Cold temperatures, freezing rain, and snow can cause a lot of problems for an unprepared home. Make these home improvements now so you can enjoy the comfort and warmth of a prepared home this winter.
Warped, cracked, and peeling siding is not only unattractive but can also be problematic in the winter. The cracks, gaps and opened seams in older siding can allow heat to escape the home and let cold air come inside. This makes it difficult and costly to warm a home.
While there are many types of siding to choose from, you might consider vinyl. Vinyl siding is low maintenance and designed to withstand multiple types of precipitation and extreme temperatures. This helps keep heating costs down and can prevent major problems in the future. There’s also a wide variety of styles and colors to match any style of home.
Fix or Replace the Roof
Don’t wait until a rain or snowstorm to discover that your roof leaks. Leaks during the winter may go unnoticed until they cause significant damage to the attic or ceiling.
Also, winter weather, such as ice dams on the roof, can worsen small, existing problems. This could potentially lead to mold when temperatures rise.
Get your roof checked out as soon as possible, and have it replaced or repaired if needed. If necessary, you can do repairs to last the winter now and replace the roof next year.
Many people don’t want to think about their furnace during the warm summer months, but that is the perfect time to consider new furnace installation.
A new furnace can help keep your home warm more efficiently. This can reduce the cost of your heating bills and keep your family comfortable all winter long.
Signs that you may want to consider replacing your old furnace include unusually high utility bills, a furnace that is currently over 10 years old, and constant problems that warrant repairs.
You don’t want your furnace to give out at the height of winter. Not only does it make for an uncomfortable home, but it can be downright dangerous depending on where you live. To prevent this hazard and keep your home cozy, get your furnace inspected and have a new furnace inspected if necessary.
Clean or Replace Gutters
Efficiently direct melted snow and rain by keeping your home’s gutters clean and in good repair. Falling leaves, dirt, pine needles, dead flowers, pollen, and sticks that fall during the summer months can all cause water flow problems in gutters.
This can cause major issues when ice starts to accumulate, including ice dams and icicles. Inspect your gutters, clean them, and replace any broken gutters. Make sure you use a sturdy ladder and take safety precautions when cleaning the gutters.
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Seal All Windows and Doors
Even a brand-new furnace will result in high bills if all of the warm air is leaking out of the home’s windows and doors. Inspect and seal all of the windows and doors to prevent cold air and water from coming into the home. It’s also a good time to seal any hatches in the attic to prevent cold winter drafts.
Making home improvements before the first snowfall is one of the best things you can do this fall. Doing so will help save you time and money. It will also allow you to stay cozy and warm indoors this winter.
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