Maintenance of the Exterior of Your Home: 5 Tips to Follow

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While you are able to control the environment inside of your home, this does not seem to be the case with the weather buffeting your home outside. That is why it is important to constantly inspect the exterior of your home and make any repairs if necessary. Here are 5 home exterior maintenance tips you should definitely check out.

Examine Roof Shingles

One of the things you should do every year is examine the shingles on your roof. These can easily get damaged or lost during the winter. Shingles that are loose, buckled or cracked should be replaced as soon as possible. The summer sun can also damage the shingles on your roof pretty much. If the covering on your home is old, it is also a good idea to start a budget for replacement. Once you get up on the roof you can also examine your chimney and plumbing vents.

Clean the Gutters

You surely do not want to take your gutters for granted. You should clean them regularly in order to protect your siding and landscape plantings. Gutters should be cleaned at least once a year – twice in case you have overhanging trees. They should also be checked out after every big storm that hits your city. The good thing about cleaning the gutters is that you are not going to need any special equipment to do so. Ladders and a plastic scoop are everything you will have to use.

Trim Overgrowth

Another thing you should do from time to time is trim any overgrowth in your backyard. Spring is the great time to do this as you can get an early start before all the leaves start growing. Ideally, you should cut all of the brunches so that they stay 5-7 feet away from your home. This way you will prevent them from conducting moisture on your roofing and siding. Not only this, but you will also discourage animals such as raccoons and squirrels from inspecting your attic.

Check the Patio

Before the summer starts, you should also check your patio for any signs of damage. Make sure you inspect the walls as well as the flooring. There might be some cracks in the wall that you should get fixed as soon as possible. Depending on the type of flooring you have in your patio, you might also find some cracks in it as well. If there are too many cracks in the flooring, you should think about replacing it with something more durable. It is a good idea to get granite tiles as these are highly durable and easy to maintain.

Check Foundation Vents

If your home has a crawl space there are also vents along the foundation walls. These vents are there to provide air circulation and prevent mold growth. They also have screens that prevent all kinds of critters from taking residence beneath your home. The screens can easily become catch-alls for things like twigs, leafs and debris. Most of the screens can easily be unscrewed and removed from the foundation so they can be cleaned properly.
Keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks like this will help you stay away from future headaches and wasted money. The good thing about home maintenance is that you can do the most of the tasks yourself even if you do not have much experience.

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