Winter is here, and it's bringing high winds, ice, and sub-zero temperatures with it. Brrrr. It's the time of year to dig out your long johns, comfy blankets, extra mittens, and maybe consider hibernation. But while you get yourself ready for the cold, take a moment to think about your home, the cold season can be just as hard on it as it is on you. Winter weather can be murder on your roof, your pipes, and your lawn.
Thankfully, a little precaution can go a long way. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure your home is winter ready before the sleet and snow really starts to fall.
Get on top of things!
Cleaning out your eavestroughs is likely already a standard part of your winter preparation (and if it isn't it should be). But while you're up there, use the opportunity to take a look at your roof. Check for any missing shingles or any that seem to be curling or compromised. Replacing a few sub-par shingles isn't a particularly difficult job and if you feel confident in your abilities and safety, it's something you can likely do by yourself. If you see more obvious or larger problems, it's time to call in a professional. Obviously nobody wants to deal with an extra expense just heading into the holiday season, but a quick patch job while it's still mostly warm out is less expensive than trying to deal with a crisis in the dead of winter.
Remember, your roof is under extra strain in the winter. As snow accumulates and melts, small holes that may not have been a problem during the occasional summer rain shower can become drippy, leaking disasters that only get worse with time. Make sure your roof is in top shape to deal with the extra strain of the season, and it will pay you back by keeping you warm and dry.
While you're at it, it might be a good idea to give all your windows a look over. Check out the weather stripping on all your doors and windows. Proper weather stripping will prevent heat loss and make sure you aren't throwing good money away to heat the outdoors. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can consider replacing your screen doors and window screens with storm doors and windows, which can reduce heat loss up to 50%.
Next week we'll share out tips on getting your plumbing set for the winter and some finishing touches for your lawn that will ensure it will grow back hale and hearty in the Spring!