Spring is officially here, and the evidence is all around us! Now is the perfect time to tackle some exterior maintenance projects and get your home ready for the warmer season ahead. Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home’s exterior, so we recommend getting outside and examining the condition of your home as soon as the snow melts. To get started, here are our top 5 exterior maintenance tips:
Examine Roof Shingles
Examine your roof to see if any shingles are missing or damaged. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Additionally, if you’ve had the same roof for 20+ years, you may want to start budgeting for a replacement. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys also need to be checked and repaired. Look for bent or damaged flashing around chimneys, skylights, or points where the roof makes contact with the house. It is imperative to get these repairs done to avoid water damage and rotting.
Check Seals Around Windows and Doors
Cold temperatures can cause seals around windows and doors to loosen, harden and crack. Inspect these areas and make repairs as needed. This will prevent water leakage and will keep your home more insulated during hot, humid summer days.
Check and Clear Out Gutters
It’s very important to clean out your gutters and downspouts. Spring storms will be here before you know it, so make sure that your gutters are clear of debris so that they function properly. Also make sure to check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Lastly, make sure that downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris. The downspouts need to be extended away from the home a minimum of four feet, with six feet being preferred.
Examine Chimney and Foundation
It’s also important to inspect your home’s foundation and chimney. Repair any cracks as small fixes now could save you from extensive damage later on. Check the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage and have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep. A house with a crawl space has vents along the foundation walls. These vents provide air circulation that helps dissipate excess moisture and prevents mold growth. Foundation vents are usually recessed and become catch-alls for leaves, twigs and assorted debris. Spring is a great time to clean out this debris and check screens for damage. Make sure to repair any damaged screens knowing that unwanted critters can squeeze through small holes and tears.
Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs, except for pool decks, should drain away from the home’s foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk and when the weather permits, power-wash then seal the concrete slab.
From repairing your roof to fixing foundation issues, exterior maintenance is essential for the longevity of your home. Need help with your next big exterior project? Let’s work together and restore your home back to new. Contact 101 Roofing & Remodeling today!