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Keep Mulch a Foot below Home Siding

As spring approaches and gardeners break out their trowels and pruners, many homeowners will start their annual mulching campaigns. The benefits of mulching are innumerable: It helps the soil retain moisture, keeps the soil cool, and provides the soil with essential nutrients. Proper mulching, like a proper gutter system, will also help prevent soil erosion.

Unfortunately, the benefits of mulching are also desirable by termites. These subterranean insects love cool, damp places, where the mulch serves not only as a canopy for their nests, but also as a food source.

Fortunately, following these two simple steps will help mitigate the potential risk of termites while also helping you monitor for termites in the future.

Two Important Steps to Prevent Termite Damage

Step 1: Remove old mulch. This can lead to buildups and it’s bad for the soil. Applying new mulch (or “fluffing” old mulch and combining with new) is more effective at stopping weed growth and it adds fresh nutrients to the soil.

Step 2: Leave mulch 12-16 inches below your home siding. You do not want to create a stairway to termite heaven. Exposing your home’s concrete foundation not only creates a significant gap for the termites to traverse, but it also allows you to notice any “mud tubes” created by termites.

Synthetic Mulch is Not the Answer

Don’t think you’re safe from termites by using synthetic mulch either. Termites love cool, damp places. They may not feed on the mulch, but they’ll still feed on your exterior walls while nesting in the soil beneath the mulch.

Overall, mulch is a great tool for maintaining healthy soil and shouldn’t be avoided because of the termite threat. When you take the necessary precautions, you’re limiting the chance of termite damage while still reaping all the benefits of mulching.

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Free Roof Installation for Roslyn, PA Vietnam Veteran

As a member of the American Legion, Post 798, Warminster…we assist our local member’s armed forces to assist wounded warriors… We contacted many other exterior home remodeling / roofing companies and ONLY NexGen showed up to assist with this family project… They removed the damaged roof and gutters and replaced everything for FREE.
—Michael Caffrey

Every once in a while we’re in a position to help out the community. We had the pleasure of doing just that after receiving a call from Michael Caffrey of American Legion post 798, where he asked us to help out a disabled Vietnam Veteran with a new roof through the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Family First program.

We understood their predicament. A roof replacement is an unwelcome expense for anyone, let alone a disabled vet. While a new roof is a sound investment into a home, not everyone can afford it. Some people have more immediate needs than investments, and then there are those who can’t even afford their immediate needs.

As a proud member of the Montgomery County and Bucks County communities, we wanted to help the family out. And as a local roofing contractor, we were in the unique position to actually provide the service ourselves.

We stripped the roof of the old shingles, replaced the rotten plywood, and removed the old gutter system. Using our partnership with Harvey Build Products® and CertainTeed®, we were able to provide the family with high quality CertainTeed Landmark® architectural-style shingles installed by a certified CertainTeed SELECT ShingleMaster™.

We were happy to keep the family dry with a professional roof installation and keep the foundation of their house intact with a properly installed gutter system.

We thank Michael for arranging the project.