Buying a home is exciting, you’re making the heaviest investment in your future you’ll likely ever make. Owning a house is yet more exciting, you’re taking care of the home where your family lives and where you spend the majority of your time. Not so much fun, but something that has to be done, is the continued maintenance of the home. You have to assure it stays up to your standards as not only a safe and comfortable place for you and your family, but also assure the exterior meets the standards of your HOA and according to your lifestyle is inviting for guests whether they’re enjoying an afternoon visit, a dinner party, or staying overnight. Exterior maintenance of your home may not have been your first thought when making the purchase but has to be done occasionally.
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As a homeowner, you may or may not realize the terms, “maintenance, repair and replacement” have distinct meanings when used as professional jargon. There are some clues you can watch for to understand which your home likely needs when your gutters aren’t working properly, although each situation can be a little different. It’s important to listen to your contractor’s advice and explanation when determining what is needed. An understanding of his lingo will help you understand what he plans to do and why.
Home design may seem a wizardly craft to some, but it really isn’t so complicated with a few basic concepts. Keep in mind, there’s always an exception to the rule and you can generally trust your instinct to confirm what you think looks nice. The rules generally apply to define what is commonly determined as nice looking and can change with trends over time. The first and least arbitrary rule is if you plan to flip or rent the house, you want to appeal to what most people can appreciate. If you plan to live there forever, the final decision is based on what you and your family wants to call home.
Whether you are a lifelong resident of Minnesota, or you have moved here recently, you have either experienced its brutal winters firsthand or you have seen and heard news reports that attest to this fact. Due to its proximity to Canada, the Minnesota area experiences some of the country's most devastating snow, ice and plummeting temperatures during the winter months. These bone-chilling conditions can wreak havoc on your utility bills as you inch the thermostat higher and higher to ensure that you and your family are as comfortable as possible.
If you are lucky enough to have sliding glass doors in your home, you know how convenient and beautiful they are. Not only do they make it easy to enter and leave your dining area to bring food and supplies to your patio, for example, sliding glass doors also allow lots of sunshine and light into a room. This type of door gives you a wide expanse from which to glimpse the outdoors. As beautiful and convenient as they are, though sliding glass doors can also be terribly inefficient when it comes to saving energy. You can reduce this likelihood by replacing them as needed. If you notice any of the following signs, replacing your sliding glass doors should be at the top of your home maintenance list.
Many people have been known to think siding on a home only makes the house look nice but no other true value or reason. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Although the exact siding choice may depend on cosmetics and the personal taste of the homeowner, it does in fact serve a significant purpose as part of the home’s overall design and function.
New windows can be fun and exciting as you update your home whether for cosmetic appeal or as needed for structural integrity with the home. Most houses were built on a budget and likely only had basic windows installed whereas the owner may want something more elaborate. Otherwise, in an older home, the windows may be broken, jammed, or simply not working properly. In either case, there are a few considerations to be thought about before choosing the new windows.
Double hung windows have become the standard by which other are judged. They can serve as the typical basic window, or be built to more exacting standards to provide better than average quality. The value and efficiency of double hung windows is far superior to the older system which used a single pane window in conjunction with a secondary storm window for added insulation. Because the two panes of glass are integrated in a single unit, they cannot become misaligned allowing for drafts and cold spots to develop in the home.
With the number of modern window options available, you may wonder which is best for your application. Whether purely functional and economic or highly decorative and elaborate, there is a window style to upgrade your home for efficiency or appearance. All windows come in a variety of standard and customized sizes and are available in a multitude of color options to suit the exterior design of any home.
As homes age, it is typical for them to require spot cleaning and complete pressure washing as part of an ongoing maintenance program to keep them looking their finest. Every so often, they need a new paint job and repairs to the outer sheathing. Gutters need to be cleaned and occasionally straightened to assure proper runoff of rainwater. A solution is to apply vinyl siding as a covering on older homes or as a design choice with new homes. You may also consider a new gutter system with or without leaf guards as necessary to complete the makeover. Not only cosmetic in nature, these solutions can also increase the efficiency of your home by lowering ongoing maintenance costs and provide insulation that may lower your energy bills.