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Preparing your home’s exterior for storm season in Texas

By Doors, Storm, Windows

Current events taking place in the world today, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, have been making quite an impact in our neck of the woods. It doesn’t help that this major event in history is happening right at the beginning of our, already intense, storm season.

Every state and region has its own storm season, and in North Texas, spring is the main event of stormy weather. From early March until late August, high winds, heavy rains, hail, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes are not uncommon. The brunt of it hits from mid-March until the end of June.

Spring cleaning may take care of your home’s interior and its landscaping, but you also need to think about your home’s exterior. Here are 5 key actions you can take to bolster your home for the upcoming Texas storms.

1. Invest In A Window Upgrade

Older windows often tend to develop drafts, which is bad enough, but in the rainy season, leaks can develop through those same openings. That’s an even bigger problem. Foundation settling can cause window frames to warp, become too tight or too loose, or cause fissure lines above and/or below the window.

All of these reasons, plus the benefit of better weather protection, boosted energy efficiency, and enhanced curb appeal argue for spring as an excellent time to invest in a window upgrade in the North Texas Panhandle.

2. Get Better Doors & Storm Doors

Water and wind – think drafts and leaks, can also affect your exterior doors during the Texas storm season. It may be time for a new front door, back door, garage door, or storm door.

Adding a door sweep, more insulation around doors, or repainting or restaining doors with exposed wood may sometime be enough. But a newer, stronger door with a higher energy efficiency rating would help even more!

3. Take Care Of Any Siding Repairs

If you notice any siding pieces that have come loose, slipped down, buckled, warped in the Texas sun over the years, or cracked up in a past hail storm, it’s a good time to take care of necessary repairs. Well-installed siding will help prevent water from getting behind your home’s exterior and finding its way through into the interior.

Upgrading to a higher grade of vinyl siding or to steel siding will do even more to make sure your building successfully weathers this year’s string of storms.

4. Clean Out Gutters & Downspouts

When gutters and downspouts are clogged with sticks, leaves, and other debris, it can make water back up during a storm. This may lead to wood rot of your fascia boards or the edge of your roof deck. It could also cause an interior leak and encourage mold and mildew growth. And it may allow water to eat away at your home’s foundation when it doesn’t drain down the gutters properly.

If gutters are sagging, they need to be nailed back up straight. If they are leaking, that must be addressed with waterproof gutter caulk. In extreme cases, you may wish to simply replace your guttering system.

Taking steps now to protect your home’s exterior during the storm season will pay big dividends by preventing damage and expenses down the road. For a free estimate on energey efficient, storm-safe siding and windows, contact Double J Siding & Windows in Amarillo, Texas, today!


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Boost Your House’s Curb Appeal with New Custom Doors & Gutters

By Doors, Gutters
Whether you’re getting ready to put your home up for sale or are planning to stay where you are and are just ready for a new look, Double J Siding & Windows has some great ideas on how to boost your home’s curb appeal. While, as our name suggests, our main focus is on residential windows and siding, which are definitely two ways you can increase your home’s curb appeal, other, less expensive fixes that can also have a huge impact include new doors and gutters.

Custom Doors Make a Statement

When selecting doors to fit your particular style, you have lots of options, since doors come in so many styles. To name just a few, you may choose:
  • Solid doors (hollow, solid or solid coreDoors with glass
  • French double doors
  • Doors with sidelights
  • Wooden doors
  • Fiberglass doors
  • Metal doors
  • Patio doors
  • Storm doors and more
Not only do you have options regarding door styles, but you can also choose from a variety of door colors. Another decision to make is whether you want an unprotected door or you want to add a small roof or an awning to protect the door and those using it from the weather.
Your home’s front entry door is a main focal point for anyone looking at your home and is also a factor in its energy efficiency and security. Just about any door you install on your home can be added to with a second door such as a:
  • Storm door
  • Screen door
  • Security door
One other decision when adding a new door to your home is deciding on the “handedness,” which means whether it swings open to the left or to the right. All of these decisions can be made with the help of a trusted home repair company such as Double J Siding & Windows. In business since 2001, we’re licensed, bonded and insured and carry an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You won’t find a more capable partner in helping to boost your home’s curb appeal.

Gutters May Be More Important Than You Think

Often, gutters are overlooked by homeowners. It may be that the old adage, “out of sight, out of mind” applies here which can, unfortunately, cause a host of problems. Gutters require regular maintenance in order to efficiently serve their function, which is to divert water away from the structure.
If a home has no gutters or has improperly functioning gutters, damage can be caused to your siding, windows, doors, landscaping and your home’s foundation. You may also experience water seeping into the basement area. The reason gutters most often do not do their job properly is because they haven’t been correctly maintained. They may be clogged with leaves, pine needles, grit from roof shingles or a variety of other debris.
They may have holes, gaps, be pulled away from the house or not be pitched properly toward functioning downspouts. Having gutters in this condition is almost like having no gutters at all. A new, professional gutter installation can fix all these problems, plus provide your home with a heightened curb appeal.

Form and Function

While new gutters and custom doors in Amarillo will help protect the value of your home, they will also add to its value and its curb appeal. Selecting just the right style and color for your doors and the color of your gutters can work well together to help make your home picture perfect. At Double J, our team of experienced professionals can provide you with recommendations to suit both your taste and your pocketbook. Contact us today at (806) 674-1109 for your free, in-home estimate.

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