123 Exteriors Successful Season of Giving!

Thank you to all who participated in 123 Exteriors season of giving in the month of November. Through the help of our customers and staff we were able to make a difference in each of our local communities. Every office was able to get involved and worked with local charity organizations including: Family Sharing in Waukesha, Habitat for Humanity in Chicagoland, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in Columbus, Family Sharing in Wisconsin, and the Linn County Veteran's Affairs foodbank in Cedar Rapids. 

Our St. Louis office took a different approach in their giving efforts by helping an elderly customer by raking and bagging her leaves. Andrew, John, and Matt, (team members of our St. Louis office), also presented her with a gift card for a local grocery store.

Our Wisconsin office did their part by collecting canned goods for Family Sharing, where they will be visiting in the near future to take a short tour then spend time volunteering by sorting food! Thanks to those in the Waukesha area that gave 123 referrals. For each referral that 123 received, we donated 40 meals to Family Sharing. The Illinois officewas able to donate to Habitat for Humanity! For every home inspection you scheduled with us we donated $10. For everyone that chose 123 Exteriors for their roofing and siding needs in the month of November we donated $35 or matched the customer’s donation of $100. Every $35 that was donated went towards purchasing shingles to bring people together to build homes, community and hope!

Our Cedar Rapids office did their part by collecting 85 lbs. of non-perishable goods to the Linn County Veteran's Affair's food pantry. In November alone the Veteran's Affair's food pantry was able to serve 300 veteran's in their office, and 150 who use the food pantry. Thank you to our Cedar Rapids office.

123 Exteriors of Westerville Ohio teamed up with the Mid-Ohio foodbank to fight hunger in the local community. 123 Exteriors got involved by donating 40 meals for every single referral we received as well as picking up canned food donations from customers homes, and donations that were dropped off at our office. Together we were able to reach 1,000 meals for those in need which will positively impact many lives, thank you to those in Westerville that participated.

We believe 123 Exteriors Inc. has a responsibility to the communities in which we live and work. Service to others is something that we will continue to do as a company and we look forward to doing more local charity projects in the near future! Thank you to all who helped make our season of giving so successful! Thank you and happy holidays! 

Prepare Your Home For Fall in 7 Steps

The fall season is quickly approaching which means pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween, comfy sweaters, and leaves trickling in the wind. But the cooler temperatures are coming, and when the seasons change so do our activities and needs for our home. Seasonal home maintenance is necessary to get your home ready to take on the colder climate. These are the 7 things that you need to do in order to get your home ready for fall. Don’t be caught unprepared; a little bit of work now can save you the hassle of costly repairs and irritation later. 

Step 1: Exterior maintenance is a crucial step in the process of home preparation for the coming months. Your home’s exterior takes the hardest hit in terms of dealing with storm damage and cooler weather. Begin by inspecting your external walls/siding for chipped paint, blisters, and or cracks. If you see any of this type of damage, have it fixed immediately before you have a larger problem come springtime. The experts at 123 Exteriors are more than happy to come out and give your home an inspection. Save time and stress and let the professionals give you an honest assessment.

Step 2: Cleaning the gutters is not an enjoyable task, but it is necessary. In order to make sure your gutters are cleaned thoroughly all leaves, nests, and debris must be removed. You can use a trowel or a shovel to get everything out. Once all of the gutter debris has been removed, check that the gutter spikes and rivets are stable and replace any that are loose or have been washed away. To ensure your gutters are as clean as possible, give them a pressure wash. Potential leaking could occur. If that is the case, you may need new gutters, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Having your gutters inspected by professionals is recommended.

Step 3: If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, stock up on dry and ready to burn firewood. Make sure the wood is stored outside and away from the house to ensure maximum safety. Having enough firewood for the entire season is important in case the electricity goes out and you are forced to use your fireplace to create heat to warm your family. Also, wood-burning stoves can bring your home warmth and atmosphere. Make sure that your wood-burning stove is regularly inspected. You can check them by inspecting the stovepipes, checking safety features, and looking for corrosion and cracks. Make sure to have a fire extinguisher inside your home, and smoke detectors that work as well.

Step 4: Step 4 is arguably the most important step on your fall exterior preparation checklist. Autumn is the season of heavy rainfall, excessive winds, and even snowstorms! That’s why it’s important to make sure that your roof is able to withstand all conditions. You can start by doing a visual inspection yourself from the ground. However, if you want a complete and accurate inspection doing it from the ground won’t cut it. If you don’t know what you are looking for, damage can easily be missed. This is when exterior professionals come in handy. They will spot any and all loose, missing, or damaged shingles. Make sure to ask for photos of any damage that is found! Rain valleys can also be problematic for roofs come fall, because that is where rain and snowfall tend to collect. And for those who have tiled roofs, cracked and chipped tiles can be a problem and might need to be replaced.

Step 5: Step five is preparing your doors and doorways. It is important to check the caulks and seals around all doors to make sure that no heat is escaping. Even though it’s not quite winter yet, fall is just the beginning of the potential snow and zero degree temperatures. Allowing this heat to seep through the cracks only adds to a chillier home and rising heating bill. Also it’s necessary to pay close attention to the foundation of your home. Bugs can get in through cracks when they get cold, so it’s a good idea to set traps in your basement to avoid infestation. Finally caulk and weather strip areas that need it.

 Step 6: Sidewalks. Cracks and damage to your sidewalks can be hazardous all year long, but even more so when you can’t even see them. Don’t fall through the cracks; fix your sidewalk before it turns into an expensive headache when it freezes over. When you inspect your sidewalks you need to look for cracks that are more than 1/8th of an inch wide, uneven sections of the sidewalk, and loose railings on your steps. It’s also wise to check for disintegration of asphalt and washed out materials on loose-fill paths. Most of these jobs can be DIY jobs, but it’s probably best to call a professional that you know will do the job the right way the first time.

Step 7: Lawn care is vital to healthy grass and a beautiful home. Begin by raking and removing leaves from the ground. If you have a compost pile, this is the ideal place to put them. If not, put it in a yard bag and leave it on the curb for your community trash service to handle. Next, you should apply fertilizer to your lawn. Fertilizer will prevent winter damage to your lawn and spring weeds from growing. It is important to do your research before picking a fertilizer, so you know how much you need and when it should be applied.

Don’t forget to take the time to give your home some tender loving care to make sure it is prepared for the coming autumn months. Taking these precautious steps now will save money, time, and hassle later. It is also beneficial to you as a homeowner to keep up with seasonal exterior maintenance, because it enhances the value and appeal of your home, as well as the property value. When the chilly weather comes, make sure your home is ready. And if you are in need of an exterior home inspection call the experts at 123 Exteriors.