Finally, spring has arrived and we can start to put the cold in the past and begin to enjoy the warm sunny seasons ahead. But before we do, it is important to inspect your home’s exterior for any damages that winter may have left behind. Preventative maintenance is the key to detecting any repairs that need to be made for the spring rainy season and hot summer sun.
Winter storms do a number on homes, putting them at risk for roof leaks, foundation leaks and wind damage. It is important to thoroughly check your home for signs of damage.
Check your roof for missing, loose or curling shingles, dents, cracked caulking, or anything suspicious of causing leaks. Pay special attention to areas around vents, pipes and sunlights, which are most vulnerable to leaks. Also, check your attic and your interior ceilings for any traces of current or previous water leakage. If any of these are present, it would be wise to call a licensed roofing contractor.
Siding & Trim
Ice, snow and high winds during the winter can compromise the integrity of the siding and trim on your home. Take a walk around the perimeter of your home and look for signs of loose or buckled siding. Also note the condition of the trim around your doors and windows. Peeling paint that exposes wood underneath is prime for rotting and pest infestation.
Caulking around windows should also be thoroughly inspected for cracking and signs of water damage or leaks. Windows that are not air and water tight not only allow leaks that can damage the interior walls of your home, but they allow precious energy loss as well.
The gutters on your home are its first defense against foundation leaks. Gutters, when allowed to do their job properly, effectively move water to an area where it can properly drain away from your home. Check gutters for signs of clogging, and check downspouts for signs of water pooling at the bottom. In many cases, you will need to remove winter debris from the gutters, and install downspout extensions to ensure that water is being diverted properly.
Now that you have inspected your roof, siding, trim, windows and gutters, the spring cleaning begins! Start by removing any branches, leaves, or debris that are lingering. Check around your home for any branches that hang over your roof, and trim them back.
With it, spring brings rain and strong thunder storms. You’ll want to make sure that your gutters are prepared to handle it. After unclogging the gutters, take a hose and run it down the spout to check for any leaks. This is important, because leaks will prevent the gutters from doing their job correctly. If you are not interested in cleaning your gutters one or two times a year, consider a maintenance-free covered gutter system. The No Worry Covered Gutter Protection System from S&K is equipped with an aluminum hood to prevent debris build up. They preform well in all seasons, and come with a lifetime warranty against clogging.
Secure any loose siding and re-paint peeling trim with a high quality exterior paint. If painting trim is not on your list of fun things to do, consider having any wood trim wrapped with vinyl. A licensed siding contractor will be able to effectively cover the trim with vinyl, making it free from future maintenance. Re-caulk any areas around your windows that are in need. If your windows are old or of low quality, consider window replacement.
Do not let the harsh winter take a toll on your home. Perform a thorough spring check and cleaning, and for any areas in need of professional help, call S&K for a free estimate at (866) 836-7663, or visit www.skroofing.com for more helpful information.