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It’s nearly time for summer to be over. As the season starts to change, catch up on maintaining your home and begin preparing for the winter months to come. When the days get shorter, routine maintenance shifts into a different gear. Stay one step ahead in order to keep your investment safe, comfortable, and in sound condition by performing these essential end-of-summer tasks.

Take a Look at the Roof

Fall is notorious for clogging up gutters and downspouts with twigs and wet leaves. Before those leaves start to drop from the trees on your property, it’s a good idea to see how the gutters have fared over the summer. They’ve likely collected dirt and debris that has washed into them from seasonal storms. In addition to clearing the gutters if needed, make sure that there is no damage or detachment.

While you’re at it, take a close look at the shingles and the roofing system as a whole. If there is visible damage, get it fixed. If you’re able to do the work yourself, the milder weather and brisk temperatures of fall provide the perfect working conditions. You can patch or replace areas of the roofing system without breaking a sweat and avoid the dangers of wet leaves and ice.

Did Your Deck Hold Up to the Heat?

Over time, decking boards become more susceptible to heat damage. When the summer sun beats down, these boards lose some of their natural moisture and begin to shrink. As this happens, flaws in the wood become more pronounced, and you may find that some decking boards start to bow on the ends and separate from the underlying joists. If the deck is old, it may also start to rot in places, posing a safety hazard to residents.

Installing a brand new deck is costly and time-consuming, but often such drastic action isn’t necessary. As an end-of-summer task, you can work on improving specific areas of concern. This may consist of replacing a board here and there and applying a fresh stain or sealer every couple of years to protect the wood and to make your deck look as good as new.

An End-of-Summer Tasks That Shouldn’t Be Overlooked: Driveway Repair

When the cold temperatures arrive, it causes materials like concrete and asphalt to contract. This imposes a great deal of stress on your driveway. It can cause cracks to develop or widen gaps from pre-existing flaws in the surface.

This is a problem that you can nip in the bud as an end-of-summer task. Survey your driveway for any cracks running through the surface. If you see cracks, holes, or broken materials, patch your driveway with filler before the winter months.

As a homeowner, you’ve got to stay on your toes with home maintenance. These end-of-summer tasks are a great place to start so that you can keep your investment protected.

OBX Home Inspections provides home inspection services to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Contact us to schedule an inspection.