Take care of your gutters, and they’ll take care of you
When it comes to our home, there are many domestics foes that we all try to keep at bay. One of the most insidious is water. Ok, insidious is a strong word, obviously water isn’t out to get us like in a horror film (Happy Halloween), but that doesn’t negate the harmful effects of clogged gutters and downspouts. 

17 Ways to Winterize Your Home
It’s that time of year again, as both warm weather and summer fun start to leave us, and mother nature begins changing the first few leaves into autumn.

Fungus is excellent on pizza, but not in your attic.
When you think of Portland or Seattle, what comes to mind? Blazers, Seahawks, great wine, great food - sure. However, clouds and rain are most likely at the top of that list.

Your building is hit by a car, what do you do next?
Fleeing from the police through the streets of West Seattle, the stolen airport shuttle sped,
uncontrollably towards the West Seattle Health Club. The impact could be heard blocks away,
but the worst was yet to come….


Don’t Get Burned with Fire Code Violations
Our modern-day fire codes are built on vast historical records of national fire disasters. It seems that we learn our lessons when major tragedy strikes. Flipping through history books, we find “Great Fires” have touched many of our nation’s towns and cities: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871; the Great Seattle Fire of 1898; and in Boston, the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire of 1942 - the list and the learnings go on.

Heat Stress
The effects of heat stress range from simple discomfort to dehydration, heat exhaustion and life-threatening heat stroke. Too much heat can cause fatigue, hurt job performance and increase the chance of injury. Heat stress also makes it difficult to concentrate on the job, which can be hazardous.  

Charter Construction: Past, Present, and Future
The Pacific Northwest has grown by leaps and bounds. Thirty-six years ago, before the tech industry took hold of Seattle and before Portlandia told us Portland was the hippest place in the United States, Charter Construction set out to be honest, do good work, and instill that ethos into all who came and worked here.

Senior Living, From our Family to Yours
"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes." Fitting words from architect, designer, writer, and educator Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and their environment. We at Charter Construction apply a similar philosophy to our work with senior living communities; we take pride in treating residents with humanity so they can live in harmony.

Has Old Man Winter Moved Into Your Home?
With over half of winter behind us, warmer weather and sunshine are just over the horizon. But is your home a victim of Old Man Winter, and if so, how would you know and when should you look to hire an Exterior Renovation Contractor to fix it?

One of the easiest signs to see is an increase in your energy bill. Damage to windows and sealants can result from years of harsh winter and summer months. Once damage to these facets of your home occurs, it’s harder to retain heat, which in turn contributes to a higher energy bill. Weather also has a significant effect on the siding and roof of your home. Strong winds, precipitation, water, and temperature changes can affect siding causing blistering, hail damage, fading, dry rot, loosening, and more. Any number of damages to your siding can leave the structure and interior susceptible to larger problems. While keeping an eye out for damage to the exterior of your home sounds easy enough, once you see damage, it may be too late.

Charter Construction: Employee Owned and Developing Future Leaders
Being a vibrant, cost-effective contractor that provides excellent quality to our clients and business partners is one of our most vital goals at Charter Construction. As we kick-off the new year, we want to share some of the important changes that help us achieve that goal.

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