With warmer temperature and better weather, it is the best time for examining, repairing, and cleaning your home. Winter can damage your home and hide weaknesses in the roof, gutters, siding, or even overall structure. As the temperatures rise, our coastal Delaware homeowners are ready to get outside and prepare their homes for summer. This is everything you need to know.
Summer Window Maintenance
Preparing your windows for summer is extremely important to target possible weaknesses and regulate your home’s temperature. Examine the state of your windows inside and out. After cleaning them, do you notice any scratches, cracks, or chips in the glass? Are the window seams intact? Do you need to replace the caulking? Weaknesses in your window means outside air is getting in and inside air is getting out.
Look for signs of dry rot or water damage from melting snow and ice over winter. Cold weather and moisture can warp your windows and window frames resulting in gapping or broken seals. It is especially important to replace windows with broken seals to ensure your home’s internal temperature is regulated.
Higher temperatures outside your home may result in the use of an air conditioner. Without proper care and repair, the cooler air inside can escape through weak spots in your windows — costing you money. On cooler, breezy days or summer nights, you can cut costs by opening your windows. Make sure to install window screens without holes or splits in them. These allow you to open your windows without letting in flies, mosquitoes, and other pests.
Inspecting, Repairing, and Cleaning Your Roof
Warm weather means it’s safer to take a closer look at the state of your roof after the winter. Heavy snowfall and ice can result in stripping shingles, weakening the roof’s structure, or damaging your gutters. Try looking at the internal state of your roof in the attic. If you notice water marks or moisture, mark it so you can examine those areas on the outside.
In-climate weather can cause shingles to crack or go missing. These small weak points can cause water to seep in, threatening the health of your roof. Mold can develop and spread, eating away and weakening wood framing. Rust can also damage the metal structures on your roof like the fascia, gutters, or chimney flashing.
Winter can carry all sorts of debris, leave it on your roof, and hide it till warmer weather comes around. Remove branches, animal nests, and other debris to prevent possible damage to your roof. Be sure to clean your gutters and downspouts as well to prevent water from pooling.
Refer to our article on how to safely clean your gutters.