Home Improvement

10 [Costly] Mistakes That Could Be Destroying Your Home

Whether you’ve just purchased a house or have been a homeowner for decades, there are several common mistakes that homeowners often make. Unfortunately, they can also lead to costly repairs! No need to panic though, just follow the guide below to ensure you don’t make these errors too – #10 may surprise you!

1. Ignoring Your Roof

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. Ignoring your roof can be detrimental to your wallet if not taken care of on a regular basis. It’s recommended that homeowners get a roof inspection every few years. A trained professional can spot any damage that may have been done from past storms or wear and tear that comes naturally over time. Schedule a FREE inspection with us today and rest assured that your home stays safe from leaks and other costly damage. 

2. Over-Using Bleach to Clean Your Home

If you rely on bleach to disinfect every nook and cranny, you could be doing more harm than good. Bleach can:

  • Eat through sealant on stone surfaces such as granite.
  • Discolor colored grout and laminate.
  • Cause enamel and acrylic tubs to fade.
  • Dissolve vinyl and linseed-based flooring such as linoleum
  • Corrode seals within the disposal.

Not to mention bleach can fuel the growth of mold on porous and absorbent materials like grout. Yes, whitening grout with bleach can actually create a mold feeding ground. A safer option is to go with a water and vinegar solution for your cleaning jobs. 

3. Having Ivy Climb Your House

Training ivy to scale your home may seem like a scene straight out of an English fairy tale, but it can actually damage your home. It can dig into the siding and if removed, damage the exterior itself. Additionally, the roots of the ivy on siding and shingles can cause cracks in brick and wood, resulting in moisture and insects entering it. These can end up in costly repairs, so maybe just ditch the English cottage dream and avoid ivy on your home altogether. 

4. Not Keeping Gutters Cleaned 

Gutters are extremely important to your home’s well-being. They help control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, landscape, and foundation. But if neglected, unattended gutters can turn into a homeowner’s nightmare. When gutters get clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris, it can result in a leaky roof or water damage to both the interior and exterior of your home. Gunked-up gutters can also breed homes for pests, rodents, mold, and bee infestations. If sand-like granules are found in your gutters, it could mean your roof’s shingles are deteriorating as well. If you notice these granules in your gutters or on your driveway, call us for a free inspection to ensure your roof’s integrity. 

5. Relying on Chemical Drain Cleaners

Avoiding an expensive plumber and just grabbing the cheaper drain cleaning product at the store sure seems tempting. However, the chemicals in those cleaners like hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid can erode your pipes. Mechanical methods like your plunger or a drain snake are not only safer but also more effective. And if that doesn’t get the job done, a plumber is still a better option than a busted pipe, right?

6. Planting Trees Too Close to Anything

A tree root pushing through your driveway, sidewalk, or your home’s foundation sounds like a nightmare, right? That’s why placing trees at an appropriate distance from your property is essential to avoiding costly cracks and damage later on. 

7. Using the Wrong Caulk

Who knew there were all kinds of caulk? There’s bath caulk, concrete caulk, gutter caulk, mortar caulk, and more. Using the wrong kind on your project can end up in damage done due to poor adherence allowing moisture to seep in and wreak havoc. Before grabbing up that caulk, just make sure you’re using the right kind for whatever your project may be. 

8. Over-Sealing Countertops

No need to smother your poor countertops! Applying sealant too frequently can create streaky or cloudy appearances. So how do you know when it’s time to reseal? Try dripping some water on areas you use a lot and see if the water remains beaded after 15 minutes. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time for resealing. Always refer to your manufacturer’s recommendations though because different materials can have different needs. 

9. Piling Firewood Next to Your Exterior Wall

Storing firewood right outside the backdoor can seem like a great idea for easy access, but it can also be an ideal spot for termites to hang out. Placing firewood at least 20 feet from your home’s exterior is a safe distance and hopefully not too far of a walk to fuel your fireplace! 

10. Not Performing Routine Exterior Maintenance

Letting exterior maintenance fall to the wayside can result in costly repairs down the road. Preparing your home for the summer heat can be especially important. If you’ve noticed your energy bills becoming higher than usual, it could mean that your roof isn’t doing its job and could be in need of repairs. Contact us for a free inspection so that we can ensure your roof is ready to handle the summer heat. It could save you lots of time and money in the long run. 

Did any of these surprise you or should any others be added to the list? Join the conversation on Facebook and let us know what you think! 


6 Signs You Need a New Roof

A new roof can be a costly investment but is essential to both you and your family’s safety. Your roof protects you from the rain, wind, and other natural elements, not to mention sets the stage for your home’s curb appeal and appearance. That’s why knowing when your roof has reached the end of its lifespan is so important! Keep an eye out for these warning signs and make sure to get a professional roof inspection ASAP should you see them on your home. 

Shingles are visibly worn

Have you noticed sand-like granules in your gutters or on your drive-way? Are your shingles so worn your roof looks like it has bald spots? These could be signs that your shingles are old and the lack of granules on them can result in excess heat entering your home and therefore increasing your air conditioning costs. Furthermore, once exposed, the asphalt underneath will dry out and crack, making your roof susceptible to leaks. 

Shingles are cupped and curled

If your shingles are visibly buckled, curled, cracked, or missing, it means that wind-driven moisture can easily get under the shingles resulting in leaks and rot. 

Your neighbors are getting new roofs

We don’t mean “keeping up with the Joneses.” If you live in a neighborhood the homes were probably built around the same time and if others around you are getting new roofs, it probably means yours is about due too. 

You’ve experienced leaks

Roofs are made of many components such as shingles, deck paper, flashing, vent stack boots, and more. As the roof gets older and several of these components start to fail, the roof should be replaced. 

The roof has experienced major damage

If more than about ⅓ of your roof needs repairs due to storms, wind, or hail, it is most cost-effective to simply replace it. This is because the repair is costlier on a per square foot basis due to it being more time-consuming to integrate old shingles with new ones. Not to mention, the mix of old and new shingles just won’t look good.

Your roof looks bad

Aesthetics are extremely important to homeowners and potential buyers. If your roof looks old and worn out, it loses curb appeal and value. A new roof can boost a home’s appearance and value by more than you’d think. 

If you’ve been hit by recent storms or if you’re not sure about your roof’s condition, then you should consider getting a free inspection with one of our trained professionals. There is zero obligation and it could mean preventing roof failure and the costly damage that comes with it!

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