- By: Eric Thomas
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The last thing homeowners need is the stress and financial hardship associated with major home repairs. That’s why preventive maintenance is vital. The following five exterior home improvements can sharply lower the risk of major issues and costly home repairs in the future.
Caulk windows and apply weatherstripping.
If it seems impossible to properly heat or cool one or more rooms in a home, the issue could be lack of insulated material around doors, windows, and other openings. Taking an afternoon to caulk gaps and apply weatherstripping around doors and/or windows can not only solve this problem but also save money on energy bills.
Replace worn shingles
Roofs less than 20 years old shouldn’t present any major issues. For roofs older than 20 years, the risk of leaks is significantly greater, especially when it comes to damaged shingles. Damage to the attic, walls, ceilings, and even floors can be unsightly, expensive, and even dangerous if mold is involved. Having the problematic shingles replaced won’t cost much, and in many cases, you can do it yourself if you have the time.
Overhanging limbs and branches can cause significant damage to the roof, gutters, or windows of a home if a storm or winter weather knocks them down. Hire a tree-trimming service or recruit a family member (never get on a roof or ladder without another person nearby) to help prune all tree limbs back at least three feet from the roof.
Repair sidewalk cracks
Sidewalk cracks may not seem like a big deal, but over time, they can grow from being a little unsightly to being downright dangerous. Homeowners and their guests risk getting a heel stuck and twisting an ankle, or tripping and falling. Use latex cement, Portland cement, or a concrete filler to repair cracks before they get large enough to require re-pouring the concrete.
Install gutter guards
Leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other debris can form clogs and force water over the sides of the gutters and onto the ground below. Over time, this can erode landscaping, cause flooding in homes with a basement, or even compromise a home’s foundation. Putting up gutter guards not only prevents this damage but also minimizes how frequently gutters need to be cleaned.