While summer is here, now is a good time to take advantage of the beautiful weather and give the exterior of your home a little TLC. This can help make sure that your home is in tip-top shape and is ready to handle all that summer can throw at it- including high temps and crazy rain storms.

Here are some helpful tips to keep the exterior of your home maintained through the summer months:

  • Make sure that the exterior of your home has proper drainage. Pooling water can damage your landscape and your foundation, as well as decks and patios. To make sure that rainwater is carried away from your foundation and your home’s exterior, be sure the soil around your home slopes away; you can achieve this by bringing in fill dirt and top soil to build up a slope.

  • Make sure that your gutter system is free from clogs and that your downspout is pointed away from your home. Remove debris from the gutter and rinse with a garden hose to remove any leaves or branches that may have occurred over the last few months. This is best done several times a year for maximum gutter efficiency.

  • You want to make sure that your home is air-tight, especially if you run an air conditioner in your home. Windows are one of the worst culprits for air leaks so if you have old and leaky windows, having them replaced is a great solution to help save you money on your energy bills and to make your home more comfortable.

  • Keep tree branches and shrubs trimmed away from your home. When branches and other vegetation touch the sides of your home, pests like ants will find it easier to access your home. Pest infestations are one of the biggest problems that homeowners deal with in the summer, so whatever you can do to protect your home from pest invaders should help make your summer a more enjoyable one.

At Window Nation, we are window replacement experts. We can help you choose the right windows for your home that offer all the energy efficiency that you require. Contact us today to learn more about our replacement window options. Along with windows, we can offer vinyl siding, siding accessories and even new storm doors, sliding glass doors and entry doors for your home. Give our pros a call for a consultation and start improving your home today!

The immortal words of Alice Cooper come to mind at this time of year “School’s out for summer!”. Kids everywhere are jumping for joy as the school books are set aside and it’s finally time for fun in the sun. Even though all kids want to enjoy their summer vacation to the max, it’s important to remember a few words of precaution to keep your kids safe during all their fun summer activities.

Don’t forget the sun is powerful!

Even when the sun isn’t out in full force, you and your child can get a sunburn. Overcast days can be just as harmful to your skin as very sunny days, so it is important to put sunscreen on regardless of the weather. Check with your child’s pediatrician for the sunscreen that is most appropriate for your child as well as guidelines on how often you should reapply.

Keep in mind that insects and summer go hand in hand.

Summer heat brings out tourists and allows for visits to the beach but it also brings out the bugs. Insects like mosquitoes and ticks are both more prevalent in the summer months and because both of these insects are known for transmitting dangerous diseases, it is important to protect your child from their bite. Use an insect repellent that has DEET or picaridin in it to help fend off insects looking to feed on your kids and keep skin covered when outdoors, especially in the evening.

Playgrounds may be fun but they can be dangerous too.

Make sure your kids dress appropriately for the playground and know the playground rules. Kids should wear sneakers and avoid loose clothing at the playground to keep them from slipping off the equipment.

Water safety is a MUST.

When spending time at the pool, the lake or even at the ocean, make sure your kids have some knowledge about pool safety. Kids should have life jackets and flotation devices, but remember that floating toys are not sufficient as flotation devices. Always have warm clothes and a towel available for after a swim and keep a close eye on kids while they spend time in the water.

Helmets and protective pads are important safety gear.

If your kids like to bike, skateboard or use any other outdoor toys, it is a good idea to have protective gear for them that fits appropriately. Helmets, elbow pads and knee pads are all good options to keep kids safe while spending time on bikes and other outdoor gear.

All school year long, kids look forward to their summer break. Help make it a safe and enjoyable time by teaching your kids the basics of safety, along with your own personal rules to keep them safe. One playground injury or serious sunburn is enough to ruin a good part of your kid’s summer break- keep them safe with these helpful summer tips from the replacement window pros at Window Nation.