Harold (Buddy) Pope's Blog
Attention that you give to your home's exterior is going to show, and not just from the curb. The interior of your home can reflect what's going on outside your house.An example of this are water stains that can build on your walls if your roof leaks.
Keeping the value of your home's exterior high
Cracks in your house's structure and windows invites more than cold air inside,potentially driving up your utility bills. Cracks in the your house's exterior can serve as entryways for pests, which, in turn, can cause damage to flooring, walls, doorways and furniture.
One of the biggest home exterior concerns is your roof. Maintenance tips for your roof include removing heavy snow, accumulating leaves and other debris from your roof and gutters. Also, remove broken tree limbs from your house. If you cut down dead trees, you could prevent major damages from happening to your house during a violent storm.
To maintain your roof, inspect and replace curled or missing roof tiles. Also, get discolored tiles inspected, as this could be a sign of water damage. Contact your local utility company if utility wires are hanging too close to your roof.
More ways to improve your home's exterior
Wash and dry porch furniture and wood porch floorboards. Tighten or replace loose porch floorboards. Signs that wood floorboards need to be replaced include discolored, spotted or soft wood.
Similar to inspecting and caring for porch floorboards, check your driveway. Look for cracks, discoloration and holes. If your driveway is made of stones, notice if stones are missing or discolored. It's easier and less costly to replace one to three stones, floorboards or concrete pieces than it is to redo your entire porch or driveway.
At your actual house, seal up cracks in windows and doorways. Depending on the design of your house, a simple white caulk may work well. Over time, you may need to replace windowsills and exterior window trimming. That or you may simply need to repaint window trimming.
Regular care to the exterior of your house pays off
In addition to cutting down dead trees, keep bushes and shrubs evenly trimmed. If you've ever seen a yard decorated with evenly trimmed hedges or bushes, you know how much neatly trimmed greenery adds to a property.
Another maintenance step that you'll have to take involves your actual lawn. Not only will you need to repaint flowers, including annuals, after you've lived at your home for so many years, you may also need to re-sod your lawn. Give yourself at least two weekends to finish this work if you have a large front and back yard. By regularly mowing and treating your front and back lawn, you keep your house appealing. You also keep your lawn healthy.
The exterior of your home influences your overall appreciation for your house. Lots of weeds in your front or back lawn, a deteriorating roof and dirty siding can be a turn off. Regular maintenance helps you to get and keep a healthy lawn. It also strengthens your walkway, driveway, porch furniture and other exterior parts of your home.
Water is a life source that offers a broad range of benefits. There may be no safer, healthier cleaning agent than water. Who hasn't heard a physician proclaim the value of drinking water. It helps to keep the body flushed. Without water, you could feel sluggish, lethargic and tired. You could also invite disease.
Respect the power of water
Yet, water can also cause a lot of damage. And the roof of your house isn't the only place that water can start to chip away at. Check out these 10 reasons why you may want to keep your house water free.
- House roof erosion - Water will damage your house roof over time. Currently, there is no way around this. But, you can slow down the damage by replacing and repairing roof tiles as needed. You can also remove heavy snow, especially if your roof is already showing signs of damage.
- Mildew - Dark stains could be a sign of mildew. Use a safe cleansing agent to keep your home mildew free.
- Mold - Let enough water collect and stay in your home and mold could develop.
- Pests - Certain pests are attracted to water.Depending on the climate that your house is located in, you could see these pests during spring, summer and early fall in areas of your house where water collects.
- Water damage - If your roof leaks and water gets inside your walls, you may see water stains on your ceiling and walls.
- Window sealant - Too much water fall could weaken sealants around your windows.
- Trees and shrubs - Even trees, shrubs and plants can take in too much water. Over time, it could cause the greenery to suffer and die. A dead tree during a storm could collapse against your house.
- Flooring - All it takes is one flood to realize how much damage water can do to a floor,be it your basement, living room or bedroom floor.
- Carpet - If your house gets flooded, you may have to replace your entire carpet. Even if you try drying the carpet, there could be a strong funk that lingers.
- Cabinet discoloration - In addition to discoloring cabinets, water can weaken wood, causing shelving to collapse.
Ways to keep your house water free
It may be impossible to keep your home completely dry. But, try to get into the habit of wiping kitchen and bathroom back splashes dry after each use. Use materials like stainless steel, porcelain and ceramic in rooms that get wet. Avoid lining kitchen and bathroom floors with carpet.
The carpet may feel comfortable against your the soles of your feet. Yet, little stinks worse than wet carpet. If water gets beneath carpet, it can stain hardwood floors. Water can also weaken floor tiles. When you do use water to wash furniture, windows and to clean the exterior of your home, make sure that the water can freely run off your house.
Open windows to help thoroughly dry furniture. Another option is to place furniture covers in the clothes dryer. Simply spraying damp rugs, carpet and furniture coverings will only disguise the fact that the material is wet. These are just a few habits that can help you to respect the power of water. The home care habits can also help your furniture, counter tops, walls, roof and cabinetry to last longer.