If you’re a homeowner, you know how much upkeep goes into caring for your home. But by staying on a maintenance schedule, you can better ensure the longevity and value of your home. The spring and fall seasons are a great opportunity for this kind of maintenance: In many parts of the country, these seasons have reasonable, comfortable temperatures and fair weather.
Since Labor Day and the close of summer is right around the corner, here are a few fall maintenance ideas:
- Repaint the exterior of your house. Many paints shouldn’t be applied in cold temperatures, and painting in the middle of the summer can be downright uncomfortable because of the heat and humidity. The autumn season offers cooler temps that aren’t yet cold.
- Get your roof inspected. Snow and adverse weather can make a leak much worse, or exacerbate the problems of broken, buckled shingles and other roof damage. It’s best to head these things off early and hopefully avoid an entire roof replacement. A professional can inspect your roof and recommend replacements and/or repairs.
- If you have a wood-burning fireplace, get it inspected. Chimney fires and backdrafting are real concerns with a wood fireplace. Recommendations vary depending on who you ask, but safety agencies recommend a yearly inspection with cleaning and repairs done as needed.
- Apply heat tape to certain water pipes. Those water pipes that run along exterior walls should be wrapped in heat tape to prevent freezing.
- Replace furnace filters. You should have your furnace or gas heater inspected by a professional. Doing so allows you to identify any problems that could lead to carbon monoxide leaks.
- Check your alarms and detectors. Make sure the smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors are working by pressing the test button. Replace the old batteries with fresh ones.
- Clear leaves and other debris from gutters. It’s best to remove these things before the snow starts, which can make the debris soggy and messy, which can make removing it a more difficult and stinky task.
- Trim dead, dying or otherwise hazardous tree branches. Any branches likely to come down in a storm should be cut and removed.
Here’s one of the great things about TruLog™ steel siding: You don’t have to perform any maintenance at all. Because it is made of durable steel, it doesn’t rot, warp, corrode or rust. It’s one less item you have to worry about as you prepare your home for winter. Plus, the siding is installed with an insulating foam backer that will reduce the amount of heat escaping from your walls.
To learn more about TruLog™ and whether it is right for your siding project, please call us at 970-646-4490. We are located in Loveland, Colorado, and we ship orders across the country. Call us for a free quote.