With August’s arrival, summer is on its way out! That means it’s time to give your home a little TLC in preparation for fall. Extreme heat, winds, and rain take their toll on any exterior, but there are a few areas you should pay more attention to as the seasons change. Try these tips from the pros to start your to-do list—and don’t forget to give us a call for a professional checkup.
Start with an Inspection
This will mean different things depending on what type of exterior your home has. With vinyl siding, you want to look out for any potential gaps, warping, or cracks. Especially around more vulnerable areas like doors, windows, and corners, the key is to keep moisture away from the wood underneath. So, if you suspect that water is breaking through the barriers you have in place, call in the professionals for a second opinion right away.
Although we didn’t have a terribly hot summer, the temperatures were warm enough! In recent years, we’ve gotten more reports of reflections from nearby buildings and/or windows creating extremely hot conditions that can cause warping or melting. In this case, you want to be especially careful. Not only does this compromise the protection your siding provides, but also, it can release toxic chemicals. So, contact us immediately if you spot any signs of this.
Work from the Top to the Bottom
To make sure you don’t miss this important piece, start with your roof! After all, it’s taken the biggest beating this summer. Plus, when was the last time you truly inspected your roof—or your gutters, for that matter? Just because there are no signs of a leak inside doesn’t mean it’s good to go. So, get up there (if you can safely) and look for missing shingles, tree debris, or other signs of weather damage. Clear away as many leaves and branches as you can, since they can easily mask indications of problems or lead to clogs later on. If you’re not sure what needs to be repaired or replaced, give our office a call. An experienced team member can come directly to you to help determine the next steps for fall, as well as deliver an accurate quote for any work recommended.
Don’t forget to move down to your windows, once you’re done! While we can help you with these too, you may just need a little caulk to properly seal your home for the next season. Just check to make sure they didn’t sustain any damage this summer that could lead to gaps or cracks. With the right sealing, you’ll be set up for energy efficiency once the temperatures start to drop.
Clean Up the Exterior
Apart from checking for problems, you also want to make your home look its best! You can work wonders on your curb appeal, just by tidying up your yard, putting away unused equipment, and using a pressure washer when appropriate. A well-maintained yard gives the impression of a well-loved home, so take the time to replace any plants that didn’t make it through the summer and introduce some new ones that will thrive in the fall. Prune your trees, take down any limbs that look suspect, and give your lawn the nutrients it needs to survive the rest of the year.
Your hardscaping could probably use some attention, too. So, sweep off any porches, patios, or other paved spaces. Treat for mold and mildew, if you need to, and switch up your decorations while you’re at it. After all, a new season is the perfect excuse for a little change in décor—even outside. It’s also the time to get your fire pit ready now that the nights are starting to cool down.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of things to do around the house this time of year. So, while you’re out enjoying your August, don’t forget to make the time needed to maintain your home’s beautiful exterior. If you feel like this summer took its toll, give us a call! We’d be happy to take a look and help you get ready for fall any way we can.