EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE

Paved Driveways

Paved driveways are completed approximately one year after your closing date with the second coat following approximately one year after that. This is to allow sufficient time for settlement. In some cases, additional time may be necessary. You are required to refrain from parking on the fresh asphalt for 2-3 days after installation in order to allow the driveway to start hardening. This, however, does not mean that your driveway has fully cured. Hot or humid weather will also affect the curing time and tire marks may occur when turning the steering wheel of your vehicle hard, even weeks after installation. These tire marks are not covered under warranty but should fade over time. If you wish to seal your driveway, it is recommended that you wait until at least one year after paving of the top coat.

Sodding

We will water newly laid sod once only. If you anticipate being away when the sod is going to be laid on your lot, please have a neighbour or relative water the grass for you. In order for the sod to adhere properly to the topsoil, it is imperative that new sodding be adequately watered for the first few weeks. This is your responsibility as a Homeowner.

Exterior Doors

The exterior doors chosen for your new home are designed to combine insulation and weather protection with a pleasing appearance. They are intended to replace the old concept of wood door and storm door combinations, and far outperform their thermal efficiency. To install a storm door over an insulated metal door is not necessary and, if the door is embellished with styrene moulds, is definitely not recommended. Please be advised that the warranty on your exterior door will not apply if a storm door is installed.

Exterior Hardware

It has been a time-honored tradition of property owners to maintain and care for their articles of value. Your new home’s exterior hardware deserves the same careful attention that you would give your other fine metal pieces. There is no guarantee on the longevity of the finish of any product. However, with proper care and maintenance, you can extend its longevity.

Exterior Taps

The exterior and garage taps on your home are not frost-free. It is recommended that you turn off the water to the outside in the winter. To do this, please shut off the water at the source inside the basement, drain the pipe from the outside and then leave the outside taps open. This should effectively prevent freezing and the possibility of bursting pipes, which will occur when water is left in the lines over the winter. Also, remember to remove and store away your garden hose until spring.