Getting your home ready for the cooler months of fall and winter is essential to keeping it in sound condition. Doing repairs and maintenance during the temperate autumn weather can help to ensure your home is safe and comfortable all winter long. At Garden State Brickface and Siding, our professionals help homeowners understand why fall home repairs and regular maintenance are so important.
Inspect Your Roof And Gutters
Making sure your roof is in tip-top shape can prevent damage to your home and help you save thousands of dollars in the long run. Check for loose, cracked, curled, or missing shingles. It’s also important to inspect for damage to metal flashing around the chimney and any vents. While you’re at it, take a look at your gutters. If you see a large accumulation of granules in gutters, it could be a sign that your roof is wearing out. It’s also important to clean your gutters so they’re free of leaves and debris when heavy rain or snowstorms arrive. If you believe there may be serious issues with your roof or gutters, have a roofing professional come out to do an inspection and give you estimates for replacement.
Check The Chimney
Inspecting your fireplace and chimney for damage and creosote buildup can prevent dangerous fires and the accumulation of carbon dioxide in your home. When you’re on the roof, inspect the exterior of your chimney for any cracks, loose or crumbling bricks, and other damage. It’s also important to check the interior for creosote buildup and damage by opening up the damper and shine a bright flashlight up the chimney. Having a professional come to clean and inspect your chimney at least once a year is critical to ensure optimal safety and efficient operation.
Look at Your Foundation
Your home’s foundation directly affects its structural integrity in several different ways. Periodically checking your foundation for cracks and caulking and sealing openings such as those where pipes enter the house can keep out water, prevent heat from escaping, and cold air from entering. Floods, rapid changes in temperature, local construction, and water leaks can seriously damage the integrity of your foundation. If you detect any cracks, separation near doors, uneven or cracked floors, misaligned doors, or damaged walls indoors, it’s best to have an experienced foundation repair and resurfacing company inspect it.
Inspect Exterior Walls
Peeling paint, loose siding, and cracks in walls are just a few indications of bigger problems with your home’s exterior. Failure to promptly address these issues can lead to more costly repairs in the future. If the exterior of your home shows signs of structural damage, rot, mold, water stains, or other damage, it’s best to have a professional inspection done to find out if it can be repaired or if your siding or stucco needs to be replaced.
Seal Air Leaks
Inspecting and replacing weatherstripping is an affordable, easy fall home repair project that helps reduce drafts and keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It’s also important to check caulking around windows and doors. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, sealing up drafty windows, doors, and other openings can help you save up to 20% on heating bills.
If your windows are older and consistently drafty, replacement windows can significantly increase the value of your home and keep you nice and toasty during cooler months. Today’s windows offer much more energy efficient options, such as multi-chambered frames with ClimaGuard® glass with insulating argon gas in between panels and advanced sealing systems that can save you a bundle on heating and cooling costs.
Contact Us To Learn More
Outdoor autumn home repairs don’t have to be a hassle. Our team at Garden State Brickface and Siding provides top-notch materials and services that can help you keep your home in great shape, inside and out. With more than 65 years of experience in residential and commercial projects, we’ve helped thousands of homeowners throughout Central and Northern New Jersey maintain and beautify their homes.
Contact us online or call 908-241-5900 to learn more about the services we offer and schedule your free estimate today. We offer flexible home improvement financing options to meet your needs and your budget.