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Spring Home Maintenance

Start your spring exterior maintenance plan by grabbing a pen and paper and taking a walk around the full perimeter of your home. Compile a list of any necessary repairs you discover. Breaking these tasks down later into categories and prioritizing them will make the list more manageable.

Trim Trees & Bushes

You need relatively clear access to your home’s exterior to complete most maintenance tasks. A good place to start is to trim back any trees and bushes from the side of the house and hanging over the roof, gutters, and power lines. Remember to give the same attention to any outbuildings, such as a detached garage or storage shed.

Roof, Gutters & Downspouts 

Inspect the roof of your home and outbuildings for any signs of leaks or damage including buckling, curling, or missing shingles. Shingles and metal flashing around chimneys, vents, and in valleys should be firmly adhered. Consult with a roofing specialist if you suspect repairs are necessary. Gutters and downspouts should be flushed and inspected.

How to Clean Rain Gutters and Downspouts

Pressure Wash

Carefully pressure wash the siding, porch, deck, patio, walkways, and driveway, wherever there are stubborn dirt stains, fungus, mold, or mildew. If you plan to use detergents or bleach solutions, be sure to use safe, biodegradable products recommended for the specific surfaces you are cleaning.

Chimney & Fireplace

Inspect the chimney for any mortar or brick damage. Cracked or crumbling mortar should be removed and replaced, known as repointing. Significantly damaged or missing stones should be replaced. Some minor masonry jobs can be done yourself. If you find significant mortar or brick damage it is generally best to consult with a professional.

Once the heating season has passed, have the chimney professionally inspected and cleaned, especially if you use a wood stove or fireplace regularly during winter. Doing this in spring or summer will avoid the fall rush and you may even get a break on the price.

Siding, Doors & Windows

Inspect for gaps where air and moisture can get inside. Remove old caulk and thoroughly clean areas in need of repair. Allow to dry completely and apply a quality, exterior grade caulk.

Foundation, Driveway, Walkway & Patio

Inspect the concrete for cracks or pits. Minor defects can often be repaired on your own but larger jobs may require a professional. Keep in mind it can be difficult to match a patch to existing concrete. Carefully consider repairs in high visibility locations.  If you notice significant cracks or damage to the foundation you should have it professionally inspected.

Decks & Porches

Examine decks and porches for any damage or rot. Replace any deck boards in poor condition and secure loose boards or railings. Apply stain or sealer to wood decks to prevent decay. Resurface waterproof decking as recommended by the manufacturer’s warranty.

Lawn Maintenance

Remove all fallen branches, leaves, and other debris from the lawn. De-thatch the lawn with a good raking prior to the first mowing. Mow lawn down to two inches, being careful not to ‘scalp’ the grass with the first mowing. Lightly apply a quality fertilizer that contains an effective weed killer.

Refinishing or Sealing Your Wood Deck

Refinishing your deck not only adds beauty to your outdoor living space but is necessary to preserve the wood from sun and moisture damage. Depending on how well the deck has been cared for, you may simply need to have the deck cleaned thoroughly and a new coat of sealer applied.

In some cases, more extensive work is required. The following images show a deck that was previously painted with a traction type product. The owners wanted to restore the deck to its natural beauty. The first step required stripping the product off the wood surface, followed by a thorough pressure washing. Once dry, the wood was sanded to ensure all the old product was removed. The final step was applying the stain. The result is a beautiful deck restored to its original condition.

If you have been putting off refinishing your deck, we can help. You’ll be so impressed at the results you will wonder why you waited so long. Depending on the condition of the deck, the project can usually be completed in 2-3 days. The job could be in progress during the week while you are away at work and by the following weekend you will be home enjoying your beautiful deck!

This particular deck required removing a coat of traction type material that had been painted on several years prior.

Deck surface before sanding

Deck stairs have been sanded and prepped for staining

Deck surface has been sanded and prepped and ready for staining

The deck turned out beautiful. Sanding the old finish down to the natural wood and enhancing with stain brought the deck back to life.

Deck has been stained and is ready to enjoy!