HELPFUL HINTS  FROM JM REMODELING

Winter is tough on home exteriors. Taking the time to examine the, often over-looked, exterior of your home can save you money and a head-aches down the road.

Home Exterior Maintenance:
What to Look For After The Winter Thaw

Winter is tough on home exteriors. Taking the time to examine the, often over-looked, exterior of your home can save you money and a head-aches down the road.

spring maintenance exterior of home

The Roof

Spend a little time gazing up. Most of us don't pay attention to one of the most vital aspects of home until it's too late. Knowing the signs of a damaged or aging roof is the first step to nipping a potential leak in the bud, or realizing the inevitable is coming and budgeting for future repairs. You can make most of the general inspections without a ladder, but for a more thorough inspection a ladder at the roofs edge is recommended. Here are some things to look for:


Inspection

Algae Growth

Chimney

Siding

The type of siding you have will determine what you should look for:


Wood siding and trim

Brick Siding

Gutters

Inspect your gutters regularly. Keeping not only your gutters as well as the downspouts, clear and free of debris will help prevent leaking gutters, rain water overflow and ice damming to name a few. Problems caused by clogged gutters can lead to future damage to your roof, wood trim, gutters and even in the interior of your home. Clean your gutters or invest in a good leaf guard. However, we recommend that you check your gutters regularly even with a leaf guard, just to be safe.

Windows

Spring is a good time to consider new windows. The winter weather will often show signs that it's time to change out your windows. Check for frost or condensation. A general rule of thumb is the more frost or condensation you have on your windows, the more inefficient your window is. Also, check the bottom corners of your windows. Leaky windows will show water damage or staining in these areas. Wet your hand and put it close to the perimeter of the window to feel for drafts. It's easier to tell on a windy day. If you feel a draft, check the interior and exterior caulking of the window. A lot of times the caulking is missing or loose.