Your home’s exterior is durable, but wear and tear and poor maintenance can turn minor problems into major damage and expensive complications. If you would like to better protect your home, check out these three common dangers to your home’s exterior.
1. Extreme Weather Conditions
Your home should be able to withstand the elements, but extreme weather conditions may cause more wear and tear or sudden damage.
Wind, in particular, is notorious for causing problems because wind can blow away parts of your roof and siding. Plus, the wind could blow down a big tree that hits your home.
Rain alone isn’t usually a problem, but if your home is poorly maintained, rainwater may seep inside via windows and doors. If your home has poor or slow drainage, standing water could damage the foundation.
Snow can also cause water damage as it melts, but snow is also heavy. Therefore, if your area experiences abnormal amounts of snowfall but your roof isn’t prepared, you may have an issue.
Finally, even the sun can damage your home. Sunlight damages many materials, including roofing shingles, siding, wood, or paint. With asphalt shingles, for example, this may cause them to become brittle and more likely to break in a storm. With siding, it can cause your paint or siding to fade, making the home look blotchy.
Pests are always an issue, but some pests can destroy parts of your home’s exterior. For starters, bigger pests like squirrels and rats may cause damage by chewing on parts of the roof or siding as they break into your home. Once inside, they may damage interior parts of the home like the wiring.
Some bugs, however, eat wood, including the wood under the siding and roof shingles. Bugs like termites survive off the cellulose in wood. To get to it, they must eat wood. As the colony continues to grow, they continue to eat more of the wood protecting your home. Carpenter ants don’t eat wood like termites, but they burrow into wood to create nests for their offspring.
Regardless of the type of pest, damage to the siding and roof may weaken the structure and allow water to enter. As non-protected materials come in contact with water, you have a high risk of water damage, mold, and rot.
3. Poorly Maintained Gutters
Gutters play a major role in protecting your roof and siding from water. Without gutters, water that hits the roof slides off and drains directly over the side of the roof. This exposes the siding and eaves to massive amounts of continuous water. Over time, the water can break through the paint or stain to cause swelling, rotting, and mold.
As the water lands on the ground around your home, it can cause erosion where the water hits repeatedly, leading to divots in the ground around the foundation. These divots can impact your home’s drainage, allowing standing water around the foundation. If the water hits your driveway or a walkway, it may also increase the risk of moss and mildew, which can lead to slips and falls.
Overflowing gutters that can’t drain correctly from debris can also cause these same issues, but they may also damage the roof, especially if ice forms on the clogged gutters. With no place to properly drain, the water may be forced back onto the roof and under the shingles.
Your home’s exterior is built to face the elements, but without good maintenance, the exterior can face a lot of damage. If you would like to learn more or if you need a quote for repair or maintenance, contact us at Archer Exteriors today.