While North Carolina winters are typically mild, they can be unpredictable, making it difficult to get exterior home improvement projects done. As we get ready to enter warmer weather, here are a few ways you can get your home ready for spring.
Getting Your Home Ready for Spring
Readying your home for spring ensures your home is safe and can even make relaxing on your deck more enjoyable. Here are the best ways to get your home ready for spring:
1. Inspect Your Home’s Foundation
North Carolina winters can bring snow, ice, rain, and even prolonged periods of dry weather. All of this can wreak havoc on your home’s foundation. You can perform a DIY inspection of your home’s foundation by walking the perimeter of the exterior of your home and looking for bulges, cracks in the concrete, or areas where your home is leaning. The exterior of your home should be nice and even, not bulging or leaning. If you notice any of these issues, it’s important to call a professional to address these issues before they cause major problems.
2. Check for Wood Rot
Catching wood rot before it spreads can save you thousands of dollars. It can be hard to see, especially if there is siding covering your home’s wood frame. Wood rot is common around windows and doors, because those are places where moisture accumulates. When paint around your door or window wears away due to water and age, the waterproof barrier is gone, leaving the wood vulnerable to the moisture. When wood sits in moisture, the results can be devastating. It’s important to have your home professionally inspected for wood rot since it can be very easy to overlook if you’re not trained to spot it.
3. Check for Peeling Paint
Peeling paint isn’t just unsightly, it leaves the wood underneath vulnerable to wood rot. Take some time to do a visual examination of the exterior of your home and note where the paint is cracked or peeling. While you can paint your home yourself, professional house painters can properly remove the old paint, prep the area, and apply new paint that will last.
4. Examine Your Roof for Leaks
If you don’t have an attic, it will be relatively easy to spot roof leaks. Water spots on your ceiling are a tell-tale sign. (And remember, leaks can come from rain or snow!) If you do have an attic, it might be harder to spot leaks. You’ll need to go up to your attic and look for wet or damp insulation. If you find damp insulation, take a look at the drywall underneath. Water spots on the drywall mean you probably have a leak and should have it addressed by a professional as soon as possible.
5. Revitalize Your Deck
If it has been a while since you stained or treated your deck, early spring is the perfect time! Our deck refinishing services make your deck look new again, without any construction or demolition. As long as your deck is in sound physical condition, we can revitalize it!
Let Osborne Painting Help Ready Your Home for Spring
Osborne Painting is a fully licensed and insured painting contractor in Raleigh with over two decades in business. We offer a multitude of of home improvement services, delivered with a belief in top-tier workmanship and customer service. To learn more about our services or request a free estimate, call us today at 919-878-6611 or fill out our contact form to get started!