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Re-Siding Curb Appeal: Fall? But It Feels Like Summer...

Posted by Eva Daly

Sep 6, 2014

 

autumn leaves falling down like pieces into placeRecord high heat?  Fire danger/season? Third straight year of drought here in California?  The Golden State is feeling anything but golden, I’d say we’ve been feeling a bit red-hot, overheated and parched…but that does not mean the fall season isn’t right around the corner…Welcome to another SEA/Peninsula Siding Company’s blog article, with this installment focusing on the transition from summer to fall and getting prepared for all that can bring.

 

Its just starting to get darker earlier in the evening, falling leaves and there has been a noticeable cooling of the temperature (if only at night) serve as a reminder us that fall is fast approaching. (Heck, I saw Halloween decorations in Costco in August!)  As the seasons change, so do our activities and home needs.  Even though summer is not quite over yet, it’s a good time to do some seasonal home evaluation and/or maintenance to keep you home running smoothly.

While we at SEA/Peninsula Siding Company have hundreds of good ideas for upgrading, remodeling, renovating, expanding and re-siding your home, we like to share information in a manageable way – so we have synthesized these valuable summer to fall transition and preparation tid-bits for protecting your home investment into a two-part article. A bit of attention now at the end of summer will save costly home repairs and homeowner aggravation later.  Here are the first tips…

Interior Maintenance

  1. Check for drafts. Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors.  If necessary, replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames. Consider buying heavier or insulated drapery for especially drafty windows.
  2. Have your furnace inspected. Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can also do a carbon monoxide check to ensure air safety. It’s also a good idea to stock up on extra air filters and change them every few months.
  3. Winterize air conditioning. If your home has central air conditioning, (and you live in a climate where you won’t need it any longer,) it may be necessary to cover your outdoor unit for winter. If you use window air conditioning units, remove them or cover to prevent air leaks.
  4. Programmable thermostat. Buy a programmable thermostat, if you don’t have one. If you already have one, check the temperature settings. Setting your thermostat to lower the temperature automatically at night and when you’re not home, can result in substantial cost savings.
  5. Test home safety devices. Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly.
  6. Clean humidifiers. Replace old filters and clean inside compartment. Vinegar is inexpensive and works well.

Exterior Maintenance

  1. Do a roof check. You should be able to do at least a visual inspection of the roof from the ground. Grab some binoculars to get a closer look or if you’re able and can do so safely, climb on up for a better view. Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. If your roof is flat, you may need to remove leaves and debris.
  2. Check the chimney and fireplace. If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.
  3. Stock up on firewood. Order enough firewood for the season. If you gather your own firewood, make sure it’s dry and ready. It’s best to cover firewood and store away from the house for safety reasons.
  4. Inspect siding. Check home exterior for cracks or holes. To repair them, hire a professional. (Like SEA/Peninsula Siding Company!)
  5. Clean the gutters. Hire a service to clear your gutters or do it yourself.  Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaks.
  6. Check water drainage. Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways. Add extensions to downspouts if necessary.
  7. Reinforce windows and doors. Remove screens and install storm windows and doors if you use them.(SEA/Peninsula Siding Company tip: Good to use storm window/storm window coverings on your vacation house windows!) Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows.
  8. Relax and enjoy the fruits of your labors!
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