It’s easy to think about the inside of your home, remodeling, cleaning, and even changing the furnishings. After all, this is the part of the house you see the most. But, it is also very important not to neglect the exterior of your property.
It’s more than just the look of your home. A well-cared-for exterior ensures the value of your house is retained and your home is protected from damp, and other forms of damage to the walls.
It is essential to maintain the outside of your home on a regular basis to help extend the life of the building and prevent bigger issues occurring.
Here are some of the major things you should be doing:
A clean home looks better; all you need is a pressure washer and a little time. It’s generally safe to pressure wash your home regardless of what it has been covered with.
But washing it does more than keep dirt and debris away; it will also help you to identify any issues in your exterior walls and allow you to fix them as soon as possible.
For example, cracking rendering will allow damp and pests into your home, but the cracks can be hard to spot if your walls are dirty. Remove the dirt and you’ll see the issue and be able to fix it.
It’s a good idea to consider vinyl cladding or some other type of cladding for your home. This is a great way to transform the look of your home and to protect the original walls. Cladding can also increase the insulation in your property; helping you to stay cool in summer and warm in the winter.
You’ll also be pleased to discover that cladding comes in a wide array of colors and generally only requires a pressure wash once a year; you’ll actually be reducing your future exterior maintenance.
It is also important to consider your yard. Trees and bushes which are planted too close to your exterior walls can spread their roots into your foundations and actually undermine the structure of your home.
They’ll also create shade which can encourage damp on your walls and create additional problems with the walls and the interior of your home.
Obviously, it’s a good idea to remove any plant that is climbing your walls as the process of them sticking to your walls will damage the wall, which could be a costly repair job.
Soil against the side of your home can also increase the risk of damp in your house and walls while allowing many pests an access route to your foundations. It is better to have a concrete edging to the property.
Windows & Doors
Although your exterior walls are important to the structure of your home, your windows and doors are essential for allowing light in and keeping draughts out. Make sure there are no gaps around them and keep them clean; this will stop ancillary issues arising.