Top to Bottom Maintenance Tasks to Complete Before Fall
The summer is winding down and it’s time to make that extra push to get your home improvement and maintenance projects completed before the rain sets in. With Dale’s Remodeling’s “top-to-bottom” tip sheet you’ll be able to tackle those trouble spots and make your home comfy-cozy for the months to come.
Roof, Utility Equipment, and Gutters
Take a good look at your roof and note any changes. Are shingles coming loose, curling, cracking or missing? Has debris blocked the effectiveness of your solar panels? Are your gutters and downspouts clear and ready to handle the rain? Ensuring the integrity of your roof and adding gutter guards will protect your home’s construction and keep its most vulnerable spots dry and protected.
Windows and Doors
Keep the heat inside with a round of inspections that will ensure your home’s energy efficiency is at its highest level. Normal wear and tear, and changes in temperature and humidity will cause seals to expand and contract, weakening their bond and causing cracks to form. Seal window and door seams, inside and out, with caulk and weather stripping and look for mold in places where you find leaks.
Siding, Railings and Decks
If your siding and decks are made of traditional wood planks, check for loose boards, pealing, cracking and dry rot. Caulk can be a quick fix to fill the holes or, if the damage is severe, consider replacing damaged boards with an engineered product, like Azek and Timber Tech, products that mimic the look and feel of real wood but aren’t vulnerable to the elements.
Foundations and Chimneys
Cracks in your foundation can lead to massive repair bills. Walk around the perimeter of your home and look for places where the roots of larger plants are working their way into weak spots. Clear away dead foliage, build up areas where puddles can collect and create drainage paths to keep water moving away from your home. Check around your chimney and ventilation’s flashings for gaps where snow and ice can sneak inside. Clean wood burning fireplaces well to prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Those Hidden Areas
It’s not just outside where costly repairs can sneak up on you. Make a trip up to the attic, basement, and all those spots where you rarely spend time to see if any problems, like mold or dry rot, have begun to make an appearance.
Take the time to protect your home from the harsh weather to come with a round of inspections that can illuminate your home’s most vulnerable spots. With a qualified remodeling contractor on your side you can get the more invasive repairs checked off your list before the first raindrop hits the ground.
Do you have questions about your home? Give us a call. We’re here to help.