10 Facts about your Home
Here are 10 facts about your home that will help you be a better homeowner
1. Roof Life Expectancy
Because here at Skyline Exterior we specialize in providing quality roofs, we decided to start with the life expectancy of roofs which depends on materials and other variables. By knowing the age that your roof was put on, homeowners can have a better idea when they might need to replace their roof. The most common type of roof coverings for residential homes include asphalt, aluminum, clay, copper, coal and tar, and wood . The life expectancy for asphalt shingles vary with 3-Tab lasting 20 years and architectural lasting 30 years. The other types of roof coverings go as follows: aluminum 3-7 years, clay/concrete 100+, coal and tar 30, copper 70+, and wood 25 years.
2. Gutters and Drainage
Water intrusion is the most common form of damage seen on houses and buildings. That is why it is important for home owners to know if they have a proper gutter and drainage system to keep their home protected from water. An easy way to spot if your gutters are properly installed is to notice if the gutters have a slight slope towards the downspouts. Gutters should slope at the rate of 1/16th inch for every foot. Obvious signs that you don't have proper drainage is if you notice water overflowing from your gutters or puddling at the base of your house.
3. Proper Grading
Going along with proper drainage, it is important that your grading is leveled so that water drains off away from your house. The correct slope for grading is 1 foot for every ten feet. Poor grading could cause water to seep into your basement or crawl space causing significant damages and needs for repair.
4. Siding and Exterior Cladding
Siding is meant to be water resistant and protects your home from rain, wind, snow and any other outside objects from getting inside your home.The most common types of siding are vinyl,wood, metal, and masonry. As a homeowner, you want to watch for warping or missing sections of your siding that has been blown away. For masonry siding look for cracks or signs of bowing and mortar deterioration in the brick or stone.
The last exterior component of your home that you should know about before we transition to the interior are decks. More than half of all decks built are considered not completely safe. Because decks are meant to carry a heavy load such as people, snow, and objects placed on them, decks must be able to support the stress placed on them. When decks collapse the most probable occurrence is the deck separating from the house from the deck ledger board. It is important home owners do not overload the weight of their decks with large amounts of people or objects such as a hot tub that can add thousands of pounds of weight against the deck.
6. Water Heaters
Shifting into the interior house components there are many different types and sizes of water heaters found in homes. However, it is important that water heaters are properly located, have all necessary valves such as Temperature Relief and Fuel Shut Off Valve, and include all components such as a Sacrificial Rod. Failure to take these precautions could cause damages to your home if the water heaters malfunctioned.
7. Electrical Service Panels
Common problems that occur with electrical boxes are that they are unaccessible, rusted out , missing knockouts, and have poor wiring. To see if your Electrical box is safe look for black smoke marks on the panel that indicates electric arcing from double-tapping wires.
It is pretty easy to spot a leak when your house's ceiling is composed of drywall. You may notice discoloration and cracking where the water is dripping down on the ceiling. While most of the time this is a result in a roof leak, there are other instances where the water damage is caused by plumbing problems or even condensation caused by the differences in temperature with your HVAC system.
While there are many different types of furnace systems one of the most common systems are gas furnaces. Gas furnaces are usually come with a standing-pilot light or an intermittent-pilot light. Standing-pilot lights have a constant flame while intermittent uses an igniter to start the flame and shuts off when the thermostat is satisfied. The controls on your furnace include a thermostat, thermopile, and fan and motor controls.
10. Call the Expert
As you can see there are an endless amount of parts that go into the composition of the house. Because of the complexity of the house it is a good idea to make sure that you have an expert who specializes in the area of your home that needs examined. Do you your research and don't be afraid to reach out to your local plumber, electrician, HVAC guy, and of course Skyline Exterior for your Roofing, Siding, and Gutters.