Friday, January 6, 2017

Winter Maintenance For Your Home

Keep your home winterized with these tips.


7 things to take care.

1. Don’t let your pipes from freeze
Insulate pipes, at least those by windows and doors, and in unheated areas of the home. Disconnect your hose from the outside hose bib (outside faucet).
Keep the heat set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12.7 degrees Celsius) when you're away.

2. Be aware of ice dams forming
Ice dams form because the edges of your roof are colder than the upper regions (where more insulation is below), causing ice to form around the eaves. 
Remove snow as quickly as possible after storms (or hire someone to do this for you).
If you see the beginnings of an ice dam, carefully remove snow and ice if possible without damaging roof and gutters.

3. Keep an eye on trees that are within reach of your home
Big snowfalls can settle onto tree limbs, making them heavy and more prone to breaking  and landing on your house. Brush off  the snow after each snowfall, using a broom to extend your reach. It’s best not to shake trees, this can cause brittle limbs to break.

4. Keep your home’s heating system running properly
Have your heating system inspected by a professional regularly. If you hear any strange noises coming from your heater or if one area of the house suddenly seems colder, have the system looked at right away, as these can be signs something is wrong. Not only in winter, but throughout the year, change your air filters in your furnace .

5. Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
This is especially important during the winter, when windows kept closed and wood-burning stoves and fireplaces are used more often.

6. Keep emergency supplies handy.
With winter storms comes more potential for power outages . Be prepared with fresh bottled water, shelf-stable foods, flashlights and batteries, first-aid supplies and a hand-cranked radio and smartphone charger.

7. Clean your fireplace
Have your fireplace cleaned by a certified chimney sweep. Regular cleaning is a necessary safety measure for wood-burning fireplaces and wood stoves, since buildup of creosote inside your chimney can potentially cause a house fire. Even gas fireplaces should be checked for a nest or deris.




  



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Monday, November 7, 2016

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist: 8 Things to Do Every Autumn

Fall is here and it’s time to get your home and yard ready before the snow flies. 

Here are 8 things to take care of.



1. Clean your gutters
Try using an old plastic spatula to get leaves adn debris out of your gutters! It won't scratch, plus you can cut it to fit the contours of your gutter.

2. While cleaning your gutters, make sure to snake out down spouts 

They get clogged with leaves and debris and need a cleaning too. Try a plumber’s snake to do the job.

3. Keep watering
Watering in the fall helps your lawn recover from summer heat and gain strength for the winter ahead. If you fertilize, it's important that you water so the fertilizer dissolves and soaks into the ground.


4. Aerate your lawn
Aerating relieves the compacting of soil caused by foot traffic. Aerating allows air, nutrients and water to enter, which helps your roots to thrive!


5. Fertilize every fall 

It’s recommended that we fertilize four times a year. But if you only want to do it one time a year, do it in the fall. Now sure which type is best? Ask you local garden center.

6. Blowout your sprinkler system 

You can do it with your own compressor, but know that even the largest home compressor isn't powerful enough to blow out your entire system at once. Hiring a pro to do it for you is another great option. Shop around or ask your neighbors who they use.

7. Store lawn furniture 
Storing your furniture away for the winter will prolong their life and keep them looking good for many years. Make sure to clean them off before putting them away. Chairs can be hung from easy-to-make wood hangers in the garage, larger items can be stored in the rafters.
8. Winterize your gas grill 
Most of us in Colorado grill all year round, even in the winter! But if you’re not one to brave the cold, thoroughly clean it and pack it away in a dry place. If you're storing your grill outside during the winter, you can keep the propane tank connected (but shut off) and put a protective cover over the entire grill when you're done cleaning it.





Monday, August 22, 2016


  


Front Range Lumber Company is an Emtek Locks Authorized Dealer.

Emtek® offers a simple solution for custom hardware. From multiple lever and knob choices to a variety of authentic materials and finishes, they provide their customers with a level of customization that is hard to beat.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Don’t buy more moulding than you need!


To minimize waste, Front Range Lumber stocks 17’ pieces of primed fingerjoint door casing.  

This length of ready-to-paint moulding allows you to trim out one entire side of any standard interior door, even allowing for miter cut two approximately 7’ pieces for each leg/side of the door and a 3’ piece for the head. Stocking this length enables you to save money and minimize waste. Don’t buy more than you need!