How to Protect Your House Exterior With Those Maintenance Tips?

Written by  //  October 15, 2019  //  Home Exterior  //  Comments Off on How to Protect Your House Exterior With Those Maintenance Tips?

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The weather in Australia can be so unpredictable and rough, that you can only hope to escape it in time. These elements also affect our houses and the way they look. Typically, a house’s exterior needs to be closely inspected every four or five years, and if you notice any cracks, breaks, leaking or mold, fix it immediately.

Sometimes, by fixing the issues on the exterior of the house, you can fix or prevent the issues on the interior of the house. However, to keep the house in the best shape, you need to take time to maintain it. So, no better time like now to make an inspection on these five fronts, to prevent any future mishaps!

Inspect the roof

Roofs generally last long. But that does not mean that they last forever, nor that they will not be damaged. By regularly inspecting the roof shingles, you can prevent bigger expenses such as changing the entire roof out or having to replace at least half of the roof. Also, the roof is there to keep us warm and dry. But it takes the biggest hit – all the moist and grime ends up on the shingles. To prevent any damage, and to make sure your roof lasts a long time, get rid of all the moss, dirt and grime annually. You can do it yourself, or call a professional if you are not as handy.

Clean the gutters

Another annual thing that most people do only once every five years, that you should not skip. Cleaning the gutters is important, especially if you live in an area with a lot of trees and where it is rainy. Leaves inevitably fall into the gutters, and they can clog your entire gutter system up to the point that it will start leaking. If the gutters do start to leak, it can cause further problems, such as mold, mildew, and rot. So, instead of paying through the nose for fixing three problems, prevent the one causing the further three and save yourself a lot of time and money in the future! Schedule gutter cleaning every year in spring and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

Paint the sidings

Sidings and exterior walls get the most damage thanks to the elements. They can easily get dirty and chipped so you need to repair them. These are simply inevitable things that you need to take into account when planning your house exterior maintenance. Dirt and grime can easily be washed off, while any chips and damage you need to take care of some TLC.

One of the ways you can protect your exterior walls from the elements is by painting them. Now, if you think it will be too much of an undertaking to do by yourself, you can always get residential painters in Sydney who will gladly help you with your questions, concerns, and doubts. Painting the sidings or exterior walls is always fun since you get to choose what color you want to see in the driveway every day. Watch how a little paint can bring new life to your house.

Cut down landscaping

If you let it get wild, landscaping can become your worst enemy! We are sure you had the best intentions when you planted those big, bushy plants, but now you find yourself regretting the decision because they are overgrowing? Don’t let the plants take over your yard. Not only do they look bad if you let them overgrow, but they can also take a toll on your house. Plants can damage the exterior walls.

Mould and mildew caused by moisture from the plants should be taken care of as soon as you spot it, and any shrub, plant and tree that is within fifty centimeters from your wall, should be cut back, or closely monitored. If you do spot mold, treat it with bleach or hydrogen peroxide. That will not only get rid of mould but also prevent re-emergence of it in the same spot. If you have had a long-term mold problem, try contacting your local experts on mold removal. 

Clean your patio

In our eternal fight against mold and mildew, another tip is to regularly clean your patio. Pressure washing is the most effective and least time-consuming process that should be done at least once a year. We prefer it twice a year, once in the spring, and once in the autumn – to get rid of all the dirt the rains have brought down. If you do not own a pressure washer, rent it, or simply spray your patio with a hose, use a mild detergent to scrub the dirt and then rinse off. You’ll see how much better it will all look, once cleaned!

Conclusion

We hope you learned useful tips on how to stay on top of your house’s exterior, and that you will schedule maintenance every now and then to keep your house looking good and lasting a long time!

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