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Home Maintenance Tips That Cost You Time and Money

Home Maintenance Tips That Cost You Time and Money

Home maintenance tips flood us from the Internet, TV shows and well-meaning friends. Some of them, however, are based on bad information and could cost you time and money. Lask Roofing & Siding, a top local roofing contractor, debunks common home maintenance myths here.

You Can Use the Test Button on Your Smoke Detector to Find Out If It’s Working

The test button will tell you if the alarm sound is working, but it doesn’t tell you if the sensor can detect smoke, which is what you really need to know. The best way to check your device is with real smoke near the unit. If the smoke sets off the alarm, it’s working; otherwise, replace the batteries. If it still doesn’t work with new batteries, get a new smoke detector. Dead batteries are the number one reason smoke detectors fail, so, replace them yearly.

Stone Counter Tops Are Indestructible

Marble, quartz, travertine, soapstone and limestone can actually stain. Marble is especially fragile; soda, coffee, lemon juice even hard water will eat into marble. Although quartz or marble won’t crack under a hot pot, the direct heat can discolor them.

You’ll get the best value for money with granite. It’s a volcanic rock that doesn’t stain or scratch. Even red wine won’t stain it. Get top-quality granite countertops from your trusted roofers and home improvement contractors, Lask Roofing & Siding.

You Don’t Have to Clean Gutter Guards

Gutter guards keep out leaves and other large debris, but most of them won’t keep out small seeds, pine straw and flower buds. While gutter guards reduce the need for gutter maintenance, most products don’t completely eliminate it. With gutter guards, instead of shoveling out loads of debris twice a year, you might only need to do it every two years.

However, there’s one product on the market that guarantees you’ll Never Clean Your Gutters Again®, and that’s Gutter Helmet®. At Lask Roofing & Siding, we’re proud to be a certified installer.

Count on Lask Roofing & Siding for all your roofing, siding and other home improvement needs. We proudly serve homeowners in and around Rockford, IL. Call us today at (800) 824-3772 for a free quote.