Summer Home MaintenanceSummer's here and you know what that means: summer storms, oppressive heat, humidity, and hefty air conditioning bills. Naturally, this is a great time of year to take advantage of the warm weather to get your house in tip-top shape and running smoothly. So before you take off for a summer vacation, take some time to check the following Connecticut home  maintenance tasks off your growing to-do list. You'll have a safer home if you catch problems and wear-and-tear before they become hazards.

Clean Your Home's Vinyl Siding

Many ct homeowners avoid cleaning their home's vinyl siding; however, you would be astonished by your radiant siding once it's clean. Plus, if you avoid cleaning your home's vinyl siding, it will eventually become brittle and could cost you money against your hard-earned investment. So, trust your vinyl siding contractor, get your scrub brush ready, and let your vinyl siding colors shine! 

Cleaning vinyl siding has a major, positive effect on curb appeal. Cleaning your house's exterior is a much bigger project than washing your car, though. If you aren't up to the task, you can hire professional cleaners, or maybe some of the neighborhood children.

If you are a DIY kind of person, try to enlist some friends or family members to help out. If you need any specific tips regarding how to clean vinyl siding, check out this post.

Clean Your Deck | Inspect For Damage

As you prepare for barbeques, family reunions and other exciting summer shindigs, you should consider cleaning your home's deck. After months of leaves, snow, and dirt covering the surface of your deck, it likely needs some thorough cleaning. While you are cleaning, it is a good chance to inspect your deck for signs of rot, protruding nails, ledger durability, and secure railing.

After you have cleaned and inspected your CT deck, you may want to contact a professional who can assist with deck repairs or deck remodeling. Remember, preventative steps can be taken in the fall, so you won't have as much cleaning to do in the spring/summer. If you need more information about cleaning your deck and deck inspection, check out this post.

Inspect Your Shingles/Gutter For Damage

After a tough winter, your rooftop may need a little extra care and love to avoid further damage during the long hot summer months. Start your roof inspection with a shingle check. We recommend that you do your roof shingle check in the early morning when the rooftop has fully cooled. Search for missing shingles, or shingles that are beginning to wave and curl. If you notice any cracking shingles, your roof may need immediate attention.

Following the shingle check, look at your gutters. If you notice that any of your gutters are hanging below the roof line, it's time to act, as this maybe creating problems for your entire roof system. Check out "CT Roofing: Summer  Maintenance Tips" to learn more about how you can conduct a master inspection of your roof, saving you money and frustration down the road.

Perform A Brief Window Inspection

During a window inspection, check the condition of your window frame and sash. Look for signs of rot and moisture in double or triple paned windows. If there is any moisture, this indicates that the seal has failed, and that it is time to find a replacement.

Check for any gaps between the window casing and wall, since these can be filled with a latex caulk.

Inspect your window seals and replace all worn out weather stripping, as this will help to reduce air and water leaks. It can also help you to secure the window in place.