If spring is for cleaning, then summer is for maintenance. What is usually the best season for people is typically not a great season for your home. While you are out hitting the beach or vacationing with the family, your home will be there. When you have a little down time over the summer, try out a few of these maintenance tips to help make your home shine.
There is never a more important time to clean your gutters than the summer. Summer squalls can knock twigs, leaves, and other detritus onto your roof and subsequently into your gutters. Over time, the buildup can cause serious problems. Fall and winter typically see more rain than summer, so ensure that clogged gutters are not a problem before it becomes critical.
Down here in Florida, we understand the need to run your air conditioner unit. Ensuring that the sealants on the air conditioning are firm will go a long way for guaranteeing the cold air stays in, and you do not waste any electricity.
This one is technically an interior tip, but a fire will ignite the outside of your house the same is it does for the inside. Summer sees an uptick in fires, due to conditions being riper for conflagrations. Knowing where your fire extinguishers are is half the battle. It may also be a good idea to go over fire preparations with your family.
There is nothing quite like sipping a cold beverage on your deck after a long day’s work. On the other end of the spectrum, there is nothing like your deck breaking under you because it is not structurally sound. A quick examination for rotting wood will go a long way into understanding whether or not you should replace your deck.
It may also be a good idea to check for any nails that are being forced up. A trusty hammer will help get them back down. As you are going around outside, spill some water onto the deck. Should the water bead up, you are fine. If the water soaks into the wood, then you need to reseal the deck.
This can be done while you are cleaning your gutters. Here, you need to look for missing or curled roof tiles. If any of the caulk has cracked, take note of that. The metal that is used to prevent water from leaking through crevices is called flashing. This flashing occasionally rusts, and you need to check for it.
Everyone loves the natural light filtering through. The pollen that goes flying throughout the Spring and Summer can dirty your window. A ton of other things make your windows look unclean, and summer is the perfect time to make them glimmer again.
As you are cleaning your windows, it may be a good idea to swap out your screens. If they are not that dirty, then you can find a solid cleaning solution to make it nice. You will need to take your screens off to do this.
At Aastro Roofing, we provide excellent, consistent, and thorough service. If you have any questions about home maintenance, do not hesitate to ask us. When you need a Boca Raton Roofing Contractor, contact us.
It seems like there is always something to do down here in South Florida. This area is teeming with life and excitement, so narrowing down these events was pretty difficult.
1. Boca Burger Battle
This one should be on the list for all the dads out there. The Boca Burger Battle goes down on July 15th in Boca Raton. The grills light up Sanborn Square Park as some of the best grillers in the country descend upon the town. This event is 21+, since there is drinking. $50 is general admission, which gets you unlimited tastings and three drink tickets. Live music from one of the world’s premier reggae/country bands will be entertaining the crowds this year. The judges are all expert chefs, and you could learn a thing or two to bring back to your own grill.
2. Sick Puppies Comedy Show Improv
Like the last one, this is for the more mature audience. The Improv here is more than just a show. The crowd is not only allowed to yell out, but is actively encouraged to participate and make the night that much more exciting. Local actors and comedians come out to put on a show for you. The laughs roll all night long. These events happen on a regular basis, so take a date with you on a Saturday night and laugh your tail off.
3. Delray Beach 4th of July
This one is a family affair. You can start with the sand sculpting at noon, then hang out all day. Putt-putt golf will be there, as will live music. At 9:00 PM, the fireworks start. Officials from the city are going to be on hand to count down for the fireworks. Grab a towel, head up to the beach, and celebrate America.
4. 6×6 Art Sale
If you love art and are in Delray Beach, this one is an absolute must. All pieces of art are 6 x 6, and cost the same $30. It is $5 to get in. This is going to be on the 27th of July, from 6 to 8 PM. The artists donate their works, and the proceeds of the sales all go to charity. Before everyone bids on the works, you will have an opportunity to preview the art. This will take place at the Crest Theatre Galleries.
5. Summertime BBQ Bash
Not only do you get to eat a whole mess of barbecue, you get to benefit the Twin Palms Center for the Disabled. On August 10, head down to 35th Street to dine upon some of the best barbecue you will ever have. This one is going to be fun for the whole family, and if you buy your tickets ahead of time they will be cheaper. 5 Spice Asian Street Market, a local establishment, sponsors this event.
If there are any events that we missed that you would like to include, please tell us in the comments below. Aastro Roofing is your local roofer. We service the Boca Raton and Delray Beach areas with pride.
It would be completely unacceptable if a company cut corners when installing the roof over your head, so here is a list so that you do not cut corners when hiring the right roofing contractor. Not everyone knows a whole lot about roofing, which is why it is necessary to provide you with a few hints in regard to hiring the right folks.
Putting different types of roofs on your home could change how satisfied you are with the way it looks and its resale value in the future. A roofing company with very few options might not be entirely on your side, but a company that provides you with a plethora of options can suit the roof to your unique tastes.
Contracting with a company which is in your community not only helps out your town, but it helps you out too. A roofing company with its roots in the local area can be trusted more than a national company, especially when the team has a bevy of highly qualified and experienced roofers to choose from. In addition, a local company will always be familiar with municipal codes and local suppliers. This means they can do everything by the book, and get you the most comfortable prices to boot. Also, you can ask around, and get referrals.
A roof is only as strong as the material it is made out of. The best workers in the world cannot turn lead into gold, so to speak, and having the best materials over your head can give you peace of mind. In this vein, a good company is proud of the work they have done as well as the grade of their materials, and will offer a guarantee or a warranty.
Communication is often underappreciated, and it is vital that everyone understands every part of the process. If you can receive your estimate in writing, that is even better, since it allows you to compare prices and services more readily. Having all of the information you can before you have to sign a contract helps you budget more effectively. This is especially critical as roofing can take a lot out of your yearly allotted amount.
Insurance is absolutely essentially, as every homeowner knows. Everyone who maintains property knows how useful insurance is, and this applies to roofing contractors as well. A contractor who has insurance is reliable and professional, and needs to carry both liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. It goes without saying that this aids the company, but you would be surprised with how far this can go in protecting you from claims against you, and even lawsuits. As was mentioned above, crystal clear communication is vital at every point of the process, and asking to see the company’s insurance certificates can save you from a lot of headaches in the future.
Powered roof vents are a wonderful and underutilized tool for the homeowner. Attics can get incredibly hot and stuffy during the summer months. Most homeowners do not consider this to be much of a problem, but a few issues can crop up if your attic is not properly ventilated. Vents suck moisture from the home, so vents help prevent the proliferation of mold and mildew. Wood rot is a fungal infection that plagues homeowners everywhere, and these vents slow its growth. So even if you aren’t in your attic very often, powered roof vents greatly impede costly and negative situations in the future. Below are the three biggest mistakes homeowners make when installing powered roof vents.
Powered roof vents can be incredibly effective, but you need to put them in the right place. The guideline suggests that you need one powered roof vent for every 150 square feet of space. You need square feet, not cube feet, so all you need to measure is the floor. Multiply the length by the width to get your number. If you have an irregularly shaped attic, or your square footage is slightly off, don’t worry. An estimation of the floorspace or a number within a reasonable measure of 150 feet still mean that a powered roof vent is a good idea. Make sure that the vent is placed at least two feet below the ridge of the roof. Should your attic be larger than 300 square feet, ensure that your powered roof vents are spaced out evenly. Also, don’t place a roof vent above a rafter.
Just having the powered roof vent is not enough. You need to have a pencil, a utility knife, a pry bar, a saw, caulk, a hammer and nails, and a broom. The pencil’s use comes in marking where exactly you want to cut. Measure twice and cut once, as the old saying goes. The utility knife comes in when you need to cut the shingles loose so you can apply the powered roof vent. If any of the shingles are nailed to the roof, the pry bar comes in handy for removing them. A saw comes in handy when you are cutting the hole where the vent goes, especially as you need precise cuts. Caulk is useful when you are attaching the flange to the roof, as well as when you are nailing the vent down. No one likes a leaky roof. A hammer and some nails are necessary for firmly attaching the vent to the roof. Finally, you need to sweep the roof of all the debris once you are done.
You can always use an extra set of eyes or an extra pair of hands when doing handy work around the house. A fall from 15-20 feet up is not going to kill you, but it can break a bone, so having someone steady the ladder is vital. You are going to have to loosen a bunch of shingles to install these vents, so having another person there expedites the process.
If you want a roofing contractor, we here at Aastro Roofing are happy to aid you. As experienced roofers, we can diagnose and repair all your problems. Call us today at (561) 409-3280.