Aspen Care - Spring/Summer Edition .

After a long, dark winter, spring is finally upon us! While spotless floors and windows may come to mind, it’s also important to remember that a big chunk of spring cleaning also comprises of home maintenance. Spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger projects to ensure your home is in optimal condition for the rest of the year.

Here is our Aspen Care Checklist.

1. Check your roof and eavestrough

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home as it takes quite a toll during winter storms. After the last frost has passed, it’s important to check your roof for any needed repairs such as missing and curled shingles. It is especially important to inspect your roof after the recent wind and ice storms as there may be areas of your home which are not easily visible and require some attention. It is good practice to inspect your roof at least every 2 to 3 years, and depending on the style of your roof, you may consider hiring a qualified roofing contractor.

Additionally, check your roof and eavestrough for any leftover leaves and debris from last season cluttering your gutters and downspouts. Over time, these clogged gutters can cause water damage and invite all sorts of critters into your home. Remove any debris, patch holes in your gutter with exterior grade caulking, and check your downspouts to ensure they are properly directing water away from your home.

2. Inspect your exterior caulking 

With harsh climate conditions, exterior caulking can harden and deteriorate over the lifetime of your home.  It is a good practice to do a thorough visual inspection around your doors and windows, especially after the winter season, to prevent water from getting in and help reduce your energy bill.  Any gaps and/or cracks in your caulking should be touched-up.

3. Keep an eye out for high humidity

As seasons change, moisture levels fluctuate quickly and can affect many components in your home, especially your wood finishes.  Monitor your humidity levels using a simple hygrometer tool to help maintain proper moisture levels. A comfortable environment can be achieved using a dehumidifier, an air conditioner, and proper ventilation.