While summer is still in full bloom, take the opportunity to create a checklist of the ways in which you can care for your home’s exterior. Grab a pen or iPad, because you’ll want to write these down:

1. Check for signs of rot. Examine structural areas of your home, such as your deck, using a flat-blade screwdriver. Check the stairs and railing. Areas of rot that are large (larger than a silver dollar) will need to be replaced.

2. Inspect the ledger. Using a flashlight, inspect underneath your deck as well. Pay close attention to the ledger, which frames and attaches to your home. The ledger should be attached with lag screws and not only nails.

3. Blow the leaves. Don’t let the leaves and other debris pile up in spots around your home. Use a blower to get them away from corners and collect in a garbage bag. This task is especially important after large storms, when leaves become saturated and fall from tree limbs around your home.

4. Clean your awning. Keeping your awning clean from leaves and debris is just as important as any other outdoor maintenance. Start by brushing off loose dirt and hosing down the entire awning. Then use a water and mild soap solution and clean using a soft bristled brush. Rinse thoroughly and let air dry. If you have a retractable awning, do not retract when wet to avoid mold and mildew.

Have questions about caring for your awning? Turn to Dean Custom Awnings! We offer several awning solutions and installations, plus a lifetime frame warranty! To learn more, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 or visit us on the web.