As the years go by and your house gets older, like anything, maintenance is key to the longevity of your property! With so many fancy gizmos and cleaning products, it can become overwhelming. With that in mind, we’ve broken down 5 top tips to maintain your home property.
Clean the gutters and valleys regularly, at least every 12 months, more often if in a leafy area. In doing so, you will reduce the risk of rusting gutters and blocked downpipes. As a result, it can lead to water overflows into/towards the home, water damage and other moisture-related issues.
Clean the roof regularly, at least once every 12 months, more often if in a leafy area this will help prevent the build-up of dirt, algae growth and other contaminants. Check flashings and silicon joints for integrity, rectify as necessary. In doing so, you prolong the life of the roof and its weather tightness. Is the roof tiled? Check for cracked tiles and ridge pointing and have a roof restoration contractor rectify any issues to maintain the weather tightness. If you have solar panels, solar hot water or the like, keep the panels clean to maximise the systems efficiency and life expectancy.
Clean the exterior walls regularly, at least every 12 months, using a broom/brush with warm soapy water. Rinse off with a hose or pressure cleaner, check for any defects or apparent faults in the cladding that could let water in and have them rectified as soon as possible. Repaint any areas that are fading, flaking or deteriorating. Any significant looking cracks, get them looked at by a professional for advice.
Windows and Doors
Clean the exterior of windows and doors regularly. Take a broom or brush to clean windows and doors every six months with warm soapy water, rinsing off with a hose or pressure cleaner. Check for any defects or apparent faults in their condition and operation and rectify as necessary. Garage doors should be serviced every 12 months by a garage door serviceman.
Decks and Patios
Clean the exterior decks and patios regularly. At least once every 12 months with warm soapy water. Rinse off with a hose or pressure cleaner. Keep painted surfaces in good condition with fresh paint and check for any obvious faults, i.e. Wood rot and fungal decay. This decay can deteriorate exterior timbers quickly and make them unsafe. Any major looking issues get them looked at by a professional for advice.
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