Friday, October 14, 2011

Dont let your house "Fall" apart

Buying a house is huge accomplishment and an expensive investment, but you must maintain it to keep its worth. Upkeep can become tedious and time consuming if left unattended for long periods of time. However if you have an ongoing maintenance plan you will not only avoid the long overwhelming jobs, but also prevent a lot of unnecessary damage to your home. In today's blog we will provide you with a Fall Home Maintenance list to help get you started. Keep in mind that every home is different and may not need all of the listed to do's.

Fall Maintenance Checklist
Outdoor Maintenance
  • Call us for your FREE/no obligation roof inspection to ensure that there is no damage done to your roof. All Things New Roofing & Restoration (719)325-6949
  • Check the weather-stripping around your doors and replace if necessary.
  • Clean gutters & downspouts. Check for proper slopes 
  • Wash/clean all windows. Replace window screens and insulation if necessary.
  • Clear all debris from roof. Cut back any trees or shrubs that may be touching the roof or exterior of your home. This should be done regularly during the growing season as well.
  • Once your lawn and garden stops growing run all of your gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel tank is empty. By doing this, you are preventing flammable liquid from being stored in your garage and protecting the equipment from damage.
  • Clean and cover all of your patio furniture. Pack your patio furniture cushions and pillows plus your decorative items into your deck box or your garden shed.
  • Pressure wash your deck, patio and/or outdoor recreation area.
In the blogs to come we will break down some of the Outdoor Maintenance with tips and pointers to help you accomplish each objective with ease.

Indoor Maintenance

  • Test smoke and fire alarms, replacing batteries and cleaning dust from the covers.
  • Check and/or replace your fire extinguishers.
  • Clean and vacuum heating ducts, grills and registers.  You may also want to clean any ceiling fans that were used during warmer months.
  • Clean/vacuum refrigerator coils and area behind refrigerator.
  • Check your fireplace damper for soot buildup, and have a certified chimney sweep inspect/clean the flues of your chimney.  Make sure to remove bird nests from chimney flues, as any type of blockage or buildup can pose a fire hazard.
  • Have a heating professional check your heating system.  Furnace and air filters need to be replaced frequently to allow heating and cooling systems to operate properly.  If you plan to use humidifiers or space heaters, you’ll also want to clean and inspect them for safety. Also check and maintain your hot water heater.  
  • Check all window and door locks for proper operation.  All exterior doors should have deadbolt locks.
  • Check for adequate caulking around doors and windows to reduce heat loss.  This will also help reduce potential water damage to windows and door frames.  Make sure that there is adequate caulking around your bathroom fixtures to prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring.  Check for cracked or missing caulk around the base of your toilet, bathtub and bathroom cabinets. Properly sealing gaps between your bathroom fixtures and flooring material can prevent potential damage.
  • Fix any leaky faucets and unclog any drains as needed.
  • Perform seasonal pest control to protect your home from critters that want to come into the warmth.

At All Things New Roofing & Restoration we want you to get the most out of your home and we are going to do our best to not only help you but teach you. 

"If you give a man a fish he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life."                                                               -Chinese Proverb

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hello Colorado!

 Established in 2003, All Things New Roofing & Restoration has been meeting the remodeling needs of many home owners. We have over 30 years of experience in residential restoration and construction. One area of expertise that we have focused on is in the field of insurance adjusting and  residential claims processing for damaged homes. Being located in Colorado Springs, we assist homeowners with the expected wear and tear that comes with the territory in the Pikes Peak Region. Hail, wind, ice & snow make for a brutal beating on our homes. Roofs, siding, gutters & windows usually get the brunt of it. However there is an upside and that is these are often covered by your insurance! We will work with you & your insurance from the initial assessment to the completed renovation.