With fall just around the corner in Massachusett’s, it’s almost time to begin preparing your home’s exterior for the months ahead. Fall home maintenance is important to ensure that your home is properly protected all winter long, which is why our team at Quality Interior Finishing put together this blog to help inform you about the home maintenance that should be performing for your home this fall!
Clean Your Gutters
When it comes to exterior home maintenance, there’s perhaps nothing more important than cleaning out your gutter system. Your gutters are one of the most aspects of your home’s exterior, helping to direct water away from your home, and ensuring that your foundation, roof, and siding are well-protected. However, your gutters often become clogged with debris, which can cause the system to overflow and potentially cause damage to your home. If you want to ensure that your gutter system is properly protecting your home, be sure to clean it out of debris during the fall!
Check For Drafts
Another incredibly important piece of home maintenance you should do during the fall, particularly in cool New England, is check your windows and doors for drafts. Your windows and doors play an incredibly important role in keeping your home energy efficient. They keep the elements out of your home, while ensuring that your heat and AC stay indoors. That means that when they begin to leak, it can seriously impact the energy efficiency of your home, particularly during the winter. If you find that your windows are doors have significant drafts, see if you can address the issue with a bit of weather-proof stripping first. If the leak is more substantial, you may want to think about replacing the units entirely!
Another important piece of home maintenance that is often forgotten by homeowners is attic ventilation. If your home is particularly susceptible for ice dams, this is especially important to consider because it has a significant impact on whether or not they form.
Ice dams are created when the heat from your attic warms your roof and melts the snow, allowing it to run down and refreeze in your gutters when it is no longer being heated. Over time this causes liquid water to back up onto your roof and cause moisture damage. However, there is a way to mitigate the amount of snow that melts, and that is properly ventilating your attic. The reason ice dams form is because your attic is warner than the outside air, which melts the snow on your roof. However, if you properly ventilate your attic with a variety of ventilation options, you can keep it protected by ensuring that the snow won’t melt since it won’t be heated enough to do so.
Contact Us Today
If you have any exterior remodeling needs to address before the snow begins to fall, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your exterior remodeling needs!