You celebrate the summer with tons of fun and not by worrying about maintenance on your home. During the winter, you hunker down indoors until the cold weather passes. In between is the fall where you can take the time to prep your home for the upcoming harsher weather. Here are a few tips for doing just that.
Inspect the Roof
Because inclement weather is rare before the winter and fall, problems may develop in your roof that aren't visible. Shingles may get loose or come off, and holes may appear, which you may not notice until fall rains allow water to drip into your interiors. So take some time to inspect the roof for damaged areas. Be sure to look in the attic also for streams of light entering through holes or black staining from mold on the insulation.
You can fix many problems yourself, such as by caulking small leaks with tri-polymer elastomeric sealant or closing gaps in the sheathing with closed-cell polyurethane foam. For larger leaks or more serious problems, contact a roofing professional to make the repairs.
Weatherproof Doors and Windows
Cold drafts seeping through cracks in the windows and doors feel unpleasant. They can also force your furnace to work overtime as you raise the thermostat to try and deal with the problem. You then get higher energy bills as a result. An easier and more cost-effective solution is to seal the gaps.
For windows, you can press closed-cell foam that is backed by adhesive into the bottom of the sash. You can also secure loose sashes by putting a strip of v-channel weatherstripping on the grooves in which the sash slides. You can then hold the material in place using finish nails.
For doors, add foam strips to the tops and sides. To the bottom, add a door sweep, which will still allow the door to open and close.
Clean the Gutters
Your gutters are important for draining water from the roof. If they are not installed at the right angle or become filled with leaves, twigs, and other natural elements, they may overflow in the next rain, sending water streaming down the siding and into your basement. Don’t forget to look for clogs in the downspouts and for holes or other damage to the exterior of the gutters, which may cause water to leak.
Inspect your gutters before the first rain and look for areas that are sagging or leaking. Clear any clogged portions of any debris. You may find that a gutter scoop makes the job easier and more convenient.
If you’re afraid of heights or are otherwise unable to do the gutter work, call the professionals at Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvements. Our experts get the job done efficiently and at your convenience. If your gutters are too damaged to repair, we can also offer quick replacements before winter arrives.