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MAINTAINING YOUR HOME
Bonnie Sarris is co-owner of Sarris & MacKir Roong and Construction, a professional roong business that was established in 2005. The company’s services include free roof inspections, gutter replacement, window repair and replacement, interior and exterior painting, fence staining and complete roong services.
The National Association of Home Builders oers routine home maintenance tips for homeowners looking to maintain their homes’ value and ensure their safety.
HOW SHOULD A HOMEOWNER DECIDE WHEN IT IS TIME TO REPLACE A ROOF? If a hailstorm rolls through, you should denitely have someone come and check out your roof. Homeowners should never answer the door and buy something from a fancy, slick salesperson that some company sent out. I have numerous stories about people losing money that way. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE GUTTERS ON YOUR HOUSE? With the way foundations move in the state of Texas, you should have gutters all the way around your house
because you don’t want water to puddle anywhere. WHAT ELSE SHOULD HOMEOWNERS KNOW? Homeowners should always ask for proof of business liability insurance. If your roof is four years [old] or older, you should have maintenance done on your roof. We have a maintenance plan, and we come in and seal and caulk everything. For one year, if you have a problem, we x it for you. It’s almost like an insurance policy for a year. Also, never pay a contractor before the job has been completed. [Put] no more than 50% down upon signing a contract.
Find other useful home ownership tips at www.nahb.org.
1 Roofs should be inspected by a qualied roofer every three years, and skylights should be inspected so leaks do not develop. 2 Ensure downspouts and gutters do not get clogged with leaves and other debris. 3 Inspect siding each year to see if it needs repainting, and trim shrubs away so they do not touch the siding. 4 Check for split or cracked caulking on windows and doors annually, and replace the caulk as necessary. 5 Moving parts of garage doors need to be oiled once every three months.
6 Air lters require regular replacement, generally once every three months. 7 Safety and security : Regularly check security alarms and circuit breakers. Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year. 8 Clean each faucet’s aerator every three to four months. Maintain garbage disposals by running cold water through them. 9 Masonry walls can develop a white powder that can be scrubbed o with water and a sti brush. 10 Hardwood oors without polyurethane need to be waxed with a liquid or paste “spirit” wax. Use emulsion wax on vinyl.
Bonnie Sarris Co-owner Sarris & MacKir Roong and Construction 6010 W. Spring Creek Parkway,
SPRING CREEK PKWY.
Ste. 243, Plano 496-931-6260 www.sarrisroong.com
SOURCE: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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