Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall Roof Maintenance Tips

Getting your home ready for winter.

We had an amazing summer here in the Pacific Northwest this year, lots of sun and dry weather to get all those home projects out of the way. Now that Autumn is in full swing, it is time to start preparing your home for the coming winter months, and the bad weather comes along with them. As roofing contractors, we come across a lot of home repairs that could have been prevented with a few simple steps by the home-owner. But Fall Home Maintenance not only prevents future repairs, but it will save you money on your energy bills as well. Lets take a look at some of these important annual tasks.

Interior Maintenance

We mentioned energy savings above, and this is a big one! Heating and cooling amount to nearly half of the energy costs in your home.

Windows and Doors: Check your windows and doors for air leaks, especially if you haven’t installed new energy efficient windows. Either feel closely with your hand for air flow, or hold a candle and check the perimeter, if there are any drafts, the smoke from the candle will be drawn to that area. Apply weather stripping and caulking as needed.

Heating Systems: Another easy task that will save you the headache of repairs down the line is maintaining your heating system. Get in the habit of changing your furnace filter every fall. A clean filter will distribute the heat better throughout your home, saving you money.  And be sure to have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor, don’t wait for a problem to arise. Don’t forget about your wood-stove / fireplace! Creosote buildup (a combination of wood tar, organic vapors and moisture) can lead to a damaging fire, so get your chimney and fireplace cleaned before you put it back into use this winter.

Did you know changing the direction of your ceiling fan creates an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling? 

Autumn Yard Maintenance

As we wrap up any yard projects, it is important to take a few steps to make sure that your yard is ready for the winter as well.

Trimming plants and trees around the house will take away hiding spots for critters who may eventually try and enter your home. This will also prevent clean up and potential damage to your home when a storm hits, sending tree branches flying.

Prepare your yard equipment for storage, which includes draining fuel from all gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws. Draining and putting away hoses and shutting off outdoor water valves is also very important to help to prevent frozen pipes over the winter. It is also a good idea to put winter equipment such as salt, shovels and snow blowers where you can get to them easily.

Now is a good time to fertilize the lawn with a high phosphorous mix to ensure healthy grass in the spring.

Exterior Maintenance

      “Caulking and sealing openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs,” says Michael Hydeck, Hydeck Design Build, Inc., Telford, PA, and National President, National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). “Openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in cracks and mold build up,” he says. “Regardless of whether you live in a cold or warm climate, winter can bring very harsh conditions resulting in water or ice damage. A careful check of the outside structure combined with inexpensive maintenance can save you money in the long run.” I know you did this inside your home, but it is important to be thorough, so make sure to check the foundation for cracks and caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding, where pipes or wires enter the house, and around the windows and door frames.

Gutters and Downspouts: Autumn is a beautiful season here in the Pacific Northwest, but one of the things that make it so beautiful, can also be a hazard – falling leaves. Be sure to keep your gutters and downspouts free from debris, hire a professional, or clean them yourself and flush them with water. You may have to do this a couple of times this season depending on the amount of trees you live by. It is very important, because backed up gutters can lead to water damage and ice dams. Don’t forget to inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary as well.

Inspect your roof: Of course we saved the best for last, we kind of have a thing for roofs! Do a visual inspection of your roof, check for loose or missing shingles, if you have an excess of graduals in your gutters, your shingles might be ready for replacement! Look for dips or sags on your roof, this can indicate that the decking is in need of repair. If your roof is more than 20 years old, it is a good idea to get an inspection by a professional roofing company to check for problems that might not be visible from below.

“Your roof is your first defense in protecting your home. Without it functioning properly, water damage can occur. This causes deterioration to insulation, wood and drywall, making electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems vulnerable. It’s better to proactively deal with repairs in the fall than to discover a leaky roof during a snowstorm. For safety’s sake, have a licensed, certified roofing professional check the condition of your roof.”  says Jay Butch, Director, Contractor programsfor CertainTeed 

Let Us Help!

Roofing Contractor in Pierce County

Your home is a major investment! You can keep it at its best with simple maintenance, and Fall is one of the best seasons to schedule annual check-ups and services! Your roof is the topping of your home investment, don’t let it go this season with out proper care! We at Chase Construction NW, Inc. have a passion for roofs, and for our customers! If you are in need of a roof inspection, repair, or replacement, let us provide you with a free, no obligation estimate! We have over 15 years of experience and our team is highly knowledgeable and capable in all types of roof installations. We provide services in King County and Pierce County, along with major cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, Des Moines and all of the surrounding cities. Contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today! Fill out our free estimate form or call us at 253-445-8950.

 

October Around The Sound

What to do this weekend

We love living in the Pacific Northwest, especially this time of year! Now that fall is fully here, how can we get out and enjoy the changing colors? Lets take a look at what activities the Puget Sound has to offer for the month of October!

The Northwest Tea Festival is Celebrating 10 years!

10 AM – 6 PM Saturday, 9/30
10 AM – 4 PM Sunday, 10/1

Starting tomorrow, this is a fun and educational two-day event showcasing the multifaceted world of tea and open for people of all ages and all levels of tea experience!

• Sample some of the finest teas from all over the world.

• Attend presentations led by leading tea authors and industry experts.

• Meet premier tea and tea ware suppliers.

The festival will be held in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center, 299 Mercer St, Seattle WA 98109.

 

Tacoma Film Festival

October 5-12 2017

TFF gathers the best in new, independent films, because never-before-seen storytelling and perspectives deserve to be shared and celebrated! Established in 2006, the annual Tacoma Film Festival presents a lively week of films, workshops, events, and discussions. TFF programming is a unique blend of audience and industry programming that empowers all who attend to connect with creators.

Visit their website for more information and scheduling 

Puyallup Oktoberfest

Oct. 6-8, 2017 – Washington State Fair Events Center – Puyallup

Oktoberfest Northwest, presented by Evergreen Eye Center hosts Washington’s largest Munich-style Festhalle Biergarten and is the Northwest’s exclusive home of Hammerschlagen®. For the past 12 years, Oktoberfest NW has brought authentic food, bier and entertainment to its guests. ‘Prost with the best’ at Oktoberfest Northwest!

Go here for more info.

Orting Pumpkin Festival

Oct. 14th 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Orting City Park

Orting Pumpkin Fest Features:

• Food & Beverage Booths with Pumpkin Menu Items

• Live Entertainment for All Ages on Two Stages

• Rod & Custom Car Show

• Games, Bounce House, & Amusements for Kids

• Orting Valley Farmers Market

• ACT 1 Theatre Productions – Dancing Scarecrows

• Arts and Crafts Vendors in the Park

• Little Pumpkin Pals Parade – Saturday at Noon

• Point Defiance Pirates

• Cinderella Pumpkin Carriage

• Little Pumpkin Pals Parade

Go here for more info and scheduling.

Fall Festival in Occidental Square

October 21 at 11 AM – 3 PM – 1809 7th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101

Kids of all ages can find something to enjoy at Fall Festival:

• Hang out with some animals at our petting zoo

• Purchase your Halloween pumpkin in our pumpkin patch

• Bounce around on an inflatable obstacle course

•Get in the autumnal spirit with free face painting

Chocolate Talk in Tacoma

Saturday, October 28 (1:00pm – 2:00pm) – 316 South G Street in historic Wright Park

Listen to an informative talk about chocolate, hold a cocoa pod, and taste some chocolate at Everything Chocolate in Seymour Botanical Conservatory for $3.

 

ABOUT US

Whether you attend an event in Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, or Orting, – you will see a roof that we so passionately installed! Roofing all over the Puget Sound for over 15 years, we are factory certified in several roofing applications, and experienced! So if you are in need of a new roof, or just a repair, we are here for you! Call us today for your free estimate – 253-445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form! We look forward to working with you!

Hire A Hero and Chase Construction NW, Inc.

An Academy for Heroes

Hire A Hero Roofing AcadamyIt is no secret that in the construction industry, it is harder and harder to find qualified labor, and roofing is no exception. GAF, North America’s largest manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing, has found a way to help fill the labor shortage as well as help soldiers transition into civilian life at the same time. They have partnered with ProTrain and US Military Pipeline to begin a training program on roofing installation for the purpose of transitioning into the roofing industry.

GAF Master Elite RooferIn this 4 week training courseveterans get access to a professional and comprehensive steep-slope roofing primer (includes OSHA 10) and a high-level commercial roofing introduction. The curriculum includes completion of a student workbook, quizzes, field visits, and hands-on training on an in-class roofing deck. And finally, they are ready for Master Elite® Roofers to be able to hire them!

Congratulations Graduates!

As one of only about a dozen Master Elite® Roofers in Washington State, we had the privilege of meeting the recent graduating class and speak with them further about the roofing industry. We are proud to introduce these exceptional young men into the industry! 

 

About us

We, of course, love our industry, so we are down for any chance to improve it, especially when it involves improving the lives of America’s heroes at the same time! We would like to thank GAF for creating this program! By hiring a Master Elite® Roofing Contractor, you help support innovative programs such as this, and you can be comfortable knowing that you roof is installed by the best roofers in the industry! We have been Master Elite® Roofers for 8 years now, and are certified in a variety of other roofing systems as well. Whether it is steep and low slope, composition shingles, wood shakes, metal roofing, slate, tile, torch-down, PVC, TPO, EPDM, we have you covered! You will get only the best with us! So if you are in need of a new roof, or just a repair, we are here for you! Call us today for your free estimate – 253-445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form! We look forward to working with you!

 

THE WHO’S WHO IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SHOWCASE 2017

Construction Professionals gather in Seattle!

Well the weather was crazy, but hundreds of construction professionals sill made it to Safeco Field on Thursday May 11th for the annual Blue Book Building & Construction Network Showcase, and Chase Construction NW, Inc. was there! The wind relentlessly knocked over signs and banners, but connections were made none the less!

It’s all about the book!

United Recycling & ContainerThe event started off at 12:30 with lunch and an educational seminar at 1:00 on the importance of construction relationships, and how The Blue Book Network can help your company. After our delicious boxed lunch, we heard from the lunch sponsors, United Recycling and Container. They gave an informative presentation about their services, and how recycling can save money on a construction site vs. dumping the unwanted material in a landfill. They then answered questions from the audience such as what material they can and cannot recycle, and what happens to the material once it is Blue Book Network 2017recycled. Next we heard from Jessica Riggio, the regional sales manager at the Blue Book Building & Construction Network®. She gave us an brief history on the Blue Book and how it has helped the industry stay connected over the years. 

The Showcase

Blue Book Network 2017At 2:00pm the showcase began, and what a showcase it was! Overlooking the field at Safeco was endless networking and business opportunities! We spoke with some familiar faces, and met some new ones as well! And just incase lunch wasn’t enough, there were appetizers and drinks aplenty as well! In the construction industry, connection opportunities are important, and the Blue Book provides that with minimal effort from the contractor! The Blue Book Network makes it easy for industry professionals to connect, and the annual Who’s Who Showcase makes it easy to put a face to those connections!

About Us

Chase Construction in the Blue Book

We are so grateful for this annual opportunity to connect and create partnerships within the industry, thank you Blue Book! We have been roofing in the Puget Sound for over 15 years and cherish every connection made along the way. When you choose Chase Construction NW, Inc. for your next roofing project, you will benefit from our experience, knowledge, and ongoing expertise. We are certified and factory trained in a variety of roofing products and applications, and are able to offer exclusive warranties. Contact us today by filling out our free estimate form or calling us at 253-445-8950.