Written by Ducon Contractors and Homes.
Posted in Outdoors, Technical Discussions,
It’s sometimes easy to forget what an architectural marvel a well-built home can be. A home consists of several elements (a foundation, a shell and roof), each with a unique function that contributes to the soundness of the overall structure. When it all comes together, it protects us from the elements, keeping the cold or hot air outside, while directing water away.
For many people, a home is their most important investment and it’s important to take care of it. One way to do that is to conduct an exterior inspection on your home to assess whether it’s been damaged or in need of repair.
Why should you do an inspection?
An exterior inspection of your home is an opportunity to assess how well your home weathered the past winter. It allows you to identify any damage or flag any issues that should be repaired before they become serious problems. So, Spring is a great time to do an inspection. An exterior inspection is not difficult; all it involves is a simple walk-around to look for potential problems.
What should you look for?
Any point of entry into your home should be inspected to ensure proper seals are maintained to keep the elements out.
When conducting an exterior inspection, check for anything that opens into or penetrates the shell of the house, as openings in these areas put the house at risk of drawing in moisture that can lead to mold or more serious damage. These points of entry could be windows, doors, dryer vents, air conditioner connections, stove exhausts or bathroom fans. It’s a good idea to check around these objects to see if the caulking is dry, brittle or falling away. It’s also wise to check any place where two different siding products meet. Look for damage to siding or brickwork and make note of peeling paint or cracked stucco.
What should you look for along the foundation?
The foundation of your home is the element that supports the entire structure. It keeps out moisture and resists the movement of the earth around it, so protecting the foundation is a must. Look carefully for vertical cracks, as even the slightest crack can lead to moisture development inside the home. Also look for other signs that the foundation has been compromised. For instance, if flower beds along the house are being filled with too much water, it might be because the foundation has shifted and is affecting drainage systems.
What should you look for along the roof?
Missing or curled shingles can compromise the effectiveness of your home’s roof.
An exterior inspection is not meant to be complicated, so you should not feel obliged to climb up to inspect your roof. However, you should take note of the roof’s shingles, to see whether they are damaged, missing or curling. Any problem with shingles puts a roof at great risk of developing a leak. You should also take note of whether there’s been damage to soffits (the underside of the roof) or fascia (the band that runs horizontally under the roof’s edge), to ensure drainage problems won’t start. The need to check the roof takes on greater importance following a rough winter. Ice storms can easily damage eaves troughs that release water from the roof.
An exterior inspection does not have to be complicated, nor time consuming. Mark it on your calendar for a spring day when you know you’ll have some time. Then head out with a notepad, a camera and make a check list if you feel that helps. At Ducon Contractors we know that, for most people, a house is much more than a building; it’s also a sense of pride and an important investment. If you are concerned about anything you find, please get in touch.