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3 Preventative Home Improvements That Can Protect Your Home Exterior

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You may not realize how important the exterior of your home can be in keeping you warm, dry, and cozy indoors. Regular maintenance of your exterior protects you, your home, and your investment. Often, the improvements you make are simple but can have a significant impact. Here are 3 home improvements you can do to protect your home.

Washing Your Gutters

When working well, the gutters along your roof collect rainwater and direct it through the downspouts and away from your home. This prevents wear and tear to your roof and prevents water leaks that can damage your interior walls and ceilings. In the winter, malfunctioning gutters can contribute to ice damage.

 The best way to prevent these problems is to regularly wash out your gutters. Even if you don’t have trees near your home, leaves and other debris can blow into them from a distance. They can also be filled with dirt and unexpected items like birds’ nests and children’s toys.

Sealcoating

Your asphalt driveway is durable and stands up well to the elements, but it does need regular maintenance to keep it in shape. Rainwater, freezing and thawing cycles, and heavy loads can cause cracks, pits, and soft areas. A damaged driveway can interfere with proper drainage on your lot.

Sealcoating protects your asphalt from weather and regular wear and tear. When you sealcoat your driveway, you add a protective layer that helps repel water and encourages snow and ice to melt more quickly. It also protects your driveway from the damaging UV rays of the sun.

Weatherproofing Windows and Doors

Doors and windows are an attractive feature of any home exterior, but they also guard against the extremes of weather. As your home ages, small cracks and gaps can develop along the edges of window and door frames. These may not be immediately visible to the eye, but they are large enough to let in pests and lead to loss of heating or cooling. 

Caulking, the traditional way to weatherproof, is relatively inexpensive and easy to do. You may also consider weatherstripping, which is available in foam, metal, plastic, and rubber. Installing weatherstripping is more complicated than caulking, but it may last longer.

To keep the exterior of your home looking good and functioning well, it’s important to conduct regular inspections and make improvements and upgrades when needed. Often, it takes just a little effort and investment to prevent larger problems later on.

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