Throughout the year, home maintenance is an important part of home ownership. Keeping up with your maintenance tasks keeps your home in excellent condition, and a well-kept home has many important benefits. From better efficiency to structural integrity to fewer tasks on that honey-do list, here’s what you need to know about manufactured home maintenance in the fall.
Fall Weather in Florida
For manufactured homeowners in Florida, fall maintenance looks a little different than in other parts of the country. While you may not be preparing for blizzards and snowstorms, every seasoned Floridian knows that the start of fall also brings the dangers of hurricane season, and though frost may not be in the forecast, October and November see plenty of temperatures dipping into the 60s and even 50s.
Visitors flock to Florida during the fall months for a reason - the weather offers a much-needed break from the sweltering heat that tropical summers bring. As a homeowner, this respite provides the perfect opportunity to tackle your seasonal home maintenance tasks without worrying about overheating under the Florida sun.
Fall Home Maintenance Musts
When it comes time to tackle those home maintenance tasks for the fall and winter, you may wonder what to prioritize first. Manufactured homes should be maintained in a similar manner as stick-built or site-built homes. What goes on your list will likely depend more on your local climate than the fact that you own a manufactured home. So what should you focus on to best enjoy your Florida fall and winter? Here are some key maintenance musts this time of year.
Clear the Gutters
Gutters and the drainage they provide, carrying water out and away from your home’s foundation, are just as important to manufactured homes as they are site-built. While you may not have a basement to worry about, the foundation of your manufactured home is still critical to its structural integrity. For that reason, clearing your gutters regularly is a must. Especially as you head into later fall in Florida, you should clear your gutters from the organic matter that builds in the wake of hurricane season rainfall and storms.
Continue Regular Air Filter Swaps
To ensure that your manufactured home remains energy efficient and keeps your home at a comfortable temperature no matter what it’s like outside, you have to keep your air filter clean and clear. That means swapping out the old filter for a new replacement filter. We recommend doing this every few months, so timing your filter swap with the change of seasons is a great way to build an internal clock around this particular maintenance task.
Seal Window Leaks
Another contributor to your home’s energy efficiency is the seal on your windows. Jacobsen Homes’ windows are installed to the highest quality construction standards, but over time with exposure to the elements and fluctuating temperatures, the seal around the window frame can open to small leaks. If you are experiencing any drafts in your home, fall is the perfect time to grab some caulk and head to the exterior of your manufactured home to seal up the area where the window frame meets your siding.
Check the Roof
Roof leaks are any homeowner’s worst nightmare. Once a leak starts, it can be timely and costly to pinpoint the source and get it fixed. That’s why we recommend checking your roofing during the fall. Keep an eye out for curling or chipped shingles. When you’re clearing your gutters, check for an accumulation of granules as this is a sign your roof is losing its protective coating.
Ready for Manufactured Homeownership?
Manufactured home maintenance may take some time and effort, but it’s well worth the time to enjoy a space you own with your family year-round. Ready to take your first steps toward manufactured home ownership? Request more information from the experts at Jacobsen Homes today.