Now that it's getting warmer outside, it's time to start thinking about outdoor projects, such as making exterior repairs to your home. Three things you'll definitely want to inspect are your gutters, roof, and siding. Each of these components is vitally important for maintaining the structural integrity of your home, not to mention protecting your house from the outdoor elements.
While inspecting your roof, siding, or gutters, if you notice any of these obvious signs, it's time to get it replaced.
When to Replace Your Roof
The roof of your home takes the brunt of bad weather and can easily sustain storm damage. For this reason, it's important to get it inspected on a regular basis. Roofing professionals recommend getting it inspected on an annual or bi-annual basis. They also recommend inspecting it after a severe storm. While inspecting your roof, you'll want to look for the following:
- Shingle edges are curled up
- Several shingles are cracked or missing
- The roof has dark streaks, which could indicate trapped moisture
- You notice mold or mildew growth on your roof
If you notice any of these signs, or your roof is over 20 years old, it's probably time to get it replaced.
When to Replace Your Siding
If you notice cracks in your siding, there is a good chance it is due to storm damage. While siding can help to protect your home from things like heavy wind, rain, and snow, a really bad storm, especially with hail, can damage your siding. If the damage isn't bad or widespread, you might simply be able to replace the damaged siding.
However, if one entire side of your home has received major storm damage with lots of visible cracks, you may have to get all of it replaced. Other signs your siding needs to be replaced include having holes in your siding or any exterior mold growth on the exterior of your home.
When to Replace Your Gutters
Your gutters might not seem all that important, but in reality, when your gutters work as they should, it can reduce the chances of your roof getting damaged. Your gutters are primarily responsible for keeping moisture off of the roof and away from the exterior of your home.
If your gutters have cracks or holes in it, you notice mold and mildew around the foundation of your home, or your gutters are loose, sagging, or pulling away from the side of your home, it's probably time to get them replaced.
If your home has sustained storm damage, it's important to contact a professional roofing company immediately to make sure the rest of your home stays dry and secure.