One of the main factors in exterior home maintenance is keeping the trees, grass, and dirt off your house. Ideally, you want all plant life cut back at least six inches from your home’s siding and paint. When your home encounters plant life, it causes your siding to get wet and hold moisture, and eventually, dry rot can start. Having plants in contact with your home also allows bugs and insects a clear pathway to move in and make homes in your siding.
Another excellent maintenance factor is routine upkeep on your home’s caulking and touchup paint. Damaged and worn caulking can cause water to enter the siding material and cause damage to the wood resulting in peeling paint and the paint losing its ability to adhere to the material. Touchup paint is an excellent idea for any small areas that are wearing faster than the rest of the home. Routine touchups can maintain paint health, extend the life of your paint and save you money on the prep work when you are ready for a completely new exterior paint job.