Preserving Exterior Wood

Hello all. Well we are now officially into Summer. In the west central Florida area this means rain almost every day. Also, this means the time to take care of the outside projects as the heat will be upon us. This weeks blog is about preserving the exterior wood on your home and backyard.  As I mentioned earlier, the sun can be horrible this time of the year. So I wanted to discuss some easy low maintenance tips to help you out.

First, if you have any exterior wood on the home that has not been painted in the past 4-5 years, you may wanna start budgeting for this. The heat and the rain can cause many issues especially with wood decay, wood rot, and bring on little pests that destroy the wood.  Using an exterior primer for all wood is the key to long lasting preservation. The primer is a thinner sealant and can get into the pores of the wood to help maintain its life. Also, you may need to consider, sanding any loose paint and caulk from the areas prior to starting. Then your top coat of paint or stain needs to be long lasting. Do not go for the cheap budget paint. It won’t last. For a sharp appearance, I always use a top grade paint and usually gloss finish. The gloss finish helps with the sun and rain over time to keep the nice bright look.

Now lets talk about the wood around the landscape. We usually start repairing or installing new fencing, landscaping timbers, or just maintain what we have. With new wood for decks and fencing its important to let the wood acclimate to the climate before staining. I have found out using a sealer in the fall such as a clear coat works well. Then come back prior to summer and stain.  If you have existing wood, then now is the time to power-wash the area. Keep the grime and slime off. If you like the wood look then apply a clear coat stain. If the wood products are starting to show age, then now is the time to maybe apply a light color stain to start to hide the knots and wood decay. If your deck or fence is old and is really aged. A dark stain is the way to go.  This will definitely hide any defects or try too.

Remember, with wood fencing, railings and decks there is more maintenance but the natural look goes along way. For more information about this blog or if you have any questions, feel free to call us anytime at: 352-322-2700 or email at; pascoremodel@gmail.com

We gladly service the Land O Lakes, Trinity, Holiday and Zephyhills Florida area for estimates the next day at the latest. Thank You.

 

Moisture Intrusion

With the rain storm we are experiencing in Florida this week, I wanted to share about water leaks and what you can do to prevent and/or repair the area.

Water leaks are a mess, this we all know. It cost money, time, aggravation and most of all it can ruin some family heirlooms.  So you may noticed water getting in crevis and cracks that you never thought of.  So if you notice after the rain, the water getting in thru windows, maybe water stains on the drywall, or into the garage. Also, if you have a modular home the crawl space is very important to make sure that that area is dry. So, lets begin about this topic.

If you notice water getting in the windows when they are closed there is likely the window seals have expired or the window is not closing all the way. Some windows with the balances control the window to stay closed and used to keep up. The balances may need replacing, the tracks need cleaning, the caulking on the exterior needs to be re-done. This is just few examples of what is occurring. Now if the that is not the case, there is times where especially on modular/mobile homes the water gets behind the siding and can cause damage to the framing and drywall. If that is the case, then normally there is no flashing around the windows or moisture barrier on the sheathing.

So, with heavy rain, we also get roof leaks. If the shingles are about to expire and heavy rain is occurring  this will be a sign to replace the shingles. Additionally, the vents and the flashing on the roof may need to be re-tarred or replaced. Alot of times, with heavy rains, the drip edge and soffit is not secured to the home.

Lastly, we all will experience some water entering the garage. This can be prevented with either sand bags, a drain in front of the door, or the rubber seal not being dry rotted.  Also, gutters on homes will assist with land erosion around the foundation and diverting the water away from the foundation.  Making sure the gutters are not clogged is essential for this rain season.

So, I hope this helps with any issues. Of course feel free to call my office if you notice any issues with your home. We always provide free estimates and schedule our work in a timely manner. www.pascoremodel.com or 352-437-5300 We service areas from Zephyrhills to New Port Richey. From Holiday to Dade City. We are centrally located in Land O Lakes, Florida.

Exterior Renovations and Maintenance

This weeks blog is about exterior renovations and maintenance of your home. Depending upon the area you live in, that being Florida where our temperatures dip to a low of 55 degrees at night or up north like Maryland where it dips down to the 30’s, this blog will inform you why now is important to take care of those projects on the exterior.

So, lets begin. No matter where you live we are all experiencing some season change of temperatures. Maybe the heat is used to warm up the home in early morning or windows are being open more because of cooler temperatures. But technically Autumn is the ultimate time to do the exterior maintenance projects and renovations.

For example, a lot of us will have debris in the gutters. This is the time to clean the gutters and maybe you have budgeted the cost for gutter covers. Perhaps you notice the moss on the home and need to get that power-washed and from there have the deteriorated trim boards replaced and some exterior painting completed as well. But my favorite is the soffit and fascia boards.

Cleaning, painting or replacing the soffit and fascia boards are the most protective investment you could do this time of the year to not only enhance your home for beauty but to add value and reduce maintenance in the long range protective.  Now you maybe asking, OK replacing fascia boards are expensive. No they are not and they can be maintenance free.

Fascia boards can be a vinyl product. Using vinyl product this reduces maintenance and adds beauty to the home. Quality carpenter contractors will recommend this product anywhere we live. It can be cleaned yearly and at the same time if you decide to paint it or en-cap it does not rot, or deteriorate. Homes in the north and south can benefit from this. As I am a licensed contractor in 4 states from PA, MD, VA, and FL, every-time I  have said we can use a vinyl product and is easy to maintenance free product, clients have never second guessed me.

Now you may ask great, what about other projects on the exterior.  Well lets talk about windows. All windows will collect debris. Think about it. The balances have grease and grease will be a magent to collect dust and debris. The tracks and the bottom of the sills need to be cleaned. The screens should be washed twice a year to rid of pollen, bugs and bring back the color of the frame.

And lastly the landscaping. While landscaping is not a favorite issue of mine. I will tell you sometimes its best to have one on your speed dial. Here is why. Mulch after years of load on top of load needs to be removed eventually. Some mulch can bring pests into the home and mulch was originally a wood product. Additionally, you can have the landscaper to that odd edging you didn’t want to do to give that curb appeal and they may even through in a bonus lawn cut of the grass.

Below is a small check list of things to start thinking about for your Autumn Maintenance For Your Home. If you have any questions anytime, send us and email or call anytime. Email: pascoremodel@gmail.com or 352-437-5300

Fall Home Maintenance

Rake LeavesIn fall, prepare your home and yard for cooler temperatures, falling leaves and more hours spent indoors.

Outdoor Tasks:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage.
  • Rake leaves and shred to use as mulch or dispose of them based on local guidelines.
  • Close or install storm windows.
  • Remove hoses from spigots and drain and store indoors, coiled and flat.
  • Store outdoor furniture and cushions.
  • Test snow blower and have it professionally serviced if necessary.

Indoor Tasks:

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set clocks back in the fall. See our carbon monoxide detector buying guide.
  • Check windows and doors for weather-tightness and install weather stripping where it’s needed.
  • Have furnace professionally inspected.
  • If needed, set traps for rodents.
  • Dust blinds and vacuum curtains throughout your house.
  • Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine and cosmetics
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Wood Damage

This weeks blog will be about how people will know if they have wood damage to their homes and what to do when this occurs.

Alot of us will have some type of wood damage when they own a home. The very minor damage is when your fascia boards will be warped or sun burnt and will cause minor splitting and burn spots in the wood. Not a major thing but here in the Florida sun compared to Maryland winters the fascia will get more sun. This is an easy fix of either enclosing it with p.v.c. wrap or replacing. But now lets talk about the major framing in your home and the differences.

Your exterior of your home will get sun on most sides or is blocked by trees. The wood trim if not properly maintained and will eventually decay and deteriorate. When we look at wood rot, a lot of us think, #omg, termites. This is not true in a lot of cases. For example, wood rot will just decay and fall apart. If over years of neglect then it will be destroyed. This is also true for interior grade wood trim. The biggest part of wood rot is when the Dry rot is spread by spores which are present in most buildings. The minimum moisture content of timber for spore germination is 28–30% (lower than other rots), and the relative humidity must be in excess of 95%. Spores are resistant to desiccation and may still be viable for germination when they are several years old. Typically speaking the wood rot for relative humidity begins when lower then 35%.

So, you may now be asking, OK, my south-side of the home is shaded and the trim stays pretty much in tact, but my west side does get beat by the sun and can see fading more. What can I do? Well we can’t have our home on a rotating table. So, what I suggest is as time goes by on the sides of the sun and after the paint is not protecting the trim as much, replace it with a vinyl product or enclose the trim as time goes by. Alot of contractors will be like we can do this entire home for ????.. Not at Pasco Remodel. We want to be your contractor and keep within your budget. We will be more then glad to do the West Side of the home then come back in a year to do another side. Why, because we want to build relationships and not short big sales. Besides, another issue on your home may come up and we want to be that first call.

Now as far as wood damage with insects, these are caused by wood destroying organisms. Commonly known as termites or my favorite, #carpenter ants. Any wood eating bug will cause damage to the home. They will enter cavities in the home and get into the wood framing members. However, you will not know this until its too late. Alot of times its caused by moisture in the area of the home in one part or you may have some dead membranes and the bugs will go after them for ease to eat and tunnel. For this part, stay tuned to next weeks blog about wood destroying organizms and what to do.

Feel free to contact us anytime at Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair for us to come to your home for a free in home consultation on wood replacement and wood rot. We gladly service, Bayonet Point, Hudson, Lakeland and New Tampa within a 2 day window for free estimates.

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