Spring is here and it’s time to get our homes ready for spring rains and summer sunshine.
If you live in Colorado (where our headquarters are located) or a similar place, mother nature may still have some snow storms up her sleeve. However, as we start experiencing warmer weather, it is a good idea to get a head start on your home’s spring maintenance. Every home needs tender love and care that fits its needs. However, there are a few items on the spring maintenance list that every homeowner should check off this spring.
Clean the gutters
You would think that your gutters are clean enough already after you cleaned out all the dead leaves from last fall, but unfortunately there is more that makes it into our gutters than just dead leaves. Debris from our roof, small branches, pineneedles, and maybe even the occasional trash bag often find their way into your gutters. To avoid a clogged gutter and subsequent flooding disaster, clean out your gutters completely and remove any obstructions from your downspouts.
Replace window screens
Due to winter winds, a downed tree, or other natural phenomena, our screens can be in some disarray once winter has come to a close. Experiencing a sunny spring day without being able to open one's windows for some fresh air is frustrating, especially after a winter of being cooped up inside. If your screens are ripped to shreds or have holes in them, it is the time to buy replacement window screens. Replacement window screens that Metro Screenworks provides can do more than just keep the big bugs out. Read our previous blog post to learn more.
Look at your roof
Once your roof is clear of ice and snow, it is best to take a look at it and see how it faired. Harsh winters can cause damage, that if not fixed, will only get worse. To get an idea about the condition of your roof, use binoculars and take a look. If you feel comfortable, you should pull out your ladder, and take an up-close-and-personal look — but only if you have steady feet!
It is also a good idea to take a look at your home’s paint. Years of sun exposure and other elements will eventually wear your paint down and you will need to get the exterior of your home painted once again. Why is painting your home important? Paint acts as the seal against water; wood exposed to water will rot and may cause you to need to replace your siding at the very least.
Trimming your trees and bushes is a must. Overgrown trees and bushes can damage your home by banging and scraping into your home’s exterior repeatedly. They can also expose your home to extra moisture and can be a security hazard allowing thieves and other ill-intentioned persons the perfect place to hide. Properly pruning your trees and bushes will cultivate the health of your brushes and trees and help them grow properly.
Look at your drainage system
Taking a look at your drainage system is another springtime maintenance must. Why? Drainage that isn’t working isn’t just not working; it will have great potential to harm your home by eroding your foundation and possibly flooding your basement — which is far more expensive and time consuming to fix than your drainage system.
Ready for spring maintenance?
To learn more about spring maintenance tips and other relevant topics, stay tuned for upcoming blog posts! Ready to invest in replacement window screens? Metro Screenworks has a wider selection of window screens and screen doors that can fit your needs. Not every home is alike, so why should your screens be the same? Shop Metro Screenworks for custom replacement window screens!