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!
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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!