When extreme weather adds to the condition of your home with regular season changes in temperature, snow and ice, fallen leaves, and winds, your home exterior gets quite a workout that can result in wear and tear to some of the important barriers of your home. Your home's roof, siding, and exterior windows provide strong protection between your home interior and the outdoor elements, which need their own care and maintenance. Here are some remodeling and update tips for your home and its exterior.
Repair and Replace Your Roof
The shingles on your roof are the first line in your roof's barrier of defense and need to be kept in good shape. Over time your shingles will begin to corrode and age from the sun and temperature changes, resulting in brittle and curling shingles. But even before your shingles age, keep an eye out for any signs of spot damage, such as missing or broken shingles, and edges of the roof flashing blown off or loose. When you discover any type of roof damage, make sure to hire a professional to repair it asap so it does not cause interior weather damage.
Then, when your roofing shingles are aged and showing signs of wear, you should hire a full roof replacement. Signs your roof is ready for replacement can include the shingles on one slope of your roof curling at their edges or some shingles stained a darker color than others, which shows signs of deterioration. A local professional roofer can remove all your existing roofing layers and inspect the roofing deck for damage before installing a new roof. It is not recommended to install your new roof over the old one, as this can leave interior damage undiscovered and allow mold growth and the structural features of your roof to become weakened and at risk of further damage.
Improve Your Window Efficiency
The windows of your home are a great way to bring in natural light and fresh air from outside, but they can also lead to poor home comfort and loss of energy. Whether they are framed with vinyl or aluminum or contain one or two panes, there are some ways you can update them to boost your home's comfort.
If you have a budget for new windows, you can look at a more energy-efficient window to help insulate and prevent heat transfer through the glass with either a layer of inert gas between the two layers of glass or a special low-emissivity coating on the window glass itself. Talk to your window professional about your options for replacing your home's windows.
For more information on roofing replacement, roof repair, and window efficiency, reach out to a local roofing contractor.