Exterior Home Maintenance Checklist: How did your home survive the winter?
Have you done a routine walk-around of your home lately? Odds are, probably not because well let’s face it… home maintenance isn’t very exciting and with this warm weather, the last thing you want to think about is work. But while you’ve been cozy inside your home all winter, you’re wife’s been Pinterest-ing to her DIY (Honey-Do) board and your home’s been working overtime.
So while it’s tempting to jump right into that next pallet project or raised garden bed… it’s important to take a quick look around your home to discover any damage from winter. In fact, A.D. Martin Lumber recommends implementing the following exterior home maintenance routine each spring to keep things in tip-top shape.
Begin with an exterior inspection of your roof to address any damage that may have occurred throughout the winter. All this can be done from the safety of the ground. Make your way around the home, noting any signs your roof or gutter may need some TLC. Signs of damage include:
- curling, broken or missing shingles
- rust or cracked caulking
- missing drip edge
- damaged fascia
Common Supplies Needed: Storm collars, jacks, shingles and more.
Missing or broken seals to vent pipes and/or chimneys are common problems we see. If you have a masonry chimney it’s important to watch out for places where bricks or stones have been broken or fallen out.
Common Supplies Needed: Masonry tools, cement based products, etc.
Look for any trouble spots such as water stains, missing paint, gaps in your wood siding, or holes in your stucco. You’ll especially want to pay close attention to areas near gutter spouts, under eaves and hose bibbs.
Common Supplies Needed: Caulking, Benjamin Moore quality paints and primers!
You’ll be needing this soon so get a head start on de-winterizing your cooler. First, check the shape of your lines and replace the absorbent pads if you haven’t already. Changing these out every year is a must! Next, inspect the cooler pan, float valve and finally, the motor.
Common Supplies Needed: Lines, cooler pads, etc.
Since we’re just coming out of winter, it’s likely you now know where the window leaks are. It’s time to apply caulking or weather stripping where needed. If you’re seeing condensation this means the weather seal has been compromised. You may need to either replace the glass or at worst, a new window entirely. Get expert advice from A.D. Martin Lumber.
Common Supplies Needed: Weather stripping, caulk, windows and more.
Examine your foundation from top to bottom for cracks. Most foundations have some cracks but you may need an expert to help you determine which are serious and which are not.
Common Supplies Needed: Expert advice from A.D. Martin Lumber.
Fairly painless, right? If you checked off any of these signs of damage, you’ll surely want to make an effort to resolve these issues before they fester. Whether you’ve got repairs to make or you’re one of the lucky ones that gets to have fun with upping your curb appeal, we’ve got you covered!
All these supplies, equipment and expertise can be found at your local lumber and hardware shop, A.D. Martin Lumber.
With over 253 years of combined knowledge, we have the experience and know-how to handle all of your needs. Whether you are a home owner or a contractor, A.D. Martin is here to help with friendly advice on all projects, big or small. Lumber, trusses, roofing, insulation, drywall, paint, siding, windows, doors, tools, hardware and much more!