A leaky roof will turn into more than a nuisance and shouldn’t be a home improvement project that is put off taking the highest priority on your list of home maintenance projects. A bad roof can pose not only structural issues but also many safety and health risks.
Quality as defined by Dictionary.com is:
1“An essential or distinctive characteristic, property, or attribute. 2 Character of nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing. 3Character with respect to fineness, or grade of excellence. 4High grade; superiority; excellence.”
Your home is at the top of the investment list for most people and maintaining and updating it are among some of the best ways to protect that investment. When it’s time for some of those bigger and more expensive projects like replacing the roof, windows or siding you want to make sure they are done by a quality and reputable company. How do you know you are hiring the best contractor for the job? Sure you can do a quick internet search and that will give you some perspective, but there is also a lot to be said for developing your own opinions after meeting with a company. Here are some questions to ask when interviewing contractors:
Choosing the right window for your home can be overwhelming and it is often hard to know if you are making the right choice or not. Windows are a crucial part of any home's appearance and efficiency. Mel Harris Company offers a variety of windows to best suit your tastes and home needs. Double-hung windows are a popular choice for many homeowners as they offer many benefits.
Storm season is here. Are you ready? How will you know if your roof sustains damage during one of those storms? A storm doesn’t have to produce a tornado or hail to cause damage. Wind alone can cause enough damage to require repair or replacement. In fact, I distinctly remember a time that our home sustained severe enough roof damage from strong winds on a clear day to warrant a new roof. That particular day the Oklahoma winds were stronger than normal, causing damage throughout the town. Keep in mind that you should always check the condition of your roof after a tornado, thunderstorm, hailstorm, or just a windstorm. You can opt to check it yourself or hire a professional to inspect for damage. Personally, I like to hire a professional to look for damage because they not only know what they are looking for, but they also know the proper way to get off and on a roof without injuring themselves. A professional roofer is also able to document any problems and necessary work needed to file a claim for your insurance company.
Who would have thought that when we were making our spring to-do lists that we would have to be making them while quarantined in our homes? Many are not only worried about the spread of the novel coronavirus itself, but also what type of long-term economic impact this will have. In the beginning, many used the sudden time at home to binge Netflix, but as the quarantines are appearing to be lasting longer than hoped and now we’re all binged out on the latest TV series, what should we do now? How about tackling all those long-avoided home projects that never seemed to find themselves in your scheduled to-do list? Here are a few low- to no-cost ideas:
Spring is knocking on the door and pretty soon, the sun will be shining to offer warmer days allowing us to get on those outdoor chores we have put off all winter. One of those outdoor jobs will most likely be cleaning those windows, especially if you live in an area that received a lot of rain and snow. I like as much natural light as possible in my home, so the only windows I cover in my house are the bedrooms, everything else I leave uncovered. The big windows are stunning … when they are clean. Cleaning the windows can seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are my simple tips for sparkling clean windows:
Replacing your roof is a big long-term investment and you want to be sure that you choose the right type of roof and color that compliments your home as well as something you will love looking at every day. Aside from the exterior walls of your home, the roof is one of the most important and noticeable parts of the exterior.
The New Year is fast approaching and that embodies a fresh start for all things from mind, body, spirit finances and even home improvement. You know all those projects that never quite got finished the year before. Some of the most popular projects include:
The holidays are here and that often means additional outdoor tasks like hanging colorful Christmas lights. It’s a tradition that many go to great lengths to participate in, but sometimes that can result in serious injury. No one wants to start the holiday season off with a Christmas-related injury. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), approximately 5,800 individuals are treated annually in emergency rooms for injuries related to holiday decorating falls and more than half of those falls were from falling from ladders or roofs while decorating outdoors. Additionally, roughly 4,000 people a year are treated in emergency rooms for injuries involving extension cords that result in fractures, lacerations, contusions, or sprains from tripping over the cords. Follow these tips to help keep your injury-free this holiday season.
We are already into the last 90 days of the year and it is time to start thinking about winterizing your home. Now is the perfect time, because the weather is still decent enough that you don’t have to risk frostbite when working outdoors. Make yourself a little checklist to do the following before the temps dip below the freezing mark:
One of the most important, but often neglected parts of your home is your roof. It is what shelters you from the weather and, in all reality, is what holds your house together. Without it, there would be no shelter. It takes the brunt of storms whether it be the weight of snow from a snowstorm, a beating from a hailstorm, windstorms and the daily heat from the sun. So, why is it that is neglected? One reason is that roofs typically have a long life span of roughly 30 years, therefore, we sort of forget about it. Another reason is that we aren’t really sure what we are looking for when assessing the state of our roofs.
Have you been thinking about replacing your old windows? Not only will replacing your windows give your home a facelift and add value, but you will also benefit from lower utility bills. One of the most effective ways to reduce the summer heat or cold drafts in your home is to replace old windows with new, energy-efficient ones.
Many people often have a preconceived notion that vinyl siding is not as durable as other exterior materials. They don’t realize that vinyl siding will stand up to harsh weather conditions, season changes and temperature fluctuations. They don’t think it will hold up to a family’s daily activities---kids playing baseball, car doors or anything else that might bump the material and cause it to break. The fact of the matter is that vinyl siding installed by the professionals at Mel Harris Company offers superior durability and insulation. Best of all it is maintenance-free, as it requires NO painting unlike pine board or cedar; the durable material will not rot or flake.
Now that you’ve got your new Mel Harris siding, you will want to keep it in tip-top shape. Although vinyl siding doesn’t rot or wear like wood and is virtually maintenance free, you will want to take some minor precautions and do a little maintenance to protect your investment.
The exterior of your home is one of the most important features of your home. The exterior has a big impact on the curb appeal of your home since it is one of the first things people notice. Additionally, it offers protection against each of the four seasons. When you replace your exterior siding with new siding from the Mel Harris Company, you are giving your home an automatic facelift offering an improved curb appeal, increased energy efficiency and increased value.
Whether building a new home or remodeling, selecting the right windows for your home is a big deal. Windows are multifunctional. Not only do they add architectural interest to your home, but also enhance energy efficiency, increase the value of your home and allow all that beautiful natural light into your home while providing you with views to the outside world.
Spring storms are upon us and with that can often mean hailstorms. In fact, the 11-year anniversary of the 2008 hailstorm that hit our area is fast approaching. After that storm, many people that sustained roof damage opted for a metal roof to avoid the same problems the next time a hailstorm occurred. Metal roofs are an attractive option because of their longevity, minimal maintenance and energy efficiency.