Your home’s exterior is the first thing guests and neighbors see when they come to visit, so it should make a good impression. By keeping up with exterior maintenance and repairs on a regular basis, you can increase your home’s curb appeal and property value and create an inviting entrance to your home.
Exterior Maintenance and Repairs
Exterior maintenance and repairs will keep your home looking its best year-round. Each year, your home’s exterior is exposed to hot sun, rain storms, winds, and occasional snow, sleet and ice, so it’s important to inspect your home’s exterior components on a regular basis. Regular maintenance and attention to needed repairs can prevent problems and save you thousands of dollars every year on costly repairs. If you need help finding a qualified contractor for repairs, get referrals from friends and neighbors and check contractor leads in your area.
Your roof protects the structural integrity of your home, so it’s essential to make sure it’s in good condition. Regular roof inspections and maintenance are essential to prevent leaks that can cause interior damage, as well as mold and mildew growth on shingles and in gutters. You should inspect your roof once in the spring and once in the fall to look for loose, curling, broken, or missing shingles. If you have a fireplace, inspect your chimney and flue at the same time to prevent smoke and fires.
It’s important to inspect and clean out your gutters and downspouts once or twice every year, preferably in the spring and fall. Gutters with broken or loose joints, or gutters that are stopped up with debris like mud, leaves and twigs can cause damage to your home’s facings, siding and exterior paint. They can also cause leaks that can damage your home’s attic, interior walls and foundation.
Paint and Siding
Exterior paint and siding is exposed to hot sun, rain and wind all year. Heat and sun beating down on your house can cause your siding and paint to fade, crack, splinter and blister. Rain can expose siding and paint to mold and mildew, especially if dampness doesn’t dry out quickly. Both sun and rain can cause wood and vinyl siding to expand and contract which can result in increased damage from breaking and cracking.
Doors and Windows
Exterior doors and windows should be inspected and maintained on a regular basis throughout the year. Since both are exposed to outdoor elements year-round, they can be easily damaged. You should inspect your doors and windows for cracks and broken glass that cause air leaks and heat and cooling loss. For maximum energy efficiency, weatherproof your doors and windows to keep your home’s interior temperatures comfortable year-round.