The spring and early summer is a great time to head outdoors and take a good look at your home. You may be surprised at how much the winter has taken its toll on your home. Of course, checking at the end of the summer is also a good idea before the colder weather hits.
If you’re wondering why you need to worry about the outside of your home then you’ve not yet experienced the trauma of rain pouring in during a thunderstorm or pets running around your home. It’s not a pleasant feeling and one that can usually be avoided by doing regular repairs.
The walls of your home support the roof and give you the shelter you need from the elements. However, cracks in rendering will allow damp and pests in. Cracks can also indicate an issue with the stability of your property, it’s advisable to have large cracks checked and monitor smaller ones.
Instead of rendering and painting your walls every few years and repairing them every year, you should consider checking out this cladding by Peter Bracey.
There are a huge array of styles and textures available. But, most importantly, cladding protects your walls from the elements and needs very little maintenance. A visual inspection and pressure wash once a year should suffice.
Of course, if your cladding is damaged you’ll need to satisfy yourself as to how this has happened and have that section replaced as soon as possible.
It is essential to check your roof and replace any damaged sections, even if you don’t see a leak inside. If your roof lets water in it will get on the wooden beams in your loft space. Over time this will cause them to rot, damaging the structural integrity of your home and giving you a costly repair bill.
The air conditioning units on the exterior of your home need to be regularly maintained to ensure they keep you cool. If you don’t maintain them they are likely to fail when you need them most, and their repair is usually costly.
Windows & Doors
Your windows and doors need to be cleaned regularly to keep your house looking good and give you a view of your yard. Cleaning them also gives you the perfect opportunity to check the seals and replace them if necessary.
A blown seal will make a big difference to your ability to keep your house warm or cool.
Don’t forget to check your yard. Exterior walls and fences need to be maintained and, if damaged, repaired. You should also make sure that no plants are too close to the walls of your home, this will encourage pests to come into your home. That’s something you probably don’t want to deal with.
Keeping your trees and bushes trimmed will also protect the foundations of your property while preventing pests from using them as access points.
A little time spent on exterior repair and maintenance can save you a lot of time and cost in the future.