Home Maintenance

Why FEMA Advises Snow Removal Plans for Commercial Buildings

Winter Is Here For many people in the U.S. winter is here. Snow is currently falling across the Midwest and is also forecast for the Northeastern US in the coming days. Despite the forecast, proactive facility managers and building owners who already have their snow removal contingency plans in place are breathing a sigh of relief. These key decision makers recognize the critical importance of ensuring their commercial properties remain safe places to do work, shop, or store goods. They…

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A Failing Roof: Danger Signals

Leakage in Attic After Wind-Driven Rain Possible cause: Leaky or inadequate shingle underlayment or deteriorated flashing Leakage in Attic After Ice Build-Up Possible cause: Inadequate shingle underlayment allows water from ice dams to leak into attic Blistering and/or Peeling of Interior and/or Exterior paint Possible cause: Excessive temperature or high humidity due to poor attic ventilation Stains on Interior Ceilings and Walls or Mold and Mildew Growth Possible cause: Inadequate or faulty shingle underlayment allowing leakage or inadequate ventilation Exterior…

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Summer Roofing: Maintenance Tips

To keep your roof in great condition (and thereby extend its life) it’s good to be vigilant with year-round maintenance and checkups.  In the heat of a Colorado summer getting up on your roof may be the last thing you want to do, but it’s nonetheless very important.  Keep our following tips in mind when checking and maintaining your roof this summer. *As always, safety first.  If you will be working on your roof, let someone know in advance in…

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27 (Cheap) Ways to Keep Your House Cooler this Summer

Steamboat’s summers aren’t long compared to some locations, but they can still get pretty darn hot. Simple changes such as moving lamps away from thermostats can keep your house cool and save you hundreds of dollars. Below are some money — and energy — saving tips that will help keep you cool this summer. Get the most from your air conditioning Open windows and use portable or ceiling fans instead of operating your air conditioner. Even mild air movement of…

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5 Easy (and Affordable) Outdoor Improvements

The summer season is near, and that means an increased focus on the outside of our homes. Not only are our homes simply more visible in the summer months (Not buried under and surrounded by feat of snow), but we also spend more time outside – so only naturally do we want to make those outdoor spaces more appealing. Whether your home needs a quick pick-me-up in time for summer or a more dramatic improvement to compete in a buyer’s…

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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Our specialty is your roof, but when it comes to home maintenance, it’s the whole picture that really counts. So as the days get warmer and we head into summer, be sure to run through our Spring Home Maintenance Checklist to make sure you’re ready. Exterior: Examine wood or hardboard trim and siding for caulk repair, damage, looseness, or missing or broken mortar to brick or stone veneer. Foundation: During melting or wet weather, inspect basement for dampness or leakage.…

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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

There is still plenty of winter left in northern Colorado and, if you haven’t done a thorough home maintenance check yet, now is a good time to do it.  It’s best to do most of the following in the fall or early winter, but better late than never! Home Winter Maintenance Checklist 1. Tune up your heating system. For about $80 to $100, a technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and…

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