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Spring Exterior Checkup

After a long winter, you’re likely looking forward to the spring and summer months that are just around the corner, and believe it or not, your home is also looking for a break. Wind, snow and ice all put a strain on your home’s exterior. Now that spring is ready to “spring”, it’s a good time to look at any exterior maintenance your home may need. We’ll outline some of the things to look for below.

Check Gutters and Downspouts

Because water is one of the most damaging forces of nature when it comes to your home, your gutters and downspouts are one of the most important elements that your home has for protection. When they are working properly, rain and snow is quickly moved away from your home safely. When gutters are clogged, leaking or broken, water can end up causing serious damage to your home.

Make sure your gutters are attached securely to the house and are not sagging or pulling away from your home and clear any debris from your gutters that could potentially cause a blockage and force water to spill over the edges. If you’re not sure how to check for these things, get in touch with a licensed Roofing Contractor to help you inspect for any damages or blockages.

Caulking

Caulking helps to keep water out by acting as a sealant anywhere your siding meets a home’s exterior feature such as windows, doors or vents. It’s important to check that your caulking is in good shape and working properly as it does wear out over time and begin to split and peel. Your exterior painting contractor can help ensure that your caulking is in good shape and perform any repairs that may be needed.

Exterior Paint

Your home’s exterior painting is a line of defence from nature’s elements by keeping the elements where they belong – outside. Exterior paint failure can arise in many ways such as bubbling paint, peeling, cracks or a residue on the surface. These elements should be rectified quickly before they become a bigger problem. Your painting company can help you determine whether your home’s exterior simply needs a touch-up, or more extensive maintenance.

Dirt and Mildew

Dirt and mildew impacts both the appearance and health of your home itself. Other elements that can affect your home’s exterior health includes air pollutants, pollen, and bird droppings.

The easiest way to clean off these elements and protect your home is by carefully pressure washing the exterior of your home. Where mold or mildew is present, be sure to spray with an anti-fungal product first which will help prevent mold and mildew from regrowing. Many exterior painting companies will be able to pressure wash the outside of your home to help get it back in top shape.

           

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