What Repairs Can I Expect After Winter?
Each year, homeowners and business owners everywhere cross their fingers and hope for a mild winter, but even a single snowstorm coupled with months of freezing temperatures can be enough to do some damage to your property. While every season poses environmental threats to your home, winter is often the most consistently destructive, featuring sharp winds, low temperatures, falling debris from dormant/dead trees, moisture from heavy snowfall, and more. Once winter finally comes to an end, you’ll want to take a close look at every part of your property (inside and out) to assess the damage. The longer you wait to fix up post-winter problems, the more damage will befall your home or business. So, with spring just around the bend, let’s outline some property repairs you should prepare to make after winter.
What Repairs Do You Need After Winter?
If there’s one area of your property that deserves a look following winter, it’s your roof. Maintaining a sturdy roof is crucial for maintaining energy efficiency, preventing moisture intrusion, keeping pests at bay, and more. Unfortunately, snow accumulation can put pressure on your roof and cause moisture to seep into any opening it can find. If you don’t bother to regularly remove snow from your roof during the winter, chances are you’ll be in for some repairs come springtime, even if they’re minor. Address any roof-related issues immediately to prevent further damage and optimize your property for the coming season.
Your roof and gutters are closely linked -- after all, the snow that builds up on your roof will melt and trickle down into your gutters. In reality, though, harsh winter weather can render gutters somewhat useless, especially if they’re not properly winterized (i.e. cleaned and lined). Most of us have seen countless gutters that have been utterly dammed up with ice, cultivating heavy, dangerous icicles as the season progresses. By the time spring arrives, your gutters might be bent, dented, sunken, cracked, broken, or entirely stripped from your property due to these winter conditions. Whatever the case, make sure your gutters are in working order for spring, as the last thing you want is to be gutterless during spring’s heavy rainfalls.
Speaking of water problems, winter can do a number on pipes both inside and outside of your home if you’re not careful. Cold enough weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst, which opens the doorway for moisture intrusion that can then allow mold and mildew to thrive as things get warmer. Keeping your pipes well-insulated and warm can prevent these unwanted outcomes, but there’s no way to guarantee that you won’t run into some plumbing-related problems during winter. Come springtime, it’s worthwhile to hire an inspector to assess your property’s pipes, so you’re aware of your current situation.
Cracks in Drywall
Maintaining a consistent and optimal internal climate can be quite the challenge during the cold season. And even if you manage to keep things warm and appropriately humid, fluctuations in temperature and humidity can cause your drywall or plaster to fracture. These cracks are usually minor and don’t cut too deep, but leaving them alone can exacerbate the problem over time. As such, it’s important to seal these cracks shortly after you notice them. After filling any and all fractures in your interior surfaces, you’ll want to finish the job with a fresh coat of paint to ensure a seamless appearance.
The area surrounding your home or business (i.e. your yard/lawn/landscape) deserves attention as well. The cold, dry air coupled with suffocating snowfall can make it difficult for your green spaces to recover come springtime. On top of that, burst pipes can end up flooding your landscape, and plowing services can tear up your lawn long before winter’s end. And, of course, fallen limbs and branches can litter your lawn throughout the season. If you want to enjoy a beautiful landscape this spring and beyond, prepare to require the services of landscaping experts who can restore your lawn, clean up debris, fertilize and install new plant life, etc.
Winter and wooden decks are natural enemies. This is why it’s so important to prepare your deck for winter’s wrath well in advance of the season’s worst conditions by cleaning and sealing/staining it sometime in the fall. It’s equally as important to prevent snow from building up on your deck during winter by shoveling when necessary -- don’t use salt, either, as these chemicals can corrode your deck’s surfaces. If you’ve taken good care of your deck, you might not have to make serious repairs after winter. Otherwise, you might come across water damage, rot, warped and cracked boards, and so on. After you fix up your deck, it’s a good idea to apply a fresh coat of deck stain that offers protection against water and UV rays so it’s ready for spring and summer.
Even the highest quality paint products can fail when faced with harsh enough conditions. And if it’s been a while since you last painted your property’s face, a bad enough winter might be the final straw that reveals cracked, chipped, peeling paint. It’s not just your house exterior you have to worry about, either. If moisture is allowed into your home (whether through burst pipes, leaky roofing, or poorly sealed gaps), it can cause your interior paint to delaminate (bubble and peel) from the surface. If you notice this happening, you’ll need to address the underlying water problem before investing in fresh interior home painting.
Other Worn Down Exterior Surfaces
Other outdoor surfaces may need repairing after winter as well, considering these are most susceptible to the whims of the weather. For instance, your driveway or parking lot might need cleaning and re-paving (or repainting), or it might be necessary to refinish your door if it was hit hard enough by wind, snow, and ice. Whatever the case, pressure washing services are key in clearing away the dirt, salt, and grime that has accumulated on these exterior surfaces over the long winter.
Fixing Things Up for Spring
The bottom line is this: many areas of your property, inside and out, will potentially require repair after a rough enough winter. By conducting a thorough inspection of your home or business, you can get a grip on which tasks take precedence for getting your property back to its sturdy and beautiful self. If you need help assessing damages or executing your springtime renovation strategy, look no further than Nash Painting. We’ve helped countless homeowners and business owners across Nashville, Brentwood, and/or Franklin, TN recover from winter and prepare for the months and years ahead.
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