Posted on September 21, 2018
With the winter season - and the cold weather that comes with it - almost upon us, there is no better time than the present to ensure your home is safe and secure. With the cold winter weather comes snow, ice, and strong winds. These, along with the lower temperatures, can cause significant wear and tear to the exterior of your house. Additionally, the heavy rains of the summer season can cause their own type of damage. Checking out the hardest hit parts of your home is never a bad idea. This way, problem areas can be identified and taken care of before the winter snows arrive.
While vinyl siding is incredibly sturdy, time or extreme bad weather can cause parts to break or fail. Although your home's siding should be inspected after any major storm, it definitely should be inspected before winter arrives. Any small crack or hole in the siding is an invitation to small critters looking to escape the cold weather. Additionally, cracked or missing siding will cause the heat to leave your house much faster, increasing the energy costs of keeping your home warm. Ensuring your siding is replaced or repaired is an essential part of any fall home maintenance checklist.
Along with your home's siding, your roof should be inspected as well. While roofing repairs should only be made by a trained professional, you should be able to make a cursory inspection of the state of the roof itself. Some warning signs to look for are cracked or missing shingles or tiles, or those that are perhaps more faded than the surrounding tiles. Faded or discolored shingles or tiles can be indicative of a water leak. Any potential leak should be addressedimmediately.
Furthermore, missing or cracked shingles or tiles are an easy way for heat to escape the house. As heat rises, the more broken tiles there are, the more heat will escape. This can cause a significant raise in the energy costs needed to heat your home, and therefore should also be addressed before winter comes.
The gutters are the part of the home that will be hit the hardest during the fall. Falling leaves and other debris can easily clutter up any gutter system, causing it to either break or get clogged up and unable to function properly. Cleaning your gutters is an essential exterior maintenance project to complete before winter. Not only will cluttered gutters form icicles and become a gathering place for snow and ice, they will also not function properly to direct the runoff from melting snow. Clean gutters are imperative for your home to be ready for the winter season.
No matter what external home maintenance project you need completed before winter, we are here to help. At Elements Home Remodeling, we specialize in all parts of the home exterior, and we would be more than happy to inspect your home, and give you honest, expert advice on how to proceed. Our trained professionals are ready to get started on your fall checklist today!
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any project by either filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (703) 828-7414. We look forward to hearing from you!