Water, if left unchecked, is perhaps the greatest enemy to homeowners. Over time, the damage that water can do to your home’s exterior, and eventually its interior, can be catastrophic. That’s why we take steps to prevent our homes from the damage that prolonged exposure to water can bring about.
No matter what season we are in, your home is always going to be pelted with some form of water. Whether it is rain, snow, sleet or hail, water is a concern that shouldn’t be taken lightly all year round.
So, how should homeowners protect their houses from the effects of water damage? Thankfully, there are many steps that you take can take reduce your chances of costly repairs.
Start From the Top and Work Your Way Down
Your roofing is the first line of defense when it comes to preventing water damage to your home, and keeping it well maintained and intact can save you a lot of money.
Visual inspections of your roof should be done frequently so that you can check for missing, cracked or loose shingles. When water is allowed to seep through your roofing, it can cause leaks to flood into the attic or upper floor of your home. Water that becomes trapped underneath your shingles can also lead to mold, which is especially dangerous to your health, and rotting, which can cause severe structural damage.
Your Gutters are More Important Than You Think
Even if your roof is in great condition, the rest of your house is still susceptible to water damage if your gutters are not functioning properly.
When your gutters become clogged, water can spill over the edge and run down the sides of your home, causing a variety of exterior problems. Running water can leave marks and streaks on composite siding, and can cause wood siding to rot and grow mold.
Take it from the Twin Cities Siding Professionals: ensuring that your gutters are clear of debris and properly directing water away from your home is essential to preventing exterior water damage.
Finally, Check Your Siding
Similar to your roof, your siding is a great protective layer to your home, but if there are cracks or holes in the exterior, water can cause a lot of exterior and interior damage.
When checking your siding for imperfections, you want to look for cracks, holes, gaps or any warping or bubbles. Such signs are indications that water is damaging your siding and it may be time to have it repaired or replaced.
Protect Your Investment
You have a lot of money invested in your home, and water damage is a sure way to decrease its value. Hoyt Exteriors can help you to protect that investment by making sure that your home is properly protected from the elements. Give us a call today.