home maintenanceAre you ready for this winter to end? We sure are ready to welcome in the spring weather! Did you know that the transitional period between winter and spring is one of the most important times to maintain your home? Due to the changing temperature and the melting snow, it's important to know that your home is safe from water infiltration, leaks, damage, and debris. If you want to make sure your home is safe for this upcoming season, take a look at the information below to get started!

Roof

After a harsh winter, it's always a good idea to check your roof for damaged shingles, discoloration, and debris. We recommend that you don't climb up to your roof on your own, for your own safety. Instead, take a pair of binoculars and start your inspection from the ground. Do you see any areas that need attention? Cracked or missing shingles? If you do, it's important that you call a professional to remedy the issue immediately. This is will ensure that your roof remains at peak performance for the upcoming spring season!

Chimney

Chimneys are another area that should be inspected after a harsh winter for damage. If a damaged chimney goes unchecked, you run the risk of not only damaging your chimney, but also your roof and the surrounding area. Check the joints between the bricks and the stones, have any fallen out? Do you see any wear and tear? Is there any vegetation growing out of them? If you do, you should consider resealing your chimney as these signs could lead to water infiltration.

Exterior Walls

Whether you have vinyl siding, stucco, brick, or wood siding, looking for trouble spots around your home is an important part of any spring maintenance check-up. Check for trouble spots around the eaves and gutters, any sort of opening within the siding itself, distorted areas, or any sort of damage. All damage that is found early could lead to an inexpensive fix instead of a full overhaul.

Foundation

While you are inspecting the exterior of your home, you should take some extra time to take a look at your foundation. Masonry cracks in your foundation can be quite problematic to the safety and health of your home. Some masonry cracks can be taken care of simply by re-caulking problem areas, for serious rifts you may want to incorporate a professional!

Windows

Your home's windows are one of the most vital elements to your home, so it's crucial that you maintain them. Windows that attribute signs of leakage can create water infiltration issues as well as make your home less energy efficient. Check any caulking or weather stripping you have in place to make sure it is still intact. Remember, if you see any condensation inside the glass on a double or triple paned window, your weather seal may be compromised, talk to a professional about your replacement or restoration options.