There is not an exact age when a home
suddenly becomes an “older” home. Often, how quickly a home ages
depends on the quality of construction and how well the home was
maintained. If your home is more than 50 years old, keep an eye on
these areas of the house so you can be ready to update with modern technologies
and materials when the time comes.
Problems with a house’s foundation
present themselves in a variety of ways, such as uneven floors, cracks
on interior walls and doors or windows that are difficult to open.
Consult an expert to see if these problems are caused by a weakened
foundation and take advantage of new foundation repair technologies
that provide minimally invasive fixes for many issues.
Roofs typically have a lifespan of 20-25
years. If your roof is approaching (or past) that time frame, look for
signs of wear and tear, like decaying shingles, damaged flashing, or
plant growth, to determine when a new roof is needed. Replacing a roof
is costly, so opt for quality materials and inquire about a warranty.
Use a reputable contractor who will provide proof of insurance and
other necessary paperwork.
Windows play a key role in insulating
your house. If you notice drafts, decay or hard to open windows, it may
be time to replace them. Choose windows with an ENERGY STAR label to
ensure a long-life span and a savings on your energy bills.
While older heating and air conditioning
systems may still get the job done, an updated HVAC system can do it
more efficiently. New units provide a cleaner, more consistent air
flow, while at the same time reducing your heating and cooling costs.
They also take up less space and are often quieter than older units.
Drainage and Waterproofing
Over time, older foundations can give
way to water problems in a house, particularly in basements. By
installing new drainage technologies, like sump pumps, French drains,
and sealants, you can prevent water problems in the future.