The best time to prep your house for winter? Before it gets too cold to work outside!
This month, take a walk around your house to check for any damage to the roof and siding that should be repaired before harsh weather hits.
Siding: Damaged siding can let air, water, dirt and insects into your home. Check for damaged or loose siding and make any necessary repairs. This is also a good time to powerwash your exterior to remove dirt and mildew, and touch up worn or peeling paint.
Windows and Doors: A little bit of weatherstripping goes a long way towards making your home more cozy when the weather is frigid. Check doors and windows for gaps, and seal them up with caulk or weatherseal to keep cold air out of your home this winter.
Roof: Next, look up to your roof. Are there shingles that are lifted, loose, or missing? Is the flashing – the galvanized sheet metal used to seal the base of the chimney, the roof perimeter, and vent openings – intact? If you notice any damage, it might be time to call in a roofing company to repair or replace your roof. Next, think back to last winter. If your roof was covered in icicles and ice dams, install an Electric Roof Cable Kit to prevent future roof damage by keeping water flowing through gutters and downspouts instead of freezing on your roof.