While the summer is a perfect time to enjoy everything both your home and yard have to offer, it’s also time to start thinking about the inevitable maintenance which needs to be done before fall and winter roll around. Here are a few items to think about before the leaves start to change and the unmentionable “s-n-o-w” shows up and closes another good year:
- Inspect exterior painted surfaces – as you go about your yard and garden, have a look at painted wood trim and doors. Painted or stained exterior surfaces need to be touched up every few years to ensure that water doesn’t cause the wood to rot. This is a simple home maintenance item which gets ignored by many home owners who don’t feel they have the time to look after it. However, the cost to repaint a window frame, door frame, or deck is considerably less costly than replacing the item prematurely.
If you decide that you prefer a lower maintenance option, many painted surfaces on your home can be replaced with low maintenance options, such as decks made of vinyl composite. Or trim and siding made out of vinyl. These are typically more costly that similar wood installations, but will tend to require less attention year to year.
- Check and replace worn weather stripping, and seal cracks in your home’s exterior – Weather stripping wears down over time, and periodically should be replaced. All exterior doors and windows should be checked for wear to the weather stripping, otherwise cold air can enter in the winter, driving up your heating bill significantly. Additionally, attic hatches should be sealed with foam weather stripping to prevent warm moist air from escaping into the attic space above, potentially causing condensation and rot which could shorten the life of your roof.
Additionally, you should inspect your home’s exterior for cracked or damaged siding, and that all exterior vents are in working order. Sealing cracks with silicone and replacing damaged vents will ensure both that exterior air and water can’t penetrate the interior of the home, as well as keeps out unwanted pests like wasps.
- Clean gutters and downspouts – this should be regular maintenance performed at least once a year (more if you have large trees near your home). This will require comfort using a ladder and hand tools to clean out the gutter and downspout. If this is overlooked, water can build up and overflow the gutters. This can cause lasting damage to the gutters themselves, as well as rot in the eaves and excess water landing near the foundation of the home meaning potential water penetration and further damage could occur. If you have gutters on a second story, we recommend calling in professionals to look after the cleaning for safety reasons. If you are planning on booking a company to come and clean out your gutters, remember to book early. If you wait until the fall, many companies will already be booked during that very busy time, and you may not be able to get the company you want in time.
These are a few items to think about before the summer ends. We here at HGB Construction would be happy to help you out with looking after the maintenance of your home and ensuring that the little things are looked after, so that you can take care of the things that matter to you most.