6 Quick and Easy Exterior Fixes

6 Quick and Easy Exterior Fixes

If you want to give your home a new refreshing look this summer, but don’t have the luxury of time to undertake big projects, you’re in luck!

Here are a few easy home renovation projects you can do to update your home exterior.

1. Repair Siding Flaws

A dent or ding in your siding is an annoyance, but a major rip or crack is nearly unbearable. Vinyl siding repair is not as expensive as you might think, especially if you just have a few places that need work. By taking care of these jobs while they are small, you can prevent major damages that could lead to major siding replacement.

2. Replace Broken or Missing Shingles

Even though it is on top of the house, much of your roof can be seen from the road. Replacing broken or missing shingles can instantly increase your curb appeal. Keep in mind that working on any roofing project can potentially be dangerous without the proper tools and experience. If you think you need to repair or replace missing or broken shingles, get in touch with your local roofing contractor.

3. Clean Gutters

Gutters are a very important part of your roofing system. During the summer, you should consider cleaning and repairing your gutters, in preparation for the winter. Well-designed and clean gutters are not only great for their functionality, but can also add to the aesthetic value of your home.

Making sure your gutters are clean and free from debris will keep your home sturdy against heavy rain and will keep the integrity of your entire roofing system intact.

4. Fix Broken Windows

If your windows are broken during the summer, chances are your racking up higher energy bills during hot and humid days. Summer is a great time to fix broken windows and consider window replacement to give your home an updated look.

Adding windows to your home will instantly give it an updated look and will let natural light in your home which can contribute to a higher home value. Window selections available today are not only attractive, they also offer enhanced protection against the elements.

5. Replace Your Door

Replacing your door is one of the easiest ways you can give your home an updated look. A new door can turn a home from modern to contemporary without a long drawn out construction project you may not have the time for.

6. Install a New Awning

If you’re feeling a little hot or simply want to add a bit of charm to your home, consider installing awnings or window boxes. Awnings don’t have to be boring! You can install an awning that gives your home not only shade, but also personality. Window boxes go with most types of home architecture and can give you a place to plant colorful flowers to accent your home.

Levechi Joe (2014 August 7) 6 Quick and Easy Exterior Fixes. Retrieved on November 17, 2014 from ExteriorMedics.com

5 Tips for Holiday Decorating Without Damaging the Roof

5 Tips for Holiday Decorating Without Damaging the Roof

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but installing festive lights on a home can be a headache and potentially cause damage to your roof. Avoid the hassle and make decorating more enjoyable with these tips for contractors to share with their customers to avoid roof damage.

  1. Don’t let your shingles jingle. Never hang Christmas lights from your shingles. To properly put up lights, they need to be secured to something (that’s why it’s so easy to wrap them around trees). Making even the tiniest of holes in a shingle or roof component will let moisture or leaks in and potentially rot the roof. The best way to put up lights is with clips that hang from the gutter or eaves. Also, before you even climb up to work, untangle the strands and test them to make sure they all light up.
  2. Don’t let ‘er rip. We know you don’t want to be that house that leaves decorations up until summer, but don’t dissemble hastily either by pulling lights off the roof from the cord.  This can cause damage to the gutter or potentially your shingle if you didn’t clip them correctly in the first place.  Take the time to remove each clip individually. It’s cheaper than replacing gutters or shingles.
  3. Avoid the shock. Make sure decorations, including inflatable items, are away from power lines and plugged into a portable outdoor circuit. In addition, don’t overload the breaker, which can be a potential fire risk.
  4. Bring a buddy. Another person should be on hand to help secure the ladder, carry items, or to help in case of an injury or emergency.
  5. Call a pro. We know most people don’t have extra money lying around during the holiday season, but if you want elaborate decorations, are not comfortable on a ladder, or have areas that are hard to access, it’s best to leave it to a professional to install lights properly without risking damage to the roof—or yourself.

By sharing these tips you can help protect a homeowner’s biggest investment from damage and allow them to safely bask in the season’s glow.

5 Tips for Holiday Decorating Without Damaging the Roof. Retrieved on December 10, 2014 from GAF.com

The Right Windows Can Make All The Difference

The Right Windows Can Make All The Difference

Windows are a very important part of your home; they give your home personality and allow your home to be filled with light and energy. However, they can also allow for your hard earned money to fly right out of them, if they are older and not energy efficient. Having the right windows installed into your home that are aesthetically pleasing, functional, and energy efficient will increase the curb appeal of your home and save you money in energy costs throughout the entire year.

The experts at Tri County Exteriors want to help you understand how windows can really help to save you money and increase the comfort of your home for you and your family.

Benefits of installing energy efficient windows into your home include:

  • Lowering both heating and cooling costs. New ENERGY STAR windows will prevent either cold or warm air from leaving your home, depending on the season. Less energy will be used to heat or cool the home.
  • Making your home more eco-friendly, with new ENERGY STAR windows will also reduce your carbon footprint by minimizing the amount of resources you use to heat and cool your home to a comfortable level.
  • Protection for the most important features of your home. This includes things like paintings and pictures hanging on your wall, your furniture, and flooring. ENERGY STAR windows have a special coating on them that prevent UV light from entering your home and over time damaging the items located within.
  • ENERGY STAR windows allow you to stay more comfortable within your home, no matter what the temperature is outside. The interior panel of ENERGY STAR windows stays warmer than other standard windows, keeping you and your home warmer during the winter. And during the summer they work to reduce the amount of heat allowed into your home, without stopping the light from getting into your home and brightening it up.

Along with being functional and cost saving to your wallet, adding new ENERGY STAR windows can add style and personality to your home. There are many different styles, colors, and types of windows to choose from! For more information on how replacing your home’s windows with the right ENERGY STAR rated windows will benefit you, your home, and your pocket book, contact the pros at Tri County Exteriors today!

Why Are My Windows Hard to Open & Close?

Why are my windows so hard to open

When windows are new, they glide open and closed with little effort, but over time, their operation can become more difficult–especially if they have not received proper upkeep and maintenance.

Many people never give their windows a second of thought until they are not working properly. Cleaning and lubrication of moving parts are a vital part of keeping your windows operating smoothly and easily most of the time. However, there are a handful of issues that can make your windows difficult to open, even with routine cleaning and maintenance.

In the sections below, we’ll discuss common issues that can make the most popular types of windows in use today difficult to open.

Single & Double Hung Windows

Single and double hung windows are most often difficult to open due to a buildup of dirt, dust, and debris over time. As the buildup worsens, friction increases, making the windows very difficult to open and close.

Since this is the most likely cause, start by cleaning the window frames and spray with a non-silicone, solvent-free lubricant. Open and close the window several times to work the lubricant in.

If the window is still difficult to open and close after doing this, your problem is likely associated with a spring that is too tight. Adjusting (or replacing if necessary) the spring should return the sash to its normal operation.

Awning & Casement Windows

Awning and casement windows have more points of failure than single and double hung windows, so the cause for these windows being hard to open and close can be a variety of things.

The best place to start is to remove the sash from your awning or casement windows. The method for doing this can vary depending on the window brand, so consult the instruction manual for your particular windows for more information on how to do this properly.

After you have successfully removed the sash, check for stripped or loose screws. If you find any, this is likely the cause of your problem.

If the problem continues after replacing stripped or loose screws, or if you do not have any, lubricate the hinges with a silicone or dry Teflon spray lube. Work the lubricant into the hinges by opening and closing the windows several times.

If you are still having issues after trying the two methods above, it is likely that you have a malfunctioning operator. Contact your window manufacturer for replacement parts or a local window repair company for repair services.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are simple windows, relying on rollers and a sliding track. They are the easiest type of windows to open and close–often requiring just a push of the finger. If they become difficult to open, the problem most likely lies with the roller system.

First, clean the roller system and track with a simple soap and water solution. In many cases, this will solve the problem, but if it does not, lubricating the rolling system should solve the problem.

If the problem continues, your rollers are bad. Contact your window manufacturer to buy replacement rollers or contact a local window repair company.

Staff Writer (2014 November) Why Are My Windows Hard to Open & Close? Retrieved on November 17, 2014 from Quality Windows and Doors