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How to Make a Modest Home Look Larger With New Siding

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When most people think of ideas to make their small home look more spacious, they think of indoor solutions. They think of innovative floor plans, and deceiving but smart furniture that can store just about anything. The outside of small homes, however, often get neglected and don’t quite showcase their owner’s space-saving smarts. Here are some siding ideas that can make your small home appear considerably larger.

Consider playing up your home’s existing features. Instead of using mixed materials, which is what you do to add dimension to a broad wall, unify the materials and match the paint or stain colors. When a home’s exterior is mostly wood on the outside, why not make the garage door wooden too? Changing out the white garage door for a wooden carriage house styled garage door, stained to match the shingle siding, minimised the interruption in home’s front expanse, making it appear broader. Deepen the home by adding a welcoming front porch or portico, creating a substantial and more impactful front entry as this homeowner did, allowing the front steps take center stage with porch columns, leading to a red door flanked by sidelights.

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Try keeping it simple. If your home has many different textures on the outside, pick a key theme and stick to it. Then add some landscaping to match the theme. For example, with the home below the owners choose a light. stone colored stucco siding and used it for the whole house. To stick with the provincial French country cottage theme, they added French doors and coordinated the landscape to fit.

Before and after:

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Brighten up.  Dark colors can often make a space look smaller on the inside. The same is true for the outside of a house. Try using lighter colored siding for your home's exterior. In the house below, they not only used lighter siding, but also removed the deep covered porch and awnings that shrunk the windows, to open up the house. New steps were centered on the entryway, which has been emphasized by a tasteful balcony. A lean-to on the left has been elevated to accommodate double-hung windows and a substantial balcony to continue that line on the broad side of house, giving the home a bright, open face.

Before and after:

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If you’ve been inspired by the design tips above and want to give your modest home a grander appearance, we at Peninsula Siding Company along with our partner company S.E.A. Construction can help you bring your grand scale yearnings to life. Contact us today and we’ll discuss your project.

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Siding Color Trend to Enhance Your Curb Appeal - Think Pink?

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When it comes to choosing a color for your fiber board cement siding most people go for a versatile, but plain color scheme. Usually cream or white with darker accents. This season however, a more daring trend has sprouted. More and more homeowners are thinking pink! Now, the bubblegum color that came up as soon as you read the word pink is definitely out of the question. There are, however, more mature shades of this hue that can enhance your curb appeal.  

Coral Accents

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There is a trendy but mature color option for those of you that

 would like to stick with the cream/gray that goes with just about anything. Consider using coral accents on your shutters, or even just your door. It can warm up the overall image of the house during the cold months, and brighten things up in the summer. It also goes perfectly with any kind of gray.

Dark Maroon Accents

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Another of the less considered siding accent colors is dark maroon, though it shouldn’t be.

It is less risky than the coral and is just as versatile and inviting. It is a stand out, that has the power to remind one of getting cozy by the fire when you’re in need of some warmth. It’s just as comfortable as a siding accent color on rustic barn houses as it is on traditional and modern architectural styles, so consider wine shades, like dark maroon, as they go well with almost any neutral color.

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Create a new twist on an old classic. Going all-out red is a great way to stand out this season. Barn House Red is a classic among the different shades to choose from. It can add the right amount of warmth, hospitality and nostalgic charm to any modern style or classic home.


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A more exotic shade of this color can really spice up your home. Terracotta is a color that can be accented with any neutral shade and still maintain its exciting look. Try this color out if you’re looking to enhance your curb appeal and venture toward something new.

If you want to mix it up even more you can try mixing the exotic colors with maroon accents like we did here:  

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If you are ready to update your home with any of these siding color trends, or have your own vision, we would love to help you with that process. We take great pride in our craft, and it is a joy to create beautiful results that will reward you for years to come.

Contact us at Peninsula Siding Company. Let us get started and bring your vision to life!

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Warming Up For Fall with Brick Siding

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When choosing a new look for your home, brick may not be the first look that pops into your head. Now that the fall and winter seasons are approaching, however, brick siding may deserve a second look. When you think of fall, you may think of things like the leaves crunching underfoot, a nip in the air, and the warm swirling colors all around. Wouldn’t you love those things behind a beautiful smokey brick backdrop? There are many different kinds of brick siding to choose from. Here are some ideas that can create the curb appeal you are looking for this season for your home:

  1. Paint It
    Painting brick siding is totally doable and can change the character of the exterior of your home remarkably. Look for latex and portland cement based paints, as they work best on brick.

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  1. Energy efficient
    Brick siding has certain thermal mass qualities that are great for the colder seasons. This means that while the weather transitions into fall, the heat of the day gets stored by the bricks and slowly releases at night into the interior of your home. When winter is at its peak, brick also keeps the heat inside.

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  1. The Modern Look
    Usually brick is considered to look old, worn, or classic. It can, however, suit modern homes very well. Perhaps try more unusual hues and use the brick as an accent siding. It can perfectly compliment your modern home. Brick is surprisingly versatile.

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  1. The Natural Look
    Without changing it up too much, you can also create a very natural look with the brick. Brick already varies in color, but adding natural coatings like limestone and sand can add even more variety. This is a good idea if you are attracted to The Secret Garden look.

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  1. Mix It Up
    Combining brick with other types of siding can create a unique look for your home that instantly boost your house’s curb appeal. You can experiment with a brick walkway and different textures for the rest or switch it around! Try it out and just have fun with it.

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For a more subtle look, try what we did with the house below. Adding brick or stone siding to the bottom half of your home can add more dimension.

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Brick siding has more benefits than its versatile appearance. It is also surprisingly durable. It will last as long as the building is standing with no more that the occasional spray of the hose.

If this trend appeals to you let us know! Peninsula Siding can help make these brick dream homes a reality. Give us a call or fill out an online form to get started!

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Before & After Photos of Remodeling a House's Siding

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Siding is your home’s weather barrier against the elements. Siding, or wall cladding is the material applied to the exterior walls of the structure to shed water and protect the walls from the effects of weather. Siding is also key to the aesthetics of the structure.When you look at the before and after photos of remodeling a house’s siding, you’ll definitely appreciate the difference.

Replacing your siding can do two things, simultaneously. You can update and restore the aesthetics of your home and address any weather related weak points to ensure that your home is protected.

There are many siding options to choose from, and a well chosen professional can guide you to selecting the siding option that is most appropriate for your home’s architecture and condition. Selecting the right material is important. See the difference a well chosen siding can make.

Just look at the way this smooth panel siding emphasizes the streamlined architecture of this modern home.

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Take a look at the before and after photos of siding below:

The first is the before photo of a traditional home with monochrome clapboard siding. To the right of it is the same home after Peninsula Siding Company took care of their remodel, emphasizing the key architectural details. The exterior's facelift instantly boosts the house's curb appeal.

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With this home you'll notice how the traditional shingle and clapboard siding complement the home’s traditional gable end style. The two story bay window niches are sided in shingles to emphasize the architectural detail and add more visual interest to the broad side of the home’s exterior, by breaking the field with another texture. The stone fascia really sets the lower level apart, tying the home’s foundation level into the site’s natural surroundings, giving the home a charming, settled in appearance, as though the land grew around the house. As landscaping matures, it will only enhance that aesthetic. This is an adaptation of a foundational design philosophy of the craftsman era.

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The architecture of this home could be emphasized further if the homeowner so chooses, by creating another break in the field of the gable end by adding a fascia board between the two stories, and painting the middle field another color, perhaps a lighter shade of the same color.

Below are two examples of how a fascia board can add interest by dividing a broad and too tall wall expanse. Dividing the stories is a good starting guideline when replacing your home's siding.

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These are great examples of how siding can dramatically enhance the look of a home’s architecture by adding textural elements to give definition to the stories, deepening the architectural interest, and capturing our imaginations.

If your home is need of a bit of imagination, contact us to learn more about how siding can enhance and protect your home’s exterior.

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

The Advantages of Fiber Cement Siding

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Fiber Cement Board Siding is a heavy, durable product that is 90% sand and cement, making it fire resistant, and virtually all-weather proof. James Hardie is the world leader in Fiber Cement Board Siding. The 5/16” thick material mimics the look of either stucco, or wood siding materials. There are countless advantages to fiber cement siding over stucco or wood alternatives. The HardieShingle product is nearly indistinguishable from cedar shingles or shake siding, except that it is free of imperfections and impervious to all the problems that plague natural wood. HardiePlank Siding comes in smooth or “rough sawn” board textures (like Cedarmill) while the Sierra has a deeply grained wood texture.

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Unlike wood, fiber cement board doesn’t split, crack, rot, warp, or swell. It doesn’t expand and contract with fluctuations in temperature and moisture, so it stays in place, providing the ultimate protection for your home, and remains as beautiful as the day it was installed for decades. It can be painted, and because it is virtually a static product, paint lasts longer on this material than any other, and it comes with a 30 year, non pro-rated transferable limited warranty.

So since fiber cement board siding is the longest-lasting, toughest-wearing material, even against salty sea spray, rain, hail, snow, and hot dry weather, what are the disadvantages?

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You might say cost. At around $12 to $20 per square foot, installed, you will pay about 40% more than you would for vinyl siding, but fiber cement board siding is a far superior product. It won’t date itself the way that vinyl siding has. It actually resembles natural wood, so it’s appeal is timeless, and you will only have to buy it once.

Fiber cement board siding is heavy. It’s made of  90% CEMENT and SAND, so it’s going to weigh a lot more than vinyl siding, therefore, installation is going to be more labor intensive for the installer. Fortunately, we at Peninsula Siding Company are James Hardie Preferred Remodelers, and are certified to handle the job. You benefit from our preferred status with James Hardie.

Plus, Full Service means that no matter what siding material you desire, we can take care of all the details and added items you need, whether you are interested in windows, decks, additions, you name it. We're also BPI certified too, so helping your home get energy-fit (saving you money on your monthly bills) is our specialty if that's the direction you want to take your home.


All of this matters to you, because unlike the big siding and window replacement companies, we never stop caring even once the job is done. Contact us today to talk about your siding project.

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

How To Know When Your Home’s Exterior Needs A Remodel

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Your home’s siding is its defense against weather and other damage. You want to keep that protective exterior in top condition, to prevent damage to your home’s structure. But how do you know when your home’s exterior needs a remodel? There are some obvious symptoms for when your siding fails.

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    1. Is your siding showing signs of fungus or rot? A combination of factors –warmth, moisture, darkness –help the fungi thrive, multiply, and cause dry rot. Dry rot is a condition of wood in which a fungus breaks down the wood fibers and renders the wood weak and brittle. Excess moisture is the root cause of dry rot. Poorly painted or improperly sealed wood siding is more vulnerable to dry rot. Unchecked, this seriously threatens the integrity of your siding and structural support of your home.
    2. Is your siding obviously separating at the seams?

    3. Is your caulking failing? Have you noticed leaks?

    4. Are your panels swelling? Typically, this means the material has been exposed to moisture and has begun deteriorating.

    5. Have you detected that boards are no longer laying flat against your house? Bowing or buckling is an indication of instability caused generally by improper installation spacing. If the installer does not leave sufficient room for expansion at the butt joints, then the siding will generally buckle.

    6. Have you noticed much moisture on the inside of your house? Excess moisture inside the home often originates outside the structure.

    7. Is your paint failing?

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It’s important to pay attention to these signs so you know when your home’s exterior needs a remodel. If it has seen better days, it may be time to seek a professional about new siding to protect your home. They can provide an aesthetic facade that complements the architectural styling of your neighborhood, while staying true to the details of your home’s original architecture.

Enter Fiber-Cement Siding by James Hardie. Fiber Board siding offers the longest lasting protection and beauty in siding materials today. It is the easiest to maintain and has the most style choices in textures, finishes, and decorative trim of any composite siding product. 

Engineered for Climate®

  • Developed with the local climate in mind

  • Protection from scorching sun and frigid temperatures

  • Stands up to storms, hail, wind & extreme temperatures

Fiber Cement Siding

  • Made of natural and sustainable raw materials

  • James Hardie is the global leader in fiber cement innovation

  • 30-year non-prorated, limited warranty

Quality & Durability

  • Fire resistant

  • With ColorPlus Technology, get vibrant color & long-lasting exterior beauty

  • Resists mold, swelling and cracking from water

Fiber-cement siding is a popular choice for replacement siding. Although its initial price is higher than many other types of siding (it’s heavy and labor-intensive to install), the durability and stability of fiber-cement means less maintenance in the long run. It takes paint well, so you can have your choice of exterior paint colors. It’s also fireproof and rot-resistant.

James Hardie is the world leader in Fiber Cement Siding Products. James Hardie products come with a 30 year warranty, and that is why we at Peninsula Siding Company trust their siding materials. Besides product warranties, we stand by you and your home for as long as you need us. That's our way.

For expert exterior siding installations look no further than Peninsula Siding Company. Contact us today for an estimate.

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Turn Your Home Into A Haunted House

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It’s that time of year again. The leaves on the trees are changing to brilliant gold, orange and red. The air is crisp. Soon trick-or-treaters will be parading through the neighborhood in happy droves. Will your house be ready? This Halloween, turn your home into a haunted house with a perfectly spooky exterior.

To get that creepy, haunted house vibe, create an antiquated, distressed look. Easy elements to add include large cobwebs, old shutters, and lights that flicker. Use primarily candle light that can be seen from the windows.

To create the right atmosphere in your yard, the simplest and best thing to remember is, fog machines are your friend. All you need is to hang Spanish Moss from your trees, and drape them with cobwebs, for an instant, eerie, antiquated look of a time forgotten. Even if you do this, and nothing else, you will instantly turn your home into a haunted house!

If you wish to embellish further, choose a theme. Anything that resembles is fair game: pumpkins, skeletons, bats, owls, ghosts, witches, or some combination of all of the above.

Lay a partially unearthed skeleton in the lawn, or pile pumpkins and gourds around the yard. For a touch of mystery, pile mini pumpkins in front of faux toumbstones. Your guests will wonder why they are placed there, while al it acutally does is add a touch of color to draw the eye to the tombstone. Pile leaves around this and place a few rubber rats to sniff aroudn the pumpkins and tombstones. Place crows, or owls in the trees. If you've decided on a witch theme, place on of the fog machines inside a large cauldron beside a broomstick on the porch, choose a color of glow sticks and toss in a few... you will have colored fog rising from your "witches brew."

A Path To Light The Way

Have a clearly defined and well lit path to your front door, to guide your visitors through the fog. Use pathway lights, torches, jack-o-lanterns, or candles in mason jars. Always remember fire safety when using candles! Make sure that candles aren’t going to be kicked over accidently and are placed well out of the way of long, drapey costumes passing by.

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A Spectacular Doorway Destination

Doorways are the destination for trick-or-treaters. Make yours spectacular! Tree limbs, twigs and brambles are great for creating an “overgrown” look. Add whatever embellishments to this that you like.

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From all of us at Peninsula Siding Company, We wish you a Safe and Happy Halloween.

We hope you've enjoyed this blog and found some inspiration, to tune your home into the perfect haunted house. If you would like some help with the rest of your home's exterior to keep it from looking like a haunted house through the year, contact us today for an estimate!

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Is Weather-Proofing a Fall Home-Prep Essential?

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There is a myth going around that “weather-proofing” your home consists of caulking every single spot that allows air in. We have explained in a previous article that this concept isn’t exactly correct.  There is a natural exchange of vapor, moisture, and temperature that occurs within every healthy home.  If we didn’t have this exchange, carbon monoxide from our breathing would build up - not to mention mold and other nastiness would develop from trapped moisture.

That said, it’s still okay to protect your family and your energy bills from unnecessary drafts and drips.  Here are several ideas for keeping your home weather-proof, starting from the top down:


The Roof:

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There are three huge protection factors for your roof.  

First is the roof structure itself. That is, the shingles, underlayment, wood base, etc.  These all need to be in place solidly, with no missing/damaged pieces (like a missing shingle or rusty flashing.)

Second are your gutters.  These are the pathways your roof uses to shed water.  When your gutters back up, puddles of water will sit on your roof and can get under the shingles.  Also, if your gutters are broken, water will run beneath your eaves, causing leaks.

Third is your roof ventilation system.  The air beneath your roof (like in your attic) shouldn’t sit and become stagnant.  It should be made to move and exchange with fresh air.  This stops moisture buildup and prevents the roofing materials getting damaged from inside your home.Sept 2014 Blog 4   Pic 2


The Vents:

Obviously, ventilation is important.  Your home needs to have the ability to exchange air from outdoors with the air inside.  There are a lot of modern ventilation devices which work to do this without too much change in temperature.  Two very basic ventilation systems many houses have are exhaust systems and supply systems.  In other words - systems that get rid of the air existing in your home and systems that draw in new air.  Such systems are important to maintain and keep clean.


The Windows:

There are some very simple things you can do to keep your windows from letting air in when they are closed.  First, you can install double-paned windows.  These help insulate your home, reduce noise, and are usually pretty easy to clean.  Another idea is to install weather stripping at your windows.  This can keep drafts from whistling in through any cracks when we get that chilly or windy Bay area weather.


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Old vinyl or aluminum siding can actually trap moisture against your home, resulting in rot and mold.  Get your siding checked out and replaced as needed with modern, fiber cement siding.  Fiber cement siding works to allow the home to breath properly - keeping it dry.  Cedar and other wood siding works similarly - but fiber cement siding is easier to care for and can last longer than wood siding.


The Doors:

Much like windows, doors traditionally let in cold air - even when they are closed.  You can install weather stripping at the base of your door to keep the cold air from leaking in.  If your door is extremely old or has warped it might be time for a whole new one.  If you suspect damage to your door and/or to the whole door frame, be sure to get it checked out before winter.  That simple replacement could save you a ton in electricity bills and is a pretty simple and green home improvement.

We are sure looking forward to the end of summer and the onset of cooler weather.  What about you?  What’s your favorite season here in San Mateo?

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S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Five Ideas for a Quick Home Facelift

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I don’t know one homeowner who doesn’t want their guests to gasp in delight when they first catch a glimpse of their home. There’s nothing wrong with that desire. We spend plenty of money on our home and we want it to look fantastic - inside and out. Here are five great ideas for a quick home facelift to make your home look like new:


1. Paint your front door or get a whole new one. Have you ever walked, biked, or driven by a home and had the front door catch your eye? Usually this is because the color pops or it is absolutely gorgeous. Try kicking your own door up a notch. Paint it a risky color like teal, red, lilac, or yellow. If you want to change your door all together, get a new one.

2. Install siding to your home. You can really change your home’s look by adding siding or re-siding your home. There are a ton of options to choose from! Check out our favorite siding types here and here. You don’t have to stick with just one color of siding - matching two or more colors can give your home a whole new feel.describe the image

3. Get a new paint job. Painting your entire home a new color can make it look fresh, clean, and new. For a mix and match approach you could install siding to the base of your home while re-painting the rest. The siding can accent and bring together your home’s new look.

4. Get your yard landscaped. The front yard is the first thing guests (and you) see when approaching your home. Make that space bright and welcoming by ensuring it stays weeded, dead plants and leaves are removed, your plants work well in our Bay Area weather, and your front path is brightly lighted when nighttime comes. Sept 2014 Blog 2 - 2nd Pic.jpg

5. Consider a remodel. If your home simply isn’t working for you anymore in both looks and functionality, it may be time to remodel. You can add a lot of space and change the exterior look of your whole home by doing just a few simple remodeling actions. Check out our article on prepping for a remodel so you can see what you should consider when going ahead with this idea.

Not only are these great ways to make you, your guests, and your neighbors love the look of your home - they are also fantastic tips for increasing its curb appeal. This is valuable if you are trying to sell your San Mateo home.

Why is curb appeal important to you? Do you just like the idea of a new look, are you trying to sell, or…? Let us know in the comments below!



We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Keeping Your Home Healthy

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Many new homeowners or new parents hear about “home health.”  While we want to remain healthy and keep our family healthy - it can be a little bit of a mystery on how to keep your house healthy.  

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The idea of home health stems from maintaining a germ-free and mold-free environment.  This can be easier said than done (especially the germ-free part!)  But we can all strive to have a healthier home.  Here are five things you can do to maintain a healthy house:

1. Keep it mold-free.  The two factors that contribute to mold growth in a San Mateo home are trapped moisture and lack of ventilation.  This can be caused by many factors, ranging from a bad ventilation system to a leaky roof to poorly installed, damaged, or old siding.  

These can all be fixed pretty simply.  The best idea is to discover what is trapping moisture and stopping ventilation from your home and get that fixed before there is any mold.  Once mold creeps in, more actions have to be taking to abate the problem.

2. Clean!  We know, cleaning can be no fun.  In fact, it can be downright hard to keep a home clean when you’ve got kids and/or a career.  Here are some ideas:

  • Have a monthly deep clean where you get the kids involved.  Use environmentally and kid friendly cleaning products and assign tasks.  

  • Don’t have time each month for a big project?  Choose one location each week to give a really good scrub down - then do your normal maintenance actions throughout the week.

  • Don’t let dishes pile up.  They get smelly, attract bugs, and can lead to mold growth.

  • Clean out the pantry and give foods you aren’t going to use to a food drive.

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3. Open up your space.  This might be easier said than done.  Some homes just need a change of furniture or even a reduction of furniture to make fewer dust-bunny hide outs.  Others may need a remodel to make their space more efficient and healthier.

4.  Make sure areas that can leak - don’t leak.  This means checking out the roof, the gutters, your eaves, siding, the base of your home (where it meets the ground) and your home’s plumbing system.

5. Upgrade to energy efficient.  Some appliances like an ancient refrigerator may just be too old to get that mildewy smell to go away.  If this is the case, it’s time to upgrade to something new and energy efficient.  Think of it as taking a larger hit to your wallet one time in order to prevent huge hits each month in the form of your electricity bill.  Plus, being energy efficient will give you a smaller carbon footprint.  In that case - everybody wins!

What action do you take to keep your home healthy?  Let us know in the comments below!

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