5 Summer Cleaning Tips for Home Exteriors

July 7, 2022

Summer is here in the Shenandoah Valley, which means it is prime time to start some summer cleaning.  While many may focus on decluttering and organizing the inside of the house, there are a handful of easy projects you can do to the exterior of your home to extend the life of your roof, gutters, and siding.

Clean Out the Gutters

     Over the winter, the contents of your gutter can constantly freeze and dethaw, creating a sludge-like mess that can hinder water flow.  As soon as the cold temperatures have moved on, cleaning out the gutters to ensure uninterrupted water flow should be the first task on the spring cleaning list. 

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Corner of the house with new gray metal tile roof and rain gutter at winter. Metallic Guttering System, Guttering and Drainage Pipe Exterior

Power Wash the Siding

     Siding, especially the lighter shades, can be covered with greenish-black residue.  Not only does this look awful, but that residue could contain harmful particles.  Power washing the sides of your house is a great way to get rid of that residue and keep your siding looking brand new.  Also, power washing is something that you can do by yourself with the right tool.

Remove Pests

     A major cause of home exterior damage is unwanted pests.  Wasps can build huge nests in the roof, birds build nests in vents, and termites can wreak havoc on a foundation.  Utilizing pest control services is a great way to maintain the health of your home exterior.  If you notice an issue, immediately take care of it.  The infestation will only get worse.

Man washing window in yellow rubber gloves with spray cleaner and squeegee

Wash Windows

     Windows play a critical role in the overall health of your house.  They provide an inlet for natural light, but only if they are clean.  Window washing will make the exterior of your house look better, allow for more natural light to enter inside your house, and cut down on harmful pollutants you might be breathing in.  Also, window replacement can be costly, so routine cleaning can cut down on mold and cracks forming around the foundation of the windows.

Clean Out Vents and Outlets

     One often forgotten summer cleaning task is cleaning out all vents and outlets.  Dryer vents can be caked with lint, which not only causes your appliance to run less efficiently but could be a fire hazard.  Birds could have made a mess in vents as well, and small animals could have even died in there, causing a terrible smell to permeate the area.  Cleaning out all vents will help keep your appliances running efficiently and your house smelling clean.

Contact High Point Roofing

Completing all of these tasks will be useful for keeping your home’s exterior maintained, and for those gutter, siding, roofing replacement, or repair jobs that you can’t get to, let the experts at High Point Roofing help!