Since your home was built, the brick and siding on its exterior have undergone a great deal. From thunderstorms to high winds to sun damage, the sides of your home must withstand the elements each and every day. Over time, this can cause your home’s brick and siding to become worn, old, and in need of repair. With simple maintenance, you can keep your home from looking worn down and preserve the curb appeal you have worked so hard to establish!
Most commonly, brick walls suffer from the deterioration of mortar, which must be replaced to avoid water damage. To prevent widespread damage from occurring, stick to this maintenance schedule:
- Patch missing and loose mortar each year.
- Inspect your home’s masonry for spalling (cracked and flaky) brick.
- Trim trees and other flora away from brick work.
Siding comes in all shapes and sizes, including wood, metal, vinyl, asbestos cement, and hardboard or plywood. Each of these materials has its own strengths and weaknesses, but they all need yearly maintenance to ensure that they withstand the test of time. Here are some great tips for keeping your siding looking fantastic:
- Every three to five years, paint or stain wood siding to rejuvenate its appearance.
- Make sure that your home’s trim is well caulked.
- Replace or repair wood siding that shows signs of splitting, decay, or looseness.
- Check that all aluminum and vinyl sidings are tightly secured.
- Inspect sheet siding for buckling and anchor it as necessary.
- Trim trees and other flora away from your home’s siding.
Keeping up your home’s exterior is a year round job, but these tips will make it easier to keep your brick and siding looking new. To enhance the appearance—and effectiveness—of your exterior maintenance projects, consider investing in a Leaf Slugger gutter protection system!