Last Minute Yard Work: Tools to Invest in for Easier Landscaping

In all of the excitement to start your gardening off on the right foot, there’s the temptation to simply throw yourself into the ring without really thinking through all the tools that you’ll need to get the job done efficiently.

For some reason, people treat gardening differently than other kinds of jobs and think they can go about it with whatever they have lying around. On the contrary, the right tools can increase your efficiency, yields, and enjoyment of gardening.

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Health, Maintenance, and Security: 3 Areas of Your Home to Upgrade

Home ownership offers many benefits, but it also comes with a number of responsibilities. You may find the need to do regular maintenance and upgrades to keep your home looking its best. In addition, some actions also help to ensure the health of yourself and your family. Here are some strategies for ensuring the health, maintenance and security of your residence.

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Organization, Maintenance, and Landscaping—3 Ways to Keep Your Home Comfortable

We all want our homes to be both beautiful and comfortable, and sometimes the sources of comfort are quite straightforward and logical. When you want your house to be functional, there are a few things that you should be thinking about to create the perfect space that you’ll want to spend time with your family in. Organization and maintenance are the two primary ways that you can keep your home comfortable, and landscaping plays an unexpected role in your overall comfort while living in your home.

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4 Tips to Help Prepare Your Home for Spring and Summer

It can be a chore to endure the brutally low temperatures of the winter months. That’s why surviving and making it to the spring and summer seasons can be such an indescribable feeling. If you’re looking for options that can get your residence ready for warmth and joy, then these pieces of advice can work like a charm for you.

Remember “Out with the Old and in with the New”

The spring and summer seasons are a great excuse to remember the saying “out with the old and in with the new.” Discard of clutter that has no business in your life anymore. Donate pieces of clothing you don’t plan on ever wearing again. Refresh your home by emphasizing the unrivaled power of space and airiness.

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Tips for Doing Your Own Gutter Cleaning

Building a dream house and maintaining it can be very challenging. Do you want to see that your dream is crumbling owing to water seepage from the roof and cracks developing on the walls due to clogged gutters? Well, you need to do gutter cleaning at least twice a year to save your dream home from water and other blockages. One can appoint a professional for the job, but gutter cleaning can be done without any professional help. If you have any blockages in the gutters or drainage system, then you need to hire the trained professional.

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Remind Me: 3 Home Maintenance Tasks to Keep on Your Calendar

As the seasons change, it is important to take the opportunity to inspect the condition of your home and to complete various tasks. There are many tasks that must be completed seasonally for the optimal care of your home, and you may consider adding them to your calendar so that you do not overlook them from season to season. These are some of the more critical seasonal home maintenance tasks that you should complete regularly.

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Top Reasons to Take Your Family’s Swimming Pool Cleanliness Seriously

America’s swimming pools are disgusting. According to the nation’s top medical experts, many public swimming pools contain unacceptably high amounts of dangerous bacteria. You may believe that your backyard pool insulates you and your family from exposure to these bacteria. Unfortunately, that is not the case. These are a few parts of your body that are at risk from water-related infections in your swimming pool.

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Learn Basic Car Maintenance with these 10 DIY Project Videos

Looking for a new DIY project?

Here are a few projects that can save you money all while teaching you a new skill!

The minds at The Zebra put together a comprehensive list of 10 basic car maintenance projects everyone should know how to do. Regular car maintenance is essential to prolonging the life of your car but repair shops can be pricey. These basic DIY car maintenance projects will help you keep your car in tip-top shape while saving a ton on professional maintenance costs. Continue reading “Learn Basic Car Maintenance with these 10 DIY Project Videos”

Commercial Roof Maintenance: A Basic Guide for Property Owners

With roofs being any building’s primary defense against the elements, it is imperative they be able to withstand extreme heat, strong winds, heavy rains, punishing snow and severe hail. However, as they are constantly exposed to one or more of these destructive forces every single day, roofs can become susceptible to different kinds of damage.

Unfortunately, you can’t stop the sun from shining, the wind from blowing and the rain, snow and hail from pouring. What you can do, however, is to make sure that your roof is in good condition; the first step of which entails having regular and proper maintenance done on your system.

Why Is Commercial Roof Maintenance Important?

Roofing maintenance is primarily carried out to spot potential issues, allowing commercial property owners and managers to take action before they get worse. This not only simplifies repairs because issues to be addressed are smaller, but will also help lower costs with less work needing to be done. Maintenance work will be an additional expense for you, but it can actually help you save down the line by keeping more extensive repairs, and even roof replacement, at bay. Not to mention that you’ll be making the most of your current roofing system’s service life.

MOISTURE PROBLEM: Moisture exposure not only leads to mold and mildew growth, but can also weaken structures over time.

How Commercial Roof Maintenance Is Done

Commercial roof maintenance may be a bit more complicated and demanding compared to what residential properties require due to several factors. For one, the roof of a building is typically bigger than that of a house. Commercial roofing systems and materials also differ from what are typically installed on homes. Roofing jobs on commercial properties may also need to be performed while business is ongoing, unlike in homes where the inhabitants can simply leave for a while to avoid being inconvenienced.

The first step? Developing a maintenance plan. Years of building or property management will give an idea of the basics, but you need a thorough plan for roofing maintenance to be effective. So, you’re going to require the assistance and expertise of a commercial roofer. Roofing contractors are particularly experienced in crafting maintenance plans for commercial roofs, so they’ll be able to provide you with what you need to keep your roofing system in good shape.

What’s in a Good Commercial Roof Maintenance Plan?

A maintenance plan has two basic components: inspection and repairs.

An inspection is a means of evaluating a roof’s condition and checking for any signs of problems. Through it, a roofer will be able to determine if something needs repairing.

During an inspection, your roofer will check inside and outside your property. Indoors, they should check for:

  • Water stains on ceilings and walls
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Obvious water leaks

ROOF PENETRATIONS AND FIXTURES: Seals around skylights, AC units and vents, along with  other items attached or installed on the roof, must be checked during roof inspections.

Outside, your roofer should go over every component of your roofing system, going from corner to corner. Some visual signs they will be looking for will include:

  • Prolonged standing water, particularly on flat roofs
  • Bubbling on the roof cover
  • Damaged, loose or missing roof flashing
  • Tears and cracks on roof cover and seams
  • Blown-off roof cover
  • Loose or detached lightning protection system
  • Compromised seals around roof penetrations and other fixtures, such as skylights, air conditioning units or vents
  • Damaged, loose, clogged and/or incorrectly sloped gutters
  • Previous repairs to see if they are still intact

After an inspection, your roofer will provide you with a detailed report of their findings along with their recommendations should repairs be required. Roof repairs have to be planned to ensure that the most pressing issues are prioritized first, keeping business interruptions to a minimum. By having minor roof problems repaired as soon as possible, you can prevent them from growing and getting worse, avoiding premature roof replacement.

When to Perform Commercial Roof Maintenance

You should schedule regular roof inspections no less than two times a year – every six months or in the fall and spring – to make sure that even the smallest problems left by the harsher seasons are detected. Inspections must also be performed after a hurricane or severe windstorm, with frequency increasing as your roof ages. Furthermore, if your rooftop gets foot traffic, it may require more checks from your roofer.

How to Find a Reliable Commercial Roofer

The success of any roofing job, may it be inspections or repair, depends on your roofer’s capacity, so you need to take the time looking for a trusted, experienced and certified roofing professional. Here are some tips you can keep in mind to help you find a roofer worthy of your trust and investment:

  • Ask to see a copy of their license and business permits.
  • Ask for proof of insurance and bonds, making sure they offer liability and workers’ compensation coverage.
  • Ask for a list of references you can call to verify the roofer’s performance.
  • Ask about the materials and products they use and in which they specialize.
  • Ask about warranties and guarantees.

PROACTIVE VS. REACTIVE: Do not wait for any of your tenants or clients to complain of a leaky roof before you prioritize roof maintenance.

If you want any of your belongings to last, you need to take care of them. The same goes for the roof that protects your business and assets. Not considering subscribing to a roof maintenance program could be one of the biggest mistakes you could do as a commercial building owner or facility manager. Roof maintenance may not seem like a big deal so long as the roof is not leaking, but when it does, it may already be too late. So, if you have not yet developed a roof maintenance plan, now is the time to look for a good commercial roofer in your area.


Author Bio

Mike Curcio co-owns and founded CMS Roofing. With more than two decades of personal experience in the roofing industry, he shares the knowledge that he has acquired over the years through the company blog. Check it out for updates from Mike!