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Why have a Maintenance Program

 

Author- Larry Gard, Chief Operations Officer at Solomon Contracting- St. Louis, MO.





One of the primary reasons we introduced our Home

Preventive Maintenance program is because we have consistently observed extensive, unnecessary damage to wood and interior framing. This damage often results from a lack of preventive maintenance to paint and carpentry elements of your home. Our comprehensive program is designed to address these issues proactively. It includes an annual inspection of the home's exterior and roof, thorough house washing, gutter cleaning, caulking of cracks, and paint touch-ups. With this program, homeowners can rest assured that their homes are well-maintained and protected from the elements.




Understanding Building Movement and Its Impact

All buildings, regardless of their construction, experience movement. This movement occurs in micro increments as buildings expand and contract in response to temperature fluctuations throughout the year. Minor hairline cracks in caulking and paint for example, can widen after a season of expansion. Once these cracks open, they can allow wind and rain to penetrate the building envelope , peal up paint and cause additional paint pealing. This can lead to drafts, wood dry rot due to trapped moisture, and provide entry points for ants and other insects.


Proactive Maintenance to Prevent Major Problems

Our Annual Building Inspection is a key component of our Maintenance Program. It is

specifically designed to identify small issues before they escalate into major problems. After each inspection, we provide homeowners with a detailed report, complete with photos, on the condition of their building. This report allows homeowners to take the necessary steps to maintain their homes in optimal condition. The service ensures that every part of the building is inspected and properly maintained.




Focusing on High-Risk Areas

We often find that certain areas of a home, such as the front entry, are almost always in need of attention. The front door trims, in particular, require more time and effort to maintain and seal. Homes with front elevations facing west are especially prone to peeling paint at the base of the brick molding near the concrete step. This issue arises primarily due to two reasons: firstly, many doors installed by builders do not have adequate primer or paint, which leads to peeling over time. Secondly, we frequently encounter entryways that have not been painted since the door was originally installed.


Thorough Inspections and Detailed Proposals

During our inspections, we identify areas that might not meet our program requirements and provide separate quotes for those needs. We also document items that are included in the program. Our building envelope inspections are thorough and informative. Once the inspection is complete, the inspector presents the homeowner with a detailed program inspection report and contract.


By addressing minor issues such as small areas needing paint touch-ups or caulking, homeowners can avoid the larger expenses associated with major projects. These might include a complete house repainting or significant carpentry work due to water penetration at a window or door, leading to wood rot and the need for replacement.


Conclusion

Investing in a Home Preventive Maintenance program is a smart decision for any homeowner. It not only helps to protect your home from the elements but also saves you money in the long run by preventing minor issues from becoming major repairs. At Solomon Contracting, we are committed to helping you maintain your home in the best possible condition. With our expertise and dedication, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home is well cared for. 

Check out our web site to see what is included in our program.  Or give us a call at 314-890-8000




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