Spring is in the air and there is no better time to tackle those maintenance repairs to your home than now. Just as some of you set your clocks forward during this season you should also spring forward with your maintenance repairs because the salt air, sand and the dry heat break down your homes’ finishes over time, so it is important to stay on top of maintenance or you will pay for costly repairs in the future.
A disciplined maintenance regiment of your property is vital to maintaining its value and curb appeal as the years pass. As you know, the salt air, sand, and dry heat wears down your homes’ finishes especially your roof, tile grout, windows and doors, so you will want to ensure you are taking the proper steps to address those issues, so you don’t have any problems in the future.
Seal Your Roof Each Year
Roof maintenance is especially important because 90% of the roofs in Peñasco are made of concrete. The problem with concrete is that it absorbs water, which slowly erodes your roof from within, compromising its integrity causing it to leak unless you take the steps necessary to protect it. You must professionally seal your roof with a membrane roofing system designed for concrete and once installed it must be sealed with Impercool sealant. Once sealed, maintain the seal by applying one coat of Impercool each year as part of your routine maintenance. Doing so will eliminate any leakage, and will add years to the life of your roof.
Tile is a staple flooring material here in Puerto Peñasco and its commonly used outdoors for terrazas and patios. Tile floors look great and are easy to keep clean, but special attention needs to be paid to the tile grout. Over time your tile grout will crack and pop, especially in the outdoor areas such as a roof top terraza or tile installed over a concrete patio. You must first remove the broken and loose tile grout and then fill in the gaps with new grout each year to maintain its appearance. If you have tile on your rooftop this is especially important because failure to do so can result in water leakage into your home. Keep an extra bag or two of tile grout ready to mix in your garage and once a year fill in those gaps and maintain your tile’s appearance.
Seal Doors and Windows
Be sure to seal your doors and windows on an annual basis or risk having water enter your home. In the States, we can seal our doors and windows every 3-5 years, but down here it must be done every year due to the climate, or they leak water. You see when the wind blows, it’s much like a sand blaster slowly chipping away at your caulk and seal. Don’t be caught in the next rain storm with water streaming through your doors and windows. Have a professional seal your doors and windows or do it yourself once every year or receive water damage and mold problems in the future.
Maintenance and Repair Program
A maintenance and repair program is a great way to keep up with property repairs while maintaining your property’s appeal especially if you do not occupy the residence year-round. I recommend you consider a company that will visit your home every 30 days to conduct a routine inspection while making repairs to any issues discovered which are included with the program. Think of a maintenance program as an insurance policy against future repairs and renovations.
About the author: Joseph Sanchez is president of Rocky Point Home Builders a design/build contractor specializing in custom home design, construction and renovations. He resides here in Puerto Peñasco with his wife and two children and is originally from Chicago. For questions you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Roof maintenance is especially important because 90% of the roofs in Peñasco are made of concrete so make sure to seal it each year.
Tile floors look great and are easy to keep clean but special attention needs to be paid to the tile grout making sure you patch broken grout each spring.
Seal your doors and windows on an annual basis or risk having water enter your home during a rainstorm.