Tips from a contractor
In an age of do-it-yourself, itﾒs easy to overlook simple maintenance projects that can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Contractor and owner of Jacob Meck Construction, Jacob Meck, has a few tips for home owners before they take steps to renovate their homes this spring and summer.
ﾓOne of my biggest tips that I always put out there is when youﾒre on the ladder, always have someone there with you,ﾔ Meck said. ﾓDonﾒt be out there alone, itﾒs very, very dangerous. My rule of thumb is, if youﾒre not comfortable, donﾒt try it. Usually, when youﾒre not comfortable, thatﾒs when something bad happens.ﾔ
ﾓIf you have a shingled roof, once it gets to be 10 to 15 years old, you might see shingles laying the the yard. Thatﾒs a pretty good indicator that you have damage from the winter. Itﾒs a good time to get on the roof to check for weak spots and more loose shingles.
ﾓWith a metal roof, make sure the screws are down tight. Thatﾒs an easy check you can do from the yard. You can look at the screws with getting on a ladder or on the roof.ﾔ
ﾓWhether you have brick, wood or vinyl siding, warm weather is a good time to get the power washer out. Brick siding usually doesnﾒt need a lot of upgrades unless you fill in spots of cracked mortar. Before power washing your wood or vinyl siding, check for loose edges and trims.ﾔ
Windows and doors
ﾓAfter a harsh winter, itﾒs always good to check if the weather stripping is still in place. A lot of times, doors will get rotten spots underneath the thresholds and itﾒs a good time to go in the crawl space or the basement underneath those areas, pull the insulation back and check to make sure there isnﾒt any mold or mildew. Itﾒs easier to replace a rotten threshold than it is to replace a door and the entire frame.ﾔ
Decks and patios
ﾓSpring and summer are the best time to do staining and pressure washing. Itﾒs best to stain every two or three years. If people are looking into adding a deck, I like to recommend they look into alternative materials that are out there other than pressure treated lumber. A lot of those products are made from recycled materials, so many of those donﾒt need to be stained, it lasts longer and is less maintenance.ﾔ
ﾓYou donﾒt want to forget about your septic tank. Normally, you want to get it pumped every five to seven years. Thatﾒs a good maintenance thing that keeps bad things from happening on down the road.ﾔ
Bathrooms and kitchens
ﾓThese are the heaviest used areas in the home. Around 15 to 20 years they start to show heavy wear. There are so many options now with so many manufacturers offering an array of products, it can be daunting to find what you want. Itﾒs better to team up with someone to help design the space and help you navigate through the product choices.ﾔ
ﾓThere are different grades of garage doors. Normally, I would go with an aluminum door, which you can get with insulation. They have better track hardware and a nicer spring system. The doors move smoother and make less noise.ﾔ