Spring is here, and warm temperatures are finally returning to the Mid-Atlantic! With the arrival of spring comes spring cleaning, but don’t forget that the outside of your house could use a hand too! In this week’s blog, we’ll talk about the important exterior home maintenance tasks you should add to your spring cleaning list this year.
5 Exterior Spring Home Maintenance Tasks
First, a quick disclaimer. Don’t get up on your roof or take any unnecessary risks when doing exterior home maintenance. Contact a professional.
Check Your Gutters and Downspouts
During the winter, ice and snow can weigh on your gutters and cause them to come loose or even break away from your home. You can prevent this by taking steps to prevent ice dams(this links to another Schaefer Siding blog), but now that winter is over it’s time to see if any damage has been done. Tighten up loose gutter straps, reconnect any loose spout extensions, and make sure the gutters and downspouts are clear. If you find any damage, make sure to have it repaired as soon as possible
Inspect Your Foundation
Walk around your house and make sure the soil is sloping away from the foundation. This is called positive drainage, and it helps water drain away and prevents it from pooling up around the foundation, where sooner or later it will find a way in. The slope should have a vertical drop of ¼” to ½” per foot.
Inspect Your Roof
From the ground, use binoculars to inspect your roof. Look for damaged, loose, or missing shingles that expose the roof. If you find any damage to your roof’s shingles, contact Schaefer Siding and Exteriors right away and get your roof repaired in order to prevent water damage.
Preventing Air Leakage
There are lots of areas on the exterior of your home where air leakage can occur. Check all caulking around windows, doors, and thresholds. If it’s deteriorating, scrape out the old caulk and recaulk as needed to prevent air leakage. Look for damage to windows and window screens and do any necessary repair work. Make sure frames are tight, holes in screens are patched, and any missing hardware is replaced.
Inspect Your Siding
Look for any damage to siding, or any streaks or stains that suggest water damage. If you find any, contact Schaefer Siding and Exteriors’ service department to do the repairs. If your siding is in good shape, give it a good cleaning with warm water and a mild detergent.
To learn more about exterior home maintenance, contact Schaefer Siding and Exteriors today. We’ve been installing and repairing siding in Maryland since 1977. We’re both VSI certified and a CertainTeed 5-Star rated Contractor. Contact us today at 410-781-4028 or email us. You can also visit ourwebsite for more information.