The cold weather is here and in a few months there will be winter storms, snow, and ice. That’s why homeowners should start to get their homes ready for winter now to prevent any major damage that can be caused by winter weather. Winterizing your home can also help you dramatically lower your energy bills. Some of the most important things that you can do to winterize your home before the colder weather arrives include:
When was the last time that you replaced your exterior doors? If you haven’t replaced your exterior doors in a long time, or if you can see any gap between your door and the frame of your home you should consider replacement. Having a strong seal around the door is also important when it comes to keeping heat inside your home so that there aren’t any air leaks. Home insulation kits can help mitigate the air leakage but in order to make your home as weatherproof and as energy efficient as possible new professionally fitted exterior doors or a custom door seal are the best options.
Making sure that your roof is in good shape before the winter weather comes can save time and money down the road. Loose shingles or other damage can let in rain and snow and once that moisture gets into your home it can cause damage. Water leaks can damage the structural integrity of your home and cause mold to grow inside walls or in the ceilings. Plus, in the winter when the heat is running, it creates the perfect conditions for mold to grow quickly when moisture and mold spores leak into your home from a damaged roof.
It’s also a good idea to make sure that your Minneapolis roof has no weak spots or other areas where snow and ice could build up and cause your roof to give way. A professional roof inspection combined with professional repair of any cracks or damage is always recommended at this time of the year.
Another way to prepare your home for the upcoming seasons is to check your siding and insulation. Making sure that your siding is still tight and doesn’t have any damaged sections or holes is important when it comes to keeping snow and rain out of your home. A professional inspection of your home’s siding and insulation will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your home is ready for the colder weather.
One of the most common places where homeowners experience air leakage in the cold weather is their windows. Windows that have a loose seal or a window that don’t fit tightly into the window opening can cause uncomfortable drafts and heat loss throughout the cooler seasons. Inefficient windows can also let in rain and snow that can cause mold to grow within the window sash or around the window frame. Snap Construction can provide a free window inspection.
Chimneys And Fireplaces
There’s nothing like sitting in front of a crackling fire when the winter winds are roaring outside. Now is the time to get your fireplace looked at and your chimney cleaned by a professional so that you can safely enjoy the glow of a warm fire all winter long.
Winterizing your home might seem like a lot of work, but it’s an investment in both your home and in your family’s health. The better care you take of your home, the more you and your family will be able to enjoy it. If you need help winterizing your home call us today for a free inspection for your Minneapolis roofing, siding, windows, and insulation. We will help make sure your home is safe and ready for winter.