Whether it’s spring or fall, summer or winter, there’s always some kind of weather that could damage your home. Leaks and exterior damage are just as detrimental in hot weather as they are in the cold, and the exterior of your home always needs to be in tip-top shape to withstand the elements. Here are six ways to prepare your house for all kinds of weather.
The gutters should be checked and cleaned at the end of every season. Clogs in the gutters allow leaks and ice buildup that could cause water damage to your home. If you’re tired of cleaning the gutters all the time, consider the K-Guard Leaf-free Seamless Gutter System, seamless gutters and gutter guards that make your gutters truly maintenance-free.
Siding is an important part of weather-proofing your home. Leaky siding can cause the elements to work their way underneath, causing lasting damage to the structural integrity of your home. Regularly inspect your siding, replace rotted boards, and watch the paint for signs of chipping. Alternatively, install a maintenance-free option such as All Seasons Seamless Steel Siding, which lasts for years and never needs painting.
Drafty windows can be a huge source of lost energy year round. At a minimum, you should check your windows for any gaps of more than a couple millimeters between the frame and the siding. You can block drafts by caulking around the windows with weather-resistant silicone and using energy-saving window coverings inside to keep air in during winter and out during summer. Or do away with the old, leaky, costly and ugly windows entirely, and install brand-new All Seasons energy efficient windows.
If you’re wondering how to protect your house in winter, keeping your roof in good repair is one of the top tips. It’s equally as important during high winds and heavy rains as it is the rest of the year, especially winter time. Check your roof seasonally and do repairs before the loose or damaged shingles allow others to loosen too, or worse, before leaks damage your home. Consider a new GAF Certified Systems Plus Roof.
Check Your Doors
Doors leak just like windows and in most cases much worse due to the extreme abuse they take year round. You may not realize how big of an effect it’s having on your heating and cooling bills. To find out, check your doors for leaky frames and seals by holding a candle to them; a wavering flame will mark the existence of a draft. Eliminate drafts with weather-stripping around the sides and top and a door sweep at the bottom, all easy DIY projects. If the door is in disrepair please contact All Exteriors.
Be Prepared Year-Round
Many homeowners focus mainly on the need to winterize, but your home needs protection year-round. If these tips for preparing your home for all weather have inspired you, contact All Exteriors LLC today and make sure your home is ready for everything Mother Nature has to throw at it. Roofing, siding, windows, gutters, decks, patios, landscaping, Screen Rooms, or 3 Season Rooms.
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