What Needs Inspecting on Your Home Exterior

December 10, 2022
by Charlie Priest
Inspecting your home is the best way to prevent damage. When you inspect, you can find problems early on and fix them before things worsen. On the exterior of your home, there are several features that you should pay special attention to. 

The Roof

At least once a year, you need to inspect your roof. If your roof is damaged, it can cave in, allow leaks, or cause other damage to the rest of your home. It’s important to look out for early signs of damage. When you inspect your roof, look at your shingles. You may have issues if they are buckling, curling, or even missing. 

Other signs of damage include cracked caulk, damaged flashing and vent pipes, and accumulation of moss or lichen. While you can inspect your roof on your own, it may be in your best interest to hire a professional to do the work. This is an especially good idea since it’s dangerous to walk on your roof if you aren’t experienced. 

The Deck

Your deck is often an extension of your indoor space. It allows you to enjoy time outside and it gives you a designated space for entertaining. However, you want to make sure you keep up with maintenance and inspect it for issues so you can continue to use it. 

While inspecting, keep an eye out for any structural issues. If your deck isn’t properly cared for, it can deteriorate faster. Decks that aren’t waterproofed may show signs of rotting. You can also look out for cracks or signs of damage. Mold and mildew can also cause serious problems. If you see signs of either, deal with them immediately.

The Siding 

Your home’s siding might serve a primarily cosmetic purpose, but it also is an important part of your home. It aids in insulation and it helps maintain the structure of your home. While inspecting your home’s exterior, you don’t want to skip out on your siding. It may be time to replace your siding if it’s cracked, warping, bubbling, or rotting. You also know it’s time for an upgrade if it’s severely faded and the weatherproofing is wearing away. Higher energy bills and signs of moisture in your home are also signs that your siding is failing. Inspecting your siding should be added to your exterior maintenance checklist. 


Often, the exterior of your home isn’t given as much attention. This is partly what contributes to issues slowly developing and then becoming a larger problem. If you inspect the exterior of your home more often, you can catch problems early on and prevent future damage.

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