The colder temps and colorful foliage give it away. Fall is here which means winter is just around the corner. Your home can take a real beating during the winter months. Minnesota Exteriors recommends that homeowners do a thorough evaluation
of your home’s exterior now before small issues turn in to major catastrophes.
Your roof is your home’s first defense against the elements. It is very important to check your roof for cracked shingles, curling shingles, missing shingles, storm damage and wear and tear from old age. If you are uncomfortable getting on your roof-DON’T! Often roof issues can be seen from the ground. Another alternative is to call a reliable roofing company like Minnesota Exteriors who offers free roof inspections. A professional will come out to your home and check your roof for issues and make
recommendations based on your roof’s current condition.
In addition to checking your shingles for damage you should also make sure that the flashings around chimneys are in good condition. This can often be a point of entry for water and ice melt. You may also want to go in your attic and look for evidence of moisture on your rafters. This can be a sign of a potential roof leak.
Once you have checked your roof for potential issues you should direct your attention to your home’s siding.
Many homes are now being sided using maintenance-free products like vinyl siding, aluminum siding and steel siding.
Often these siding products require very little attention. Your siding may accumulate dirt and dust which is easily rinsed away. However, it is important to walk around your home and look for cracked siding or loose siding panels. Fixing these issues now will prevent larger problems in the future. If you suspect that your siding has hail damage call a company like
Minnesota Exteriors who will come and inspect your siding and work with your insurance company to get it replaced.
Fiber cement siding and engineered wood siding are also very low-maintenance products. You will want to check for cracked siding or peeling paint. If you have old, wood siding you will want to look for areas of rot or decay. If you have extensive damage it may be a good time to consider replacing your siding with a maintenance-free product like vinyl siding, aluminum siding, steel siding, fiber cement siding like James Hardie or engineered wood siding like LP Smartside.
After checking your siding for potential issues it is time to take a look at your windows. If you have old, drafty widows it would be good to consider replacing them before the cold weather hits. New windows can decrease your energy bills and will help keep you and your home warm and toasty. There are many great window products available including vinyl windows, aluminum clad windows, fiberglass windows and wood windows.
If you are not going to be replacing your windows you should check to make sure they are working properly. If necessary re-caulk around your windows and doors. You should also replace any damaged or missing weather stripping. If your exterior trim is showing signs of rot or peeling paint consider having it wrapped with maintenance-fee aluminum.
And finally, you should also check your gutters for proper functionality. Your gutters may need to be cleaned after the fall season. Many companies offer this service if you are unable to do it yourself. Clogged gutters can cause water issues in
other parts of your home. If you have leaky gutters or cracked gutters you can use a gutter sealant to repair your gutters. You should also make sure your downspouts are positioned properly to drain water away from your home. Make sure water will not freeze in areas like sidewalks and stairs. This could be very dangerous in winter months. If you want to replace your existing gutters companies like Minnesota Exteriors can come and recommend the best products and layout for your home.
A little routine maintenance now will reduce the chance of big problems later.Next Page »