If you read my blog last week, DIY: How to inspect your home, then you’ve hopefully already done an inspection of your foundation, siding, walls, windows, and gutters. We are headed up-top this week, looking at the upper portions of your property. Again, pick a pretty morning while it’s still cool and make sure areas are dry before climbing.
- Wood trim. Inspect the boards installed flat against your home’s walls at the very top, called frieze boards. They cover the gap between the top of the siding or brick facade and the soffit. You want to check them to make sure they are not missing, damaged or have separated from the house. Gaps in this area invite rodents, unwanted moisture, and reduce energy efficiency. They also can be a warning sign of foundation settling.
- Roof damage. Climbing on the roof to inspect isn’t always necessary, especially if you haven’t had any known damage. Climbing up on a ladder and looking to see the general condition of the roof is a good step. You can also keep an eye on the ground and see if any shingles or other roofing materials have fallen off. I know several customers use a pair of binoculars to look and determine if they should call us to do a full inspection.
- Chimneys and pipes. Look at all the equipment on your roof. Common things that may need to be addressed include cracks in your chimney brick, gaps in mortar joints, and missing or damaged caps.
- Debris and overhanging branches. One of the most common reasons we are called to do roofing repairs is damage from tree limbs scraping and banging against a roof. These can turn into costly repairs that were easily avoidable by trimming limbs back and away from the roof and sides of the home.
This may sound like a lot to check but these four items combined with those from last week’s blog will go a long way in making sure you are properly maintaining your home. If you see anything during your inspection that concerns you, give us a call. One of our professionals can come do a free inspection of your home’s exterior.
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