As a homeowner, you should be staying on top of regular maintenance and repairs—especially when it comes to the exterior of your home, which creates that all-important first impression. But there inevitably comes a time when repairs have done all they can, and you’re forced to accept the bitter—and expensive—truth: It’s time to outright replace things like windows, the mailbox, or even the roof.
Such large-scale upgrades could really bust your maintenance budget. But knowing when you might need to lay out this kind of cash can help you plan for it.
To help you get your facts straight, we rounded up the most common exterior features and asked experts to weigh in on when they’re likely to deteriorate to the point of needing to be replaced.