The most efficient way to look for areas that may require maintenance is to harness the power of simple technology to see places that could be dangerous to inspect (i.e., roofs and related areas) and use visual inspection of areas that are easily accessible. A good pair of binoculars or a digital camera (with a zoom in feature) should be used to inspect: 1) roof shingles to see if any are missing or not lined up properly due to wind damage; 2) flashing around anything that is on the roof, especially chimneys, but also dormers, plumbing vents, and skylights to make sure it has not become loose or misaligned and; 3) roof valleys where different sloped roof sections meet to make sure leaves, snow and of course water are not collecting.
For the following areas a visual inspection should be easily accomplished by the homeowner without the need for anything but perhaps a ladder and a keen eye: 1) gutters and downspouts for cleaning and/or repairs in late spring after trees have greened; 2) siding and corner boards for condition and secure attachment with painting required to prevent water damage and power washing for vinyl siding or perhaps replacement if the age and condition warrant it; 3) windows for painting if made of wood and caulking of seal gaps for all window materials.
A key priority for a homeowner is to make sure exterior preventive maintenance is done and needed repairs are made in a timely manner. This will minimize the cost of home repairs, so you can invest in more home improvements. The first step to good home exterior maintenance is inspecting your house. After your inspection if you have concerns, then feel free to contact Feazel for free inspection and an honest opinion on a course of action.
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