5 Home Improvement Jobs to Keep You Busy This Winter

Winter temperatures are descending on the Ohio area and we all want to spend more time inside with the heat cranked and hot coco in our mugs. Just because the world outside is too cold to venture out into, doesn't mean you can't take care of some home improvement projects to get out of your cabin-fever. C.H.I. Roofing is there to take care of all the external parts of your home, roof, gutters, siding, chimney, windows; but you can do a lot to maintain the inside comfort of your home, feel accomplished, and never leave the warmth of your home! 

1) Squeaky Door!

If one of your doors is making a loud squeak whenever its opened or closed, there's a quick fix to silence it. Find the hinges on your door frame and pull them slightly up to give you access to the frame where it lives. Apply a little W-D40 to lube up this area and slide the pin back in! This will smoothen the ride for your door frame's pin and make the loud squeak disappear! 

2) Creaky Floor Boards! 

A squeaky floorboard is a sign that your floor planks aren't aligning as smoothly as they used to. You can pick up an anti-squeak repair kit which features specifically designed screws that are easy to conceal. You can also try to dust talcum powder between the boards that are creaking to buff up the squeaky sounds. 

3) Repair Crusty Paint on Shower Ceilings

The paint above you shower gets a lot of heat and moisture and it's important to repair this area before the paint gets too far gone. You're going to want to scrape away the old paint and re-caot it with a high quality, exterior grade paint. Also make sure once it's dry to use the bathroom vent when you can to ensure moisture doesn't get trapped after you leave the shower. 

4) Replace Batteries in Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors

Once you setup detectors for smoke or carbon monoxide in your home, you don't really notice them. Tucked away on the ceiling, behind doorways, or plugged into outlets not usually used, we don't notice them until they've started to squawk about needing a new battery. One tip to get rid of that squeal is to change your batteries yearly. If you put in your calendar that one day a year is battery change day, you'll never have to hear that horrid crying sound from the other room again! 

5) Clean Laundry Dryer Vent

The vent that funnels exhaust out into the world needs to be maintained to ensure your home doesn't catch on fire! These tubes get a lot of lint and other debris from cleaning your clothes all year so take a moment to pull the dryer out from the wall, disconnect the vent pipe, and vacuum the debris contained inside. 

If you need any outside the home repairs done this winter, call 513-731-ROOF! C.H.I. Roofing is here to fix you siding, windows, and roofs! 

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How to Hang Christmas Lights on Your Roof

The first thing you start to see around the neighborhood once Thanksgiving is finished are Christmas Lights. This is a great time to do so as it's usually not super cold and you won't have as tough of a time getting up on a ladder. Also you can reward yourself with some leftovers after your done! Here's some tips for hanging your lights outside! 

1- Find Your Power Source: You're going to be using heavy-duty extension cords and you're going to need a 120-volt outlet. 

2- Measure the LengthsUsing a tape measure, you should measure the length of your house along the ground. You can also measure the height to the gutters and the height of any trees or bushes

3- Test the Lights: You can find a bulb meter at any local hardware store to see if all of the lights are still working. 

4-Setup Your Ladder: You're going to want to use an extension ladder to get you up to the height of your roof.  

5- Hang your Lights Along the Eaves: You're going to want to use plastic clips on your eaves to hold the lights up correctly. 

If while you're up there you see any issues with your gutter or roof, cal C.H.I. Roofing at 513-731-ROOF! 

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New Siding in Winter: Pros & Cons

Winter isn't the first time you think when it comes to home repairs. But for various reasons, it can be the prime time to work on your home's siding! 

There's a couple of reasons you should think about getting siding repaired in the winter instead of summer:

Summer Heat:

In the summer vinyl siding can expand. If it gets nailed a little too tight, it could buckle if the temperature gets too hot and expands larger than the nails will accommodate. 

Easy Scheduling

In general, contractors are less busy in the winter months and the time from initial outreach to finishing the job will most likely be a lot shorter than if you got in touch in July. 

CONS

Cold Weather

In the same way that heat can effect the installation of new siding, cold can also be tough to handle. The colder it gets, the easier the vinyl siding could crack. 

Potentially Issues Due to Weather

While your contractor could be easier to get in touch with and schedule during the winter, an intense winter storm could delay the project. Unforeseen low temperatures or high powered snow storms could mean your project has unexpected delays!

Whenever you decide to get you siding replaced, call 513-731-ROOF for a free no risk evaluation from C.H.I. Roofing! 

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Tips to Winterize Your Home

The snow is just around the corner in southern Ohio. As we get closer to December we will have snowfall shortly. Here are some tips for making sure your home is ready for the winter months! C.H.I. Roofing can handle most of your big home repairs, but these are easy tricks to make sure you keep your home in good standing. 

Caulk It Up!

If you see any gaps in siding or windows, apply some caulk form the hardware store. You can do this inside too. Buying a caulk gun for home use is a great tool to have year round. 

Keep Your Thermostat Low!

You can save as much as 1% on your energy bill for every degree you lower your thermostat during the winter. If you can, program the thermostat to be very low or off when no one is home and keep it lower than last year's usual temp!

Weatherstrip Tape

Drafts and air leaks increase your heating costs so it's important to inspect your windows and doorways to ensure there aren't any open spaces. Weatherstripping tape is cheap and easy to apply. 

 

Draft Guards

Draft guards are also for keeping the bottom of your doors from letting air in. They're very cheap and easy to install.

Replace Filters

One thing that always gets forgotten about is replacing the filters in your HVAC system. 

While handling these winter precautions if you notice any bigger issues with your home call 513-731-ROOF and C.H.I. Roofing can help you 

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