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Spring Maintenance Tips For Your Home’s Exterior

When the cold weather has passed and the warmth of spring beckons, it’s time to get outdoors and address some of the issues/damage that the winter season may have created for your home’s exterior. Spring is about restoration and revitalization, and it’s a great time to spruce up, renovate and restore beauty and curb appeal to your home’s exterior in order to make a good first impression. Spring maintenance is something that every homeowner should perform and here are some tips for your home’s exterior.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Winter frost can cause debris to become lodged in gutters and downspouts. As a result, cleaning them, especially after the winter season, is key to removing debris and leaves that can rot and attract critters. The frost can also damage the structure of gutters and downspouts and repairing them should be a priority to maintain their proper function, diverting water away from your home and protecting its foundation. Cleaning and repair are also needed to prepare for spring rains.

Reseal Exterior Woodwork

Outdoor structures like wood decks, fences and pergolas are exposed to the elements that can damage their finish. Rain, ice, and heat can cause these structures to become dull and lose their luster or particular varnish. It’s best to re-stain and re-seal your wood structures annually and repair woodwork where needed.

Inspect Roof, Windows, and Doors

Your home’s roofing, doors, and windows are vulnerable to humidity, rain, and extreme temperatures and can suffer deterioration when exposed to the elements. It is wise to visually inspect your roof, windows, and doors in the springtime and identify any damage that could compromise their designed function. Try to spot cracks in windows, scrapes along the floor, missing shingles, deteriorating granules, and blocked vents, and fix these issues found during the inspection.

Paint the Exterior

Spring is the ideal time to take on a paint job because the temperature is more ideal for outdoor labor. Walls and your siding can become dusty, chalky, dull, and the paint will simply fade over time. You may just want to add a fresh touch to your home’s exterior with a new paint color. Choosing the right hue can go a long way to make your home’s exterior beautiful and appealing.

Schedule Air-Conditioning Service

With warmer weather in the spring, it’s essential that your home’s air-conditioning system is in good working condition. HVAC systems accumulate dust and dirt in condensing coils and air filters that impact their efficiency. Cleaning these areas is necessary for operating efficiency and keeping your home cool and increasing the life of your cooling system. Changing the filters is necessary at least once each season.

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If you are unsure about how to perform certain spring maintenance work on the exterior of your home, call the professionals at Advanced Roofing & Siding. Reach out to our team today at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your exterior remodeling needs!

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Winter Home Maintenance Tips

The weather is starting to cool, and as any New Englander knows, that means the snow and frigid days are right around the corner.  While winter can be beautiful in its own right, it also brings a new set of home maintenance rules. There are a few things you should consider doing to ensure your home is in the best possible condition before winter hits. Check out these tips!

Shut off Exterior Water Lines

Everyone knows what can happen if your pipes freeze.  However, one thing people sometimes forget to do when maintaining their water lines is ensuring that all exterior lines have been turned off. Your hose, for example, should be turned off and drained.  If water sits in a hose during the winter it will freeze and when it does, it can back up indoors and cause pipes to burst inside your home!

Weatherstripping

A low effort installation that can make a world of difference on your heating bill is adding weatherstripping to make sure your home is air tight.  A couple of the most common areas homeowners lose heat through are their doors and windows. If you feel a cold breeze coming from under your door or in between panes on your windows, installing weatherstripping will certainly save you money on your heating bills this winter!

Check Your Roof and Gutters

While we discussed the importance of cleaning your gutters in our last post, we didn’t discuss how debris-filled gutters can lead to ice dams.  With more places for moisture to get trapped within the debris, not only is it easier for the gutters to freeze, but there is less room for the water to go.  This causes water to back up onto your roof even faster and can cause water damage on your roof deck, particularly is your roof isn’t in perfect condition. Making sure your gutters are clean goes hand-in-hand with checking on your roofs integrity.  If you see any cracks, missing shingles, or anything else out of the ordinary, it is important to address these issues before the snow falls and leaves you with a more expensive, and colder, problem on your hands.

Contact Us Today

Noticed some areas of your home that could use a touch-up before the winter? Need to replace a window, fix an area of loose shingles, or repair some siding? Reach out to the team at Advanced Roofing & Siding to help you with all your exterior home improvement needs today! We can be reached at 1 (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our free online estimate form today!

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Benefits of Replacing Siding on Your House

Often times, it’s easy to forget about the outside of your house. When in reality the outside is the first thing people see, which is why it’s essential to not forgetting about the outside, like this previous project we did. Whether it’s maintaining, updating, or replacing every aspect plays a big part. As siding is the first thing that will defend your house against the elements – weather included.

Siding on your house isn’t something we think about every day – but there are major benefits to your home (and pocket) when you replace the siding on your house. When updating your house, there’s always benefits and reasons why you do it. With siding, these are the top benefits as to why you should replace the siding on your home now.

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Increase curb appeal – As the siding on your home starts to fade, look old, or become damaged your house doesn’t look as inviting. With new siding, you will see that the whole house will look different and new.

Decrease your energy bills – With new siding, it will help insulate your home. In the winter, this means your heating bill will be lower as the siding will help keep in the heat. In the summer, new siding will insulate your house and keep the hot air out while the cooler air inside. Both of these can have your new siding pay for itself.  Especially with the ever-changing weather in Framingham, Ma with harsh winters and humid summers.

Increase your future resale value – As you may look to sell your home in the future (or even keep up the value) if a house looks nice, you will be catching eyes of home buyers who will then take the next step and look at your home instead of skipping right over the option.

Help find structural damage – If you have mold, mildew, or termites in your home’s structure when you remove the siding, you will be able to examine the structure of your home. If any of these problems are caught early, it can save you the headache of the problem escalating adding stress and more of a financial burden on you.

When doing any work done on your house turn to the people who are dedicated to you and your home. Answer more of your siding questions to make an informed decision. Any more questions? Feel free to contact us by giving us a call or sending an email.

 

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Get Your Home Ready to Sell – Even If You Are Staying!

The real estate market in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire continues to be among the most active and competitive in the country. We are definitely in a “seller’s market” with home prices approaching all time highs. But it still takes some preparation to make sure a home is appealing to buyers and will command top dollar.

Carefully chosen renovations made before putting up a “For Sale” sign can help ensure a quicker sale at a higher price. But home sellers should beware of the “easy fix” of cosmetic changes that might look good, but won’t truly enhance the value of their property. This is especially true of older homes. Here’s why.

Homes built after 1985 use an average of half as much energy as those built earlier. The move toward more efficient systems and materials have led to homes that require much less fuel to heat, and less electricity to cool. These are important factors to home buyers.

A survey by the National Association of Homebuilders found that 90% of people think energy efficiency is “very important” when choosing a home. A study in the Washington, DC market found that homes which had received energy efficient renovations sold for 3.6% more money than home with no energy efficient work done. It is clear that buyers who are getting ready to make a significant investment are looking for substance over style.

There are home improvements that deliver both energy efficiency and improved curb appeal. For example, replacing a home’s windows with updated, energy efficient models not only reduces energy loss throughout the year, but can also transform the look of a home’s exterior. Other energy renovations that work well and also look good including insulated siding, more efficient entry doors, and new roofing with proper ventilation and attic insulation.

Of course, if you make any or all of these renovations you might decide not to sell your home after all! But you’ll still benefit from the improved comfort, reduced energy costs, and enhanced aesthetics of your “new look” home.

Call Hi-Tech Windows & Siding toll free at 978-440-5020 to schedule a free in-home consultation on roofing, siding and window replacement.

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Time for a Spring Home Check-Up!

It’s been a long winter, but thankfully an end is in sight. Spring has just about reached New England, and once temperatures begin to rise we’ll have the opportunity to assess the damage that the winter weather has caused to our homes.

When it is safe to do so you should follow this checklist of what to do and what not to do to evaluate the wear and tear caused by the winter, and judge the overall condition of your home.

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  • Do a “walk around” looking for missing or damaged siding panels, loose or missing trim, damaged shrubbery, etc. Make note of the location of each problem area.
  • Do look for cracked or warped window panes (especially in remote locations like basements or attics), or loose and rattling panes. Check window trim to make sure it is has not worked loose during the winter.
  • Do clear away debris like fallen branches and dried leaves from around the foundation of your house.

DON’T…

  • Don’t try to patch up missing or damaged siding panels yourself. Improper repairs can result in further damage. Call a professional siding company like Hi-Tech for a full home inspection and any repairs you may need.
  • Don’t leave cracked or warped window frames unattended. The weather may be getting nicer, but those cracks and gaps lose just as much energy in the spring and summer as they do in the winter months.
  • Don’t put off your home inspection until summer. The issues outlined above, if not corrected and repaired, could leave you open to weather damage during the spring.

Once you have a good idea of the health of your home, you can start to plan your Spring and Summer home improvement projects!

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