Are you renovating your home? If yes, then you are reading just the right article!
Your home is the place to escape from the rest of the world and have some privacy for you or your family. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional renovator, you don’t want to ruin your home by doing anything wrong the first time. This is why you may be reading this article. So without any further delay, let us look at some possible mistakes that you can make during exterior home renovations.
Exterior home renovations are important. While you may see the obvious signs of your windows needing replacement, you may still have a question about the right time to change them. If your windows are not opening and closing freely, you need to consider a replacement. If you don’t replace or repair your windows, you may observe air leaks or find drafts around the window frame. Air leaks may put a load on your furnace or air conditioner, thus increasing your utility bills. Cracked or damaged seals also give birth to problems like condensation between panes of window glass.
Warping and cracking in the frames allow water, air, and even insects to get inside. If you don’t replace a warped or cracked frame, it can lead to additional problems such as water stains around the frame when the moisture penetrates. This can affect the aesthetics of your window.
Evaluate your window to see any signs of replacement. Ignoring a window replacement during exterior home renovations can cause additional expenses and risk your family’s safety and security.
Unless you have buckets to catch water leaking or wish to hear your neighbors gossip about your outdated roof, you probably should consider replacing your home’s roof. Waiting until those leaks ruin your home’s interior can cause an exorbitant expense. So, when is the right time to renovate the roof? This is where a roofing contractor comes in the picture. A roofing contractor knows the right time to replace your roof according to their evaluation. Ideally, replace your roofing before you notice the first few drops of water leaking. Inspect your roof from time to time. If you find any missing roofing parts or notice that shingles are curling upwards, call your home renovator and get them replaced.
Choosing the wrong material for your roof can affect the look and performance of your roof. You need to keep in mind that local building codes, modern styles, availability in your area, and your budget do limit your choices. Materials such as asphalt, slate, wood, and clay, concrete tiles are some of the examples to be used for roofing in Canada.
Your roofing contractor will also help you in choosing the right roofing material for exterior home renovations.
Failing to repair or replace the door can lead to a security breach, invite unwanted insects, and even lower the aesthetics of your house. While replacing the doors, taking accurate measurements is a must when it comes to remodeling the door of your home. Before you remodel, use plan drawings of the swinging doors. Ensure that the measurement of the door is not too big or too small.
There are many mistakes associated with the wrong siding installation. Mistakes such as choosing the wrong material, avoiding paper wrap, and using wrong nailing techniques can affect the home. A paper wrap is something that protects the walls and the doors from moisture. Ideally, paper wrap is installed under a siding surface which is dry to prevent any incidents caused due to moisture. Even while installing your siding, you need to ensure that nailing is done correctly. Careless nailing techniques can falter the entire installation process, thus leading to gaps between siding, and eventually leading to moisture damage. Once you install the siding, you shouldn’t see any nail heads. If the nail heads are exposed, they may get corroded with time and leave holes behind.
Many people try to use DIY tactics to fix the eavestrough to cut down their expenses. An improper pitch and wrongly positioned eavestrough can bring many disadvantages like water overflowing or clogging. If the eavestrough is not positioned well below a few inches of the roofline or doesn’t slope towards the downspouts, it may discourage the flow of water to the predetermined area. This leads to an accumulation of water near your home, contributing to the oversaturation of the soil. Oversaturation of soil can bring drastic effects to your foundation which can further lead to cracks in walls and the floor. Thus, always hire a professional home exterior specialist to install eavestrough or to repair them.
Exterior home renovations are big tasks as you need to manage a lot of things. Get done with the exterior home renovations first before you move to interior renovations.