It’s a good idea to have your entire home inspected at least once a year. That way, you’ll be able to catch issues before they get worse. Your inspector will brief you on all the problems they found during an inspection, but it wouldn’t hurt to know more about the common structural issues that homes face. D-Wing Construction, a top roofing contractor in the state, lists the most problematic parts of your home below.
Your roof, being your home’s first line of defense against the weather, will naturally experience a lot of problems. Moisture damage is common and usually found in the weak points of the roof. You should keep an eye on the following parts:
Flashing – Contractors install these strips of metal to cover structural joints. Since flashing is made of metals that are resistant to corrosion, rust shouldn’t be a problem. However, extremely high temperatures can warp them, opening gaps through which water can infiltrate your roof.
Roof protrusions – Apart from structural joints, flashing is also installed near the base of chimneys and other roof protrusions.
Skylights – The sealing on skylights weaken over time, making them highly leak-prone.
It shouldn’t be surprising that your exterior, which includes your siding, windows and doors, also experiences a fair share of issues.
Windows – Cracked glass panes and warped window frames are a fairly common problem in the Midwest. Abrupt temperature changes throughout the year can take its toll on the frame. That’s why you need to pick a frame material that can handle your local area’s climate.
Siding – If you notice peeling paint on your siding, have a fresh coat applied right away. Without coatings, your siding is left vulnerable to moisture damage or even mold formation. If you don’t have a lot of time for maintenance, we recommend installing vinyl siding. It’s virtually immune to mold and moisture damage, making it a good addition to any Midwestern home.
Doors – Keep an eye out for any cracks in your doors, but also pay attention to the door openings. If cracks are forming around on the walls near your roor, your home’s structure might have sustained serious damage.
To make sure your exterior is inspected thoroughly and its new parts are installed properly, only hire an experienced roof installation contractor. D-Wing Construction, a contractor with nearly two decades’ worth of experience, offers a wide range of exterior services. To get a free estimate, call us at (630) 688-5160 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Aurora, IL, and the surrounding areas.