Have you dug out your umbrella and rain boots from the closet yet? It’s March, which means the start of spring rains! While we have the luxury of donning the appropriate clothing and staying dry when it rains, our homes aren’t so lucky. While they tend to be built with a series of water-protection systems, such as your gutters and your sloping roof, if these systems fail, your home can do nothing to protect itself from moisture damage, which, in turn, can lead to mold infestations and struggling infrastructure.
Of course, then, you want to make sure your home is well-prepared for Minnesota’s wet spring weather, but rainproofing a house can sometimes seem overwhelming. This is especially true if you’ve recently moved from a dryer climate! Luckily, Perfect Exteriors, a Monticello exterior contractor and provider of residential roofing services, gutter installation, and more is here to help. Below, we’ll talk all about how to get your home ready for Minnesota’s wet and rainy spring weather.
Spare No Effort in Your Preventative Measures
We all know the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and it especially holds true when it comes to exterior maintenance. Letting your exterior go unmaintained, especially heading into the wet Minnesota spring, is an invitation for water to worm its way into your home. Water damage has a way of expanding seemingly exponentially. Investing the money now in making sure your home can stand up to heavy rainfall saves you heaps of cash in the long run.
Check the following areas to ensure they’re watertight:
- Your roof | Are your shingles curled or missing? Is your roof older than 25 years? A well-maintained roof that protects your home from the rain will both look and serve the part.
- Your gutters | We talk a bit about specific signs of gutter damage in another of this month’s blogs. A summary: if your gutters are cracked, clogged with ice, or bent away from your house, the chances are that they can’t do their job directing rainwater away from your home’s foundation. You might, in these cases, find yourself in need of gutter repair or gutter replacement.
- Your siding | If you have straight wood siding, make sure to take a screwdriver and check for siding rot. If you have other types of siding, check for warped or broken boards.