Exterior Upkeep and Maintenance Reminder
Here are some easy to follow tips to keep your home’s exterior in top shape and to help preserve its value.
WALKWAYS AND DRIVEWAY
- Repair gaps and cracks using materials appropriate for your specific surfaces, such as concrete, asphalt, etc.
- Make sure concrete flatwork is properly sloped away from the home otherwise water could drain against the foundation causing displacement and shifting of soil.
- On walkways and steps, repair uneven or heaved surfaces that can create a tripping hazard.
ROOF AND SIDING
- Use binoculars to check the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Flashing should be tight and secured to prevent leaks. Have any problem areas repaired by a licensed, qualified roofing contractor.
- Repair any cracks or gaps in the siding and around windows. Make sure these are repaired before you decide to paint.
- No need to paint? Power washing makes quick work of removing built up dirt and mildew and will brighten your home immediately. You can hire a professional to do this, or rent the equipment by the day or half day.
GUTTERS AND DRAINAGE
- Clean debris from gutters and evestroughs, then flush with a garden hose.
- Check all downspouts to make sure they direct water away from the house.
- Clear basement window wells of debris, weeds, and other materials. Don’t use window wells to store items such as garden hoses or tools. Obstructing the wells’ drainage system can cause water to leak into the house.
A properly maintained exterior not only looks good and can help prevent big problems down the road, it will make you feel good about coming home every day. Remember – preventive maintenance is always cheaper and more convenient than corrective maintenance!