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How to Maintain Your Home Exterior

When you think of spring, what other words come to mind? We think of fresh, bright, new, and clean. What better way to celebrate the spring season than with spring cleaning and a refresher on how to best maintain your home exterior?

Maintaining your home's exterior is crucial to keeping it looking its best and preserving its value in the long run. You can do a few key things to keep your roof, gutter, solar panels, and siding in good condition. Keep reading for all of our best tips and tricks!

Roof

Your roof is the first line of defense between the elements and your home, which means it takes quite the beating throughout its lifetime. It's also one of the largest investments you make in your home, so it's crucial that you maximize the lifespan so that you hopefully only need to pay for one roof installation throughout your time in the home.

To care for it in the best way, we recommend annual roof inspections. Our experts can thoroughly check the roof foundation and structure during these inspections, inspect the flashing, and account for any cracked or missing shingles. From there, we'll be able to recommend the best course of action for your roof, including future maintenance appointments, repairs, and potentially full roof replacements.

Another essential part of exterior home maintenance is roof cleaning. A dirty roof can lead to a number of problems, including reduced insulation, increased energy bills, and even structural damage. To keep your roof in good condition, be sure to clean it at least once a year. You can either do this yourself or hire a professional roof cleaner.

Solar Panels

You should also clean your solar panels regularly. Dust, dirt, and bird droppings can accumulate on the panels and reduce their efficiency. A good way to clean them is with a soft brush and some soapy water.

Gutters

Taking care of the roof won't mean much if you're not also caring for the gutters. One of the most important aspects of exterior home maintenance is gutter cleaning. Gutters play a crucial role in preventing water damage to your home. If they become clogged with debris, they can't do their job correctly, and this can lead to water seeping into your roof and walls. Clogged gutters can also cause water to back up and overflow, resulting in costly flooding.

To avoid these problems, be sure to clean your gutters regularly. In particular, pay special attention to them after windy days or the occasional thunderstorms. You can either do this yourself or hire a professional gutter cleaner.

Siding

Finally, the siding should be cleaned regularly to keep it looking its best. Siding that is dirty or stained can make your home look run-down and unattractive. It can also lead to increased energy bills, as dirty siding traps heat in the summer and cold air in the winter. To keep your siding looking its best, be sure to clean it at least once a year. You can either do this yourself or hire a professional siding cleaner.

By following these tips, you can keep your home's exterior looking its best and prevent expensive repairs down the road. Exterior home maintenance is an integral part of homeownership.

For assistance with your roof, gutters, and solar panels, don't hesitate to contact our team of professionals at August Roofing and Solar!

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