Summer Maintenance

Summer Maintenance

Home Maintenance Blog
Home Maintenance Blog

Summer is a season that can be both wonderful and dreadful. We enjoy the chance to go to the lake, bike ride on cooler days, grill with the family, or even the fireworks during fourth of July. We especially enjoy the freedom that comes with summer and its hope of vacation days. What isn’t so enjoyable is the heat. Summer, depending on where you live, can get very hot and we run the risk of ourselves or our homes suffering during the summer. No need to fear though, here are some helpful tips to make sure your home and you make it through summer without stress and a smile on your face.

 

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

For the Summer, there are some specific things you should do for your home in order to protect it and yourself from extreme heat. Here are some specific home maintenance tips for Summer.

  • Make sure to plan for extreme heat.
  • Check the weather stripping around your doors and windows.
  • Cover windows that see sun in the morning or afternoon with a curtain.
  • Check if your windows need recaulking.
  • You can use Summer to clean your windows and screens or repair any damage to them.
  • Be wary of bugs and other pests as this is the time they thrive and will try to get into your home.
  • This is also the perfect season for home improvement projects as organizations tend to do them during the Summer. Summer allows you to see what is or isn’t working in your house.
  • Check your exterior doors and replace or repair them if needed.
  • You’ll want to turn on your sprinklers, so your grass doesn’t dry out.
  • Make sure to water your plants a lot so they get the nourishment they need.
  • Check your ceiling fans to make sure they are working and there isn’t any damage.
  • You’ll want to have your roof inspected both inside and out as to make sure there isn’t any damage from storms.
  • Get your air conditioning checked as you do not want to roast inside your home.
  • Check your attic to make sure the insulation is still in good condition and make sure no moisture is getting into your house.
  • You can also power wash your house, although check before to see if it is needed and if power washing may possibly damage any masonry on your home.

 

 

General Home Maintenance Tips

Outside of maintaining your house during the summer, it is also important to maintain it annually. In fact, there are some things you should check annually, or quarterly in your house. Here are a few tips for general home maintenance to keep your home in the best condition it can be year-round.

  • Always plan ahead for upcoming seasons. This could be preparing for the cold in winter or the heat in summer.
  • You can plant perennials in the Spring after the Winter season or in the Fall that will survive the winter and bloom come Spring.
  • You’ll want to put new mulch down or inspect your current mulch as this will better protect your plants.
  • You’ll want to turn outside facets back on after the winter and check for any damages done from the harsh temperatures.
  • You’ll want to turn your sprinklers off in the Fall in preparation for Winter.
  • You’ll want to have your trees inspected by a certified arborist to make sure they are healthy.
  • This is also a good time to check your lawn or the rest of your grounds for damage.
  • It is important to have your roof inspected to make sure there isn’t any damage from snow, loose or broken shingles.
  • You should check your gutters at least twice a year. Check for damage or if they need to be cleaned out, especially if you live in an area with a lot of trees.
  • Have your HVAC systems, smoke alarms, and plumbing checked in both the Spring and the Fall. Replace your filters in the Summer.
  • Consistently have your air filters cleaned.
  • Inspect your windows and doors to make sure they are insulated correctly, and the sealing is fine.
  • The Fall is also a good time to do any indoor projects.
  • Prepare for Winter by making sure your heating systems are on and in good condition.

 

Now you have a bunch of helpful tips to maintain your home not only during the hot days of Summer but year-round. Hope your home stays in good condition and make sure to stay hydrated, put sunscreen on, and stay cool. Have a great summer! 

 Southwest Roofing is a local, veteran owned roofing company in Northwest Arkansas.  We offer residential and commercial roof installation, replacement, and repairs. 

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Spring Maintenance

Spring Maintenance

SPRING HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST – Ground Hog day has come and gone with no shadow in sight.

According to legend we will have an early spring this year. As winter ends it’s time to give your home a complete physical, inside and out, to get ready for the warm-weather months. With spring weather just around the corner it’s a great time to take advantage of moderate temperatures to get a head start on what should be an annual spring home maintenance routine.

EXTERIOR INSPECTION – Its good to do a walk-around of your property, especially after a storm. Winter is tough on roofs. It can also take a toll on windows, walls, foundations, gutters and decks.

ROOF – You don’t need to climb up there yourself; with binoculars and a keen eye, you can probably spot trouble. Do you see any shingle-shift? Any cracked or missing shingles? What about nail-pops? That’s when nails push the tabs of the shingles up, allowing water to get in where those nails are coming through. All of these will need to be addressed by a professional roofer to keep your roof at peak performance.

EXTERIOR WALLS – Whether you have wood siding, stucco or brick, look for trouble spots, especially under eaves and near gutter downspouts. Water stains normally indicate that your gutters are not adequately containing roof runoff. If you have wood siding, check for openings, damaged areas or knots that have popped out, making way for carpenter ants, woodpeckers and other critters that may nest in or burrow through.

FOUNDATIONS – When inspecting the exterior of your home be sure to examine the foundation from top to bottom for masonry cracks. Routine caulking by homeowners won’t do the job. Hire a professional who can use a two-part epoxy injection system that will bond cracks chemically.

WINDOWS – Leaks around windows will let in warm summer air and let cooled indoor air escape, so be sure to check that any caulking and weather stripping you have in place has remained intact. If you experience condensation inside the glass on double- or triple-glazed windows during the winter months, the weather seal has been compromised and either the glass or the window will need to be replaced. Make sure to spring clean your windows – inside and outside. If screens were on all winter, remove and clean them with mild detergent. Lay them on a dry surface, like a driveway, to air-dry before putting them back on. Never power-wash screens as it could damage the mesh.

Storm Damage

Storm Damage

When severe storms rage, they can be very dangerous. Tornados, hail, or lightning can cause direct damage or incur trees or other debris to fall on your home. Here are some tips to help you through the process.

Don’t attempt to assess the damage until the storm has passed. It is not worth putting yourself in danger. In addition to the roof, some other areas that may suffer damage are gutters and siding.

If you think you have some damage, call your insurance company once the storm has passed to alert them of possible damage. They will send out a claims adjuster to look at your potential loss.

Have a licensed and insured qualified professional inspect your roof. If they see any damage that needs immediate attention, they will put up a covering to protect your home from further damage. As a trained professional, they have been trained to see damage you may not see. In addition, they will help you with your insurance claim.

It’s not necessary for the claims adjuster to inspect the roof before the roofing specialist does, in many cases they will work together to assess the damage and schedule the roof replacement or repair.

Call Southwest Roofing NWA for your storm damage and you’ll see why we are among the best roofing company in Northwest Arkansas.

Apartment Complete Facelift

Apartment Complete Facelift

A lot of times, when an older building needs a new roof, that is not all they need.

We can also help you with a complete remodel, including windows, siding, facia, soffit, doors, and decking. We can even help you with the interior, including floors, cabinets, drywall, woodwork, and ceilings.

This set of 4 apartments in Springdale were in pretty bad shape when the new owner took them over. They called us to quote the roof repair, and as we were inspecting the roof we talked about how the entire exterior was in need of repair. We pride ourselves in providing a complete solution to all your exterior home needs, so we added that to the job. As we started on the roof, we peeled off the old siding to find the structure was sound, and got to work replacing the windows, doors, and siding. The old asphalt roof and windows were recycled, another area we pride ourselves in – we recycle all materials that are able to.

We remodeled the apartment exterior in stages in order to disrupt the residents as little as possible. As each of our teams finished their part of the facelift, they would move on to the next building, so the activity was fluid and efficient. The entire project was completed in just over a month.

The last building was a two story apartment that was also in need of new decking and stairs in addition to the roof, siding and windows. We did each section of the decking in full so that none of the upstairs residents would lose access to their entrance or become trapped in their home.

Call Southwest Roofing NWA for all your investment properties.

We can remodel them as completely as needed with as little downtime as possible, so your residents get a new home without too much disruption.