The old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is as appropriate for our home’s health as well as our body’s health. Your home’s exterior is the vanguard for protecting your home’s interior and structural elements from the invasive elements of water, wind, rodents and insects. Regular cleaning and prompt maintenance will ensure that exterior surfaces are not compromised. With winter behind us, now is the time to survey your home’s exterior to see what repairs are needed.Pay particular attention to paint and caulking–windows, siding, trim and doors all rely on the protective qualities of paint and caulk. If you see evidence of missing or cracked caulking in your windows or in your trim work, your home’s interior may be vulnerable to the exterior elements of wind, moisture, pollen and insects. Your doors, siding and trim also protect your home’s interior. If the paint is cracking or peeling, then the wood substrates are vulnerable to wood rot. Don’t forget to inspect your outdoor structures too. Fences, decking, outbuildings and your access door also benefit from regular inspection and maintenance.
In addition to robins, daffodils and tulips, there is another harbinger of spring: the carpenter ant. Carpenter ants are very beneficial in nature because they help speed the act of decay in wood. Because they are attracted to wet and decaying wood, if you see them around your home, that means that your home’s conditions are suitable for hosting this insect. Plumbing leaks, caulking and paint failures are three of the main causes for wood rot. While not a welcome guest in your home’s structure, spotting this industrious insect inside or around your home is a sign that your home’s structure needs some attention.
At N. Chasen and Son, we have painting and carpentry experts committed to quality work and customer satisfaction. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you not only beautiful but protect your home. Here are just a few of our services:
- Power washing exterior surfaces (home, outbuildings, fences, sidewalks and driveways)
- Wood rot repair (trim, decks, doorways, access doors)–to include using PVC, paintable trims that are impervious to rot
- Siding repair and replacement
- Siding and trim painting and caulking
- Window reglazing/caulking
With 98 years of experience servicing Central Virginia homeowners, we are THE trusted name for quality painting and carpentry services. Give us a call today for a free quote.
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