Key Areas Of Looking After The Exterior Of Your Home

Jun 01 2020
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Maintaining the outside of our homes, whether it be the roof, the windows or the siding, is mandatory when it comes to maintenance. It was one of the top things on my to do list last summer and I was scrambling to finish it last fall. The rock my ex had put up on the house was falling off and I knew it was only a matter of time before I saw serious water damage. It wasn’t not the funnest of jobs but knowing my home is dry and safe now is the the biggest relief!

After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!(This is a contributed post, for more information about my compensation please read my disclosure policy)

Whether you’re transforming the exterior of your home, renovating a house, or just maintaining a property, have a look at the tips below to help keep your home in good condition. 

Inspecting You Home Exterior 

Spotting potential problems don’t need to be difficult. Simply a casual glance can reveal some of the most obvious problems. Even so, it’s important for you to make the effort to look deeper into your home, at least once a year. 

Drenched by the rain, battered by the wind, and baked in the sun, the exterior of your home is like it’s protective skin. It needs to be kept in good repair in order for it to do it’s good in protecting your home. 

If there is any underlying problems you could can a serious concern, and it might be worth employing the help of professional service to tackle these. Although you might think that taking care of the exterior of your home is an expensive choice, it could lead to more problems and more costs further down the line if you don’t take care fo them sooner rather than later. 

Some of the things you should be checking include: 

Checking The Roof 

Begin your inspection by looking over your rook and chimneys. Any broken slates ot tiles on the ground could be a sign that something is a miss. It could help to view it at distance, if you can’t do this from your garden you could always ask a neighbour if it’s ok to stand on their garden. 

If you have a loft space, have a look at the underside of the roof for any evidence of leaks or damage to the roof covering. 

You will tend to get problems where the motor fillets at the junction and metal flashings with chimneys have deteriorated. \slipped tiles can result in leaks so it’s worth checking your roof whoever you spot any. 

Your roof isn’t usually something you would tackle yourself so think about recruiting the help of a roof contractor

Gutters And Pipes 

Although it might be the most glamorous job and it may smell a little, one of the best things you can do for your gutter and drain system is to clean it on a regular basis. Especially after the winter where it can get clogged with leaves fallen from trees. If it’s not cleared you could be left with moss growing and it leading to damp in the eaves of your home. If you feel confident to access this yourself it’s not a job that will take longer than a few hours but if you’re uncomfortable with climbing a ladder and completing a task seek the help of a professional service. 

Check Your External Walls 

You should check the base of your building, not any areas where puddles are forming, soil levels are raised, and where trees or shrubs may have caused damage. Clear all the areas and make sure you are protecting any areas that provide ventilation to your home. When it comes to your walls, have look for any cracks, loose bricks, and stonework. If there is anything that screams a problem, seek professional help. 

These are just a few of the things you can do to look after the exterior of your home. Id there anything that you do to make sure your home is kept safe and looked after? Please share them in the comments below. 

Whether you’re transforming the exterior of your home, renovating a house, or just maintaining a property, have a look at the tips below
(This is a contributed post, for more information about my compensation please read my disclosure policy)

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