Are freezing temperatures, harsh winds, and heavy snow causing you to worry about the impact on your home this winter? From drafty windows to snow-laden roofs, the potential issues can stack up as winter progresses, and can even linger into spring if they go unaddressed. We’ve put together four trustworthy tips to help you protect your home and your investment during the winter months.
1. Regularly Inspect Your Windows & Doors
Facing drafty windows or inefficient, frosty exterior doors? Regularly inspect your windows and doors for moisture build-up, and use weatherstripping for drafts. Check for gaps and cracks around the frame, and apply silicone caulk to keep the cold and moisture out. If you have a serious issue that needs addressing, ensure your home is taken care of with our professional window and door solutions.
2. Keep Your Gutters & Roof As Clear as You Can
Your home’s roof bears the brunt of winter’s harsh elements. To prevent ice dams and ensure proper drainage, clean out your gutters regularly. If heavy snowfall is anticipated, use a roof rake to gently remove excess snow to prevent structural strain. And if weather permits, we recommend inspecting your roof for missing shingles and potential damage. Always keep safety top of mind when working on your roof! Consider having a skilled team to complete winter maintenance for you.
3. Check Your Home’s Insulation
To maintain a comfortable indoor temperature during winter, check your home’s insulation in the attic, crawlspaces and walls if you can access them. Check for areas with thin, inefficient insulation and also areas that present mould, caused by moisture getting in. For minor concerns, replace or add insulation as needed to maintain a safe and cozy indoor environment. This not only keeps you warm but can also reduce your energy bill—a win-win against the winter chill.
4. Don’t Forget About Your Home’s Siding
Your home’s siding can take a beating during winter. On a mild day, inspect it for cracks, gaps, and loose panels. For minor issues, you may be able to seal them with caulking and for larger damage, you may need to completely replace a section of your siding to protect your home. At the end of the day, we always recommend investing in high-quality, long-lasting siding to shield your home from the elements for years to come.
For professional assistance and a home shielded against the elements year-round, contact George Kent Home Improvements. We’re ready to help.