Spring Exterior Maintenance: 3 Areas Every Homeowner Should Inspect
Warmer days are finally on their way in Twin Cities, which means it’s time for spring home maintenance. And although the threats of snow and freezing temperatures are finally over, there’s a new threat on its way: rainy season. Unless your home exterior is in top condition, water damage is a very real possibility.
When you own a house in Minnesota, winter weather can do some serious damage to your home exterior. But unless you take the time to look for problems, you won’t know they exist. Roof repair, siding repair, gutter repair, soffit and fascia repair, and several other types of restoration may be necessary if winter took its toll on your home.
At Eastern Roofing & Siding, we can’t stress the importance of routine exterior maintenance enough. To give your home the best protection this spring, follow our exterior checklist below.
Inspect Your Roof
The average Twin Cities roof handles a substantial amount of snow and ice during winter and is also subject to continual freeze-thaw cycles. Given a roof’s constant moisture exposure throughout the snowy season, it can be vulnerable to damage, depending on its age.
Installation and materials quality also play central roles in a roof’s ability to withstand months of exposure to snow and ice. So even if your roof isn’t old, it can still suffer minor winter-related damage.
When the weather allows, walk around your house and perform a simple roof inspection from the ground. Keep an eye out for the following issues:
● Missing shingles or lots of missing shingle granules
● Curling, cracking, warping, or otherwise damaged shingles
● Damaged or missing flashings
After you give your roof a once-over, head into your attic to see if there’s any evidence of water intrusion. Look for mold, mildew, staining, black marks, condensation, wet spots, and damp or deteriorated insulation. If you notice any signs of damage — even if they’re minor — contact a roofing contractor to schedule a comprehensive roof inspection.
Handling roof repairs promptly is the best way to protect your roof from further water damage or deterioration.
Give Your Siding a Once-Over
Siding usually isn’t as vulnerable to winter-related damage as roofing, but that doesn’t mean it can’t develop problems. When you’re finished checking out your roof, walk around your house and keep an eye out for the following siding red flags:
● Cracks, gaps, and holes
● Crumbling areas or visible rot
● Bulging or warped panels
● Mold or mildew
● Signs of insect damage
If you can see signs of deterioration, they may be indicative of issues that are more than surface deep, like water damage. Taking care of siding repairs as quickly as possible will help prevent existing damage from worsening and causing deeper problems.
Before the rainy season arrives, have a siding contractor perform a full inspection of your cladding to assess the severity of any damage you find. If your siding is nearing the end of its functional lifespan, spring is an excellent time to schedule siding replacement. Get in early before the best contractors book up through summer and fall.
Clean and Examine Your Gutters
If you dealt with ice dams during winter or had icicles hanging off your eaves, your gutters probably need some TLC. Even if your roof didn’t have an ice issue throughout winter, spring gives you an opportunity to ensure your gutters are clean, in good repair, and ready to protect your home when rainy season arrives.
When the weather allows, remove any debris you find inside your gutters and flush them with your garden hose. While you’re cleaning, watch for cracks and leaks, as well as seam deterioration, sagging gutters, and improperly placed downspouts.
Make sure your downspouts disperse water at least four feet away from the side of your home to minimize your risk of foundation water damage. If you find any degree of damage, schedule repairs with a gutter contractor as soon as you can. If your gutters tend to collect a lot of debris throughout summers, spring is also a great time to start thinking about gutter guard installation.
Eastern Roofing & Siding: Premier Exterior Contractors Serving the Twin Cities
If your home needs a few exterior repairs this spring, reach out to our team at Eastern Roofing & Siding. We specialize in roofing, siding, windows, gutters, and storm damage repairs and serve homeowners throughout Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Inver Grove Heights, and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today at 651-238-1313 or contact us online to get started!