Your roof, walls, and foundation form your home’s first line of defense against the elements. As such, it’s wise for homeowners to keep a keen eye on these components of their “castles” — that’s why repairs and maintenance are a necessary part of home ownership. After all, even a coat of paint on the exterior of your home aids in protecting its surfaces. Now, how can you ensure that your home exterior is whole? What can you do to keep your abode protected from Mother Nature? And how can you mitigate costly repairs and damage? As Northern Colorado’s source for exterior painting services, we have a handful of tips that you can employ to protect the home that protects your family — check out our checklist of home exterior maintenance tips below.
Check Your Sprinkler Coverage
We’ve all seen sprinkler stains on cedar fences around the neighborhood — here, a rogue sprinkler causes decay of the wood far faster than the wood decays naturally. The same may be true of your home if you aren’t careful. Turn on your sprinklers, and take a lap around the house — do any of your sprinklers spray your home? Sprinklers can damage your home’s paint, they can prematurely age your home’s siding, and they can penetrate windows, doors, vents, and your home’s foundation. Fortunately, most sprinklers can be realigned with the twist of a screwdriver. Make sure that your sprinklers are aimed at the lawn and other flora throughout your landscape — not your home.
Keep the Grill Away From Your Home
While a grill fire is a very real danger, even grill heat can damage your home. Be mindful that flames can leap from your grill to your home’s exterior, or to a wooden deck or nearby pergola. Also, be wary that grills get hot! Okay, that’s a bit of a no-brainer, but a hot grill can literally melt vinyl siding and damage other home-exterior materials. We recommend keeping your grill a good 10 feet away from your home, at least when it’s in use. If you like storing your grill near your home (perhaps under an awning) you can always move your grill back where you’d like once it’s cool to the touch.
Bricks Can Break
We all remember The Three Little Pigs, where the brick home was indestructible. Well, the real big bad wolf (which is wind, precipitation, sun exposure, and time), will still destroy a brick home. Year after year, your bricks will inevitably decay, as well as the mortar between the bricks. Be sure to have your bricks tuckpointed if you have mortar and surface decay, and replace any bricks that have been damaged to the point that they’re cracking or falling apart entirely. Consider having your exterior brick surfaces professionally cleaned and painted with a sealant paint for added protection (we can help with that!).
Clear Clogged Gutters
Leaves, sticks, animal nests, baseballs, you name it — all of these things can cause a gutter clog, which will leave rainwater pooling on your roof and pouring down your siding. Pooling water can seep into your roof, causing all sorts of damage. And a waterfall along the house can lead to a leak in your walls, which can lead to structural problems and mold. Keep your gutters clear to ensure that water flows off of your roof and away from your home.
Trees Do As They Please
That tiny aspen that you planted a decade ago has turned into a beautiful grove on your property. And unfortunately, the roots are stretching into your basement, while the branches threaten to break a window with any gust of wind. Be mindful where you plant trees in your landscape. Plan for the full size of the tree, and keep trees well away from the foundation of your home. As your trees grow, be sure to lop off any branches that encroach on the exterior of your home, and make sure that no branches are over your roof, where they’re liable to break off and cause damage. If you’re having issues with the roots of your tree, you can dig, cut those roots, and install a root barrier to keep them from growing where you don’t want them — though it’s far easier to plan ahead and plant trees wisely!
Get a Thermogram
Thermal cameras make it easy to expose the weakest points of our homes. Rent a thermal camera, or hire a thermal imaging company to take a look at the exterior of your abode. You’ll unveil the least efficient areas of your home, and you may reveal damage that you couldn’t see on the surface. From there, you can replace windows and doors, add insulation, and fix any problems that leave your home exposed to the elements.
Make Your Home Whole With Horner
Here at Horner, we strive to make homes here in Northern Colorado as whole as possible with the finishing touch for their exteriors: a protective coat of paint. If you’ve noticed that you have old, outdated paint that is chipped, cracked, or discolored, it may no longer be protecting your home. Count on us to clean, repair, and paint your home’s exterior, so that you have lasting protection for the home that protects your family. Give us a call or get a free estimate! We provide home exterior (and interior!) painting services for our neighbors across the Front Range from our hometown of Fort Collins.