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Repairs That Will Extend the Life of Your Home

Your home is a major investment in your future. A well-maintained and continuously upgraded home likely will increase in value over your lifetime.  Many common home repairs that are performed in a timely fashion can actually prolong the life of your home and save you money in the long run.

We at Ferris Home Improvements will be a trustworthy resource for determining whether you simply need a repair or you require a larger job such as a complete replacement of an element of your home.  We’ve built our business on honesty and trust. When you want to talk about a home repair, you can trust us to give you an honest assessment. If your issue calls for a repair, we’ll tell you that. But if a repair now won’t fix the problem and will lead to a bigger job in the future, we’ll tell you that, too.  On occasion, we’ve had customers call us to give them an estimate on a roof replacement, and when we assessed the situation, we advised them that a repair was all they needed at that time.  These are the customers who come back to us time and again, secure in the knowledge that they can trust us to do right by them.

Let’s talk about some issues that call for repairs that need to be done promptly:

Roof repairs

Obviously your roof is one of the most important components of your home for the protection it provides from the elements. Your roof can have a long lifetime depending on the quality of the shingles and the quality of the craftsmanship.  But over time, your roof most likely will start to show signs of wear and tear, including missing or broken shingles, leaks, or weather damage. Addressing these issues promptly can help prevent serious damage to your home’s structure, and avoid water damage and mold growth.  If you see signs of roof damage, give us a call and we’ll stop by and give you an assessment. If a repair will suffice, we’ll let you know; if a replacement is recommended, we’ll give you a no-obligation estimate and timeline for the work.

Exterior repairs

Your home’s exterior —  siding, windows, and doors — can also benefit from regular maintenance and repairs.

Home exterior siding
Protect curb appeal by keeping siding in good repair. Photo by James Hardie Siding

Addressing issues such as rotting wood, peeling paint, or broken windows can help prevent further damage and keep your home looking its best.

Pay attention to your soffits, capping and gutters.  When one of these elements of your home has a problem you don’t address, you can expect other, larger problems to follow.  Check to see if pieces of soffits have fallen off or come apart, if gutter stakes are unstable, or if capping is missing.  These conditions can lead to water encroachment and even damage to rafters that can cause the roof to lean or sag.  Failing to attend to these seemingly small issues when they occur can cost you big in the long run.

Insulation

Attic insulation is an often-overlooked component that may need attention. If your insulation was installed when the home was built, it could have been of a lower quality, or it could have deteriorated and lost effectiveness over time. Give us a call and we’ll stop by and take a look.  If you need insulation, we’ll install 10 inches of blown-in product.

Siding

Damage to your siding is one of the easiest repair needs for the homeowner to spot.  Failing to fix siding issues will seriously degrade your home’s curb appeal. Siding damage can require skilled repairers to match the color of your siding panels, some of which may have been out there oxidizing for decades.  Sometimes these repairs require some extra creativity – can we move a piece from behind a bush to the more visible repair area? Can we use a segment from the back or the side of the house where a mismatch will be less noticeable? As siding repair experts, we’ll do all we can to make sure your repair can’t be found by the sharpest critical eye.

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, regular maintenance and repairs can protect your curb appeal, help prolong the life of your home and prevent costly repairs down the line. If you’re unsure where to start, just give us a call, secure in the knowledge that you’ll get our honest, no-obligation assessment.  Remember, investing in your home now can pay off in the long run, both in terms of your home’s value and your peace of mind.