Caring For Your Home 101: A Year Long Guide

When it comes to maintaining and caring for your home, it is a yearly endeavor that needs to be completed every season. It sounds like a lot of work, but many house chores you do actually don’t take up much of your time. From cleaning, to maintenance checks, to decorations, there is alway some sort of project that can be completed throughout the year. 

When it comes to certain seasonal projects, you’ll want to keep the unpredictable weather in mind. To ensure your home is getting the best care throughout each season, follow our guide below:

 

Summer

Summer is the season for fun in the sun — but there are some negatives to this magnificent season. Certain summer conditions can cause more damage to your home than you realize.

The blaring heat can have a lasting effect on your home. Asphalt shingles (while durable) can begin to deteriorate month after month under the hot summer sun. Higher temperatures speed up the natural breakdown of materials, so your roof may start to deteriorate before its time if it is continually exposed to extreme temperatures. When it comes to your siding, it can heat up during warmer days, causing vinyl siding to expand and warp and to contract during winter months. 

Prevent this by having inspections done throughout the year, in order to stay updated on the condition of your roof. Keep in mind that dark roofs absorb the most sunlight and convert it into heat before reflecting it back into the environment. Changing the color may help it last longer and keep your house cooler. 

Summer storms are also to blame. Summer rain storms can be quite violent at times — especially when hurricane season arrives. Heavy rain can cause water to slip into any already exposed areas of your roof. This leads to interior leaks that can damage the structure of your home and increase your risk of mold. Along with heavy rainfall, hurricane season will bring about high-speed winds that can rip shingles clear off the roof (the same goes for siding) and take surrounding trees and poles down with them in an instant. You can invest in storm doors, designed to add extra protection from inclement weather or extreme heat. Always plan ahead.

 

Fall

A healthy house depends largely on the state of the roof and before temperatures begin to drop, take advantage of the fall weather and get some much needed repairs done. Here’s what to keep in mind:  

Your gutters need the most attention in autumn. The fall season brings thousands of dead leaves to your property, with many of them falling into your gutters. Be sure to routinely clean out your gutters of any leaves and debris to prevent blockages that could lead to overflowing, roof leaks, and property flooding. This may need to be done a few times during the fall. Not only that, but your gutter system should be cleaned multiple times per year; at least once per season. 

How do you clean and wash your gutters properly? Start off by grabbing a ladder and going around your house, clearing away any leaves and debris. Once the gutters are emptied, you can begin to spray them down. A pressure washer will work best for removing any leftover dirt and grime. A garden hose with a spray nozzle can also get the job done. 

Prevent future damage by:

  • Sealing any cracks or holes in the gutters. 
  • Consider updating your gutters to a material that is less prone to rusting. 
  • Keep in mind gutters of today have switched over to aluminum, and even vinyl to prevent this. 

 

Winter

The winter season with all of its snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can surely take a toll on your home.

Snow and ice can cause many issues. When roofs are properly installed and maintained, they are built to hold a decent amount of snow. However, there are times when it snows more than usual which can make your home more susceptible to roof and siding leaks and potential sagging. Roofs can be damaged from snow, ice, rain, and wind, so it’s important to inspect everything after these conditions.

Get one step ahead of these storms by getting routine maintenance checks. If your home is prone to increased levels of snowfall, has had roof leaks in the past, or was built before the 1950s, have the structure of your roof inspected by a professional roofer. Properly installed and maintained vinyl siding can also keep your home well insulated during the winter. All damage should be repaired as soon as possible before the winter arrives with its snowy and icy weather.

You should be sure to trim the branches of all trees that could potentially fall on your home. Trees are more likely to decompose in colder months, so take care of this right away.

 

Spring

When it comes to spring cleaning, most people focus on decluttering their homes and garages, but don’t forget about your roof, your gutters and your siding.

April showers bring May flowers. Which means rain, and lots of it. Heavy rain can cause your shingles to start wearing out. 

The roof of your home is like a shield, protecting the rest of your home against the elements. However, when that shield is weakened, damage can be sustained to the rest of the house. Have your roof inspected and keep an eye out for missing, damaged, and curled shingles. Natural elements can and will cause the shingles on your roof to wear out over time. When the rain falls from the roof, the gutter system is the next thing that will see this rainwater, so you need to make sure all the gutters are still properly attached — and re-adjust any that are not. 

How can you protect your home during this season? 

  • Consider getting a roof coating, which helps protect and extend the life of a roof, the assemblies associated with the roof, and also protect against the coating and material of the roof itself.
  •  A coated roof is essentially a layer of waterproofing, and can help you prevent needing to have shingles and other flimsy pieces replaced. 

 

Preferred Exterior is your go-to source for all things home exterior! Call us today at (516) 354-7252.

It’s important to remember to weatherproof your roof, siding, and home and get annual maintenance checks done. This can prevent any harmful damage to your home during any and all seasons. When you need an expert installer to help you with this, you know where to find us!


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