4 Services You'll Need Done When Your Home Is Over Fifty Years Old

Your Home Is Over Fifty Years Old

Older homes have a unique charm and beauty. They also have some special requirements to make sure they're maintained and livable. After your home reaches its 50th birthday, it's a good idea to check out these services to make sure your home is in the best shape possible.

Besides these four services, you might want to check the home foundations because foundation problems are common with older homes. Problems like wall cracks, sinking garage slabs, uneven floors, and sticking doors, and windows are common foundation problems. Though not all wall cracks are a sign of foundation problems, it means there is structural damage. Only a foundation repair professional can identify if the wall crack is a foundation problem or not

Roof Repairs or Replacements

Depending on the materials that your roof is made of, it can last anywhere from 10 years to more than 50 years. But even though your roof might be made of clay, concrete, or slate that could last more than 50 years doesn't mean you can't still have roofing issues. There could be other problems where the roof meets the walls. And even if the material should last, there's always a possibility of defects. You should check your roof carefully after your home turns 50.

Garage Door

A garage door can last 20-50 years, depending on the material it's made of and how often it's used. If you've never had the garage door looked at, and especially if you don't know how old it is, it's worth having it looked at when your home is over 50. Make sure your technician looks not just at the door but at all the chains and pulleys, the motor, and the opener.

Electrical Systems

Older homes weren't designed for the number of electronic devices we use today. Between standard household appliances, televisions, computers, and assorted portable devices that need regular charging, you could easily overload an older home's electrical system. This can cause a short which could then cause a fire. If your home is over 50, have an electrician check out your electrical system and perform any upgrades that may be required.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is often installed because it's so low maintenance and cost-effective. Its durability means it can last for more than 50 years and stand up to moisture without rotting. But even with the best care, after half a century, your vinyl siding may not be in such great shape anymore. Having someone look it over and remove it to install new vinyl or even wood siding can not only keep your home in good condition but also increase its value.

Whether you're the home's first owner or you just bought it last year, a home more than half a century old requires some special care. The trade-off of living in a well-built, beautiful, older home is keeping up with some additional maintenance. But when you do, you also get the joy of knowing that your home is withstanding the test of time.

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