Spring maintenance deep dive: Roofs, windows, doors and decks

We recently published our comprehensive guide to preparing your home for spring weather. This checklist outlines everything you need to do to ensure your home is ready for the change in season.

With that in mind, today we wanted to do a deeper dive on some of these items to get you ready for the warmer weather that’s coming.

Checking for roof damage

Winter is the toughest month on your roof due to heavy snow pile-up up as well as ice accumulation. Cracks in your roof covering can lead to leaks inside the house as the snow and ice start to melt, which will result in interior water damage.

If you have a safe and secure ladder, it would be a good idea to climb up and assess the situation on your roof. If you aren’t comfortable, or don’t own a proper ladder, you can stand back and use binoculars to try to get a better look. Catching the damage as soon as possible is integral to maintaining your roof as you don’t want to leave any cracks unattended since it will result in the problem becoming even worse.

It’s also important to pay particular attention to metal and applied flashings. The sheet metal/caulking used to waterproof around chimneys may have shriveled-up and/or peeled away, resulting in problematic damaging leaks. A roofing contractor can help and you should also check in your attic during a rain event (or immediately after).

Checking your windows and doors for damage and/or leaks

Look for visible gaps between windows, frames and walls and do the same thing with your doors. While you’re there, check the caulking around windows and doors and see if there are any air or water leaks.

Another thing to look for is moisture on your windows. When there are drastically different temperatures inside and outside, as in winter, it can cause moisture to build up on the inside which can stain your window frames and rot wood frames.

It’s also important to keep your windows clean. You can protect them by vacuuming and washing the dirt and debris that built up over the winter. Any window screens can be cleaned and assessed for damage as well.

Repainting decks, balconies and fences

Spring is the most sensible time of year to paint your deck and fences. Mild weather is perfect for painting (if dry enough), so in between the cold of winter and the heat of summer is the ideal time to take it on. Painting or staining helps keep the structure looking good while also reducing wear and tear from the elements.

The first step is to check for any damage done during the winter months. If you find anything, make sure to get things repaired before you think about doing any re-coating.

Once that’s done, you can begin mapping out your painting or staining project. If the weather cooperates, you should give yourself two to four days to complete things – after a good couple of weeks of dry weather and preparation.

About Glenn Duxbury

Duxbury & Associates Building Inspection and Consulting Ltd. has received the 2004 Douglas College Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the ‘Consulting’ category for persistence and pursuit of excellent service delivery to clients by providing very thorough and professional Inspection Reports and dedication to those involved in buying / selling / building / renovating and maintaining uncompromised customer focus.