This past winter broke several long-standing snowfall and temperature records. Frustratingly enough, experts are predicting the upcoming winter months to have the same level of treachery. Now is the time to complete this five-point checklist to ensure that when Mother Nature shows her worst, your home is performing at it’s best.
Check Your Roof
It’s understandable that many homeowners are uncomfortable climbing up on their roof. However, standing on the ground with a pair of binoculars aimed at your roof can provide a better idea of its condition. If you’re noticing missing granules, curling shingles, or buckling, it’s wise to contact a reputable roofing contractor for a quote on asphalt roof replacement. Estimates are free of charge and allow you to get an expert opinion on the lifespan your roof has left.
Inspect Your Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts that are clogged with debris prevent water and snow from being able to effectively exit the system and be filtered away from your home. This increases the probability of ice dam formation which can cause expensive roof and interior water damage.
Visit Your Attic
The number of homeowners we’ve worked with that have never seen the inside of their home’s attic is astonishing. Their primary excuse? Fear of the unknown. However, an attic inspection can verify whether insulation has become wet from your roof leaking or melted frost. A significant amount of bat or animal droppings can not only ruin your home’s insulation but comprise air quality. Due to the stack effect, many attics act as a giant air filter. During the warmer months the attic’s air is pulled downward into the lower levels of your home. This means that the fumes released from animal droppings can be circulated throughout your home, having a negative impact on the air your family inhales on a 24/7 basis. Dryer sheets spritzed with peppermint essential oil and placed around the edge of your attic can deter rodents from entering because they do not like the smell.
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Audit Your Windows and Doors for Drafts
Are you noticing condensation on your home’s windows when you turn on the heat? If your window replacement project needs to be completed in phases, a trusted window installer can offer a free inspection of your home and pinpoint which windows are the least energy efficient and which are less urgent. Windows that will be replaced later can still be improved upon by adding caulking around any noticeable gaps to ward off air leaks.
Trim Back Trees
Not only are trees that are growing too close to your house an eyesore, but the friction they can cause from rubbing against your shingles can cause premature wear and tear. Another reason to trim back tree branches is that they can provide convenient access for rodents to access your roof, and eventually, your attic.