Top 5 Ways to Get Ready For Winter
With the cold weather on its way again, there are so many things to worry about when you are a homeowner. Harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on a house. You’re far better off making any preparations ahead of time before it’s too late and you’re dealing with leaks, drafts, and increased heating bills.
Take a look at the top 5 ways to get ready for winter – start by scheduling your free home inspection today.
It’s important to seal off any drafty doors with foam or felt weatherstripping in order to stop the cold air from getting inside of your home. Check for drafts from the inside of your home by either feeling for them or even by holding a candle to the door and seeing if a draft moves the flame. Door sweeps will also stop drafts. They are flexible pieces of rubber or plastic that you put on the door’s lower edge.
Windows & Doors
Check all of your windows and doors to ensure they are properly installed and don’t have any gaps. While cool air may enter during the winter, the biggest concern is the potential for leaks or any entry for pests.
Roof and attic leaks can let out as much as 30% of the heated air in your home, causing a noticeable increase in your heating bill. It’s important to find and seal these gaps as soon as possible. You should check all other parts of your house for leaks as well, including windows, skylights, chimneys, and more. Window coverings can also notably help with conserving heat.
While many are concerned with a complete roofing installation, often it’s a simple roof repair that can prevent bigger problems.
Prevent Ice Dams
An ice dam forms when your roof deck warms and the snow covering your roof melts from the bottom up. The melted snow runs down to the edge of your roof where it is once again exposed to frigid air and refreezes, either on the roof edge or in a clogged gutter. The problem that causes ice dams is not actually the roof, but the attic. If your attic is too warm it heats up the roof deck and causes the snow to melt. The secret to preventing this is to lower the temperature in your attic to match that of the roof.
Proper attic insulation will keep the warm air in your home, hence keeping it cozy and keeping your heating bill down. It also helps to prevent ice dams from forming. It’s an investment that will surely save you more money in the long run.
While it’s important to do your own home maintenance checks. We suggest you call on Russell Roofing and Exteriors to provide a free exterior inspection annually. We’ll give you the “all-clear” or show you concern spots you may not have even known would be issues.
Contact us today at Russell Roofing to schedule your free exterior inspection. We’re here to help your home get ready for winter.