $500 with a specialized contractor? Many people do not put a high value

Stucco Repair or Exterior Remodeling Questions? Please give us a call. (801) 796-9699

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