Spring Inspection: Tips for Exterior Home Maintenance

Spring cleaning is the opportunity to restore, refresh, and repair your home after another long, brutal winter. In addition to the inside of your home, take steps to ensure that the outside is well taken care of. You can never be quite sure what havoc winter has wreaked until the snow melts and the weather warms up. Perform these simple maintenance jobs to avoid moisture problems, prevent costly repairs, and pave the way for a trouble-free summer.

Here are a few maintenance tips to follow now that spring has arrived.

Check Your Roof During Your Spring Inspection

Winter weather can damage roofing materials and slowly lead to more extensive issues. In general, a visual inspection will show you if there are any of the following issues:

  • Shingle damage.
  • Issues with flashing around the vent pipes and chimney.
  • Additional signs of deterioration.

While inspecting your roof, take a look at the gutters to see if any repair or cleaning is required. Built-up debris in your downspouts and gutters can cause serious damage to your roof. Oftentimes, debris causes water to back up and seep in between your siding and walls. Since water will not be directed away from your foundation, it may also attract unwanted animals to nest.

Further, built up water in gutters can potentially sprout tiny plants if left untreated. At this point, the gutter system will soon become compromised and will need replacement and other repairs. If you notice anything that concerns you, contact a roof professional.

Take a Look at Your Home’s Siding

It’s no surprise that after a long, harsh winter, your siding may be in need of a little TLC. Cleaning your siding can help you spot any areas in need of repairs while also maintaining its overall appearance. Find the right pressure washer to quickly clean the outside of your home. However, it’s important to use caution since the high pressure can sometimes damage wood and other softer siding materials.

Inspect the Exterior Doors

External doors frequently face issues with cracked caulking or rotting. Issues around the doors should be a priority before proceeding to clean them. Inspect any damage to the weather stripping, other components like hardware, or the door itself. When inspecting your exterior door, look for the following signs:

  • Splits or signs of moisture damage in the frame.
  • Chipped, cracked, or peeling finish.
  • Cracks in the frame or glass.

Make Sure the Windows are Intact

The finishing touch to your spring cleaning project should be the windows. In general, a window cleaner will enhance the look of the windows. However, if they are showing signs of condensation, it might be time to install new windows. If you have inefficient windows that don’t insulate your home the way they should, consider a replacement to improve your home’s comfort.

We Can Help with Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

As you can see, there is quite a bit of work that goes into spring cleaning and home exterior maintenance. Cleaning the exterior of your home is just as important as cleaning the inside. Choose JBS Construction for your Milwaukee home siding and exterior updates. Whether your home needs siding, windows, doors or roofing, JBS Construction can help get your home exterior where it needs to be. Contact us today!