Many homeowners equate spring cleaning to just that – cleaning. After a cold winter, it feels so good to give a deep clean to the interior of the house and clear the yard for landscaping.
Spring is also an excellent time for larger home maintenance projects.
Roofing, windows, and siding are large-scale items to care for, and because of this, they often get neglected. But maintaining your roof, windows, and siding throughout the years will help them last longer, and you’ll be more likely to catch any issues early on.
Even when you experience a mild winter, schedule time for exterior maintenance. Here is our checklist for spring maintenance of your roof, windows, and siding.
Start with a walk-around of your entire property, checking for visible damage. Winter can be harsh on the exterior of the home, so tune in to the condition of roofing shingles, gutters, windows, and siding.
You don’t have to climb up onto the roof every spring, but you should complete a thorough visual inspection. Use binoculars to inspect the condition of the roof, including the shingles, nails, and the flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys.
If any issues catch your attention, call a professional to assist with repairs. For homeowners with an older roof, start saving for a new one so you are not caught by surprise when the time comes.
Clean your gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris. By making sure they are running free and diverting water away from the house, you can help prevent damage from spring rains.
Spring is an excellent time to clean the siding of your home. First, check for signs of weathering, loose siding, or chipped paint. Next, use a power washer to clean the outside of the house. This prevents mold from growing. Finally, if needed, paint the exterior.
Check the caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors. Tight seals protect against air and water leaks. This is also the time to clean your windows inside and out. Take the screens down before you begin and gently clean these as well.
Roofing, windows, and siding are substantial investments for homeowners. We want to help you make them last as long as possible. Follow this checklist every spring, and if you find you need some exterior repairs, contact us!