What home maintenance tasks should you be focusing on the rest of the year?

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Home Maintenance Checklist

 

 

We thought we’d share some home maintenance tasks you can do monthly throughout the year. The key is working at it every month to make it easier for you.

What’s not to love about summer? If you need a push to get into the summer spirit, be sure to read our random trivia facts that will have you ready to face the heat with the enthusiasm of an 8-year-old at a water park.

This month’s recipe for Buffalo Grilled Corn is the biggest thing to hit corn since man found out he could put it in a fire. Tangy, saucy, fire-roasted corn is topped with funky blue cheese for a whole mouth full of flavor. It’s the perfect side to any protein you put on the grill.

We hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the early days of summer!

 

July

  • Perform a security check

     Home robberies often increase during the summertime months, mainly because burglars expect homeowners to leave for long holidays. Be sure and check your fences, doors, and windows, then invest in a reliable security system that watches your home.

August

  • Repair the roof

     The end of August is an excellent time to fix or replace roof shingles. The late-summer, early-fall timeframe also ensures that new shingles have time to seal and form an impenetrable barrier.

  • Cut the cord. As fall arrivals and TV networks air the brand-new seasons of each hit show, cut the cable cord, save up to $150 a month, and shift to a streaming platform where you can watch all your desired entertainment while saving money in the process.

September

  • Ready the fireplace and service your heating system

     Book a service to clean and repair the fireplace and flue. Doing so not only assures adequate heating but also reduces smoke and fire hazards. Also, ask a technician to service the heating system, ensure the equipment is appropriately working order, replace filters, increase energy efficiency, and mitigate fire hazards.  Verify that indoor and outdoor air vents are not obstructed.

October

  • Check critical batteries

     If you intend to use the fireplace a great deal, replace the batteries for your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors before burning the first log.

  • Assess the paint. Walk around the outside of your house and look for peeling or blistering paint. If you see any, it's time for a paint job.

November

  • Monitor your energy usage

     You can accomplish this project any time of the year, but November works well since the heater and lights cause energy use to spike.

December

  • Vacuum the refrigerator coils

     Your refrigerator consumes a sizable amount of power, so trim its diet by cleaning the coils.

 

 

  • The most extended barbecue on record lasted 80 hours and set a record. It included 1,000 hot dogs, 558 burgers, 526 sausages, 104 pieces of chicken, and 200 pieces.
  • The Eiffel Tower gets six inches taller in the summer. The 1,062-foot monument is more than six inches taller in the heat, thanks to thermal expansion.
  • There was once a year without summer. In 1816, a massive volcanic eruption partially clouded the Earth’s atmosphere, causing snow in June and frost in August.
  • There are about 300 varieties of watermelon. There are about 50 trendy varieties, including Seeded, Seedless, Mini, Yellow, and Orange.
  • The beach ball was invented in 1938.
  • Hot Dogs are best selling BBQ meat throughout the summer.

Window and Door Security Tips for Better Home Safety from Marvin Windows

Handy tips and smart products that will make thieves think twice about targeting your home.

Install Smarter Windows and Doors

Home security systems have been around for a long time because they work. There are dozens of legitimate platforms to choose from, but when it comes to windows and doors, there are two basic approaches you can take. You can either set up motion detectors that detect movement within the house or install lock status sensors that will let you know if your doors and windows are locked or if someone unlocks them. Both systems can be built in to a new or existing home. Marvin Lock Status Sensors are integrated into the window itself so you don’t see any unsightly sensors like many of the systems require, and they are hardwired so you don’t have to worry about replacing batteries.

Read the full article at: www.marvin.com

Infinity from Marvin Bifold Doors 

Reimagine how you live and entertain with Infinity from Marvin’s Bifold Door. Bifold doors Effortlessly slide and stack the door open to frame your own scenic view and invite maximum airflow into your home. When completely closed, the Infinity Bifold Door is designed with narrow profiles to fill your home with light. Only Infinity’s Bifold Door is built with Ultrex® fiberglass on the exterior and the interior for virtually no-maintenance performance.

Read the full article here: Infinity from Marvin BiFold Doors

GuildQuality Recognizes the 2021 Guildmaster Award Winners

GuildQuality’s 2021 Guildmaster Award Honors Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton

 

Denver, CO, April 1, 2021 – Since 2005, GuildQuality, an Atlanta-based third-party customer satisfaction surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award to recognize and celebrate home building, remodeling, and contracting professionals demonstrating the highest level of customer service within the U.S. and Canada.

Out of nearly 2,000 eligible applicants, Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton is one of 400+ businesses within the residential construction industry recognized by GuildQuality for consistently delivering superior customer care.

In determining which businesses received the 2021 Guildmaster Award, GuildQuality reviewed thousands of survey responses submitted by customers of Guildmaster candidates and considered two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers stating they would recommend the business to a friend and the percentage of customers who responded.

 


“Being recognized in the most competitive window market in the country as a Guildmaster is something we couldn’t be more thankful for!” – Crissy Gravina

Read the full article at: www.windowsforyourhome.com

Space Heater Safety Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

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Is a space heater a fire hazard?

If your windows and doors are old and leaky you may look to space heaters for more comfort in you home during winter.  Space heaters are a nice way to heat up specific parts of your home.  But are they dangerous? 

If you intend to use portable electric space heaters, make sure to observe these tips and recommendations:

• Purchase a heater with the seal of a qualified testing laboratory.
• Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn.
• Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
• Place the heater on a stable, level surface.
• Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.
• Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never obstruct an exit.
• Keep kids away from the space heater.
• Plug the heater directly into the wall socket. Never use an extension cord.
• Space heaters should be switched off and unplugged when you vacate the room or go to bed.

Stay safe this winter with our portable heater safety tips. From space heater technology to standard usage tips, Sylvane’s got you covered with advice and tips on using space heaters safely this winter season.

More information at: www.sylvane.com

Who makes the Best Replacement Windows?

Research and Find the Best Replacement Windows For Your Home. Learn which materials, types, and features are most important to consider.

Windows and Doors

Replacing old windows can improve the look of your home and make it quieter and less drafty. Many replacement windows are now more accessible to clean and sustain than more worn windows.

So how are you to identify which materials, varieties, and features are most critical to consider when replacing your windows?

Read the full article at: www.windowsforyourhome.com