7 ways to Get Your Roof Winter-Ready

1.  Air Leaks – If there are any air leaks in your home be sure to cover them up before the cold air gets through. Leaks are what causes more than one third of energy use. Be sure to look carefully at walls, outlets, ceilings, windows, doors, vents, etc. Even the most minescule hole in the wall can cost you a lot of money.

2. Finish the Basement and Attic – Without insulation in the basement or the attic, a large amount of energy will be lost. The best time to finish one of these areas is before the winter, and before overspending to heat a house with inadequate insulation in the winter.

3. Repair/ Replace Your Roof – Your roof needs to be strong enough for the upcoming winter storms. If it is not stable to handle ice damming and snow piling on top, then it is time to get a roof consultation. Your roof is your home’s primary barrier against element’s, so when it is compromised, a lot of damage can be done.

4. Repair loose Shingles – Impending snow storms can further deteriorate shingles, and damage them to the point of no repair. It is easier to repair a few shingles than to re-do the whole roof.

p_00165. Window Repair or Energy Efficient Window Treatments – Windows are an important part of saving energy during the harsh winter months. Ensuring your windows are designed specifically for winter, and using cellular shades is a way to save on energy. One little open space in your windows can cost you a lot of money in extra heating that could have been preserved with newer windows.

6. Clean out and Repair Gutters – Cleanout & Repair Gutters – Cleaning gutters is important because you do not want them to get clogged when the snow falls. You want the gutters to be able to filter out water and snow seamlessly. After cleaning out the gutters, you should be able to see if there are any dings or cracks in the gutter. If there are a lot of these, if can hinder the flow of the water. We would gladly be willing to evaluate your gutters, and repair or replace them if needed.

7. Exterior Fixes – – Finding where cracks on the outside of your home where cold air can seep through, is a good way to determine if you need to repair your siding. Raking leaves from your yard will prevent ice dams. Clearing out leaves from your gutters will leave them open, and prevent pests like ants. A leaking gutter can leak water into the walls and rot the wood. Another wise home improvement is to fill in cracks on the driveways and sidewalks before the ice fills them in. .

Replacement Windows

Windows last a long time, but in extreme weather conditions they are often damaged. Cracks can often result from extreme cold weather, and if not fixed right away, can create a lot of damage. High winds and projectile objects from storms can break windows, since glass is fragile. Tree branches can break branches can snap if they are covered in heavy snow, and crash into your windows. Be sure to trim your trees to get rid of dead or weakened branches.

Windows can become damaged from many elements, including mold and water damage. With the upcoming fall and winter, the weather changes quickly and becomes very cold. During these cold months, mold is capable of growing the most. Windows are often the top places that mold grows. Moisture around the windows allows for mold growth and water damage, that can damage the window frame. To prevent water and mold damage, you can caulk your windows. If you were not able to caulk in the fall, it is not too late by the winter to do it.p_0012

Windows that already survived water and mold damage should be replaced using our
window replacement services. Window panes can also be affected from the cold weather. If your window is half in the shade and half in the sun, the window can get a thermal stress crack. This crack will happen when the two different temperatures make the window both expand and contract. When this happens, the glass must be replaced.  

In extreme weather, homeowners should be aware of the risks that weather can pose on a house. Windows can crack and shatter, which is dangerous and costly. Preventing window damage is the safest way to keep a window from having to be fully replaced. But if you need window replacement, it will not only change your home’s curb appeal, but will also provide safety through the seasons with extreme weather. To make an appointment for a free estimate, contact us here!