3 Home Maintenance Tasks You Don’t Want To Ignore

medium_12204634365As a new homeowner, it’s important to remember that maintenance is necessary. While this may seem like a stretch above and beyond the normal costs of owning a home, it’s important to stay on top of the upkeep of your property. Otherwise, tiny problems could end up costing you big.

Small problems are easy to put off and eventually ignore. Here are some more examples of small problems that could turn into big costs:

  • Drafty windows
  • Leaky roof
  • Holes in siding

Here’s how those small problems could take a major dent out of your savings:

Drafty windows – Not only do drafty windows raise the cost of your energy bills, they could also pose a problem to your entire structure. If they aren’t properly sealed, leaky windows will only get more and more drafty as our temps rise and fall. Sealing windows is an easy fix, but if it’s not addressed before it gets out of hand, you could find yourself replacing your windows entirely.

Leaky roof – Though solving this problem with pans and buckets may be tempting, I assure you; the problem is only getting worse. When it rains or snow melts on your roof, the area in which the shingles aren’t dong their job is getting saturated with moisture. That saturation is spreading and likely never drying out. Eventually, the wood your structure is made out of will rot, causing you to replace your roof or entire parts of your structure below your roof.

Holes in siding – Like your roof, your siding is protecting the interior frame of your home. If your siding can’t do that because of hail damage or, ahem, a rock from a lawn mower, the frame your house is built out of will get wet each time it rains. If this remains a problem long enough, it could even affect your insulation. Moisture and fiberglass don’t play nice. If your insulation gets wet over and over again, the batting could compress, thus reducing the energy efficiency of your home.

As you can see, small problems can cost you money while they are a problem and then a huge chunk of change when they finally need to be addressed. Don’t put a Band-Aid on your home’s problems. Protect your investment and take care of those small problems right away!

Do you need a new roof, windows, or siding? Call today to get your project done before the temps drop and the snow flies!

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