When it‚Äôs Springtime in the Rockies –¬†we¬†often¬†find¬†Winter‚Äôs remnants¬†left¬†behind! Here are some issues to look for during spring maintenance.
Colorado‚Äôs winter is¬†nearly over,¬†and as spring maintenance season begins, you can see first-hand how seasonal changes¬†can¬†affect a home. In¬†the relatively short time between winter and spring, you might notice¬†that some¬†changes¬†have taken place on a home that you are purchasing or selling.¬†Winter¬†can be one of the most challenging seasons for a home. By having¬†an inspection¬†before¬†a home is sold¬†or purchased, we¬†can help identify winter‚Äôs effect on the home, and steer you and your clients toward the best course of action.
1. Moisture Can Penetrate¬†Inadequate¬†Exterior Paint
A poor exterior paint job can¬†lead to¬†cracking and chipping¬†due to¬†freezing and thawing cycles, with water damage, mold, or mildew¬†being the potentially result.¬†Windows and doors¬†that have been¬†closed-up tightly for the season can worsen the¬†situation causing¬†moisture-related issues.¬†A¬†good¬†exterior¬†paint¬†job¬†will help¬†prevent moisture from penetrating the home. This doesn’t need to be done every year, but¬†checking your exterior’s condition is a good spring maintenance item.
2. Weather Can Damage Siding.
Aluminum and vinyl siding¬†can become loose or damaged in inclement weather. When the siding moves away from the rest of the home, water can¬†penetrate the¬†void and cause mold, mildew, and other¬†moisture-related¬†damage. A home‚Äôs siding can also be damaged by tree limbs, shrubbery, and other objects sliding against the exterior of the house.¬†Be sure to clear these items away from the home to prevent damage.
3.¬†Winter Weather Can Damage Windows
Moisture that¬†penetrates wooden windows can cause the wood around a window‚Äôs exterior to swell. This damage makes it difficult, if not impossible, to open the windows.¬†In some cases, wood around the window will also begin to rot allowing moisture¬†to leak inside, especially if the caulking has been compromised. The potential damage this causes can¬†be costly to fix.
4. Wind, Rain, and Snow Damage Roofing.
The roof¬†can also¬†be¬†damaged by¬†severe winter¬†weather, especially¬†when there are¬†high winds. Shingles can¬†lift¬†in the wind, leading to other roofing damage. Icicles and ice dams are also a consequence of freezing water at the edge of the roof. Even when the ice melts, it poses a problem by allowing water to seep into¬†the¬†roofing structure and walls of a house.
5. Gutters Can Overflow¬†or Freeze
When¬†downspouts become clogged with leaves and other debris, water backs up in gutters. This causes¬†the intense¬†overflow when the rain starts, which can cause damage to the siding and even foundation of a home as water pools. If the water freezes in the gutter, the gutter may¬†also¬†begin to sag. As the gutter pulls down or away from the house, it may cause other damage to the home‚Äôs exterior as well.¬†This type of damage is preventable with gutter cleaning and removal of ice dams. You can also¬†replace the gutters and downspouts if¬†they have reached the end of their useful life.
Get a jump start on your spring maintenance! Let us help you with your next Pre-Purchase or Pre-Listing Home Inspection and make sure Old Man Winter hasn‚Äôt left his tracks!