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Spring Home Exterior Maintenance Checklist

Spring Home Exterior Maintenance Checklist

As the snow melts and the days grow longer, spring emerges as the perfect time for homeowners to assess and repair any winter damages to their homes. Winter's harsh conditions can take a toll on your home's exterior, affecting windows, doors, roofing, siding, and gutters. Our comprehensive spring cleaning checklist focuses on these critical areas, helping you identify and address any issues that may have arisen during the colder months. Here's what to look out for:

Windows

Windows Inspection
  1. Winter Weather Damage: Begin your inspection by looking for any cracks or damage to the window glass or frames caused by heavy snow or ice.
  2. Drafts and Air Leaks: Feel around the windows for any drafts. Drafts or air leaks suggest failing seals or weather stripping, which can lead to increased energy costs.
  3. Frame and Sill Damage: Check for water damage, rot, or mold on the window frames and sills, as moisture infiltration is common during winter storms.

Doors

Doors Inspection
  1. Warping from Cold: Inspect your doors for any warping or shape changes due to the cold, which can impact their sealing and functionality.
  2. Seal Integrity: Look at the seals around the doors for any signs of wear or gaps, as these can lead to drafts and decreased energy efficiency.
  3. Physical Damage: Look for any physical damage, such as cracks or discoloration, which may have resulted from winter conditions.

Roofing

Roofing Inspection
  1. Ice Dam Damage: Check for any damage that ice dams might have caused. Ice dams can lift shingles, leading to leaks.
  2. Missing or Damaged Shingles: Inspect for missing, cracked, or curled shingles, which are signs of potential leaks and water damage.
  3. Gutter Blockages or Damage: Make sure your gutters are clear of debris and have not suffered damage from heavy snow or ice, as blocked or damaged gutters can lead to water backing up.

Siding

Siding Inspection
  1. Cold-Related Cracks or Breaks: Inspect your siding for any cracks or breaks caused by freezing temperatures or thermal changes.
  2. Discoloration or Mold: Look for discoloration or mold, which can indicate moisture problems.
  3. Loose or Missing Panels: Check that all siding panels are securely attached, as winter storms can dislodge them.

Gutters

Gutters Inspection
  1. Ice Accumulation Damage: Inspect for damage caused by ice accumulation, such as sagging or detachment from the house.
  2. Corrosion or Holes: Inspect for rust, corrosion, or holes in metal gutters, which can lead to leaks.
  3. Downspout Blockages: Ensure downspouts are clear and effectively directing water away from your home's foundation.

By systematically inspecting these areas of your home's exterior this spring, you can identify and address any winter damages. Doing so not only helps maintain your home's aesthetic appeal and structural integrity but also prevents minor issues from escalating into major repairs. If you discover any problems, consider reaching out to a professional exterior home improvement company to ensure your home is in the best condition for the coming year.

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