Summer is in full swing, and temperatures are soaring. But while some might say it’s the most acceptable time of year, summer also poses the greatest threat to your home—that is, if you don’t take preventative steps. Maintaining your home’s Siding during the summer can significantly reduce expensive repairs and extend its life. Doing so can also improve your comfort by deflecting heat from the sun and reducing air conditioning needs.
5 Ways on How to Maintain Your Home’s Siding During the Summer
1. Get a good seal on the siding.
Roofing that is properly flashed and caulked, Siding installed correctly and with the correct gaps, and flashed trim will all contribute to a good seal. Be sure to check the areas around windows, chimneys (both inside and out), along the bottom of the Siding where it meets your foundation, above your basement windows, or anywhere else where water could seep in.
2. Repair or paint siding.
Foundation and siding repairs should be a priority. Call a professional to repair any loose areas around the home or on your Siding. Cosmetic issues like paint chipping or weathered wood will also need repair. The problems are not only unsightly but can cause moisture damage to the home. S & K Remodeling’s services can repair wood siding, install vinyl siding, repair or replace your screens and windows, install new gutters, etc.
3. Get cleaning equipment prepared for summer duty.
Don’t wait until the last minute to grab your pressure washer, outdoor hose, and other equipment. Prepare them now, so you’re ready to go when needs arise. It’s also an excellent time to clean out your home’s gutters and remove any leaves or other debris that may otherwise clog the gutters over the summer.
4. Monitor roof drainage systems.
If you have a flat roof, it could be a good idea to check the drainage system occasionally for broken or weak spots along the way that could cause leaks or erosion. A regular visual inspection should suffice, but contact a professional for repairs or upkeep if you notice areas of concern.
5. Control insects and pests.
Predators and parasites like mosquitoes, ants, wasps, and spiders can be a real problem during the summer months. If you have a pest problem in your home, contact your local health department for advice. Otherwise, schedule an annual professional application of insecticide treatments to prevent further infestation. Contact your local pest control company for preventative measures if you’re concerned about termites or other wood-destroying pests in your home.