In many ways, a home is an important part of the family in its own right. This means that keep it in the best condition possible should be top priority. Spring sunshine brings the perfect opportunity to start thinking about exterior projects that might have been overlooked during the colder months. To help get you started, we’ve listed a few things you might need to think about when the warmer weather eventually arrives!
Inspect your roof
As we’ve said in earlier posts, the roof is one of the most important aspects of any house. Winter can be tough on roofs, and bad weather can displace tiles, causing leaks and a loss in energy efficiency if left unattended. Inspecting your roof will ensure that your house stays watertight and warm whatever the weather. The first step is simply to inspect your roof with a pair of binoculars, as well as to pay attention to any damp spots on the ceiling inside your home. If anything looks out of place, or suspicious, it’s worth calling in a professional to avoid any costlier problems further down the line.
Keep an eye out for loose masonry
Whilst you’re examining your roof, it’s also worth checking the brickwork. Anything awry with a chimney could lead to damage to your roof, whilst even a single loose brick could cause significant structural damage eventually. Again, in these cases, it’s best to call a professional who can assess the situation and resolve any problems.
Care for your gutters
Winter winds can cause all sorts of debris to build up in gutters. A gutter that doesn’t drain properly can lead to structural damage to roofs and walls, so it’s essential to make sure yours are clear and working in the way they should. Make sure you’ve got a sturdy, stable ladder to get to the gutters then scoop debris out with a trowel into a bin bag or bucket. After that’s done, make sure your downspouts aren’t blocked either. Force water up it, using a garden hose to ensure that water is flowing freely and to dislodge any remaining debris. If you notice any damage to your gutters whilst cleaning, it’s important to get them repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
Check for rot
Dry rot is a serious problem for timber structures but often goes unseen until it’s too late. That makes it vital to carry out regular checks for rot around all wooden elements of your home. Dry rot often takes hold in the places you wouldn’t think to look – behind plaster, under wooden floorboards, in lofts or in window and door frames. Tell-tale signs of dry rot are crumbling timber, patches of brown or orange dust (rot spores), cobweb-like grey strands and an unusual smell. It is important to investigate as soon as possible.
Look for leaks
We’ve already mentioned checking for leaks in your roof but consider your garage and basement too. These are common places for leaks but tend to go unnoticed. Make sure you look at the walls and floors in both of these areas, as well as checking your pipes and water heater to make sure they are both in good condition.
Spring is the time of new beginnings, so it’s the perfect season to give your home a makeover. Give the interior a spring transformation or take advantage of the better weather to repaint the outside. Whether you’re painting inside or out, our top tip is to invest in a good quality primer to make your paint job last as long as possible.
When it comes to your home, we’re here to help you make the most of the spring season. Get in touch today to discuss your big ideas or to ask us any questions!