As a home ages, it is important for the homeowner to start examining it on a routine basis. Doing so will help maintain a clean and reliable home, keep the family safe and protected, and extend the life of the home for many years to come.
In examining your home, it is important to remember what areas are most at risk of weathering and failing. We suggest that you especially keep a close eye on your exterior paint or coating, roofing, and windows. These items protect your home from environmental factors, including wind, heat, cold weather, humidity, sun damage, etc. By addressing these key areas, not only would you save hundreds in energy bills, but also prevent costly future repairs to the home.
Please take a moment to read over our suggested tips that we usually give to homeowners, before you begin your home’s next examination.
Exterior Coating or Painting
Many homes’ exteriors usually get painted using the industry standard: regular paint. Unfortunately, the only benefit that comes with just painting one’s home is that it simply gives aesthetic appeal. A major issue when using regular paint on your home is that it lacks the protective qualities of an elastomeric-based coating system.
As a home endures the weather changes in its surroundings, so does its exterior paint. Unfortunately, with standard paint, not only is it a very thin layer of protection, it does not stretch or contract with changing temperatures, and can lead to unsightly cracks or peeling. We suggest that you check the edges or near the trim first, as many cracks occur in these areas. Once cracks begin, it becomes very easy for rain to seep in and start causing structural damage, mold, or other health concerns.
In addition, standard paint absorbs the sun’s heat and energy, which gives rise to two more issues. By using a paint base that does not include heat-reflective technology, a home’s internal temperature increases significantly, causing energy costs to soar as you fight to keep the home cool during the summer. Secondly, paint without heat-reflective technology is highly susceptible to UV damage. UV rays can cause the paint color to fade, which in turn weakens the integrity of the paint, causing cracks and peeling to occur at a faster rate.
One of the main components of a home that tends to get overlooked is the roof. Because of the roof’s natural longevity, many homeowners simply forget about its maintenance until it is too late. Homeowners of homes with roofs that are nearing 20 years of age should consider inspecting their roof, as this is about the time when they begin to show signs of wear and failure.
While inspecting your home’s roof, you should look out for any curling or cracking. These are early warning signs of deterioration. In addition, after a storm or heavy rain, it is recommended that you inspect the home for any missing shingles or shingles that have been disturbed. Also, examining the gutters can show you how many granules have been falling or flaking off the shingles themselves. It is common to have some granules flake off; however, if there seems to be an over-abundance of them, this would indicate that the shingles are nearing the end of their usefulness.
In addition, you may notice stains developing on your roof. These stains are caused due to water not properly running down your roof. Not only are these stains unappealing, they can also lead to algae growth or moss. Although these may not directly harm your home, they can lead to shingle and roof deterioration over time. You can remove algae and moss with a solution of half water, half bleach. However, do not brush or scrape vigorously, as you may wipe away much needed granules.
Lastly, make sure that the roof is leveled throughout the entirety of the surface, and that it is not showing any signs of drooping or sagging. A drooping roof is a strong indication of the roof’s instability and structural deterioration. It is highly recommended that you do not walk on your roof if it is sagging, and contact a roofing specialist immediately.
Your home’s windows are one of the most important components when it comes to energy savings. Older or inadequate windows can be the cause of upwards of 25% energy loss in a home! By replacing those outdated windows, you and your family can save hundreds on energy costs ever year.
One of the easiest signs to look for when evaluating your home’s windows is if you feel any type of drafts or breezes coming from your window. This indicates that you have significant air leakage in your window system and are losing that costly cool or warm air. Condensation buildup on the inside of the window also indicates a leak in your window system. Although at first glance, condensation may not seem too harmful, with the accumulation of water over time, condensation can lead to mold or rot in the window frame, eventually leading to the window failing completely.
Often times, outdated windows are operated with a crank or gear style mechanism that opens or shuts the window. These mechanisms fail over time and make it very difficult to operate the window. In addition, in older homes, the windows have been ‘painted shut’ in an attempt to seal the edges of the frames. This technique is merely temporary and does not provide an adequate seal or protection for your window.
If you have noticed any of these signs in the exterior, roof, or windows of your home, and they are causing concern, allow the home exterior specialists at 360 Remodeling to take a look and make the proper recommendations. Please give our offices a call to set up your free no-obligation, in-home consultation.