Whether you live in your own build, a condo, or a fixer-upper, you should be prioritizing the care of your home’s exterior. As you put in the necessary time and money to take care of your home’s exterior, you’ll find that you save your home from significant damage and increased costs down the road. Make sure that you are checking your home’s exterior routinely for these different issues that can occur.
No matter what climate you live in, you need to be checking your roof at least yearly for signs of damage that you could repair before they get worse. You want to make sure that you check your roof after every wet season for damaged parts that need attention or replacing. Snow and rainstorms can often cause leaks in your roof, especially if you have a chimney. Even if you don’t live in a wet, humid location, your roof could sustain substantial damage from high winds. This could cause the shingles on your roof to peel, curl, or be ripped loose. Extreme heat can also cause your shingles to become brittle and break apart or could melt the glue that is used to hold your shingles in place. There are many different types of damage that could occur on or within your roof, so it is important to be vigilant in your roof repairs.
If you live in a location that is prone to have snow or freezing rain, you are more prone to having driveway damage. As water or ice sits for an extended period of time on your concrete driveway, it can cause cracking and splitting in your concrete. If you have asphalt, it may develop some alligator cracks, which are small connected cracks that can spread over a substantial distance. They are caused by weather and use over time. Alligator cracks require maintenance so that they don’t become a bigger issue. You can use certain kinds of sealants or treatments on your driveway to try to combat cracking and damage.
Often, gutters can get filled with leaves, dirt, and other debris throughout the year. This is especially a problem if you have a lot of tall trees around that could clog your gutters as their leaves fall or get blown off. During seasons where there is a lot of debris getting caught in your gutters, they may start to sag or leak. If your gutters get clogged, it could cause lots of different kinds of damage including mold, water leakage, or flooding damage to the interior or exterior of your home. If you aren’t able to consistently clean your gutters, you may want to consider investing in gutter covers.
Keeping up on home maintenance and not letting yourself fall behind is an important aspect of home ownership. Not only will it keep your home looking nice and in good shape, it will increase your property values and save you money in the years to come.
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