Exterior Maintenance Checklist – Tips On Inspecting Your Home
Are you a homeowner that just experienced a season filled with really cold weather or damaging storms? Chances are, if you live anywhere in the northeast United States, you have. Understanding the basic maintenance and professional tips on inspecting the exterior of your home is crucial. Lets get started!
Exterior Home Maintenance – Top Portion
Roofing can pose the biggest problem when it comes to leaks and damages – especially at the seams and valleys of the roofing structure. Here is a list of what to look for on and around your roof.
- Roofing Shingles – Make sure the shingles are aligned properly with the other ones and there are not any shingles missing or damaged.
- Flashing – typically located around the chimney and other protruding objects from the roof. It is used to seal exposed seams.
- Valleys – The connecting point where two roofs, slopped at different angles, meet. It is the collection point for snow, leaves, water, pine needles and pine combs.
Tip: Once you have inspected the exterior of the roofing system, if accessiable, inspect the interior of the attic. You will be looking for sagging or black lines on the plywood. This would tell you if your roof is leaking and where the path of the water takes as it travels down your roof.
Exterior Home Maintenance – Side Portions
The biggest part of the maintenance is prevention. You always want to make sure water is staying out of the interior of your home. As time goes on you will begin to see which sides of the structure is favored more by the damaging wind, rain, and sunlight. This allows you to dedicate more of your time to making sure those favorable sides are taken care of.
- Fascia boards and Soffits – Both located just under the roof line, fascia boards are fixed directly to the lower ends of the roof trusses. Soffits protect the underside of eaves and porch ceilings and provides a vent like system for the open space to breath. When installed properly, you are able to prevent exposed wood from rotting and water from getting up underneath the shingles.
- Gutters & Downspouts – These are often overlooked until its too late and damage has already been done. It is important to perform regular inspections to all parts of the drainage systems. Cleaning out debris from the top of the gutters and getting any obstructions away from the bottom of the downspouts can help with the direction of the water flow.
- Siding and Trim – Whatever siding you have, whether it is vinyl, wood, fiber cement, or synthetic stone siding, you want to make sure the pieces are secured. Any loose pieces and areas where the seams are exposed needs to be fixed immediately to prevent interior water damage.
- Windows & Doors – Windows and doors are, for the most part, maintenance free. Sometimes though, it is good to do a check up on them. Wood windows and doors need painting to protect rotting and moisture from building up. It is also good to note if the caulking on your windows and doors are applied properly and that all seams are sealed. Lastly, make sure you have inspected the window sills, door thresholds, and the vertical kick plate just below the door.
- Decks & Porches – Depending on the materials used to build the deck and/or porch, maintenance is going to be different between the two. Wood materials need the most frequent care in order to reach its estimate lifespan of 20 years. Any boards, railings, or support beams that seem warped or damaged need to be replaced immediatly to retain the lifespan of the structure.
Staying on top of all exterior home inspections can save you thousands of dollars in repairs and garentee that your investment is protected. Contact Reliable Window and Siding for any questions or concerns you may have relating to your home. Call us today at 781-821-2220 or email us at sales@Reliablewindow.net.