What Should You Know about a Home's Exterior Upkeep?

Posted by Justin Havre on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 10:22am.

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The upkeep of the exterior of your home is just as important as the upkeep inside. It keeps you safe from the outside elements. Therefore, the exterior needs to be maintained, or weather elements will make their way indoors. Here are some tips to keep the exterior of your home in pristine condition.

Gutters

You want to keep your gutters free from all debris. Clean them out to help prevent clogging, and causing water to overflow. You will have to remove the debris by hand, and use a water hose to clean out anything that remains. This will help you see if all the water is now flowing correctly out of the drain pipes.

When you are cleaning out your gutter, pay close attention for any damage. Gutter damage can directly cause issues that could damage other parts of your home. When running water through them, check for leaks so that they can be repaired.

Roof

You will want to do a thorough inspection of your roof to make sure there are no loose shingles that could allow water to enter your home. Replace any shingles that look damaged or are missing. Also, check for curling of edges, as this will allow water to seep in over time. It is better to replace shingles as soon as possible, as a large amount of damage can be caused by water leaking in.

Walls

Check over the exterior walls of your home to ensure there is no damage. Try to spot rot that occurs along joints, or around the bottom portion of your home. You will want to repair any walls that have rotted. If your home is painted, ensure that there is no bubble’s in the paint. You will want to scrape off the old paint, prime it, and then add a fresh coat of.

You want the exterior of your home to look good, as well as present a healthy shell for the interior of your home. Pay close attention to elements that could affect the outside of your home.

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