As winter roars to a close, it’s time to assess any damage caused by the extreme temperatures and winter precipitation and do some seasonal outdoor maintenance. The good news is that these tasks aren’t too difficult to tackle once the weather breaks, and you can get them taken care of well before it’s time to plant a garden or work on any landscaping projects. In fact, if you time these tasks well, you may be able to complete them in time to reward your efforts by adding a little extra curb appeal to your home’s exterior this spring. Whatever you do, though, don’t neglect these areas, or you’ll be paying to repair damage to your home instead of for extra improvements everyone can see.
Step 1: Start on Top
Your roof takes the brunt of it, when it comes to winter weather. Missing, torn, or curling shingles can lead to a leaky roof, which can in turn lead to all kinds of water damage to your home and its contents. You may want to hire a professional who can safely examine your roof for any problems. You’ll also want to check out any attic areas for signs of apparent leakage.
After the roof, siding and trim should be considered. Simply walk around the exterior of your home, looking for any damaged or rotting areas that may require attention. If your home is made from brick, look for deteriorated or crumbling mortar. If you notice any damage, be sure to contact the appropriate professional.
Step 2: Clear Out Debris
As important as it is to resist water damage, gutters and downspouts serve important purposes in helping your home retain its stability. Extra mud, leaves, and other items can cause problems not only by keeping water from flowing freely, but also by weighing down gutters and causing them to sag or pull away from the house, leaving space for water to cause damage to your home. Here’s what you need to do: Remove leaves and other debris that may have accumulated throughout the winter, and make sure your gutters contain no cracks or other breaches.
Once you’ve removed any excess items, you’ll be better able to check the integrity of the gutters. Minor rust can be removed by sanding, followed by priming and painting with a rust-resistant paint. During this time, you’ll also want to check the spikes that are supposed to affix the gutters to the rafters behind them.
Next, you’ll want to actually clean the gutters and downspouts, preferably with a pressure washer. (You can usually rent one from your local home improvement store for under $100.) Be sure not to hit the gutters at the wrong angle and end up blowing shingles off, or you’ll be back to step 1, focusing on roof repair.
Ideally, downspouts should take the water from the roof at least 10 feet from your home, and the ground should be sloping away from, rather than toward, your home’s foundation.
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