Winterizing Your Home

Tips On Winterizing Your Home

It’s Fall, here are some tips on winterizing your home in preparation for the cold and freezing weather. See what to look out for and learn how you can winterize your roof, windows, doors, and gutters before the winter season hits.

Roofing System

Inspecting your roofing system is essential before the winter season. If you are not comfortable checking the roofing system yourself, you can always hire a roofing contractor to inspect it for you. What to look for;

  • Make sure all flashing around chimney’s and other roof projections are correctly in place. Areas that have damaged or poor flashing will cause leaking.
  • Replace any damaged, brittle, or missing shingles from your roof.
  • Your gutters and downspouts play a vital role in your roofing system. Treat these just like your actual roofing, windows, and doors. Clear any debris from in or around your gutters and downspouts. Cleaning out your gutter system will significantly decrease the weight of your gutters when the freezing weather hits. By removing the load, it will prevent ice dams from forming and debris from clogging the drains.

Windows & Doors

Gaps in your windows and doors will allow cold air to infiltrate the interior of your home and allow warm air to escape. By caulking your windows and replacing your weatherstripping, homeowners can save hundreds of dollars on heating expenses and significantly reduce drafts. Doors can be treated the same way by replacing the weatherstripping on the side and bottom of the doors. Also, if your windows are not energy efficient, be sure to contact a local window installer to get a free estimate on replacement windows. Installing new, energy-efficient, double-paned windows will significantly reduce heating bills and keep out unwanted drafts from entering your home.

Follow these tips on winterizing your home and prepare for the winter season and the harsh weather that comes with it. Save money on heating costs, prevent future damages, and prevent any unwanted drafts from entering your home this season.

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