Naturally, one of the best ways of extending the lifespan of your home is through constant and proper maintenance. Although maintaining an average-sized home won’t be a problem for most families, the problem usually stems from the amount spent on monthly maintenance.
On average, a homeowner might have to spend around $200 every month for maintenance services. That doesn’t seem like a lot, right? Well, homeowners have to keep in mind that this will total up to a staggering $12,000 in five years. While most families don’t mind having to spend $200, can you imagine what you can do with $12,000 for your home? That amount of money can already buy a new roof or a new expansion of your home.
That said, cutting down on maintenance costs should be the top priority. Contrary to what most people think, you can still get the same pristine condition you’re gunning for, even if you’re not spending much on monthly maintenance. So what are some effective ways of extending your home’s lifespan?
What Is Your Home’s Lifespan
On average, a home’s lifespan will usually last around 200 years. This isn’t a surprise when homes are designed to last through generations. But most experts would say that this number is quite exaggerated and it will ultimately depend on the quality of the materials used. Some other factors that homeowners will need to be cognizant of are:
- Environmental and weather conditions
- The building and construction materials used for your home
- The overall practical design of your home
- The quality of the materials used.
- Natural disasters in the area
Fortunately, there are various ways of preserving your home’s lifespan while keeping all the core aesthetic aspects in pristine condition. That said, what are some ways of preserving your home’s luxurious luster? Here’s what you’ll need to know.
Keep an Eye Out for Water Damage
A bit of rain and water won’t ruin your day, right? Well, flowing water is not necessarily harmful to your home’s structure if it’s just raining for a day. But long-term exposure to the elements, especially in the form of flowing water, leaks, and ponding water, can have a significant effect on your home. For instance, water can rot down supporting wooden beams, increase the likelihood of rust on metal beams, and erode certain building materials.
Flowing and ponding water can be especially harmful to your roof and flat rooftops. In fact, the water damage that’s not addressed could cut down the lifespan of your home by a few decades since this can cause a cascade of structural issues when other elements can now easily penetrate your home’s interiors.
Even decks, balconies, and overhangs are especially vulnerable to the effects of water. Fortunately, some professionals can help install a waterproof deck coating system to safeguard your more vulnerable decking.
Prevent Problems from Happening
When it comes to keeping maintenance costs reasonably low, we have to remember the Pareto principle. Basically, 20% of the structural damage that our homes incur will usually result in 80% maintenance time and cost. That said, preventing issues from happening is one of the best ways of ensuring that your home’s lifespan won’t be affected. Are there hailstorms in your area? You might want to invest in impact-resistant roofing materials.
Sometimes, a permanent solution is better than having to spend monthly on maintenance. For instance, if you can root out termites by determining where their nests are and flushing them out rather than just dealing with the “symptoms” of a termite infection.
There are various ways of extending your home’s lifespan, but one of the best ways of ensuring that no further damage happens to your home is getting to the root of the problem. After all, nobody wants to spend thousands of dollars on repairs and replacements.