The old saying goes, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb,” meaning the weather during the first weeks of March are wintery, and the latter weeks often resemble spring.
We never know what kind of weather we’re going to get, but we do know the beginning of spring will be here before you know it. You may not realize it but this is an important time for homeowners. Frigid winter temperatures can cause all types of problems for your home, but you might not realize that they are there unless you look for potential issues. TH Remodeling wants you to know what you should be looking for and why it’s important. So here’s a checklist of what you should be looking at as winter transitions into spring.
- Check Your Windows for Leaks
An excellent place to begin your home check are your windows and doors. Cracks and leaks can cost you money and not just in the winter. During the spring and summer as warm air invade your home, your air conditioning bill will increase. Making certain your windows are sealed and secure can also give you peace of mind for your family’s safety.
A good way to start according to Lifehacker is to perform a detailed visual inspection. Here’s where you should begin.
- Walk around both the interior and exterior of your home to look for any obvious problems.
- When you check your home’s exterior, look to see if any caulking has failed and for any gaps between your windows and siding.
- Has the putty that holds glass panes in place weakened?
- Is there light coming into your home from gaps around the window? If so, then you might need to consider replacement Marvin windows and doors.
Winter weather can do a number to your roof. Heavy snow, hail, and ice can damage shingles. One thing to keep in mind when inspecting your roof is that not every problem is obvious.
- You should do a safe, visual inspection looking for obvious problems. If a shingle is missing or damaged, that should be visible. Try using binoculars to look at high points.
- Check your attic for signs of roof and water damage if it’s safe to do so.
- Bob Vila points out that there can be damage that may not be visible to the untrained eye. If you are unsure or if your personal safety is in doubt, have a certified professional inspect your roof.
Gutters are an area of your home that can often be ignored, but if you don’t keep an eye on gutters and downspouts, you could end up with considerable damage to your home. Clogs can cause serious water damage to your wood trim and eaves.
According to Family Handyman, you should have your gutters cleaned once the last frost has passed. Once frost departs, spring showers arrive, so don’t wait too long to make sure those gutters and downspouts are clear.
Here’s a guide on how to safely clean your gutters
- Use a sturdy extendable ladder with standoff stabilizers to keep the ladder from damaging the gutter.
- Wear rubber gloves.
- Use a small plastic scoop to remove debris.
- Consider using a tarp to dump the gunk.
- When all the debris has been removed, flush the gutters, paying attention for any potential leaks.
If you need repairs or if you want to make your life easier by installing maintenance free gutters, TH Remodeling can accommodate residential and business owners.
Th Remodeling Can Keep Your Home in Peak Condition
Doing your due diligence to make sure your home or business made it through the winter without any major problems can certainly help cut down on repair bills. If you do spot problems, taking care of them immediately can prevent bigger problems down the line. Learn more about our installation services today, including roofing, siding, windows and doors, and gutter cleaning. Trust TH Remodeling to keep your home in top shape.