28 May Exterior Home Maintenance

Is your home in need of a little TLC after the snow and cold? With winter finally behind us, May is a great month to get outside and check the exterior of your home for any needed repairs. Make sure you check these key areas and call in a specialist if needed:

Windows

If any of your windows need to be repaired or replaced, summer is a great time to do it. But if your windows are in good shape, set aside some time to thoroughly clean the screens and glass. You’ll be amazed at the amount of light that will pour through your freshly cleaned windows!

Roof

You’ll need to get up on the ladder for this one, but it’s important to check your roof for missing shingles, signs of rot, or other damage. And if your roof is nearing the end of its usable life, you might decide to bite the bullet and schedule a roof replacement this summer.

Siding

Your home’s siding can become damaged by winter storms. Check for loose or rotting boards and fill any gaps or holes that could allow pests to enter your home. Plan to power wash the exterior of your home and if the paint has started to peel, you will want to get your house repainted as well.

Gutters and Drains

Clear any accumulated debris and check for signs of damage to the gutters. You may need to replace or adjust the brackets that hold them to your house. And be sure to look for signs that water has been pooling on the roof or around the base of your house – this could lead to costly damage down the road if not repaired!

Driveway and Sidewalks

Start by power washing your driveway and walkways. Once cleared of dirt and debris, fill in any cracks that have appeared during the winter. You may also want to reseal your driveway.

Fencing

Fencing often takes a beating during the winter. Replace loose or rotten boards and make sure your fence isn’t sagging. If your fence is wood, you may want to stain or repaint it. If your fence is made of vinyl, power wash it to get it looking good as new.

Landscaping

If you haven’t kept up with your landscaping over the winter, you may want to call in a professional to help you get it under control. Otherwise set aside a weekend to pull weeds, trim bushes and branches, plant flowers, add new mulch or bark, and mow the lawn.

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