Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 by Emma Niemi
Fall is the perfect time to start preparing your home for the colder months ahead. Here are some seasonal maintenance tips that will help you get your home prepared to withstand winter's frosty bite.
1. Keep the gutters clean.
Knowing that your roofs drainage system diverts thousands of gallons of water from your home's exterior and foundation walls annually, it's worth making sure that your gutters aren't clogged up and are working optimally. No one likes having to spend extra, hard-earned money on repairing damaged exterior surfaces or a flooded basement. Before the leaves start to fall, make sure that your gutters are clear of dirt, debris, and other gutter clogging particles. Better yet, if you're looking to never worry about your gutters again, consider having a clog-free system such as LeafGuard® installed.
2. Don't neglect your roof.
There is nothing worse and more time-consuming than having to deal with a leaky roof. Carve out some time to see how your roof is holding up before the ice and winter winds turn from annoyances to disasters. Areas that should be examined include the ridge shingles, the valleys, around vents and chimneys, and any missing, damaged, or buckling shingles. Can't or don't like climbing a ladder? Give a professional a call for a free roof inspection.
3. Air-seal and keep your insulation fresh.
Before even considering insulation, air-sealing is one of the first steps to a more comfortable, healthy, and energy-efficient home. A home energy audit can provide you with a detailed analysis of where your home may be leaking air. Once those air-leaks have been sealed, a thorough examination of your home's insulation is essential. There are many different types of insulation, and they all serve a unique purpose. Not sure which type is best for your home? It's best to set up a free estimate with a professional to see what they would recommend.