April 5, 2019
The cold weather has finally subsided and the warm, spring air has come to stay (we hope!). This is the perfect opportunity to see what toll the harsh winter weather has taken on the home’s exterior. The tips below offer advice on things to watch out for and the necessary steps to repair any damage incurred.
This roof has several displaced and warped shingles.
The roof is a home’s primary defense against the elements. Any minor structural damage here can lead to much larger issues down the road. Many problems can even be spotted from the ground, preventing the potentially dangerous climb up a ladder. Key things to look for include missing or distorted shingles and a buildup of leaves or plant matter in valleys between roof peaks. If there is damage to shingles, call a licensed contractor to perform repairs before the roof starts leaking.
Clogged gutters can lead to siding and foundation damage.
Gutters ensure rainwater is carried away from the home. Clogged and leaky gutters spill excess water down the exterior wall of the home, where it then saturates the ground around the foundation. Prevent siding and foundation damage by cleaning out structurally sound gutters and replacing the old ones. For gutters which get clogged regularly, consider installing one of the many varieties of gutter guards on the market.
New siding boosts curb appeal and adds to the value of a home.
Water isn’t the only enemy of exterior siding. Snow and wind do their fair share of damage, too. Look for any warped, rotting or discolored areas, particularly around eaves and downspouts. Well-maintained siding protects a home against the elements and does wonders to boost curb appeal. If the siding is older, spring is the perfect time to replace it with a newer, more energy-efficient product. Siding needs to be installed properly to allow for expansion and contraction with the weather, so it’s best to hire a professional for this endeavor.
Old, drafty windows add to increased heating and cooling costs.
There’s something so refreshing about a gentle, spring breeze. Make it much more enjoyable by ensuring window screens are free from a any built up dust and dander which may have accumulated during the winter. Inspect interior and exterior window sills for signs of damage and deterioration. Take the time to replace any broken or cracked window panes. New windows are more attractive and aid in energy efficiency.
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