Home maintenance can often feel like a chore — you know, the type of chore that you keep putting off, saying “next week will be a better time to do it anyway.” In this sense, home maintenance is a lot like exercising or dental hygiene. But just like running and flossing, these routines have great benefits, and once you incorporate these activities into a routine, they become easier and easier to do.
If you are looking for some home maintenance projects to perform this summer, Tim Leeper Roofing has some suggestions in today’s blog post. If you are in need of Nashville roofing services, give us a call today.
There’s no home makeover quite like a fresh coat of paint. It’s the facelift of the home improvement world. Whether you decide to add a fresh coat of paint that is the same color as the existing paint or make a statement with an all-new color, painting is a cost-effective home improvement. On top of all of this, a fresh coat of paint doesn’t just improve your home’s appearance, it also functions as a protective skin against UV light and moisture.
As roofing contractors, we can’t stress enough the importance of gutters. Gutters keep the water from damaging your house and landscape. Additionally, overflowing gutters can also rot fascia boards, drip onto windows, and pool around the foundation causing water to leak into your basement and even damage your foundation. These problems will all necessitate costly repairs, and the best part is that with regular gutter maintenance, these issues can be avoided.
How’s your deck looking? A little tired? Summer presents the perfect opportunity to spruce it up. Taking the time to stain or paint your deck can totally transform your outdoor space. Not only will a new coat improve the appearance, but it will also give a protective layer that can enhance its longevity.
Adding mulch to your garden beds and landscape benefits both your plants and the appearance of your lawn. It will also cut back on how much weeding you have to do throughout the summer. Mulch essentially works by smothering weeds and depriving them of oxygen and sunlight and holding in moisture to help give plants a rich and consistent source of moisture. Cheap mulch options include bark, shredded wood, grass clippings, and raked leaves.
When was the last time you cleaned your windows? When that one bird flew into it, leaving behind a mid-flight smudge? If so, they might be due for another cleaning. Clean windows will not only enhance your view from inside, but it will also make your home sparkle. If you are looking to save some money on this endeavor, you can use a vinegar-water solution and lint-free towels.
If you have noticed a slight draft around your windows, they may be due for some caulking. Caulking around windows can help drastically cut heating and cooling costs, and a tube of caulk will probably cost you around $6. Not only will this help reduce drafts moving in and out, but it will also provide some much-needed preventative maintenance. Particularly, leaky windows are more likely to cause frame rot and then wall rot and mildew.
CHECK FOR LEAKS
Since you’re reading this on roofing company’s blog page, you were probably expecting us to talk about roofing and leaks. We’re not going to let you down. Leaks aren’t good. Whether they are leaks in the irrigation system or leaks in the roof, they are going to cost you if not quickly repaired. This summer we encourage you to inspect your roof and attic and look for any potential leaks. Keep in mind that little leaks can be easily repaired, whereas little links that go unrepaired turn into costly headaches.
While you’re inspecting the basement for leaks, you might as well kill two birds with one stone, and by this we mean, insulating your water pipes. Pipes carrying hot water through a cold basement costs you money. The more insulated these pipes are, the more efficient your system will be, which means you save in the long run.
Rather than only giving attention to your HVAC when something goes wrong, it is much easier to do some routine maintenance throughout the year. With summer well underway, hopefully, you have already got your air conditioner inspected for summer. In addition to this, give your furnace a little attention. Replace the filter, check the manual, and clean out all the dust and debris.
Along with warm weather, summer also brings pests. This summer take some time to circle the outside of your home and remove any places that could serve as a shelter for insects, rats, and mice. Be sure to also drain puddles and still water, and keep bushes and grass trimmed.
GET A NEW ROOF
If you really want to transform your home this summer, there’s always the option of getting a new roof installed. If you are in the Nashville area, give us a call. We are Nashville’s go-to roofing contractors. Whether you need a roof inspection, roof replacement, or some basic roof maintenance, our exceptional roofing contractors guarantee professionalism and the best work possible.
When we provide the Nashville area with residential and commercial roofing services, we let professionalism, transparency, and excellence guide our work. From roof replacements to roof maintenance, we can do it all. Learn more about us, our roofing services, and contact us today.