Most homeowners stay on top of the regular maintenance and repairs they need in their day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, many homeowners are slower to make necessary repairs on the exterior of their homes, as they may not be as obvious. Big exterior fixes can be costly, but staying on top of this maintenance will save you money and headaches down the road. We’ve created a guide to staying on top of regular exterior maintenance to keep your home’s curb appeal solid.
Windows are usually expected to last around 20 years but could last longer with proper maintenance. They also may have their lifespan shortened by repeated and severe weather. Signs you may need to replace your windows are shifts in heating costs, drafts, missing pains, broken hinges, and condensation buildup. If you experience difficulty opening, closing, and locking windows, reach out to a professional.
The life expectancy of a deck relies mainly on how well it is maintained and the climate. Decks can last anywhere from 10-20 years. Extensive deck surface damage, rotten posts, widespread discoloration, and unstable railings are all tell-tale signs that you need to reach out to a contractor. A certified contractor can assess your deck and help you determine the severity of any issues.
Driveways are made with the expectation that they will be exposed to the elements. As a result, it’s usual to see cracks and imperfections in the concrete on your driveway. If your driveway begins to show too many cracks, it will end up affecting the curb appeal of your home. Experts recommend that concrete driveways be resealed every 2-5 years to help with cracks that become more than ½ inch wide.
Gutters do a great deal to protect your home from the elements and prevent various moisture-related issues. You should be cleaning your gutters at least twice a year and checking them after storms and extreme temperatures. Some signs that you may need new gutters include cracks or rust spots, broken fasteners, screws on the ground, gutters pulling away from the roof, and pooling water.
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