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When the seasons change, it's an ideal time for homeowners' to give the outside of their home some attention. Exterior maintenance is important for getting a house's outside ready for the next season. Before beginning, it needs to be said that a person shouldn't get on their roof or take unnecessary risks when doing maintenance, and it's always better to consult a Charlotte roofing professional for tasks they don't have experience with.

The place to start is checking downspouts and gutters. When it gets cold, snow and ice can weigh down gutters and loosen them or even cause them to break away from the house. This can be prevented by taking steps to prevent ice damming. If a homeowner is doing these maintenance tasks after winter, that is the time to check for damage. Any loose gutter straps should be tightened, loose spout extensions need to be reconnected, and all downspouts and gutters must be cleared. If there is extensive damage, it must be repaired by a professional, promptly.

After checking the gutters, homeowners should walk around their home and ensure that the soil is still sloping away from their home's foundation. This is known as positive drainage, and it keeps water from pooling around the foundation.

Homeowners should stand on the ground and use binoculars to inspect their roof.

A roofing company professional from Southern Home Services of Charlotte would be happy to answer questions about roof repairs or fiber cement siding.

Look for missing, damaged or loose shingles. These will leave a roof exposed to damage, and the longer the damage is there, the worse it can get. Minor damage can turn into structural damage if left unchecked, so homeowners should contact a professional as soon as possible.

Many places in a home can leak air and this includes the caulking around thresholds, doors, and windows. Deteriorating caulk needs to be scraped away and redone to prevent further air leakage. Any damaged windows and screens need to be repaired, and any missing window hardware should be replaced. Preventing air leakage saves homeowners money on heating in the winter and on air conditioning costs in the hot weather.

Every season, homeowners should inspect their siding. Look for stains and streaks, as these are signs of water damage. Signs of damage warrant a call to a professional for repairs. If a home's siding is in good shape, it should be cleaned with water and a mild detergent. If a person doesn't feel comfortable cleaning their own siding, there are companies that will clean the exterior of a home. Keeping siding clean not only makes a home look better, it ensures that damage can easily be seen.

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