9 Deck Maintenance Tips

9 Deck Maintenance Tips

9 Deck Maintenance Tips

All decks regardless if it’s made of wood, composites or any material will eventually show wear and tear. is bound to start showing some wear and tear over time. They’re daily exposed to harsh weather elements including temperature flux, UV rays, heat, snow, rain, wind and more. Fortunately, there are many things deck owners can do and avoid to protect and extend the life of their deck.

Clear, Clean & Wash Deck
Before making any deck inspections or repairs clear, clean and wash your deck. The most effective way to do this is via a pressure washer and allow it to dry overnight. It is extremely important to correctly use the pressure washer, otherwise it may cause damage.

Inspect Your Deck
Savvy homeowners regularly conduct deck inspections, at least twice a year. Walk around the deck and check for splintered or soft areas, any loose/missing fastens or nails, split or rotten wood. Also inspect to ensure your deck is properly sealed against winter elements. Immediately address any safety related issues and begin making the additional repairs, including replacing any rotting boards.

Regularly Sweep
Water is the most common cause of deck deterioration. Moisture often causes wood to expend and contract when it dries. This may lead to lose or popped out fasteners, warped bards, splits and cracks. Moreover, an often wet deck can create ideal conditions for bacteria and fungus growth which can precipitate rotting wood. An easy way to limit/prevent water damage is to regularly sweep your deck and keep it free of dirt, leaves, puddle water and snow.

Never Use Chlorine Bleach
Chlorine bleach will damage the woods structure and strip its color and damaging its cellular structure.

Seal to Protect
Sealing a deck protects it from cupping, cracking and warping. A clear sealer lasts a very long time. If you use a color tinted stain or sealant it may face quickly if exposed to lots of foot traffic. Some experts recommend having your deck professionally cleaned and sealed at least every three years to protect it against weather elements.

Sand Before Sealing
Following a complete cleaning and proper pressure washing (and drying) of the deck, it is important to sand your deck before sealing it.

Never Use Paint
Never use paint as a sealant. It doesn’t offer the same protection. Also, while the fresh coat of paint might seem appealing at first, it will soon look extremely distressed, making your deck look less than pristine. The same thing can be said about solid stains, which will eventually peel and require a lot of maintenance. In order to switch to proper deck sealant, the paint will need to be removed with stripper or sander. It’s best to save time and money by using a good sealant from the start.

Avoid Grill Grease
It is very difficult to remove grease stains on wood. Make sure to use a grease catcher to limit/prevent any mishap.

Pressure/Power Washing
Pressure washing is the best way to clean a deck. However, it is very important to do it correctly; otherwise it may unwittingly cause damage. To ensure a professional job, some home owners hire an experienced pressure washing company such as My Window Washing.

7 SIGNS IT’S TIME FOR NEW GUTTERS

Signs it's time for new gutters
7 SIGNS IT’S TIME FOR NEW GUTTERS

Gutters play a vital role in protecting your home. A properly functioning gutter system protects your home from water damage. It efficiently drains water from the roof and funnels it away from your home. However, when the gutters and downspouts are clogged water can back up and damage the roof, fascia, soffits, and siding. Cleaning your gutters several times a year will enhance the longevity of your system. However, most will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. Following are seven signs to help you identify when it’s time to replace your gutters.

1. Any Cracks or Splits
Initially, it may seem that small cracks in your gutter are not a problem. However, they can turn into big ones sooner than you may anticipate. These seemingly benign cracks allow the water to further damage your gutters, along with the fascia boards behind the gutters, your foundation and home’s shingles.

2. Peeling Paint and/or Orange Flecks
The paint on your gutters is designed to withstand basic seasonal wear and tear. Peeling paint or orange flecks indicates the beginning stages of rust. This means water is present on a continuous basis and that it’s not properly draining.

3. Water or Mildew Around Foundation
Gutters are designed to keep water flowing away from your home’s foundation. If you notice pools of water or mildew near the foundation, this is an indication that your gutters aren’t performing as intended. This could be caused by something as simple as a clog or by something as complex as a gutter system defect. Water can easily damage the foundation, leading to time-consuming and costly repairs.

4. Water Damage or Water Marks
Experts recommend that you check your gutters at least twice a year. Select a relatively sunny day, free from rain. Any water damage or marks underneath the gutter indicates that water is escaping.

5. Gutters Sag or Beginning to Pull Away
Gutters that sag or start to pull away from the home is an obvious sign that it’s time to repair or replace your gutter. Most people can spot the issue without needing to climb a ladder. Your gutters should never sag or pull away from your home. If they do, it is because the gutters are dealing with the weight of water, which indicates the system is not draining properly or there is a blockage.

6. Several Broken Fasteners
Fasteners are the pieces of metal that hold your gutter to your roof and keep it level. If you notice frequent broken fasteners, the gutters themselves may be the issue.

7. Separated Gutters.
Gutter systems only function if they are fastened together in a continuous channel. If they begin separating from one another frequently, it may be time for a gutter replacement.

Would you like to hire professionals to clean out your gutters? Serving Chicagoland and surrounding suburbs, My Window Washing offers professional and affordable gutter cleaning services. Call 1.800.941.2790 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

6 Top Reasons to Power Wash Your Home

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6 TOP REASONS TO POWER WASH YOUR HOME
Removes Allergens
With warm days come open windows. Airborne allergens can attach themselves to exterior home surfaces and make their way into your home. These allergens include dust mites/dust, pollen, smoke, and mold, which can cause unpleasant allergic reactions. Power washing exterior surfaces will help reduce allergen levels in the home, providing fresher air when you open the windows during those warm summer nights.

Saves Money
Power washing saves money by providing helping to maintain the condition of your home’s exterior surfaces. In the long run it can reduce the need for costly repairs to your home and property. Dirt, mold, mildew, debris and grime can buildup on outside surfaces throughout the various seasons, particularly during the winter months. Over time, this can lead to permanent damage. Power washing can clean all needed areas quickly and efficiently.

Saves Time
Most homeowners are busy people, hiring a professional power washing service can save valuable time. Moreover, scrubbing the surfaces by hand will not provide enough power to get maximum results. Also, it will likely take numerous hours to get a less results than power washing offers.

Preserve Property Value.
Along with dirt, mold, mildew, debris and allergens, a home’s exterior surfaces are also exposed to sunlight, rain, and wind. These elements can cause end up eroding, cracking or peeling paint, or they can cause stains. Overtime, this will impact the look and value of a home. Power washing a home is an easy and effective way to immediately improve the look of home, while keeping it in good condition.

Staining or Paint Prep
Prior to painting or staining a home’s exterior, deck, fence or other surface, it is smart to start with a clean power washed surface.

Increase Curb Appeal
Ask any real estate agent will tell you, the exterior conditions of a home (curb appeal) has a big impact on attracting buyers. It is much easier to sell a home that looks good and clean on the outside (and inside). Power washing the exterior is an easy and effective way to increase the perceived value of your home

Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional Power Washer?
Unless you are exceptionally skilled at power washing, hiring a professional will help prevent possible damage, save time, and ensure the job is done correctly. At first glance, pressure washing appears to be a rather easy task. However, it can be a destructive force.

It is easy for novices to unwittingly cause costly damages to paint, screens, window seals, and more. Also, water can be forced through your windows soaking floors and furniture, it can cause cracks in mortar, knock loose various fixtures, and more.

It is advisable to trust the task of power washing your home or building to proven and trusted experts. Hiring a professional power wash company, such as My Window Washing, is an efficient and affordable way to ensure it’s done correctly, so you can enjoy the great benefits.

My Window Washing offers professional and affordable window washing, gutter cleaning and power is washing services. Call 1.800.941.2790 to schedule your appointment.

Home Maintenance: Wash Windows, Clean Gutters and Pressure Wash

Home Maintenance

Home Maintenance: Wash Windows, Clean Gutters and Pressure Wash

When it comes to home maintenance, the spring and fall are prefect times to thoroughly clean you windows and gutters, along with pressure washing exterior surfaces. This will help to protect your home’s value, appearance and function, while minimizing costly repairs down the road.
Cleaning windows, gutters and pressure washing are time consuming tasks and, for some, it may even be a little overwhelming. Consequently, many home owners save time and resources by hiring companies such as My Window Washing, which offers window cleaning, gutter cleaning and pressure washing services at cost-effective rates.

Wash Windows
Completely cleaning your windows, inside and out, will drastically improve your home’s curb appeal, bring more light into the home and enhance the view. Also, through regular cleanings you have an opportunity to catch potential issues and avoid/reduce glass degradation.

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Clean Gutters
Savvy home owners clean their gutter system at least twice a year. Gutter systems keep water away from your home. However, overtime leaves and debris often wash into gutter which can cause clogs. Clogged gutters can lead to various issues that if not fixed may lead to costly repairs. Consequently, cleaning out your gutter system at least twice a year will help to ensure everything is functioning correctly.

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Pressure Wash
Pressure wash is required to properly clean your home’s exterior, including driveways, decks, patios, sidewalks, and more. It can bring surface back to their original appearance, extend the life of wood siding and decks, and reduce indoor allergen levels. Power washing also helps to prevent permanent damage caused by letting stains and grime stay on surfaces.

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About My Window Washing Inc

Founded in 2003 by two professional window washers, My Window Washing is committed to providing professional and affordable window washing, power washing and gutter cleaning services to residential and business customers throughout Chicagoland.

• Fully Insured and Licensed
• A+ Rating with Better Business Bureau
• Over 13 Years of Experience
• Friendly, Polite and On-Time Professionals
• No Mess Left Behind
• Use Only Environmentally Safe Products
• No Need to Move Furniture or Remove Screens
• No job Too Small
• 100% Money Back Guarantee

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10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips
As winters leaves and the beautiful warmth of spring arrives, savvy homeowners often turn their attention to general home maintenance tasks. Here are twelve spring home maintenance tips.

Inspect Your Roof
Inspect your roof and examine shingles. Replace shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose.

Wash Windows and Examine Seals
Spring is a great time to wash all your windows, inside and out. Also, during this time, examine the seals and frames for any potential issues.
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Check the Gutters
Check for any gutter issues. Loose or leaky gutters should be repaired to insure proper drainage, directing melting snow and rain from your roof and home. If water doesn’t drain properly it can lead to unwanted and expensive water damage. In addition, make sure downspouts are clear and free of debris, and drain away from the foundation. If necessary, have your gutters professionally cleaned.

Clean Vents and Air Ducts
Take time to clean all your air vents and air ducts. This will help with air quality, energy efficiency and general overall home health conditions.

Replace Smoke Detector Batteries
Experts recommend replacing smoke detector batteries in the fall and spring. Along with changing the batteries, it’s a good idea to test each detector to ensure it’s working properly.

Clean or Replace HVAC Filters
Spring is a great time to clean or replace HVAC filters. Dirty filters will force your home’s heat, ventilation and air-conditioning system to work harder, increasing your energy bill.

Yard Clean Up
Clean up yard debris (lose branches, leaves, ect). Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures.

Check Deck and Porches
Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose members and deterioration. List and prioritize any needed repairs.

Clean and Repair Window Screens

For many homeowners, it’s possible to keep your house cool in the summer by opening the windows (at least at night). After inspecting your screens, clean your them on a flat surface with soapy water. Patch any holes or replace the screen.

Pressure Wash Surfaces and Inspect
Pressure wash decks, driveways, fence and other outside surfaces. Subsequently, inspect services for any issues or damage. Clean siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing.

Some homeowners save time and money by hiring a professional company, such as My Window Washing, for window washing, gutter cleaning and pressure washing.

FACTS ABOUT WINDOWS

Facts about windows
FACTS ABOUT WINDOWS

FUN FACTS
The White house has 147 windows, The Buckingham Palace has it beat with an astonishing 760 windows in Buckingham Palace.

The world famous Empire State Building in Manhattan, New York City is 1,454 feet high with 102 floors, and constructed with 6,500 windows.
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7 Benefits of Professional Window Washing

7 Benefits of Window Washing

7 BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONAL WINDOW WASHING

Save Time and Energy
Cleaning home windows takes time and energy. By hiring a professional cleaner you can focus on other projects or spend time with family and friends. A company like My Window Washing will carefully move furniture, remove/clean screens, clean your windows and clean up. The right experts do all the work, so give your time and energy on something else.
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Why Is Gutter Cleaning So Important?

Gutter

Why Is Gutter Cleaning So Important?
Gutters are integral to the proper function of your home. They control water flow, protect the roof, foundation and walls. However, if they are not properly cared for, your gutters can cause numerous issues. Debris clogged gutters can lead to leaky roofs, water damage, foundation issues, and more. Ignoring your gutters can end up financially draining homeowners. Consequently, taking the time to clean out and maintain your gutters will protect your home and wallet.
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4 Winter Window Preparation Tips

Winter Windows Prep Tips

4 Winter Window Preparation Tips
With the rustling leaves and thicker jackets, we are reminded that winter is on the horizon. Now is a good time to think about preparing your windows for approaching season. Taking time to prepare windows now will help keep you warm and comfortable, while possibly reducing your energy bill.
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Fall and Winter Energy Saving Tips

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FALL AND WINTER ENERGY SAVING TIPS

There are several things homeowners can do to reduce energy costs during fall and winter months. Following are just tips.

1. Use blinds and curtains to protect against cold drafts at night. Open them during the day to allow the warm sunlight into rooms.
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