Don’t Overlook This Winter Maintenance
It’s hard to believe it’s already February and before we know it, spring will be heading our way. But before we look ahead to April showers and May flowers, there’s still quite a bit of cold winter weather on the horizon.
With a few months before it’s time to think about lawn maintenance and spring cleaning, now is a good time to handle some important winter home maintenance. Prioritizing winter maintenance can help protect your home now and in the future!
At Budget Exteriors, our Twin Cities home exterior contractors help homeowners with home maintenance throughout the year. In this post, we’re sharing our most essential winter home maintenance tips. Give us a call to get help with your home repairs and maintenance today!
Inspect Your Gutters
Winter weather, especially snow and ice, can be very hard on your home’s gutter canal system. During the winter, you want to regularly check your gutters to be sure they’re free of debris that can cause water to back up in your canals. When freezing temperatures hit, that water can freeze, causing damage to your gutters, eaves, and roof deck.
Another common problem that can occur is ice dams—that is, dams of ice that develop at the edge of your roof when your gutters are clogged or not draining properly. When ice dams occur, water from your roof can get into your home, leading to permanent structural damage. In addition to keeping your gutters clear, be sure to have any damaged joints repaired immediately.
Check Your Window Seals
Window seal damage during the winter months can allow water to get into your home. Even a small amount of water that enters through your windows can damage your interior paint and drywall or lead to mold and mildew that creates a health hazard.
Look around your windows for signs of moisture, especially underneath the interior window frame. You should also note if your windows are drafty or poorly insulated as this can impact your winter heating costs. When this occurs, it may be time for replacement windows.
Cover Up Your Bare Floors
There’s nothing quite like a beautifully stained hardwood floor. But during the winter months, something as simple as the addition of a few floor rugs can help reduce heat flow from inside your living space. And a thick, cozy rug can be a comfort when you’re all bundled up with a cup of hot cocoa and your fleece socks.
Replace Drafty Doors Around Your Home
Do you pay more than you should on your home energy costs each winter? There’s a good chance you’ve got drafts. The bad news is that these air intrusions into your home are as bad for the environment as they are for your pocketbook. But the great news is that in most cases, a drafty door is one of the easiest home improvement problems to tackle
Take a walk around your home’s exterior doors on a particularly cold evening. Can you identify any drafty spots? If so, it’s time to replace your door and consider adding a storm door for an extra layer of protection against heat loss. Ask about Energy-Star doors when you speak with a remodeling contractor.
Have Your Fireplace and Chimney Serviced
The first time the mercury drops in the winter, firing up the hearth can sound awfully tempting. But did you know that chemicals can build up in your fireplace and chimney from previous fires over time and that they can be quite dangerous and flammable?
Your chimney should be professionally cleaned each season to prevent a disaster and check for birds and animal nests that need to be removed. While they’re servicing your chimney, a chimney contractor can also check for damage to the masonry that needs to be repaired for your fireplace to be used safely.
Insulate Your Pipes
The last thing you need when the weather outside is sub-freezing is to have to contend with a burst pipe. And since one of the leading causes of a pipe burst is a poorly insulated pipe that freezes, this disaster is entirely preventable in most cases. Take some time out to check around your basement and garage for pipes that are exposed to extremely cold temperatures, and make sure they’re properly insulated.
Check Your Soffits and Siding
Along with your windows, your siding and soffits help to create the thermal envelope that prevents heat transfer during extreme weather. As your siding is your home’s first line of defense against winter weather, you’ll need to check it regularly for signs of damage.
Additionally, note any areas where your exterior walls may require additional insulation.
Call Our Twin Cities Insulation Contractors
Is your home in need of winter repairs? Updating your insulation, windows, and siding as needed can go a long way in helping to reduce your winter heating costs. To learn more, contact our Budget Exteriors window installers at 952.887.1613 or connect with us online and get your free quote. We can’t wait to help you enjoy a warmer winter home!