Gunner’s essential summer home maintenance tips for homeowners

October 3, 2023 by

Summer is a season of endless possibilities where backyard BBQs, pool parties, dreamy patio lighting, and lush green backyards become the backdrop for unforgettable memories. But to make sure you’re getting the most out of the sunny season, you’ve got to make sure your house is ready to take on the heat, humidity, and any curveball Mother Nature might throw at you.

That’s where we come in. At Gunner, we’re old hands at this stuff – roofing, siding, windows, you name it. We’ve put together a no-nonsense summer home maintenance checklist to help you out. Stick with this, and you won’t just be protecting the cash you’ve put into your home. You’ll also be setting up a place that’s comfy and just right for all the summer fun.

Taking care of your home means you’re less likely to face expensive fixes down the line, and it’ll even help keep your energy bills down.

Follow our tips below, and you’ll be good to go, able to relax and enjoy your home all summer long.

Inspect and maintain your roof

Think of your roof as your home’s first line of defense against the elements. It’s crucial to carry out a detailed inspection to spot any signs of damage or wear and tear. Be on the lookout for missing or damaged shingles, any loose flashing that’s struggling to hold on, and potential signs of leaks.

If any issues jump out at you, it’s time to call in the professionals. That’s where Gunner Roofing shines. We’re experts in handling a range of roofing materials, whether it’s durable GAF asphalt shingles, the resilient DaVinci synthetic, or the sturdy metal roofing – we’ve got it all under control. You can trust us to promptly tackle any roofing issues with our experience and proficiency.Newly installed metal roof

And let’s not forget the gutters and downspouts. Ensuring these are free of debris is just as crucial to preventing water damage. If your gutters are past their prime, Gunner is also your go-to for gutter replacements. We’re dedicated to safeguarding your home from top to bottom, making sure it’s well-equipped to weather the elements.

Check and clean your windows

Windows play a crucial role in maintaining energy-efficiency and indoor comfort. Inspect your windows for cracks, gaps, or damaged weather stripping. Replace any worn-out seals or damaged glass. Clean the windowpanes, frames, and tracks to improve visibility and prevent dirt buildup. If you’re considering a window replacement upgrade, Gunner Roofing specializes in Andersen windows and can help you choose energy-efficient options that suit your home’s style.Newly installed Andersen windows

Maintain and insulate your siding

Keep an eye on your siding, and consider additional insulation: Take a good, hard look at your siding, checking for any signs of damage, like cracks, warping, or panels that seem a bit wobbly. If you find any trouble spots, it’s important to get those repaired or replaced ASAP to stop water from sneaking in and pesky bugs from setting up shop.

Now, if you’re one of the many homeowners with James Hardie siding, you’ll want to stick to their specific maintenance guidelines to keep it in top shape. Not sure how to do that? No problem. As a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor, Gunner is here to help. We know the ins and outs of this top-quality siding, so you can trust us to handle any necessary repairs or replacements according to the highest standards.JamesHardie siding install in Port Chester, NY

On top of that, it’s worth considering adding some extra insulation to your siding. Not only will it help shield your home from those scorching summer temperatures or chilly winter winds, but it can also boost your home’s energy-efficiency. We’re all for keeping your home comfy and reducing those energy bills, and we’ve got the skills to make it happen.

Service your air conditioning system

Summer temperatures can be sweltering, making a well-functioning air conditioning system essential. Schedule a professional HVAC inspection and maintenance to ensure your air conditioning unit is clean, properly calibrated, and running efficiently. Replace or clean the air filters regularly to maintain optimal airflow and indoor air quality. Adjust the thermostat settings to save energy when you’re away from home or during cooler nighttime temperatures.

Protect your deck and outdoor spaces

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy your outdoor spaces, so it’s important to maintain and protect them. Inspect your deck for loose or damaged boards, protruding nails, or signs of rot. Clean the deck thoroughly, and apply a fresh coat of sealant or stain to protect against moisture and ultraviolet damage. Check your outdoor furniture for any needed repairs, and invest in quality covers to shield them from the elements when not in use.water beads on deck boards

Maintain your landscape

A well-maintained landscape not only enhances your home’s curb appeal, but also contributes to its overall health and functionality. Regularly mow the lawn, trim bushes, and remove weeds. Monitor irrigation systems for proper functioning, and adjust watering schedules based on seasonal needs. Mulch garden beds to retain moisture and suppress weed growth. Prune trees and branches that pose a risk to your home’s safety or that might interfere with power lines.detail of flowers and shrubs in front yard of home

Ensure proper ventilation and insulation

Keeping your home comfy and your energy bills in check boils down to two important factors – proper ventilation and effective insulation. Start by giving your attic vents a good clean and make sure they’re not blocked so that fresh air can flow freely.

Don’t forget to take a peek at your attic insulation while you’re up there. If it’s looking a bit squashed or it’s been around since you can’t remember when, it might be time to add more.

And here’s a pro tip – think about putting in a radiant barrier. It’s like a big sun hat for your home, bouncing the heat off your roof and helping to trim down those air conditioning costs.

Check exterior lighting and electrical

Inspect and test all exterior lighting fixtures, including pathway lights, security lights, and porch lights. Replace any burned-out bulbs, and ensure proper wiring and connections. Additionally, check your electrical outlets and extension cords for any signs of damage or wear. Make sure all outdoor electrical components are protected from water exposure, and consider installing ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) for added safety.

Clean and maintain your HVAC ducts

Over time, dust, debris, and allergens can accumulate in your HVAC ducts, compromising indoor air quality and reducing the system’s efficiency. Consider hiring a professional to clean and inspect your ductwork. This will help remove contaminants and improve the overall performance of your HVAC system, ensuring clean and healthy air circulation throughout your home.

Maintain your pool or spa

If you have a pool or spa, summer is the time to ensure it’s clean, safe, and in proper working condition. Monitor the water quality regularly, adjust chemical levels as needed, and clean filters and skimmer baskets. Inspect the pool’s or spa’s structure, tiles, and decking for any signs of damage or wear. If you’re unsure about maintenance procedures, consult a professional pool service company for guidance.pool float and deck chair

Prepare for severe weather

Summer often rolls in with a bit of a bang, bringing potential severe weather events like hurricanes, thunderstorms, and high winds. To stay one step ahead, it’s important to take proactive measures to safeguard your home.Lightning flash in sky

Start by trimming back any tree branches that could become unwelcome visitors if a storm hits. Make sure your outdoor furniture and equipment are well-secured as well, to prevent them from flying around. Don’t forget to assemble an emergency preparedness kit with all the essentials, and stash important documents in a spot that’s both safe and waterproof.

But there’s more to home protection than just this – your choice of home materials can also make a big difference. That’s where Gunner comes in. Our premium products, such as DaVinci roofing, GAF roofing, and James Hardie siding, are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, including strong winds.

With DaVinci and GAF roofing, you get top-notch protection that can hold its own against gusty conditions, while James Hardie siding is renowned for its durability in the face of adverse weather. When you partner with Gunner, you’re not just investing in great-looking home features, you’re also bolstering your home’s defense against the unpredictable elements of summer and beyond.

We’re here to help

Summer home maintenance and upkeep tasks are crucial for preserving the value, functionality, and comfort of your home. By following these tips and staying proactive, you can address potential issues early on and avoid costly repairs in the future. Remember, when in doubt or if you require professional assistance, contact our team at Gunner Roofing to help you maintain and protect your most significant investment – your home. Enjoy the summer season with peace of mind, knowing your home is well-maintained and ready to withstand whatever challenges may come its way.