At the end of every December, we reflect on the events of the past 365 days and look forward to a happy and prosperous year to come. Oftentimes, people set goals for they wish to achieve during the year in an effort to improve themselves and the world in which they live. This year, instead of wishing you a Happy New Year, I propose to help you repair and restore your home and make homeownership a more rewarding experience for you and your loved ones. So, let’s get started today with some simple tips that prepare your home for winter in Arizona.
We don’t usually have to think about our roofs very often here in the Valley, but it rains enough that if you are not on top of your roof maintenance, damage can occur. It is always safer to hire someone to inspect your roof, but even the untrained eye can see when a roof needs attention.
The materials used to seal roof penetrations crack over time, and these need to be resealed every couple of years. Debris can also collect on your roof, and this leads to deterioration of the surface, which will eventually result in leakage. With regular maintenance, a roof should last a minimum of 25 years in the Phoenix area.
It’s important to ensure that the perimeter of your house has proper drainage so that when it does rain, the water can flow away from your foundation rather than through it. This can be accomplished by using dirt to create a slope away from your house for at least two feet. If water is allowed to pond next to your house then it could eventually undermine your home’s foundation, resulting in cracks in your walls — or worse.
This is a simple job that many homeowners can perform on their own, but any landscaping company could also create the necessary drainage to ensure your home remains built on solid ground.
Many different materials are used to build homes in Arizona, and some of those deteriorate due to weather if not sealed with a good coat of paint and regularly maintained. Concrete seems to do pretty well in our climate, but wood can rot in a fairly short span of time if not properly sealed.
Wood that is directly exposed to the sun and rain should be inspected annually to ensure it is properly sealed. Most homeowners can do this themselves, but this is also a good project for your local handyman. Be sure to check the tops of any exposed beams, as these are often overlooked when painting is done and, therefore, the first place to rot.
Use these simple tips to prepare your home for winter in Arizona and to protect your home’s value. Watch for more tips in our next newsletter and throughout our blog. As always, contact Rictor Contracting, (623) 842-5413, for advice when it comes to maintaining your home.