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.