submitted by Scott Miller, Service Manager, C&C Family Roofing and Siding
Today’s definition of a responsible homeowner is someone that stays ahead of the game with regards to home renovation.
That homeowner maximizes their income by providing upgrades that will not only increase their home’s value but also save money on home repair.
The outside of the house is the primary defense against Mother Nature and usually has the biggest expenses.
First and foremost is the roof.
The primary alarm that tells most that their roof is compromised is the water damage.
The most effective way to determine whether it’s time for a new roof is a visual inspection.
Are the shingles deteriorated, are they laying flat and/or are there any shingles missing?
Secondly, the siding and gutters are the next biggest defense from the elements.
If water were to penetrate behind the siding it would be nearly undetectable.
Unless the water finds a place to pool and show itself then, it will slowly erode the substrate and create a more costly repair.
If left too long then the cost of replacing the siding will be compounded by the additional costs of possible framing repairs.
Lastly, the windows of a home are a key component to the safety, security and comfort of the living space.
Some of the key signs of bad windows are drafts and condensation.
Is there a dramatic temperature change around the windows as opposed to further into the living space?
Is it difficult to see out of the windows due to a haze between the panes of glass that can’t be cleaned?
It’s usually better to be proactive versus reactive.
If done properly these renovation expenses will save the homeowner money and provide a more comfortable living space.