Maintaining a sound roof literally tops the list of crucial home repairs: It keeps you and your family warm and dry, along with everything in your house. Any damage or signs of wear call for immediate action to keep water from seeping under the shingles and rotting the wood sheathing beneath.
Ignoring a problem—even what appears to be a small one—will accelerate the need to reroof and can add hundreds of dollars to the cost of a new roof.
If your roof is more than 20 years old and most of the shingles are damaged or badly worn, it's time to replace it.
An inch of rainfall doesn't sound like much. But when it falls on an average-size roof, it adds up to a 1,900-gallon torrent sluicing off the eaves. That's an awful lot of water that can cause an awful lot of damage if your gutters aren't up to the task of controlling it. Yet we barely give gutters a second thought until they're clogged and overflowing, or ripped from their moorings by ice and snow.
So now that summer's here, it's time to take notice. Maybe a simple cleaning is all your gutters need, or maybe they need to be replaced altogether.
While studs, drywall, insulation and othe components of your walls are essential components, in a world with insects, weather, temperature and other factors a house is only as strong as its outer layer. The siding on a house's exterior is this layer, and it is crucial.
Siding protects against pests, such as mold, mildew, termites and other creatures. These are an especially dangerous threat, since they can cause not only structural damage, but physical harm as well in the form of respitory illness or disease.
Roof repairs typically involve replacing damaged shingles and rusted flashing, but the overhang of a roof is often the first area to succumb to rot, peeling paint and other weather-related problems.
Soffited eaves and gable overhangs are susceptible to water damage caused by ice dams, improper flashing, torn shingles, and faulty gutters. And once water has seeped in, the rot spreads quickly because the wood stays soggy inside the dark, dank space. Damage is also caused by birds and squirrels nesting inside eaves. Bees and hornets also build nests in and under eaves.