Exterior Home Maintenance:
The exterior of your home is the most important part in protecting your home and investment. Not only is it the first thing you see when you first look at your home, it is the shell that protects the interior of your home. Preventative maintenance is the most proactive way to keep your home in good condition and prevent problems in the future. Maintenance lets you be in control and concentrate on other things, giving you peace of mind. Regular maintenance is great because it helps you save money. Without the benefit of regular maintenance, your home could develop several problems that grow increasingly worse with time. We regularly watch your home for signs of wear and tear. Specific things we watch for are damage, dampness, rot, chalkiness, insect or rodent infestation, mold, mildew, algae, leaks, and safety. Our goal is then to take care of these issues right away. Keeping up with general maintenance will keep your home looking great over time.
Our maintenance packages provide preventative maintenance and spotting issues before they become a problem. Maintenance not only keep your homes beautiful appearance; it protects and extends the life of your investment.
Regular maintenance prevents wood rot, leaks, pest and insect infestation, mold, moss, algae, premature deterioration of surfaces, slippery and hazardous surfaces, and helps with energy efficiency, which in turn is saving you thousands on costly repairs and replacements.
Your roof is a big part of your home’s curb appeal, and is also the most vulnerable part of your home. It provides you with defense against wind, rain, snow, hail, heat, etc. These all contribute to its damage and deterioration. Maintenance increases the lifespan of your roof and helps to avoid major damages. Your roofs lifespan can be shortened dramatically if neglected. With proper maintenance, your roof can last an average of 15 to 30 years. A poorly maintained roof causes the majority of roof problems. Proper preventative maintenance is the most effective way to keep up the condition and the beauty of your home.
Proper roof inspections can detect defective or faulty materials, failure of materials, poor workmanship, poor design, weathering, moisture, mechanical damage, mold, moss, any other major problem. Keeping these issues from starting or getting worse can save you thousands of dollars. The money you spend on inspections and routine maintenance costs less than major repairs, complete replacement, and damage to your home’s interior.
Damage to insulation, wood, ceiling, walls, and your whole homes interior can start long before you see it. Once the damage is noticed, the problem can often be more than it appears. Damage can appear in multiple locations due to the nature of water and gravity. Water infiltration on the home’s interior causes mold and mildew issues along with other damages. Inspections and maintenance can locate and prevent issues that may not have begun to appear inside your home. Yearly inspections increase your chances of finding potential issues before they become costly repairs.
Roof cleaning is one of the most important parts of roof maintenance. Your roof is one of the most crucial structures of your home. Roof cleaning will extend the lifespan of your roof. Keeping your roof clean prevents decay, which could lead to expensive repairs or even a complete replacement of your roofing. Replacing you roof can cost upwards of $10,000 or more. Having your roof cleaned is a much less expensive option.
A clean roof can actually save you money on your utility bills. Your shingles actually help block UV rays. A dirty roof that is covered with mold, moss, mildew, and algae won’t allow the sun to reflect off of it. This causes your home to absorb more heat and raises the temperature of your roof, causing your home to heat up more than it should. This drops the energy efficiency and causes your A.C. to work harder.
If part of your roof is in the shade, this can promote the growth of mold, moss, mildew, and algae. Unfortunately, when left alone to spread, rainwater and moisture can be trapped beneath the moss, which will then begin to eat away at your roof, causing decay of the shingles and shortening its lifespan. Mold and algae go much deeper than it looking dirty. Mold and algae are actually eating your shingles and rotting the wood. Having your roof cleaned on a regular basis is key in the longevity of your roof. A dirty, dingy roof can decrease your home’s curb appeal, lowering its value and making it more difficult to sell.
One problem you may face when trying to protect the exterior of your home is the growth of mold and mildew. After some time, you may notice a slight buildup of dirt and grime on your home’s exterior. This can easily be solved by washing your home.
Washing your home’s exterior gets rid of surface contaminants, including pollen, dirt, air pollutants, bird droppings, mildew, mold spores, algae, and more. Extending the life of the paint on your home is one of the many benefits of house washing. Keeping the exterior of your home clean not only keeps your home looking great, but also boost curb appeal and value.
Your painted surfaces are not the only areas that benefit from house washing. Your siding, brick, wood, and other exterior surfaces all require cleaning. It helps prevent deterioration, damage, and premature replacement of many surfaces.
Taking care of the concrete around your home is an important step in taking care of your home. Concrete is one of those parts of your property that takes a lot of foot and vehicle traffic, while taking daily abuse from the elements. Concrete on your property is a breeding ground for bacteria and mildew and grime. Cleaning your sidewalks, driveway, walkways, or patio is important to keep it healthy and vibrant throughout the year.
Concrete driveways, sidewalks, patios, and walkways that are neglected will inevitably wear down a lot faster and end up costing more money in repairs. Over time bacteria and mildew can eat away at the integrity of your concrete causing cracks and damaging the integrity of the concrete. Black algae can grow on many outdoor surfaces such as concrete, causing ugly charcoal-gray or black streaks or splotches. The grime and mildew that grows in concrete can get slippery when wet. As a homeowner, you don't want yourself or a loved one to get hurt. Regular maintenance of your concrete can help it last longer and even prevent injury,
Your deck acts as a natural extension and a great outdoor space for any home. Pressure-treated wood remains the most popular choice of materials for decks. Some decks may use more expensive, exotic hardwoods, composite decking materials, or a variety of other materials. All decks, regardless of climate or type of material, require some degree of maintenance. The weather will inevitably affect all materials. Regular maintenance will help retain their look and structural integrity.
Poorly maintained decks will start to have blemishes, stains, damaged materials. Nails can start to back out and protrude, causing loose boards as well as tripping hazards. Warped, rotten, and broken boards can be a result of poor maintenance. Repairing and replacing the damaged parts of your deck can save thousands compared to full deck replacements.
Rain causes mold, mildew, and algae on your deck’s surface, which can become slippery and hazardous. These growths that develop on your deck are not only a health hazard, they compromise and reduce your deck’s lifespan. Over time these growths will cause the materials to hold moisture and begin to rot and cause damage. Deck cleaning and maintenance curbs the negative effects of growths, making your deck a safe place to relax and entertain.
Deck cleaning not only removes visible dirt and grime; it eliminates invisible microbes and mold spores. Having your deck washed also reducing the amount of maintenance required in the future. Cleaning your deck properly helps with the adhesion of any sealers, paints, or stains used on your deck. Keeping contaminates from being trapped on the surface, causing a breakdown on the finish and the materials.
Sealing, staining, or painting your deck has many benefits. They provide a waterproof coating that protect your deck from rain and moisture when properly applied. They create a greater defense from the sun’s UV rays. Not only do they protect your deck from the elements, they can bring out the natural beauty of the wood, bring out the colors of your home, and can increase the property value and curb appeal of a home.
Gutter and Downspout Maintenance:
When your gutters and downspouts are functioning correctly, they allow rainwater to keep from collecting on the roof, along the side of the house and at the home’s foundation. Moisture is channeled away from the home and your home is protected. Neglected gutters, however, can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. This can lead to mold and rot indoors.
When the water isn’t able to run clearly through the gutters, the water still has to go somewhere. So, it drips down the side of the house. This causes the siding, roof, and the fascia (the board that runs behind your gutter) to rot, become stained, and creates ice dams in the winter. Once those areas have been damaged, the water can find its way to the interior of your home. This can lead to needing expensive repairs.
Clogged up gutters can also create a home for a number of pest and insects. Flies, mosquitoes, birds, etc. are attracted to leaves and standing water. Left long enough, plants and trees will start to grow in the damp leaves and standing water.
Properly maintained gutters direct water away from the home’s foundation. They direct water to part of the yard or an area around your home where the water can safely be absorbed. However, when the gutters are broken or overflowing, the water eventually makes its way to the foundation. If water overflows and pools along your home's foundation, the water can freeze, causing it to expand and generate cracks in your foundation. Water flowing improperly towards your house can also cause the soil around your foundation to erode. This can make your home unsteady and is very expensive to repair.
The landscaping around your home can affect the longevity of the exterior of your home. Over grown landscaping can cause a multitude of issues. The shade created by over grown trees and bushes can cause your home to remain wet for extended periods of time, promoting the growth of fungi like mildew and mold. It also promotes wood rot and deterioration. Sprinklers not directed properly cause all of these same issues.
Tree branches can fall causing damage to your roof, windows, and siding. Overhanging branches can drop leaves on the roof and sides of your home causing a buildup of excess moisture. Branches, shrubs, and plants in contact with your home also give easy access to pest and insects. Pest and insects are attracted to the damp and damaged wood.
Proper landscaping maintenance allows air to properly flow around the perimeter of your home. It also allows sun light to penetrate and dry your home adequately along with the air flow. A nice properly maintained landscaping can instantly boost curb appeal and creates value.