3 Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Home’s Exterior

by | Oct 22, 2014 | Home Maintenance Tips

Fall maintenance tipsDo you make sure your home is kept up throughout the year with regular maintenance?

If you do, you can save yourself the hassle and cost of big fixes down the road. Having a regular maintenance schedule and performing small repairs will ensure you stay on top of any potential problems with your home.

Now that there’s a chill in the air and winter is on the horizon, we have a few maintenance tips to help you get your home’s exterior ready for the season ahead.

Checking up on these simple things every fall will help to keep your home in good condition:

1. Roof Inspection

Your roof should be inspected at least twice a year. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, someone needs to take a critical eye to those shingles.

Fall is a great time to do this because you’ll definitely want your roof in good shape before winter sets in and the snow makes it difficult to fix any problems.

Look for signs of water damage, loose flashing, rotting or damaged shingles, etc. Depending on how handy you are, you may be able to deal with these issues yourself. However, if you’re unsure, it’s best to hire a professional and get the job done properly.

If you inspect your roof at least twice per year, you’ll be able to fix any little issues before they turn into larger, roof-damaging complications that may require a full roof replacement.

2. Clean the Gutter

Autumn = dead leaves. Dead leaves clogging your eavestrough causes roof leaks and damage.

When your gutters are full of debris and gunk, they don’t perform the way they’re supposed to. Instead, they hold water in place, allowing it to wear away at your roof, form ice dams, and create rot.

Luckily, this is a relatively simple, if unpleasant, task. Toward the end of each fall season, get up on a ladder and clear out your gutters. If water can flow freely out as intended, you won’t have problems from built up moisture.

Another option to protect your eavestrough is investing in a gutter guard. These protection systems stop leaves from getting into your gutter in the first place, eliminating trough cleaning for good!

3. Check the Window and Door Seals

Take a look at the weather stripping and caulking on your windows and doors. With winter coming, you don’t want the warm air leaking out of your house. Air leaks are not just drafty – they’re costly!

Check the seals on your windows and doors and determine whether they’re allowing air to escape.

If they are, you should have them sealed properly before the cold weather hits. 

The Bottom Line

These outdoor maintenance check-ups and fixes are a smart way to upkeep your home while keeping costs down.

>> Herb Lodde Roofing can help you inspect your home and fix any maintenance items before winter comes. Contact us now!

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