Springtime is almost here… and that means spring cleaning is in full swing. As the weather gets warmer, don’t forget about these exterior items that need to be added to your Spring cleaning list.
A yearly roof inspection – Springtime is a perfect time to get your recommended yearly roof inspection set up. Whether your roof is brand new, or getting near the end of its life, a professional yearly inspection is recommended to make sure everything on the roof is functioning properly. Often, damage can go undetected for years. Homeowners are often unaware of leaks until it starts leaking into the house and by this point, the wood, insulation, drywall, and painting are all affected as well. By completing a regular roof inspection, we can catch potential problems before they become major problems. We find that most homeowners can extend the life of their roofs significantly by completely minor preventative maintenance as needed. These yearly inspections make sure that your roof, which protects the most important things in your home, continues to function properly, saving you time and money in the future.
Gutters and downspouts – A key feature of a healthy home is the ability to direct water away from the foundation of the home. Gutters and downspouts play a vital role in this process. It is recommended to clean out your gutters and downspouts regularly to make sure water has the ability to freely flow away from your house. Sagging gutters and clogged gutters are some of the most common issues that we see. Unless you get on a ladder or can view it from a second-story window, it’s sometimes difficult to see if your gutters are clogged or need to be cleaned. Some signs that your gutters may not be functioning properly include, water dripping from behind the gutter, water overflowing from the gutter during a large rain storm, and no water exiting the downspout during rain. If your gutter system cannot properly direct the water away from the house, there is a risk of more damage being caused. Make sure your spring cleaning list includes checking and cleaning out your gutters.
Windows and doors – Outdated windows and doors are one of the biggest reasons for higher energy costs and an increase in unwanted airflow. An audit on the windows and doors can help correct unwanted problems, and help owners address and plan for future needs and expenses for their property.
Exterior coverings – It’s important to make sure that all exterior building coverings such as your siding, stucco, brick, or wood exteriors are functioning properly. A professional inspection can catch potential problems while they are small before they become larger problems, which can save you thousands in potential repairs. Don’t forget to check your fascia and soffit too, these hidden items are often overlooked, but they are crucial to the overall health of your home.
Landscaping needs – Properly caring for the plant life around your house is crucial to the health of the home. Nature can have a mind of its own sometimes, and plants can make their home in unwanted and harmful areas. Make sure that bushes and trees are cut back away from the roof line. This will make sure that no shingles are damaged by growing branches. This will also help keep gutters clear as it can limit the number of leaves that accumulate in the gutter, causing a potential blockage. Ivy can wreak havoc on siding exteriors as it clings and climbs the house. Landscaping is one of those jobs that can easily prevent major damage in the future and greatly extend the life and function of materials on the house currently.
Preventative maintenance is crucial in the early detection of leaking and potential problem areas around the house. By including these items in the spring cleaning list, homeowners make sure their home is healthy and functioning properly; adding peace of mind and saving time and money in the future.
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