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Regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of different components of your home. It can also help increase the visual appeal of your house. However, be wary of cutting corners with your home maintenance tasks, or you could do more harm than good.

Here are some home maintenance shortcuts that don’t really work in today’s post from Gutter Helmet® of Monticello, a top Gutter Helmet systems installer.

Waiting for the Paint to Crack or Peel Before Repainting

Paint doesn’t only enhance the appearance of your home–it also adds temporary protection against harsh outdoor elements and pests. Wood is prone to damage due to moisture, and paint helps prevent this problem. It delays the deterioration of your home’s siding and its underlying components. Waiting for the paint to crack or peel before you repaint can lead to rot and pest infestations.

Painting Over Mold or Water Stains

Mold will not disappear when you paint over it, which is the same for water stains. Instead of cosmetic repairs, you should address the root cause of the problem–which is likely a leak. You can wash mold with a bleach or water solution or treat it with fungicide spray before painting.

Not Changing Air Filters

Dirty or clogged filters can increase the risk of fire, mold growth and damage to the components of your HVAC system. Regularly changing air filters can help maintain good indoor air quality and prevent allergies.

One Shortcut That Works

An efficient gutter protection system is essential in protecting your exterior from water damage. You should have your gutters cleaned and maintained regularly so they can properly direct water away from your home. To minimize gutter cleaning, you can invest in a quality gutter protection system.

Invest in gutter protection from Gutter Helmet of Minnesota. You can count on us for quality Gutter Helmet systems. Call us at (800) 824-3772 or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We work with clients in Monticello, Minnesota.