DIY Home Improvement: Exterior Caulking and Stain Maintenance Checks for Your Home


Routine maintenance is a must for every homeowner. Knowing what to look for when undergoing a DIY home improvement project is half of the work. Download the handy checklist below to help you determine your caulking and exterior stain maintenance needs.

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Tools You'll Need:

  • Blue Painters Tape: Use this to mark areas needing maintenance during the inspection, then easily relocate them when it’s time to perform the maintenance.
  • Binoculars: Save yourself a trip up the ladder and use binoculars to do a quick inspection of your roof and other items high up.
  • Ladder: Pull this out for hard-to-reach areas needing maintenance, and only after doing the inspection with the binoculars.
  • Digital Camera: Take pictures of places where you have questions. (A phone camera also works great.)
  • Rough Sketch: Make a rough sketch of your home’s exterior. Mark on the sketch what work is needed and where.
  • Sashco's Exterior Maintenance Checklist: (Download a printable version here.) Make sure you check from chimney to foundation.

Here's what to look for:

Chimney 

  • Loose or cracked mortar or flue pipe
  • Plants growing inside or out (sign of moisture infiltration)
  • Birds nests (contact local animal control before removing anything)
  • Efflorescence (white, powdery stains; sign of moisture infiltration)
  • Loose or warped flashing between chimney and roof

Roof

  • Loose, shifting, cracked shingles, shakes or tiles
  • Clogged or leaky gutters/downspouts
  • Birds nests (contact local animal control before removing anything)
  • Efflorescence (white, powdery stains; sign of moisture infiltration)
  • Loose or warped flashing between chimney and roof

Contact a professional roofer if you’re not sure of the extent of any damage. Visit www.sashco.com for additional resources.

Walls

  • Cracked caulk joints in siding
  • Checks/cracks in wood siding, popped knots in wood
  • Cracks in stucco
  • Cracked/loose mortar in brick, efflorescence
  • Faded, peeling or damaged stain or paint
  • Leaks in gutters and nearby wall for damage (peeling paint, mold, etc.)
  • Joints around spigots, vents, other protrusions
  • Cracked caulk around windows and doors
  • Missing or damaged weather stripping around windows and doors

Foundation

  • Cracks
  • Efflorescence
  • Seal between spigots, vents and other protrusions

Contact a professional if you’re not sure of the extent of any damage. Visit www.sashco.com for additional resources.

Walkways

  • Deck stain wear
  • Popped nails or fasteners
  • Concrete cracks in driveway, sidewalk, patios, etc.
  • Pot holes or concrete spalling

Keep in mind: this list is not exhaustive. If you’re in need of a more extensive review, contact a professional in your area. Download a printable checklist here.

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