Did you know that there’s more to your home’s exterior than just siding and paint? Sure, you may recognize that, but your roof is also a part of the exterior of your home. After all, without your roof, your home’s interior would not be protected! (shocking, isn’t it?)
So, it’s quite important to see that you take care of your home’s exterior. This does not have to be a part of the basic To Do list that you check off weekly, but it should definitely be a part of that quarterly list! By doing so, you have a better chance of identifying home exterior concerns and being able to stay a step ahead of them – before they become full on problems that are very expensive to repair (or need to replace!).
If you are new to home ownership, then determining what type of checking on the home exterior needs to be done can be stressful.
Here are some place you need to be paying special attention to when it comes to homes exterior:
- Gutters – Gutter controls the amount of rainwater reaches your home’s exterior. It protects your roofing as well as your home’s siding. Be sure they’re attached correctly and are not sagging anywhere. It’s also important to clean them periodically so that there is no build up of debris.
- Paint – Take time to note if you need to touch up an area or call in a professional painting crew. The status of the paint job or siding will be one of the first thing people notice.
- Siding – If you have vinyl siding, or one of its sister products, then you will want to clean it off periodically using a pressure sprayer.
- Windows – Be sure these’re not just clean, but open and close as they are designed to do.
- Patio or deck – Be sure that the boards are sound, and that any debris is swept off of them. Not only does this looks better, but you can prevent any damage caused by critters/pests. Be especially vigilant against areas around windows and doors – were wood rot can occur. If you notice damage near these locations, be sure to get someone to check it out and determine the action to be taken.
- Roofing/Shingles – Walk around your home and note any areas where shingles may have pulled away or are loose/missing. If you see any, repair them before they fall away and leave your home exposed to the elements of nature.
Dealing with homes exterior issues does not have to stressful. Do some basic maintenance and then be sure to connect with the right companies within your community to help with those aspects that you don’t feel qualified to do yourself.