Winters in the Treasure Valley can be unpredictable. Heavy snowfall and cold temperatures can hit unexpectedly before the weather warms up enough to melt everything, only to refreeze it all over again. That’s why many homeowners breathe a sigh of relief when the first signs of spring appear. While home maintenance may not be the first thing that comes to mind after winter, spring is the perfect season to find and fix any issues that might be present. That’s why the Boise contractor at Pacific Home & Patio would like to provide you with the following home inspection tips for spring.
Get A Professional Roof Inspection
It’s impossible to understate how important a roof is when it comes to protecting your home. A leaky roof can cause extensive water damage to your home while allowing dangerous mold to grow. Left ignored, a simple roof repair can lead to an entire roof replacement or substantial bills to repair any secondary damage caused to your home.
That’s why it’s important to have your roof professionally inspected by a Boise contractor each spring. During this time, your roof will be inspected for any missing or broken shingles, moss growth, leaks or cracks, curling or buckling shingles, missing granules, or any sagging or drooping. Regular roof inspections are essential in understanding its working condition and managing any necessary repairs. This, in turn, will help to increase its lifespan while protecting your home in the process.
Check Your Home’s Siding
If you have wood, vinyl, or fiber siding, it’s important to look for any loose or broken boards. You should also inspect the caulking at the seams and around doors and windows and check for any flaking, blistering, or peeling. If large areas of your siding are damaged, it may be time to consider a full siding replacement instead of small repairs.
The structural integrity of your siding is crucial. Moisture from rain and snow can get behind your siding and rot the wood beneath and destroy your insulation. This creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. Your siding also helps to insulate your home, so poorly maintained siding can result in high energy bills.
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters may not be your favorite thing to do, but it is essential. Clogged gutters can result in water getting under the edges of your roof, rotting your decking, and underlayment. Furthermore, clogged or damaged gutters can allow moisture to get behind your siding or accumulate next to your foundation.
Take the time to check and make sure your gutters are securely attached to your home. Small holes can be easily repaired, but large holes or cracks will result in replacement gutters. When you check your gutters, it’s important to make sure your downspouts are clear and that they are directing water away from your foundation.
Inspect Your Windows
Ideally, your windows should form a tight barrier that prevents cold or hot air from escaping or entering your home. Without this proper seal, you will end up with high energy bills as your HVAC system will have to work overtime due to the air flowing out your windows. Water can also penetrate, causing extensive damage to the structural components of your home.
That’s why it’s essential to inspect your windows from the interior and exterior regularly. Take the time to look for any damaged or missing caulking, weather stripping, and rotted or warped wood. You should also test to make sure all of your windows open and close easily. If they don’t and have damaged frames, you may need to have them professionally replaced.
Pacific Home & Patio
Need help inspecting the roofing, siding, and windows of your home this spring? The Boise contractor at Pacific Home & Patio is here to provide you with expert advice on exterior repairs and more. Contact our Boise office today by filling out our online form or give us a call at (208) 376-0000 for a free quote today.