13 Apr 2016
In our previous blog we discussed how to prepare your roof and gutters for the spring season. Preparing the rest of your home is just as necessary and we would like to remind you of a few things to help you with the process.
In a humid area like south florida, algae and mildew frequently grow on siding. You can clean your vinyl, brick, stucco, or wood siding with mild soap and water. To do this you can use a brush and a garden hose with a spray nozzle. A pressure washer is not recommended in this do it yourself situation. Using a pressure washer can allow water to rush underneath the siding. This water then leads to walls and insulation which also causes mold growth. If you have this process professionally done, it could range anywhere from $300- $500.
In our hot state, you need your AC to work as efficiently as possible. It is important make sure that your AC compressor is free of any plant growth. Spring is a perfect time to get rid of all and anything surrounding this area.
Another important thing to do during this time is to check weather seals around windows and doors. Over time caulk can harden or crack so it is important to repair or replace them as needed. This will help keep the cost of your electric bill lower and can prevent water from leaking into your home as well.
While checking window areas you may also want to clean and repair screens. If you are trying to reduce your electric bill, this is a plus as well. By making sure these are functional, you can keep your windows open this season and use less air conditioning.
Always make sure that you keep up with your home maintenance and enjoy the wonderful season. Thank you for reading!
-Colleen, ONEWAY ROOFING
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02 Mar 2016
Working on your roof is best left to the professionals. However, you can still perform quick routine inspections to make sure that everything is running smoothly. With the upcoming rainy season, it is important to keep an eye on different parts of your roof to make sure that you prevent leaking and troublesome damage during this time.
When performing a routine inspection, you should use a flashlight and examine your attic for any darkened water stains. Mold is also another sign of leakage. Patches of mold thrive in moisture, so this could be another vulnerable point in your roof.
When checking the outside of the roof, you should watch out for damaged or rotting sections of fascia board. The drip edge is another very important part of the roof to check. This is a common leaking source and is very important to keep intact. A drip edge is used to keep water away from the fascia board, and moved off of the roof. It is also used to keep out insects and other unwanted critters. As stated in our previous blog, we know that gutters serve a very important purpose to reroute water off of the roof so that it does not harm it in any way. Therefore, checking gutters for small holes or cracks is vital to preventing further damage to your roof.
Always make sure you inspect your roof thoroughly before any heavy rains to ensure the safety of your family and to maintain the vitality of your roof. If you have done a routine inspection and have found any of these signs, feel free to call ONEWAY ROOFING for any questions.
-Colleen, ONEWAY ROOFING