Spring Exterior Home Maintenance Checklist
Spring has sprung and it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the warm, sunny days. Spring is also the best time of year to perform an inspection of your home’s exterior to survey and repair any damage that Old Man Winter may have done to your home. Follow this spring exterior home maintenance checklist so you can find and repair minor problems before they become major expenses.
Inspect the Roof & Gutters
The roof takes the hardest hits from the elements and needs to be thoroughly inspected each year. Use a pair of binoculars and inspect the roof from various angles while standing on the ground. Look for missing shingles or shingles that are bucked up out of place. If your home has a metal roof, inspect all seams to ensure they are flush and not missing any screws. You may also want to place a ladder at various locations around the roof’s edge and go up for a closer look or actually walk out on the roof for an up-close inspection. And while you’re looking over roof, be sure to check if your gutters need cleaning. Fall can leave a lot of leaves in your gutters, so make sure to have them cleaned if they’re full.
Cracks in the chimney could mean fire or water damage in your home. Look for white calcium stains on bricks and green vegetation growing out of brick or rock joints. Either one are indicators of water infiltration and will need to repaired sooner rather than later. An application of a water-resistant product designed for masonry will quickly solve the water infiltration problem.
Wood, rock, brick, stucco or vinyl, all exterior walls have trouble spots. The eaves under the roof line, downspouts and window sills are three of the main trouble spots of exterior walls. All are subject to water damage and rot. Inspect these areas for discoloration caused by water and look for peeling paint and splintering wood, all of which indicate a problem which needs attention.
Inspect the caulking and weather stripping around windows to ensure it made it through winter intact. If either is damaged or missing, it will allow the cool air to escape from your home during the summer. Causing the air conditioner to work harder and cost you more money.
A home is only as good as the foundation on which it is built. Inspect the foundation all the way around the house, looking for crack lines in the masonry. A cracked foundation spells trouble and needs to be repaired as soon