Protecting Your New Home From Winter’s Inclement Weather
With fall and winter weather quickly approaching, you need to start preparing your home for sleet, snow, ice, high winds, cold temperatures, and everything else that comes with the winter months.
Protecting Your Roof From Winter Weather
The last thing that you want is snow or high winds to blow, and your roof is blown off or leaks spring up. Check your roof’s shingles and ensure that they have been securely installed to avoid water getting into your home. Another tip: make sure your attic is properly insulated to avoid losing any heat during cold weather.
Protecting Your Gutters From Winter Weather
Your gutters should be kept in perfect condition so they can collect any rainwater or snow. Replace any rusting and rotting gutters to prevent leaking water on the sides of your house. Take any leaves or debris out of your gutters that may create a blockage in your gutters during rainy weather to prevent any flooding and overflow.
Protecting Your Doors And Windows From Winter Weather
During the winter months, windows and doors are the main exit point for heat from the house. Ensure that these exit points are properly sealed, you might even consider installing double glass windows for maximum retention.
Protecting Your Downspouts From Winter Weather
Replace rusty downspouts to prevent leaking water from getting into your house’s foundation. You might consider extending their length to ensure they direct water away from the house to prevent flooding.
Protecting Your Decks From Winter Weather
Whether it’s hot or cold or wet or dry, your deck receives the harsh weather first. Homes should have properly-protected decks that can withstand inclement weather. A way to protect your deck this winter is to thoroughly clean your deck and then coat it with a water-repellent protective finish.
Protecting Your Air Conditioning Unit From Winter Weather
Inclement weather can put a strain on your external air conditioning unit. Make sure it’s insulated well to protect it from the elements. You may also consider purchasing an air conditioning cover to keep the external unit protected from the cruel elements of winter.
Protecting Your Utility Bills From Winter Weather
Keeping your house properly sealed in areas that lose heat the most can save you money on your heating bill. Caulking around your windows can properly seal your home and reduce your heating bills during the winter months. It also increases building durability and creates a healthier indoor environment.
Properly sealing any areas of your home that may lose heat will also save you from water leakages into the house that can cause damage to your floors. Using rugs and mats near entrances of your home can prevent your kids and guests tracking in snow and mud. Clean any puddles from snow immediately to prevent buckling and regularly clean and sweep your floors to prevent any scratches.
It’s recommended to move pieces of your outdoor furniture into storage during the winter months and cover those pieces that you can’t. Plastic furniture doesn’t have a problem with moisture, but with freezing temperatures this can cause cracking of your furniture. You can find furniture covers at your local Home Depot or Lowes. Metal furniture should not be left out in harsh weather conditions and consider investing in furniture that has removable conditions that can easily be stored away for the winter.
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