Exterior Aging - How Long Will My Home Last?

 
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How well does your home age?

Know when it is time for a home remodel!

Are you a new homeowner that just learned the details of your freshly bought house? You may find a shocking revelation that the home is over fifty years old, has a roof older than you, or shows signs of dents and cracks along the siding. Don’t worry: with good maintenance and upgrades, you can make a 100-year old home withstand the test of time! When considering a remodel for the necessary components, we provide you an idea of how long the skin of your home may last.

Lasting up to 50 years, architectural roofs are an affordable option we couldn’t recommend enough!

Lasting up to 50 years, architectural roofs are an affordable option we couldn’t recommend enough!

1. Your roof

How long your roof lasts depends on a multitude of factors! If you have a standard 3-tab asphalt roof, you may expect it to last you from 10 to 20 years. A majority of homeowners opt to get this roof type replaced after 15 years to upgrade to the more up-to-date, revolutionary architectural shingle roof, which lasts 15 to 25 years on average and up to 50 years for the premium types!

If you know the numbers on your roof, then the magic number to keep in mind is: 15. Look into a new roof when yours gets to that number!


2. Your windows

The lifespan of your windows relates closely to how long your roof will hold up: between 15 to 20 years. Wood windows for example tend to last shorter whereas aluminum windows will hold up longer but damage more easily. Whether or not you should replace your windows depends more on the effectiveness of holding out drafts and unwanted temperature fluctuations, as well as overall functionability.

For instance, if you’re starting to see energy bills rise - it may just reflect that it’s time to get new windows. Vinyl windows are our recommended solution and can last from 30 to 50 years!

Vinyl siding lasts the longest of all siding types and is maintenance-free!

Vinyl siding lasts the longest of all siding types and is maintenance-free!

3. Your siding

Wood siding, while a fine choice, tends to rot the easiest, which as a result will only withstand 5 years of weather pressure before requiring maintenance. Aluminum siding is guaranteed to last longer, but after some time you will see various signs of damage such as denting that could plague the appeal in decades to come.

Therefore, if you seek siding that ages elegantly like fine wine, we couldn’t recommend vinyl siding any more. It is hands down the longest lasting and is virtually maintenance-free and resistant to many different weather conditions.


4. Your Gutters

Gutters can be unpredictable when it comes to aging. Steel and aluminum gutters can last around 20 years, whereas copper up to 30. The idea to wrap your mind around is: are my gutters doing what they’re meant to do? Ineffective or damaged gutters can cause costly problems to your home and foundation - thus any red flag on your gutters must see attention as soon as possible.

We can’t stress enough the meaning of proactivity as a homeowner. Take a walk around your house every once in a while and seek out any warning signs that your gutters could be failing!

All in all, we hope these numbers give you a solid understanding of when it’s time to remodel parts of your home’s shell. You may get a free estimate us at any time at 667-212-2759 whenever you have doubts on the aging!