Fall is the perfect time to do some maintenance on your home’s exterior. Warm weather and the higher humidity of summer can cause materials to shift and expand, then as the weather cools and the humidity decreases, the process reverses. Now is the time to act.
As Winter Approaches and the weather gets cooler, materials like paint, caulk, shingles, wood, rubber and vinyl siding tend to shrink and harden. The air is drier, rubber seals around doors and windows become brittle. Caulk separates from siding and trim, allowing outdoor air and damaging mositure to enter.
The wood around doors and windows can rot. High moisture levels encourage insects and termites to make your home their home. Hidden mold growth on porous surfaces can cause expensive structural damage. Moisture is the primary cause. You can take a few easy steps to ensure your home is in good shape as winter approaches.
Easy Fall Checkpoints. Take a slow walk around your house and check the following:
- Visually check all windows and doors. Look at the wood trim to ensure it is not rotted or pulling away. Check the caulk to ensure it is flexible and well sealed.
- Check weather stripping to ensure pliability and good seal.
- Look around windows, doors, soffits and other areas for water intrusion.
- If you have a basement, check it for leaks by touching the wall, especially where it meets the floor.
As the old saying goes…an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It can also save you a ton of money in the long run as well!