Maintaining Your Home in a Rainy Climate
If you are living in a rainy climate like Vancouver (or any other city in the Pacific Northwest), you are probably familiar with the difficulties of maintaining a home in a constantly moist environment. Despite these challenges, maintenance can be made a lot easier by choosing the right external materials and styles for your home.
Here are some tips to help you reduce your long-term repair costs and thus overall maintenance spending.
Choose the Right Roof
The rule of thumb when it comes to roofing is to have a solid foundation underneath, rather than putting new shingles on top of the old roofing every time there is a leak. Having multiple layers of roofing as opposed to laying a new roof can decrease the roof’s ability to stand up to extreme conditions such as hail. Moreover, installing new shingles over top of the old layers can result in reduced lifespan of the roofing by up to 20%.
Do Not Disregard The Gutters
When dealing with large amounts of rain, moving the water away from the siding and the foundation of your home is the most important part. This is why gutters and downspouts play a critical role in keeping your home free from leaks and other structural damage that can result from improper drainage.
The best strategy is to time your gutter and roof installation so that they can be implemented together. Gutters are most effective when they match to your roof. For instance, the steeper the pitch of a roof, the more quickly and easily rainwater will drain through it. This is why steeper roofs require bigger gutter systems. Other external factors such as having leafy trees close to your home can be reasons to install larger or different types of gutters. (See our article about types of gutter guards to learn more about different options available).
Choose the Right Siding
You will notice the prevalence of horizontal siding if you live in the Pacific Northwest due to the wet climate. Vinyl siding is a very popular choice among homeowners, as it is low maintenance, and does not require painting. Sealed wood can endure a lot of moisture too but it is important to protect it as much as possible. Minor splitting and cracking is considered normal with these materials, as the wood contracts and expands depending on the temperature.