Preparing Your Home For Spring And Summer: What You Should Know

29 January 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Winter weather is harsh and difficult for both you and your home. The piles of snow, ice, and the harsh cold air can cause a fair amount of wear and tear on your home and landscaping. However, as the glimmer of hope that is the upcoming spring season gets closer and closer, you begin to think about what you can do to make sure your home is in great shape heading into these warmer and brighter seasons. Get to know some of the most important home repairs you may need to perform when preparing your home for the upcoming warm seasons after a hard, cold winter. 

Driveway Repairs

Winter weather can wreak havoc on any concrete surfaces in or around your home, particularly sidewalks and driveways. Concrete can be damaged due to the effects of freezing cold temperatures, road salt, and the like.

Cracks in your concrete driveway can be unsightly and can continue to expand throughout later seasons. Luckily, concrete repair services like Mara Restoration, Inc. can help you deal with this problem. Filling cracks (whether narrow or wide) in your concrete can be a quick and easy process. However, you will want to wait until the snow and ice melt and the temperatures warm to at least 50 degrees before attempting such repairs for the best results. 

Inspect Your Roof And Gutters

Winter can also be tough on the roof of your home. After all, of all of the elements of your home's external structure, the roof bears the brunt of the force of winds, snow and ice. 

The weight of the snow and ice puts a great deal of pressure on your roof, and the moisture can leak through any unseen cracks, causing leaks and mold that do not always cause you problems until the thaw and the rainy season. So, to be sure this is not the case with your home this year, schedule a professional roofing inspection late in the winter season. Try to wait until snow and ice has melted sufficiently from your roof to allow your roofing contractor to see any underlying problems and fix them quickly. 

When it comes to your gutters, get on up there and clear out any debris leftover from fall or from winter so that rainwater will flow easily through them. Also, check to ensure that the gutters are still properly secured to your home and that your downspouts are still fully attached to the gutters. This will help to ensure those spring rains you look forward to do not flood your home. 

Getting ready for spring and summer warmth can help to distract you from the remaining months of unpredictable winter weather. So, keep these home prep necessities in mind and get started as soon as you have a warm day or two to work with.