Oftentimes, when we think about doing things to preserve our home, we tend to think about the interior of our houses. But if it wasn’t for the exterior, we would not be adequately protected from all of the weather’s elements. Plus, when the outside of our homes is not well-maintained, it’s only a matter of time before we’ll start to notice things like leaks in the ceiling, worn insulation and small cracks in the wall.
That’s why we wanted to provide you with five tips for protecting your home’s exterior. If you follow these, you can be sure that your house will last for many years to come.
Do some landscaping. Although you might not automatically associate landscaping with protecting the outside of your house, the reality is that things like untrimmed trees and debris that is in your yard can actually damage the shingles of your roof or scratch up the sides of your home. For this reason, we recommend that you trim your trees once a year and mow your lawn on a consistent basis. Also, if it’s during the fall season, make sure to rack up the leaves too. When the wind tosses them around, they can also mess up the paint job on your house.
Power wash the house. If your home is painted, just like your car can use a good wash, so can your house. Although there are professionals who can come and do the job for you, this is also a task that you can pretty much handle on your own. All you need is a pressure washer, some non-phosphate cleaner and water. There are YouTube videos that can walk you through the cleaning process.
Inspect your roof. Many times people do not think to inspect their roof until there are leaks in their ceiling or shingles that have fallen to the ground. By then, fixing the problems can tend to get pretty expensive. That’s why it’s important that you inspect your roof once a season for signs of buckling or curling shingles or damaged flashing. If you see either of these things, call a roofer over as soon as possible.
Check doors, windows and architectural louvers. Another thing that’s smart to do is check your doors, windows and architectural louvers (which is basically the framing of your doors or windows) to see if have gaps where air or humidity is able to permeate. The reason why this is important is moisture that gets into the siding of the house can lead to things like mold and mildew infestations.
Don’t forget about your fireplace. If you’re fortunate enough to have a fireplace, look to see if the mortar has cracks or if the bricks are peeling or flaking. If they are, the foundation of your chimney is showing signs that it’s weakening and so you need to call a professional to come and look it over to inspect, clean and seal it as well as replace any bricks that may be crumbling. For more information on how to preserve your fireplace, visit DIY Network and put “maintaining a fireplace” in the search field.