While the rest of the country has had something of a tumultuous winter (although it can be argued the world seems to stop every time the East Coast gets more than an inch of snow), we here in Dallas can look forward to our usual early spring and summer.
With spring comes spending more time outdoors, more time in the yard, and more time entertaining guests on patios while you host a July 4th cookout or what have you. But whether you are showing off your lovely home to guests or are simply spending more time in the outdoors, most people still employ some measure of “spring cleaning” to get their house in order.
And while our main clients are contractors, developers, architects, tile setters, landscapers, and distributors, the vast majority of you own homes and likely have your own spring cleaning routine. We here at enVision Stone, the premier provider of Dallas real stone veneer for external and internal siding, want to offer up some advice for our readers who have a vested interest in their home’s siding and exterior in general.
Irrespective of whether you fall into one of those categories listed above, we think you’ll find today’s post pragmatic and helpful. Heck, even if you are a contractor who rents or owns a condo, you can still keep these suggestions in your back pocket in case you ‘re ever asked by a customer. It’s never a bad thing to look informed.
Either way, keep reading if you are interested in some of our tips to help you prepare your home for spring, both inside and out!
Take a Slow Walk Around Your Home
It’s a good idea to start with your home’s exterior, since it has taken the brunt of mother nature’s winter lashings. Take a thorough, intentional walk around your home, taking note of caulking around doors and windows. You’ll want to replace the weather stripping if it is sufficiently worn down, and do the same with cracked or cracking caulk.
Check Out Your Roof Shingles
Roofs get damaged over time, and that’s okay; that’s why they are there. Even still, it’s a good idea to examine roof shingles on your home to see if you’ve lost any or if some were damaged over the winter. Look for shingles that are loose, buckled, or are cracked, as they will likely need replacing. Take particular note to check on the flashing around skylights, chimneys, and plumbing vents. It’s also a decent idea to start saving for a roof replacement if you are sensing your roof’s lifespan is nearing its inevitable fate.
Check On Those Gutters
You’ll want to clean out gutters if you haven’t since last fall. But you’ll also want to look for leaky or loose gutters, especially as we start to get more spring rain. Poor drainage is a small problem that can turn big in a hurry, especially if water is improperly being directed to the crawl space or basement. You want your downspouts to face away from the foundation, ensuring that they are uninhibited.
DIY So You Can Save Up
We’ll warrant it was a short list, but it’s a good place to start in terms of tackling your home’s exterior. We recommend always doing something yourself if you are capable. That way, you save money and feel more ownership of your home.
Of course, the vast majority of our contractor clients are more than capable of some light spring cleaning, but one area where they have the opportunity to develop a new skill would be found in the selling and installation of real stone veneer. Here at enVision Stone, we have an exceptional natural stone veneer product, but we also take the time to train you on how to sell it, how to apply it, and even how to market with it. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more!