This summer was particularly hot, but we don’t need to tell you that. Although any given fall day can feel like summer all over again, colder temperatures are right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to prepare your home for cold weather so that come spring, you minimize the chances of having damage from ice and snow.

Your home’s exterior helps protect and insulate the rest of the house from the elements. Without the right precautions, frigid winter temperatures can lead to damage and hundreds of dollars lost in energy efficiency.

Getting Ready for Winter

You can winterize your home by doing the following:

  • Examine the siding: Look for loose Alexandria, VA, siding, warping and cracks. This will help keep out the squirrels and pests; you would be surprised by how adept some animals are at fitting into tiny spaces.
  • Clean the gutters to avoid clogs that eventually cause water damage and/or ice dams.
  • Inspect the roof: Look for warped, loose or worn roof shingles. Ensure that all flashing and protrusions are sealed tight.  Shingles or improperly sealed protrusions and flashing may lead to moisture damage during winter weather.
  • Insulate the attic. Make sure that your attic is properly insulated to greatly reduce potential roof damage and lower your heating bill. Learn more about sound Arlington, VA, attic insulation here.
  • Apply weather-stripping to windows and doors. This is something that should be done annually.
  • Remove overhanging branches and debris. Overhanging branches that snap in a winter storm are likely to damage shingles, gutters and even siding. Leaves and other debris on the roof’s surface can contribute to water dams in valleys and other areas on the roof, not to mention causing unsightly mold and discoloration.

At [company_name], we recommend assessing your home’s exterior before cold weather hits. That way you can have trouble areas repaired (or replaced) before they require a much larger repair project in the spring and summer.  Please call [company_name] today at [company_number] to discuss your assessment and options to address any concerns.