It’s time to say goodbye to a long, often wet, summer. Reluctant to drop, the temperatures are just now reminding us that fall is in full swing, and winter is just around the corner. Now is the time to prepare your home’s exterior for winter weather. Here are a few quick tips to get your home ready before the snow flies.
Clean Your Gutters
Even if you don’t have trees directly over your home, chances are the gutters are filled with debris and leaves from neighboring trees. Climbing up now to clean the gutters is far better than waiting until you see ice backing up and over the gutters. After making certain everything is clean and running smoothly, you may want to consider gutter guards to keep the majority of next year’s leaves on the ground, where they belong. If climbing on your roof is less than appealing, contact a roofing professional. They can clean, inspect and install guards all at the same time. If your gutters have seen better days, they can provide you with your best options before winter.
Inspect Your Landscaping
Fall is the perfect time to evaluate your landscaping and catch overgrowth before it becomes a problem. Walk across the street and evaluate your house from a distance, to get the big picture. Are there any branches hanging over the house, fence or outlying structures? This is a good time to give everything a much-needed trim. Left alone, low-hanging branches can break, given the ice accumulation we experience here in the Maryland and DC areas. Be proactive now and you won’t need to worry when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Give Your Roof a Checkup
Schedule a roof inspection to verify your roof’s integrity and ability to withstand a heavy snowfall this coming winter. An annual evaluation can also spot loose shingles not easily seen from ground level, and gaps at transition points on the roof. A quick check now, by a qualified professional, will stave off costly home repairs in the event of undiagnosed issues such as leaks and missing shingles.
Seal the Gaps
Sunny days are ideal for checking for gaps around doors and windows. Gaps allow cold air to seep into your home, causing cold spots and increasing your overall climate control costs. A little detective work, time and a tube of caulking can reduce the gaps, keeping you warm and snug all winter long.
Take one day to spend winterizing your home now, and you’ll be free to enjoy all the football you’d like for the rest of the year.
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