Siding & Trim

How to Prepare Your Siding for Fall

Get your siding ready for fall by doing the following:

Clean Siding Thoroughly — Spray and gently scrub away any dirt, mildew, and other caked-on debris from your siding. Check the small crevices for spider webs and nests to avoid critters permanently moving into your space once the colder months settle in.

Inspect Siding and Make Repairs — Take a good look at your sliding. Look for cracks, missing pieces, or damaged areas. Ensure to repair any areas necessary to avoid air leaks (which can lead to increased utility bills) and water damage.

Trim Trees and Plants — Shrubs, trees, and other plants near your home can cause severe damage during fall and winter storms. While siding was made to stand up to moisture from snow, ice, and rain, it might not do well if a tree branch breaks and falls on your house.

Clean Gutters — Water can overflow and run down your siding when gutters and downspouts aren’t clear of debris. Over time, this can cause water damage and other adverse impacts on your home.

How to Prepare Your Gutters for Fall

Here’s what you can do to get your gutter system fall-ready:

Clean Gutters — Before storing your hose for the season, use it to spray out your gutters. Clear away all debris and clogs to ensure your gutters can whisk away water effectively. Grab a bucket and gloves for extra stubborn areas and clean it out by hand. For more information on unclogging your drains, check out this post.

Inspect and Repair Gutters — While cleaning your gutters, inspect your system for any signs of damage. Look for sagging or uneven areas, loose brackets or screws, and wear and tear. Make repairs as soon as you notice they are needed. Ignoring damaged gutters for too long can lead to more permanent damage.

Install Gutter Guards — In addition to trimming trees, shrubs, and other plants, add gutter guards to your system to help prevent clogs and buildup. Guards will keep out leaves and other debris, but they’ll also avoid unwanted mice and other creatures from moving in.

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