Important Home Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Home in Good Shape

Your home is your most valuable asset, so it’s important to keep it well maintained. Inspecting your home on a regular basis can help you discover things that need to be fixed before they become a bigger problem. So what should you include in your home inspection? Learn what to look for in our blog!

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Maintenance Tips


Look for Leaks


Leaks inside your home can lead to water damage, mold, and a host of other problems. Check those spaces you don’t see very often, like your attic and crawl spaces. Make sure to check your water heater, washing machine hoses, and under your sinks as well.


Inspect Your Siding


Your siding can get damaged during storms at any time of the year. Branches and other debris picked up by the wind can cause siding to break or come loose. In the summer, trimming too close to your house with a weed whacker can damage the siding as well and any pieces that are cracked will become brittle in the winter cold and break. If your siding is damaged and is in needs repair contact Schaefer Siding and Exteriors Service Department. If you are able to send in product information and pictures of the damage we often can provide an estimate over the phone! We offer repair service and new installation of both vinyl and fiber cement siding from a number of manufacturers including CertainTeed, James Hardie and Crane/Exterior Portfolio and many more.


Exterior Painting


Is exterior paint on your home starting to fade? Give it a touch up. Your home will look better, and paint can also help protect against the elements. But consider having your fascia boards and trim wrapped with aluminum coil stock, it will give your home a fresher look and provide a much lower maintenance to the paint alternative. Schaefer Siding and Exteriors service department can schedule you for an assessment today!


Check Caulking


Look at the exterior caulking around your windows and doors. Is it in good shape? If not, consider recaulking. A better seal means your home is better protected from water, and it keeps conditioned air inside the home instead of letting it escape. Another way to reduce your heating and air conditioning bills pleas consider CertainTeed Insulated siding. Insulated siding not only provides added strength to your home, but a thermal benefit created by the rigid foam insulation. Inside you will enjoy a quieter, more comfortable home. Outside you will appreciate the authentic look of natural wood, enhanced by distinctive colors and finishing touches. House wrap is a breathable film wrap which serves to help insulate your home as well as prevent damage from wind and rain. When insulated siding and house wrap are combined, the two functions together providing an additional layer of insulation, making your home more comfortable and save you money on electric bills.


Clean Gutters


Are your gutters filled with debris? This can cause gutter to pull away from your home especially in the winter months. When water gets stuck in the gutters, it can freeze and could cause the gutter to fail under the weight. It is important to keep your gutters free of debris to keep the water flowing away from your home. Consider installing Leafree gutter protection to prohibit debris from accumulating. If your gutters are failing or are in need of repair, Schaefer Siding and Exteriors is at your service! We offer installation of high-quality gutters and several types of gutter guards to meet any homeowners’ needs. We offer many colors which will accent the colors of your home’s exterior.


Inspect the Roof


When was the last time you inspected your roof? Take notice of any areas where shingles may be damaged or loose. Often times you will find displaced shingles in the areas surrounding your home. If you have noticed and damage to your roof, interiors leaks, or your roof is older than 15 years, schedule a roof assessment with the “Exterior Experts,” Schaefer Siding and Exteriors.