Exterior Renovations: Repairs & Maintenance
Have you been considering repairing or replacing your old or damaged system to better protect your family and what may be one of your biggest investments?
Here are 4 Steps to quickly help determine if you should have your home professionally inspected!
1) Age And Material. Do you know how old it is, what condition does it appear to be in? The longer any of these systems have been sitting in the elements, the more likely they may need to be looked at, fixed or replaced. What type of material is it comprised of? The type of system used can help determine if you can repair it or if you will need to replace it. You will find that many houses have old systems that have outlived their life expectancy and many of these are at a point where they are failing already. Some materials decay quickly and may not even reach their life expectancy, others loose their color, become brittle or crack and break. Heat, cold, wind and weather will all play a key role in helping to deteriorate and break down your existing systems ability to protect your home. Hail is particularly damaging and can often leave massive holes, compromising your homes integrity and almost always leading to long term damage such as mold, rot and massive repair bills.
2) Visuals. Do an inspection yourself. Look for holes, cracks, lifting, curling and missing pieces, broken or worn and weathered spots. Look for stains, as this could indicate places where water is pooling. Faded, decaying or weathered sections may indicate that you need a professional inspection to help determine the extent of the damage. Check your rain gutters for loose debris and pieces as this can help determine the condition of your home. With metal systems, look for rusty or missing bolts and make sure you inspect all caps and wall joints closely. Many contractors seem to forget that some systems may require regular maintenance or a yearly checkup inspection. For example, most metal systems are sold as a "one and done" solution, when they actually require a yearly inspection and re-torqueing. Any "Dead" locations where water sits for long periods or has a hard time draining properly, should also be closely inspected for damage and leaks.
3) Valleys and Penetrations. These are critical points in the "shield" that your exterior system provides, any chinks in the armor can often be found in or near these locations. Inspect your valleys, the part of the roof system that joins 2 separate panels in a shallow V, they may be metal or shingled. Look for rust, holes, broken or worn material, cracks and stains. Inspect your roof vents, turbines, plumbing/pipe flashings, chimneys, and skylights for cracks and potential leaks. These are all examples of the various penetrations that you may find on a roof and often the first places that leaks begin. Look for buildups of black roof cement or tar, especially around chimneys and penetrations as it is prone to shrivel up as it dry's out. It is often used for "quick" fixes and could indicate that a more permanent solution is needed.
4) Expert Advice. If you suspect your roofing or exterior protection system may be malfunctioning or failing, it may be in your best interest to seek a professional opinion. Most companies offer free estimates and will be more than happy to discuss the condition of your current system as well as the benefits of a new system. Whether you're looking for a quote, a repair or just some how-to advice you can trust, give the experts at RubiX a call !
Whether you're looking for a quote, a repair or just some how-to advice you can trust, give the experts at RubiX a call! We offer superior workmanship and quality you can trust, Guaranteed!
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