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Fall & Winter Home Maintenance Guide

October 20, 2017

Come fall, making sure your home is ready for winter should be on the top of every Vancouver area homeowners to-do list. It’s not enough to simply use band-aid solutions as issues pop up.

We’ve created this fall & winter home maintenance guide so you can get ahead of the rain and cold weather and make sure your home stays warm and dry.

 

Yard and Outdoor Space Maintenance

While many people think their yard doesn’t need preparation before winter, it still needs to be prepared like anywhere else. Below, we’ve outlined steps to take before the first frost comes.

Trim Dead Branches

Trimming dead branches can stop serious damage to your home!

Dead branches are not as strong as ones that are alive. With enough rainfall (or in some cases, snow and ice), branches will become weighed down and fall. Make sure to trim any branches that look dead to avoid damage to your property.

Rake Leaves

Raking leaves will do more than just make your lawn look great. It will keep your lawn healthy!

Not only can a leafy lawn lead to pests and dead grass, it can keep new grass from growing back the next year. Just like us, your lawn needs to breathe in order to stay healthy!

Make sure to rake up any leaves on your lawn before it gets too wet or snowy.

Prune Plants

Pruning will help keep your plants healthy! By helping your plants grow the way they should, you’ll prevent problems from popping up and help them look great

Pruning plants later in the fall once they have stopped growing for the year will give them a burst of energy and growth come spring!

 

Home Interior

While a properly functioning home exterior is the best protection for your home’s interior, you must also prepare the inside of your home for the coming winter.

Service Your Heater

For a safe and warm home, get your heater tuned-up and inspected before any serious cooler weather sets in. It doesn’t cost much and will ensure that you aren’t put in a situation where your heater is broken during sub-freezing temperatures. It’ll also lengthen the life of your furnace and heat pump.

Make sure to schedule an appointment early. The later you wait, the further back in line you’ll be to have any technicians come out to your home.

Replace Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector Batteries

Not checking your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors regularly could have life-threatening effects. Given that heaters could give out carbon monoxide, autumn is a great time to check your detectors. This is a great opportunity to check on the smoke detectors as well.

Unlike smoke, you can’t smell carbon monoxide. Without the detector, you will have no idea until it is too late.

Walk around your home and check all of your detectors to make sure they have batteries in them. All will have a test button that will let you know if they are operating properly.

Check Attic Ventilation

Make sure your attic ventilation is operating properly. Proper ventilation helps control temperatures and limit moisture, helping to prevent damage and lengthen the life of your roof.

Make sure to call a trusted attic ventilation repair specialist to make sure you are getting maximum ventilation for your attic. Doing so will keep your home and roof safe!

 

Home Exterior

Your home’s exterior will be bearing the brunt of the harsh winter weather and will be acting as your shield to any harsh weather. Make sure it’s ready by taking care of these tasks.

Turn Off Outdoor Water and Store Hoses

Water left in exterior pipes and faucets can freeze and burst. Make sure to detach all hoses from outdoor faucets and store the hoses in your basement or garage.

Shut off the water source to the outside of your home and turn on the faucet to let the pipe drain completely.

Seal Cracks Around Doors and Windows

Sealing any cracks around doors and windows will keep cold air from getting into your home. It will also keep out moisture, which could lead to damage to mold or other damage to the inside of your home. Sealing up cracks will also help keep small critters and bugs out of your home!!

Clean Your Gutters

Besides pumpkins, flannel shirts, and football, almost nothing is as synonymous with fall as cleaning your gutters. And for good reason! Not cleaning your gutters can lead to damaged siding and roofs, and will destroy the gutters themselves. It could also cause an ice dam once temperatures dip below freezing.

While you’re cleaning them, look for any damage and replace or repair them before the winter rains come.

 

Winterizing Your Roof

Given the Portland area’s rainy and wet winters, making sure everything is okay with your roof should be a huge priority. Not doing so could leave your home wet and compound any existing damage.

Inspect Your Roof

Contact an experienced roof maintenance and cleaning specialist to come out and take a look at your roof. While some think giving your roof a once over by yourself will do, the average person simply does not have the ability to recognize every roof issue. For instance, there is no way to know if your roof truly needs new roof flashings without a certified roof maintenance expert taking a look.

Fortunately, a reputable roof cleaning company will offer a free inspection, so there is no risk in calling a roofing specialist for their expert opinion. It will be absolutely free!

Clean Your Roof

Whether you have a composite, tile, or cedar roof, making sure your roof is clean before heading into the winter will give you peace of mind.

Mossy roofs are particularly important to clean, as moss can…

  • Damage your shingles
  • Cause mold and bacteria growth
  • Create new leaks in your roof

A trusted roof cleaner will not only clear your roof of any existing moss, it will also treat your roof so the issue does not come back anytime soon.

Make Sure to Fix Any Leaks

A leak that seems small in summer or early fall will only get worse once the weather turns. Portland and Vancouver winters include rain, snow, and cold weather (and who knows what else!). The last thing you want is water rushing into your home late at night because you did not fix a leak early on.

Call a trusted roof maintenance company and see what they recommend for your leaky roof. Companies that specialize in cleaning and maintenance are the best to work with, as they will never try to sell you on a roof replacement you don’t need.

Don’t forget about taking care of any skylight issues as well. Poorly installed skylights are hotspots for leaks, and it’s imperative you get any issues with them taken care of before rain starts falling.

 

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Get Your Roof Ready for Winter

As with anything to do with your home, hiring only a trusted and experienced roof cleaner will help ensure the longevity and integrity of your roof.

When you work with Northwest Roof Maintenance, you’ll know that you are only working with experienced and well-trained technicians that know how to treat your roof. We’ll come out and after giving your home a free inspection, only offer the services you actually need.

Give yourself a piece of mind heading into winter. Contact us online or call us today at 503-740-4808 (Portland) or (360) 910-8938 (Vancouver) for your free inspection.

6 (more) Things to do Before Summer Ends

August 18, 2017

It’s almost time for school to start back up, much to the woe of our children. While for many parents this can mean a welcome break from having to entertain the kids 24/7 or pay for childcare, it can still be hard to let go of the freedom of summer weather and outdoor activities. Earlier this summer we shared 6 fun outdoor activities in the Portland/Vancouver area. Today we want to share 6 more! Just because school is starting doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Take advantage of the afternoons and weekends and check off our end of summer activity list!

1:

Take a segway tour! That’s right, I said Segway! Along both the Vancouver and Portland sides of the waterfront you will find opportunities to take guided segway tours. These can be both fun and educational! Make sure to check times and age restrictions as these vary and are set by the specific company!

 

2:

Oneonta Gorge! This popular hike is a must do at least once in your life. When is a better time than now! While it’s short, it does require climbing over a pile of fallen logs and wading through water. This unique experience brings you out to a gorgeous waterfall! We wouldn’t suggest doing it with extremely young children as the logs may prove tricky especially when wet, but if your family is capable and up for an adventure we would highly encourage you to try it out! Just be prepared for a crowd if you go on the weekend!
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Kayak! There are multiple kayak rental companies based out of Portland that allow you to get out on the water in a new and fun way! You can choose a guided tour or just renting and going out on your own (dependent on who you rent from). If you have never kayaked before, no sweat, this sport allows you to be as intense or relaxed as you want to be. This is definitely a must try activity before the weather gets rainy!

 

 

 

4:

Hood River Fruit Loop! This is as tasty as it sounds! The fruit loop is a “loop” you can drive to visit multiple farms and produce stands to get delicious fresh fruit. While you will need to drive as they are not all close enough to walk, it still provides you ample opportunities to get out of the car and enjoy what nature has to offer (food!). Plus, the drive itself is in a gorgeous area that makes even sitting in the car enjoyable.

 

 

5:

Mini Golf. Okay, I know, this is a pretty well known activity, nothing new. But let’s be honest, it’s way more fun to do when the weather is nice and warm than when it’s cold and rainy! In addition, this is a great evening activity for after school or after work. There are multiple outdoor mini golf courses in the Portland/Vancouver area, all you have to do is decide which one you want to try! The whole family will enjoy some lighthearted competition and good old classic fun!

 

 

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Oktoberfest! This is a personal favorite for so many reasons. There are multiple Oktoberfests in the area, from Mount Angel to Oaks Park and others! All of them boast delicious food, fun family activities, and an awesome atmosphere. If you are over 21, Oktoberfests are also known for their awesome beer selections! Whether you go for a couple hours or a whole weekend, this is bound to be an experience the whole family remembers and enjoys! Check the schedules, between the various different ones being put on, there looks to be an Oktoberfest almost every weekend of September!

 

There it is, our 6 end of summer activities we suggest trying before the weather turns sour!

8 Questions to Ask a Roof Cleaner

July 21, 2017

Homeowners know it’s important to clean and maintain their roof; they just don’t know what they should be doing or who to hire. Picking the wrong roof cleaner can lead to leaky, damaged roofs. You could also end up on the hook for injured employees, or even a voided roof warranty.

Don’t let this happen to you. Ask these 8 questions when talking to potential roof cleaners to make sure you are hiring someone you want to work with.

 

Are You Licensed?

Roofs provide a shield against the weather for your home. It’s important anyone working on your roof be licensed professionals to ensure the work is up to a high standard. Different states have different requirements, but most have some form of certification.

  • Washington – In Washington state, anyone who performs construction work (including any roofing activities) must register as a contractor with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.
  • Oregon – In Oregon, you must pass a test to become a licensed roofer with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board.

Not working with a licensed roofer can leave you with few options if they perform faulty or damaging work. Even if nothing is damaged, you’re at risk for having a lower quality of work done, as the roofers cleaning your roof are not well trained.

 

Are You Insured?

Let’s face it; roof maintenance is dangerous! Experienced roofers like Northwest Roof Maintenance take every precaution to ensure our employees are safe, but anything can happen when you are on a roof.

All reputable roof cleaners will carry workers compensation and liability insurance to cover their employees on the job. If they do not have insurance, you could be held liable for any injuries incurred while work is done on your home.

 

How Long Have You Been in Business?

Good businesses tend to stick around. While there are plenty of good new businesses as well, if a roofer has been in operation for 10 or more years you know they are doing something right. Generally, these businesses are entrenched in the community and have built themselves a great reputation around hard work and friendly service.

 

How Can I Be Assured You’ll Do a Good Job?

Knowing if a roofer will do a good job is a hard thing to figure out. It’s hard to take any service provider at their word. That said, there are ways to figure out if a roofer does a good job.

  • Do they offer references?
  • Do they have good online reviews?
  • Do they value education and training?
  • Do they clean up after themselves?

If they don’t say yes to all four of those questions, it is probably a good idea to look elsewhere for a roof cleaner.

 

What Do You Use to Clean Roofs?

Different roofs require different approaches to cleaning. Using the right method to clean your specific roof is essential. Below, we’ve put some red flags to look out for when potential roof cleaners are telling you their methods.

Pressure Washing

If a roof cleaner’s first instinct is to just pressure wash your roof, you probably want to move on to the next roof cleaner. Not only can power washing damage your asphalt roof, it can also void its warranty. Just because your roof may look good after a power wash, it is only a band aid fix. The only way to truly attack the root of a problem like moss is to fix it with a targeted solution.

Dangerous Chemicals

Make sure your roof cleaner is not using dangerous chemicals to clean your roof. Many cleaners will not openly admit to doing it, for obvious reasons. Chemicals can damage and void the warranty on your roof. They will also wreak havoc on your yard and landscaping below and might be dangerous to use around children and pets.

 

Do You Also Perform More Serious Roof Maintenance?

Why hire multiple companies to complete all the work on your roof? It makes a lot more sense to form a lasting relationship with a roofer who will know the history of your roof every time they are cleaning and maintaining it. Since a roof cleaner will be on your roof, you will want one who will notice, and then be able to fix larger issues.

 

Do You Perform Free Inspections?

You should not pay for inspections. Reputable and trustworthy roof cleaners know they are offering a fair price, and do not mind quoting jobs for free. Look for a roof cleaner who will listen to your concerns and problems, and give you a free estimate. More than likely their estimate will be more reasonable than a roofer charging for a quote.

 

Do You Guarantee Your Work?

Never work with a roof cleaner that does not guarantee their work. Roof maintenance and care take a lot of skill, and good roof cleaners are hard to come by. All of the best roof cleaners out there guarantee their work and will come out to fix any work you believe is not up to par.

A reputable and trusted cleaner knows how important cared for roofs are to well-maintained homes. They will make you feel comfortable with the services being performed. They are looking for long-term customers who know good roof maintenance is not a one time job.

 

The NW Roof Team

Do you need your roof cleaned in the Vancouver, WA or Portland, OR area?

Work with Northwest Roof Maintenance to ensure you are working with experienced, well-trained professionals who know what they are doing. We help homeowners in the Portland and Vancouver area with roof cleaning, repair, moss cleaning, and preventative treatments.

Our friendly, knowledgeable consultants will take a look at your roof and recommend only the services we know will benefit you and your property. Contact us online or give us a call today at 503-740-4808 (Portland) or 360-910-8938 (Vancouver).

Things to do in Portland/Vancouver This Summer

June 27, 2017

There is no doubt that the pacific northwest is a naturally beautiful area. From the gorgeous, prominent mountains like St. Helens, Hood, Bachelor, and more, to the wondrous waterfalls like Multnomah falls and Shoshone falls. If you love being outside, summer in this area is a haven for you! Whether you are an avid hiker, or prefer enjoying the outdoors without working up a sweat, we’ve compiled a short list of some awesome places to enjoy the outdoors this summer, right here in the Portland/Vancouver area!

1. Vancouver Lake Park While Portland may be who is known for hikes and outdoor activities, Vancouver is not lacking in it’s own nature sites. One popular summer destination is Vancouver Lake Park. This park spans an area of 190 acres and follows the shore line of the lake for about 2.5 miles. It’s a great family destination with options for water activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, and swimming, as well as land fun such as playground equipment, sports, and family walks! On top of providing an area for recreational activities, it also provides wonderful views of the lake and multiple mountains in the area.

 

2. Ridgefield Wildlife RefugeJust north of Vancouver you will find the beautiful Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. A place to not only enjoy the views of mountain and trees but also of many of the animals native to the area. If you prefer to enjoy the view from the air conditioning of the car, they have an auto tour route that allows you to drive through parts of the refuge looking for animals. Wanting to stretch those legs? They have multiple trails and viewing areas to provide you with a long or short walk and an even better chance of sighting an animal in their natural habitat. Some of the animals you might see include coyotes, deer, otters, geese, herons, or more! All in all, this family friendly refuge is a great option for a day out this summer!

 

3. Farmers’ Market – If you like to get outside, but prefer to stay in town and around people, many cities in the area offer an outdoor market during the summer! You’ll want to double check the days and times of each one before you go, to make sure they are open, but between Portland, Vancouver, Camas, Ridgefield, and more you have plenty of options to choose from!

 

 

 

 

4. Multnomah Falls A short drive outside of Portland is the iconic Multnomah Falls. This is a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world. It’s no wonder either, with it’s easy viewing! If you want a short hike or a long hike you can choose to walk up to the bridge or you can do the whole loop hike that goes up to the top. If you prefer to just stay at the bottom you will still get a wonderful full view of the falls! With a restaurant and gift shop you can also enjoy air conditioning and lunch without getting in your car!

 

 

5. Oregon Zoo – This is another popular Portland summer destination. The Oregon Zoo spans 64 acres and features amazing exhibits and animals. They are well known for their elephants as they have an amazing conservation program and strive to provide the best habitat possible for them! They have plans to continually improve guest and animal experience, including updating the polar bear, monkey, and rhino habitats. But none of these plans get in the way of guests getting to enjoy a wide variety of animals and activities now! You can also check out their summer concert schedule and enjoy outdoor concerts in the center of the zoo!

 

6. Forest Park – A beautiful nature paradise in North Portland, Forest Park offers multiple hiking options ranging from simple walks to longer, more difficult hikes. They also have trails which allow horses, mountain bikes, and overnight backpacking trails. Whatever your preference, this is definitely a stop you should check out this summer!

 

 

 

We know this list doesn’t even touch on the vast amount of outdoor options in the Portland/Vancouver area, but it’s a great starting point! Grab some friends, family, or enjoy a day by yourself and enjoy the summer weather. As with anything, Northwest Roof Maintenance encourages you to be safe and smart. Take water, and food, and always let someone know where you’ll be in case something happens to you! Most of all, have fun, enjoy your summer and stay tuned for more ideas of how you can get out and about in Portland/Vancouver!