Quick Exterior Fixes to Look for This Spring
After enduring a long winter, you might not feel motivated to do much of anything and simply bask in the glory of spring. If you’re a homeowner, however, you might want to put your relaxation plans on hold until you’ve made a full assessment of your property. Harsh winter weather can do serious damage to your home, inside and out. And while it might be tempting to ignore these potential problems, doing so can lead to larger, more expensive issues in the future. Simply put, springtime is the perfect time to get outside and inspect every inch of your home. With so much area to cover, though, you might feel overwhelmed and perhaps not even know where to begin. Understanding which portions of your house exterior commonly require the most attention following winter can steer you in the right direction. With that in mind, let’s outline some quick exterior fixes to look for and prioritize this spring.
Your siding takes up the largest portion of your home’s exterior, so it’s naturally the biggest target for environmental damage. Different siding materials may hold up better or worse to snow, rain, wind, sunlight, temperature fluctuations, and other conditions, but all types of siding are susceptible to various forms of deterioration. Fortunately, if you take good care of your siding year-round, you can prevent the need for a full siding replacement job. If you notice cracks, holes, dents, or other damages to your siding, these issues can often be resolved by minor repairs. No matter how minor the issue may be, however, it’s crucial to make these fixes as soon as possible, as even small breaches in your siding can reduce your home’s energy efficiency and leave it open to moisture, pest invasion, and more.
If your home’s siding is the main target of external threats, your roof places a close second. Winter can be especially hard on roofs as heavy snowfall can burden them with a lot of extra weight and allow moisture to seep into every crack and cranny it can find. Cold temperatures and strong winds can also make shingles brittle and even break them away. It’s worth noting that roof repair projects can range in duration, scope, and cost, from relatively simple sealing and shingle replacement jobs to full roof replacements. Regardless, much like siding repairs, roof repairs should be tackled immediately to prevent outside forces from doing more damage to your home’s exterior and interior.
Much of the damage done to your home’s exterior may be cosmetic. The most common example of this is exterior house paint that has chipped, peeled away, and/or faded. These aesthetic concerns might not seem all that pressing, but note that damaged paint can be a practical problem as well. Indeed, exterior paint is meant to not only enhance your property’s appearance but also protect its surfaces from the very threats we’ve discussed here, such as sunlight, moisture, and pests. So, letting your exterior home painting fall apart is both an eyesore (certainly not good for curb appeal) and a liability, leaving more surfaces more vulnerable to various hazards. If your exterior’s paint job is looking worn down after winter, then it’s worthwhile to invest in residential exterior painting. Keep in mind that this painting should take place after you’ve made your repairs.
Caulk and other sealing materials are designed to block off any and all gaps that provide an avenue from the outside world into your home. Generally speaking, though, caulk only remains viable for about five years maximum -- less if your home experiences, particularly harsh conditions. So, this spring is a great time to take a close look at your caulk and decide if it’s time to reseal those gaps and cracks. The most common places for caulk include window trim, door frames, siding imperfections, corners, and your foundation. Ignoring your old caulking will, once again, make your home less energy-efficient, allow moisture and insects to more easily enter your home, and facilitate the growth of mold and mildew.
Deck Repair and Refinishing
Many homeowners look forward to enjoying their deck or patio with the return of warmer weather. To get the most (and safest) enjoyment from this outdoor area, though, inspect it for various forms of damage. Common deck problems include cracks, warped boards, rot, mold/mildew, and structural weakness. If your deck is suffering from any of these problems, address them early this spring so you can fully use your deck for the majority of the season all the way through fall. After you’ve made those necessary repairs, consider applying a fresh coat of deck stain to protect its surfaces from moisture, impact, UV radiation, and pests -- you should re-stain your deck about every 2-3 years or as needed.
Refresh Your Front Door
Installing a storm door can protect your front door from the worst weather effects out there, but if you lack this extra layer of protection, your door might be in desperate need for repair and/or refinishing this spring. Minor cracks and dings can be easily patched up and painting over. If you’re looking for or need a more significant improvement, however, you might hire professionals to remove your door, repair it, refinish it, replace its hardware, and re-install it. Door refinishing projects aren’t “quick fixes,” so to speak, but compared to, say, a siding or roof replacement project, they’re relatively small in scope while delivering a major impact. Indeed, updating your front door can boost your home’s overall curb appeal in a big way.
Pressure washing your home isn’t technically a type of repair, but hiring pressure washing services is an important part of several exterior renovation projects. For one thing, winter conditions can coat a home with dirt and grime by the season’s end, and pressure washing provides an efficient way to blast away this harmful and unsightly debris. Beyond that, pressure washing can reveal problems that would otherwise be concealed by said dirt, allowing you to make important repairs this spring. Pressure washing your home is also a key step in surface preparation for exterior painting, making your surfaces more receptive to fresh coatings. And, if nothing else, pressure washing your siding will help restore its beauty so you and onlookers can enjoy it all season long. If there’s any time to clean your home via pressure washing, spring is it.
Spring is just about here -- are you prepared to repair and improve your home where it counts? Either way, Nash Painting has you covered. We offer a variety of painting, repair, and specialty services for our residential and commercial clients in Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!