During the winter months, exposure to more extreme weather conditions can begin to take a toll on your home. Not only will peeling paint and broken roof shingles make your property look run down and neglected, but these issues can also pave the way for more serious damages. This is why it’s so important to be proactive and take steps to prevent external wear and tear to your home. Here are some of the suggestions that you should try.
Apply Fresh Exterior Paint
While you may think that painting your home only has cosmetic benefits, applying a fresh coat to your home’s exterior also serves as a means of protection. Paint that is formulated for outside use works hard to seal your home against the elements. For instance, it can protect against water damage and can stand up to accumulated dirt and grime. A fresh coat of paint will ensure that the actual siding of your home is not vulnerable to the elements. For the best results, experts recommend repainting your home’s exterior every ten years.
Clean Out Gutters
When leaves, twigs, and other debris accumulate in your home’s gutters, it can prevent water from draining off your home’s roof. This will this increase the chances of water seeping into small gaps in your roof and causing water damage. Additionally, this can cause water to overflow from your gutters and flow down the side of your home. This will lead to discoloration and deterioration of your home’s siding, even if it is protected by a layer of paint. To protect your home from these damages, make sure that water can drain off your roof by cleaning out your gutters at least twice a year.
Trim Bushes and Trees
Finally, you should trim the bushes around your home and the trees that hang over your roof. When left to grow freely, bushes and tree branches can scrape against your home, causing damage to your home’s exterior. To prevent these damages, make sure to landscape your property frequently, always leaving enough space between your home and foliage for a person to walk between the two.
These are some of the steps that you should take to prevent external wear and tear to your home. Want another way to keep your home safe? Then contact the professionals at Mike Leonard Insurance Agency. Our dedicated team is eager to find you the right coverage from one of our many carriers including: Kemper, MetLife, Nationwide, Travelers, The Hartford, Safeco Insurance, Progressive, and American Strategic Insurance.