The seasons are changing and to no surprise so is your home. Winter is not only tough on your skin but the exterior of your home as well. As the days are getting warmer now is a great time to go outside and perform an inspection on your home. However, what and where should we begin once we get outside? No worries because I am here to help you out.
The Top 4 Areas to Inspect:
The Roof- Two places that need to be examined are the exterior and interior of your roof. To inspect the interior of your roof, you will need access to your attic. Be extremely careful when navigating your way throughout, be sure to only step on the ceiling joists or places that can support you fully. What to look for in the attic is sunlight that may be peaking through holes or any water damage. From the ground, you will want to look out for any ridges that are wavy or sections that are sagging on the exterior of your roof. Last but not least is to walk on top of your roof to ensure there are no soft spots if you are uncomfortable doing this you can also spot them from a ladder.
Windows and Frames- Odds are you will notice the effects of damage to your windows or frames from your utility bill. To check if your window is sealed tight run your hand along the perimeter of your window to feel for warm or cold air leaks. Another thing to look out for is caulking that is failing or framing that is sagging on the exterior of your home.
Gutter System- First you will want to remove any debris from the gutters and also the downspouts. Next, you will want to check for any loose spikes or hangers. These are the pieces that hold your gutter system securely in place. Last you will want to run water through your gutter system and check for any slow movement or leaks along the system itself.
Exterior Siding- How you inspect your siding depends on the type of siding you have. On vinyl siding, you will want to look for any warping, cracks or loose sections. James Hardie siding you will look for any loose boards, cracks or chips on the board or panels. To inspect wood siding, you will be looking out for any wood rot, splitting of boards or damage caused by pests.
After the inspection of your home or if you would like a professional to come out and perform an inspection. Call your friends at Hatch Homes for all your repair or inspection needs.