A soft snowfall may serve as a backdrop to your cozy home, or it may be the culprit behind cracked asphalt, a damaged roof, or a cold home. If you want a damage-free winter, make sure you take these home repair recommendations in consideration before it’s too late.
It is easy to develop an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality about your roof. But the state of your roof is one of the most critical elements of a house. As winter grows near, you will want to make sure that your roof is in tip-top shape.
First, make sure that your roof is well insulated. Without adequate insulation, all the warm air in your home will escape, putting strain on your heater and upping your energy bill. Second, make sure that your roof doesn’t have any leaks or small holes. During harsh winter storms, it is easy for moisture to freeze within the cracks or holes of your roof, causing your roof to deteriorate—a recipe for disaster once spring comes along.
Similar to moisture’s damaging effects on cracks and holes in your roof, your asphalt or concrete driveway can suffer comparable harm if it is not adequately sealed before winter. Doing so will save you from having to prematurely and frequently replace your driveway—a potential detriment to your budget. But how can you fix cracks and crevices in your driveway?
The first step is to figure out where the crack started. Fortunately, it only takes a couple hours and some crack sealing. Fill in thin cracks with sealing and finish with some sealcoating. If you feel uncomfortable doing it on your own, you can always hire a professional to help.
Doors and Windows
Nobody likes a freezing, cold home during the winter. But that may be all you’ll get if you don’t weatherproof your doors and windows. Meticulously check each window and door in the house. Feel around for any sign of cold draft. Then, apply weatherstripping or caulk to any gaps. If the weatherstripping or caulk doesn’t seem to be working, you may just need to replace your windows. Fortunately, new windows can be a great investment for years to come.
Winter is coming fast and it is time for you to get your home ready for the cold and wet. Make sure that your roof is insulated and sealed, as well as your driveway mended and doors and windows weatherproofed. You’ll be thanking yourself later!
Here’s another article to check out: How to Still Enjoy Your Backyard in the Winter