Summer Maintenance Checklist

It’s hard to think about working around the house on a warm and sunny day. But while our kids and grandkids get to enjoy a summer vacation, there’s no break from the responsibilities of a homeowner. Seasonal maintenance is one of the things we have come to accept, since keeping up with these tasks truly helps preserve a safe and attractive house. Most of the activities can be performed in a single day, so at least we’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy the pleasant weather.

Check the Foundation and Siding

The first thing others notice about your home is its exterior, so start your maintenance work there. Walk around the perimeter – both inside and outside – and check the foundation for cracks or signs of water damage. Next, carefully inspect the siding for warping, cracking, or rotting. Quality siding lasts a long time, but eventually the effects of weather will cause it to look worn down. It’s also a good time to look for any loose or damaged shutters.

Hopefully, your inspection will yield a passing grade, but if there are any problems Schaefer Exteriors can help. Whether you need to repair damaged exteriors, upgrade old siding, or you just want a fresh new look for your home, our installation teams are just a phone call away. We offer a variety of siding options, such as vinyl, fiber cement, cedar, and stone veneer, and we also excel at installing shutters, windows, and other exteriors.

Look for Leaks

Unchecked water leaks could be costing you money, not to mention leading to possible structural damage. Start by examining the garden hose and outdoor spigot, but make a point to also check the washer and dishwasher hoses, as well as the water line to the refrigerator and ice maker. Even if the hose appears to be dry, look for signs of a water leak such as mildew, dark or soft spots in the vicinity, and cracking or bulging in the wall or flooring.

Trim Trees

Landscaping is one of the easiest ways to increase a home’s curb appeal, but it also significantly improves safety. Loose tree limbs are at risk of breaking off during a storm, possibly resulting in injury to anyone standing below. In the Mid-Atlantic region, those dangers increase as storms become more severe in late summer and early fall. Branches also can cause serious damage to windows, chimneys, roofs, and automobiles, so be sure to keep your trees trimmed, especially those in close proximity to driveways, sidewalks, and home exteriors.

We work hard to keep our homes looking beautiful, and sticking to a seasonal maintenance routine is a great way to keep the work at a minimum by preventing deterioration and damage. But if a problem does arise, you can rely on Schaefer Exteriors to solve it. From consultations to installations to improvements, when you work with our team you can count on dependable and professional service, strong attention to detail, and affordable prices for every customer, every job.

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