Winter is right around the corner, and it’s time to prepare your home for the harsh weather conditions that come with it. Completing winter home maintenance tasks is crucial for preserving your home’s value, ensuring safety, and keeping energy bills under control.
7 Winter Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete Before Snow Hits
While the task of winter home maintenance may seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. By following a simple checklist, you can ensure that your home is in top shape for the winter season.
1. Clean Gutters & Downspouts
The fall season leaves gutters full of debris and dead leaves. It’s essential to remove all these debris before the winter season. Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to water damage in your roof or walls. When water is not directed away from your home, it can lead to leaks and other structural problems.
2. Seal Windows & Doors
Inspect your windows and doors for any leaks, and if you notice any gaps or cracks, seal them immediately. Applying weather-stripping and caulking around windows and doors can help reduce heat loss and energy bills. Also, ensure that your home’s insulation is sufficient, as a lack of insulation can lead to drafts and a rise in energy consumption.
If your home’s windows are getting old and past the point of sealants being an effective option, it’s probably time for replacement. Stop in to one of our locations to browse our selection of industry-leading window brands like Andersen® and Jeld-Wen®.
3. Check Your Roof
Inspect your roof for any signs of damage, such as missing or loose shingles, cracks, or splits. A damaged roof can lead to water leaks or ice dams, causing significant damage to your home. As part of your winter home maintenance, get any roof issues fixed before the snow begins to fall.
Similar to windows, roofs hit a point where simple repairs aren’t enough and it’s time for replacement. If your roof is over it’s expected lifespan or has considerable damage, give us a call to talk options on high-quality materials from GAF® and CertainTeed®.
4. Trim Trees & Bushes
Trim any trees or bushes around your home, as this helps prevent breakage from heavy snow and ice accumulation. Overgrown trees and branches can lead to significant damage to your property in case of a storm.
5. Service Your Heating Systems
Get your heating systems serviced before winter arrives. This helps ensure that your heating systems are working effectively and efficiently. A poorly maintained heating system can lead to higher energy bills and malfunctions in cold weather conditions.
6. Check Insulation
Inspect your home’s insulation, especially in the attic. Proper insulation helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature and saves on energy costs.
7. Chimney Maintenance
If you have a fireplace or wood stove, have the chimney inspected and cleaned to prevent chimney fires and ensure proper ventilation.
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