Home improvement expert provides tips for National Home Improvement Month

April 25, 2012 by  
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Home improvement expert provides tips for National Home Improvement Month

Eddie Gribbin

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To honor May as National Home Improvement Month, expert Mark Clement recommends homeowners check functionality in key elements of the home including doors, the roof, windows, gutters, and siding.

Mark Clement has shared his home improvement expertise nationwide on the DIY network, Discovery Channel, PBS. He has also contributed to HGTVpro and Good Day Philadelphia. He is the author of  “The Carpenter’s Notebook.”

According to Clement, there is a “must do” list of five items that homeowners should examine. From a press release:

Check the roof: Use a ladder or binoculars from across the street to look for problem areas, such as missing or broken shingles, along with roofing tiles that may be “flapping” in the wind.

Clean and assess the home’s siding: Pressure-washing works well for many homes to remove dirt and algae that can grow on siding, but remember never to pressure-wash windows or their screens. The extreme high pressure could crack or destroy the caulking around the units.

Evaluate the windows: If you find that windows in the home don’t operate easily, there’s air leaking in or out of the units, or there’s condensation between the glass panes, then it may be time to seriously consider replacement windows.

Check on the gutters: Don’t underestimate the importance of the gutter system on the home. Each year homeowners should check to make sure their gutters are unclogged and remain sloped for proper drainage. Plus, make sure the water running off the roof doesn’t cause damage to the building structure, landscaping or property below the roof.

Spend time with the main entry door: If homeowners can see light around the door from the inside, the door is hard to close or lock, or the door itself is warped, it’s time to consider a new door. Think about the weather conditions that a home’s door faces along with the energy bills. If either run to the extreme, consider replacing an entryway with a high-performance fiberglass door.

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