While it may not be spring just yet, it will soon be time to start attending to outside tasks again. This home maintenance guide addresses the exterior of your home, outlining specific things to look for in order to determine if any repairs may be needed. Hopefully your home has weathered the winter season just fine, but the sooner you address any developing issues, the easier they are to fix!
Snow and ice can greatly affect the foundation of your home. Check your foundation walls, floors, and surrounding concrete for any cracking, leaking, heaving, or deterioration. Also be on the lookout for any low spots that may have formed next to the foundation of your home; these can trap and hold water. If you notice any of the above, call a foundation repair professional.
Your home's siding and masonry should also be monitored for signs of damage from the winter. Check siding surfaces for signs of weathering and paint wear. When it's warm enough outside, you can clean your siding with a pressure washer; this will keep any mold from growing and wash away a season's worth of grime. Also check if any of your bricks are loosening or have lost their mortar; if so, this is something you'll want to get repaired once spring arrives.
Over the fall and winter our gutters and downspouts can cease working very well as they fill with ice and snow. Even after a thorough fall cleaning, many of us will find at least some leftover debris such as leaves and twigs come spring. Snow and ice can damage eavestroughs and cause leaks; leaves and twigs can cause clogs and prevent gutters from functioning effectively. Clear out and remove any debris and carefully re-attach any gutters that may have loosened over the winter months. When the weather is a little warmer, you can test for proper drainage simply by running a hose on the roof.
The next task in our home maintenance guide involves inspecting your roof. You'll want to check the surface itself, the state of your shingles, your flashings, all of your eaves, and soffits. Flashings in particular can take a real beating from the wind and ice, and while they're not usually the centre of attention, once damaged they can be one of the first things to show the age of a home. If any repair work needs to be done, for safety reasons we recommend hiring a professional.
If the exterior caulking on your home has deteriorated at all, it should be replaced. Make note of any spots where it may have worn away, scrape off all of the eroding caulk, and put down a fresh seal. Cracked caulking around windows will let outside air in and reduce your home's heating and cooling efficiency; this can be costly if left unattended but thankfully is easy to fix.
Following the recommendations in our late winter home maintenance guide should get you off to a strong start this spring. Thanks for reading and don't forget to follow the Marina Homes blog for more great home maintenance tips!