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Prep Your Home Exterior for Fall

Fall weather is in season and winter temperatures are on their way. While California isn’t known for exceptionally cool weather, we have our fair share of chilly nights, frosty mornings, and windy days. All of these conditions could potentially play a role in damage to your home exterior. The best way to avoid damage is to prepare accordingly for each season.

Roof

Santa Ana winds are no joke. They’ll throw your garbage cans around, knockdown basketball hoops, and even topple street lights. And since they can reach speeds over 40 miles per hour, they even have the potential to rip loose shingles off of your roof. To prevent this from happening, we suggest scheduling a roof inspection once a year.

During this inspection, we’ll get on your roof, take a look at all of the shingles and make sure there aren’t any missing, any loose ones, or any cracked shingles. If there are, we’ll suggest repairs and replacements as needed. We’ll also take a look at the flashing, which is a metal layer under your shingles that prevents water from entering your home. If there is cracked or missing flashing we’ll suggest repairs. It’s incredibly important to keep your flashing well maintained because it’s the sole layer that keeps water from damaging your roof’s structure.

Gutters

While performing a roof inspection, we’ll also take a look at the gutters. It’s easy to overlook your gutters especially with the lack of rainfall that we are used to in southern California. But maintaining your gutters before the few rainstorms we get a year is crucial to the health of your room, siding, and foundation.

Your gutters serve to redirect water from draining down the side of your home to a designated location instead. When your gutters are clogged with leaves, branches, and other debris, it causes water to overflow back onto your roof, or to drain down the side of your home. Too much contact with water can cause permanent damage to your siding and lead to internal water damage as well.

To keep your gutters in good condition, call us to come to clear them out.

Siding

Like we mentioned above, one way to take care of your home’s siding is by caring for the gutters. This will prevent water damage and structural damage as well. But we’d also recommend doing a simple walk-around and visual inspection of your siding. A lot of damage is noticeable to the naked eye so you’ll be able to spot issues with just a glance.

Landscaping

Even in our mild winters, we still wake up to frost on our lawns and in our gardens sometimes. To keep your lawn safe even in these chilly conditions, experts recommend keeping it trimmed short, about three inches, in order to preserve fresh growth. They also recommend adding mulch to the tops of root systems of your trees, bushes, and shrubs. This will provide them with much-needed nutrients and help to preserve water.

If you need assistance getting your home exterior ready for fall and winter weather, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of professionals. We’ve been in business in Simi Valley for over 25 years so we’re quite familiar with this area's weather patterns and how they impact homes. We’ve got your back for whatever mother nature throws your way.

To learn more about the services we offer, visit our website. To make an appointment, give our office a call at (805) 519-8099. We look forward to helping you out this fall and winter!

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