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Caring for Your Exterior Home in New England: Top Problems that Need Attention Now

The end of winter weather may reveal damages to your exterior home. As it’s finally beginning to feel a little like spring, homeowners throughout New England may be searching for a spring home maintenance checklist.

Spring home maintenance is essential to repairing or replacing exterior products, preparing your landscaping, and more.

Step 1: Start with the Siding

Home siding is one of the biggest defenses against New England’s winter wrath while saving energy. Insulated vinyl siding can save up to 5% or more [1] on heating and cooling bills in our region. Not only does insulated siding increase energy savings and protect the home against damage, but it’s also engineered to last for life.

Carefully inspect your siding for signs of wear and tear, especially if your exterior is wood.

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When wood siding begins to decay, it’s not always obvious to the naked eye. If your wood siding [3] is untreated and you haven’t performed routine maintenance in some time, it’s a good idea to check for wood rot. In the most extreme cases, wood siding (and even wood window frames) can crumble away at the touch of a hand.

rotting old clapboard siding on an old garage

Vinyl siding installation [4] is ideal for New England homes due to its durability and low maintenance. High-quality vinyl siding will not deteriorate from the weather or rot.

If you discover rotted wood siding, don’t attempt to install vinyl panels on top of it. Doing so can cause the new siding to fall off and just covering up the issue at hand.  You may also need a termite inspection to check the cause of the wood rot. The best action is to contact a vinyl siding company in MA or surrounding areas of New England for a free estimate [5].

Step 2: Examine Exterior Doors

Your exterior doors also put up a fight against snow, sleet, and frigid temperatures.  Look at your exterior doors and make sure they are performing in the following ways:

  • The door easily opens and closes – no sticking inside of the frame.
  • The door material is not peeling, cracking, or rotting.
  • The door is not drafty or leaking moisture in areas such as the seam between the door and the frame.
  • No damage to the frames.
  • No cracked or broken glass.
  • No damaged weatherstripping.
  • Entry door is weathertight.
  • No rot on the entry door, including areas where the threshold meets the door and continues under the door jam and molding.

Wood rot example next to an entry door

Entry door replacement [6] offers a high return on investment. It also increases home security and adds curb appeal. Can’t decide on a color?  We can custom make any color in Sherwin Williams catalog with a factory finish warranty. This is a homeowner’s favorite upgrade for springtime – contact us [5] for high-quality lifetime fiberglass entry doors.

Step 3: Assess Your Home Windows (Time for Replacement?)

Diagram showing energy efficient windows

If you’ve felt drafts all winter and/or your energy bills are too high, take a close look at your windows and look for the following:

  • The window sash easily opens and closes.
  • The window properly locks.
  • There is no air leaking around the frame, the sill, or where the sash meets the sill.
  • There is no moisture (rain or snow) leaking from the same areas.
  • There is no condensation between the glass panes.

You can read more about the impact of air infiltration on your home by clicking here [7].

If these items check off and your energy bills are still too high, consider the quality and components of your home windows. Quality windows [8] can last a lifetime while lowering your utility bills by hundreds of dollars per year, according to Energy Star [9]. These products are also highly effective at reducing air infiltration as demonstrated in the chart below:

Step 4: Check for Problems with the Roof, Chimney, and Gutters

Roof replacement [10] and gutter replacement are popular spring exterior remodeling projects. The failure of either product can result in major exterior damage and high repair bills.

Be on the lookout for the following with your roof, gutters, and chimney:

Roofing trouble - damage to shingles that needs repair - home maintenance series.

  • All roof shingles are intact – no curling, bucking, or missing shingles.
  • Chimney flashing and vent flashing is present and secure.
  • Seal joints are not broken.
  • No presence of moss, mold, or mildew or moisture on roof or in attic.
  • Granules are not breaking off asphalt shingles (you may find fragments in the gutter).
  • Dark areas on the ceiling.
  • Peeling paint on the walls.
  • Damp areas around the fireplace.
  • Your attic temperature is the same as your home below.
  • The gutter system is intact and not pulling away from the roof.
  • The gutter system is free of debris and clogs.
  • There are no holes or rusty areas.
  • Water is not pooling around your foundation.
  • The downspout is draining water away from the home.

Like any other exterior remodeling project, quality is of utmost importance. Quality asphalt roofing can last for decades while keeping the home dry.

Upgrade Your Exterior for Spring

Celebrate springtime sooner than later with exterior remodeling financing [11] options from Coastal Windows & Exteriors. We have some of the highest quality replacement windows in MA along with doors, roofing, and vinyl siding. Contact us for a quote today! [12]

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