Fall is right around the corner with cooler temperatures and autumn leaves. However, as any meteorologist can tell you when the temperature starts to change as we change seasons, weather fronts colliding can mean pressure changes and storms. Winter also brings its own share of wild weather from ice storms to heavy snow.
As a homeowner, one of the most important things you can do is stay on top of extreme weather before it happens. At The Window Store in Minnesota and Wisconsin, we can work with homeowners to storm-proof their homes ahead of any unexpected weather changes to minimize the impact. Here’s what you need to do to begin weather-proofing your home.
1. Eliminate Any Window Leaks
The average homeowner can spend more than $1,000 per year on cooling and heating their house. If your home has poorly sealed windows, you could be losing money due to heat transfer from air infiltration.
Finding and reducing the source of air leaks in your home can prevent extreme temperatures during a winter storm, as well as prevent water from leaking into your home and damaging your home’s interior. If you’re concerned about your windows, it might be time to replace them. Consider installing EcoMaxx windows, our high-performance energy-efficient window solution.
2. Keep Your Gutters Maintained
Maintaining your gutters serves a few purposes. First, it gives your home a clean, polished look. Few things can detract from the overall look of a home’s exterior like broken, damaged gutters and puddles on your lawn.
But gutters serve a key function when it comes to protecting your home from storms. Their job is to funnel any melted snow or rainwater down and away from your home’s foundation. Make sure they’re intact and free of clogs to avoid roof and foundation damage or flooding on your lawn, particularly in the fall when leaves and debris can clog them.
3. Maintain Your Lawn and Exterior
Ensuring your trees and lawn are maintained is more than just a cosmetic matter. It is also your first line of defense in protecting your home from strong storms and high winds. Be sure any trees near your home are well-pruned to prevent debris from accumulating in your gutters, or branches from damaging your roof or windows.
If damage to your siding, roof, or windows does occur, it’s important to repair it as soon as possible. This prevents cumulative damage from causing more serious problems down the road.
4. Insulate Your Home Adequately
If you can’t remember the last time you thought about your attic, chances are you have overlooked one of the most important protections homeowners can have against winter storms. Your attic’s insulation can help reduce your energy costs and keep your home more comfortable during the most extreme winter weather.
Most homeowners don’t realize their attics are losing heat due to the prevalence of air leaks, which are all too common. Updating your insulation can make a huge difference in your home’s interior temperature during the long winter months.
Contact our Minnesota and Wisconsin Storm Damage Repair Team
If you’re ready to get your Midwest home into shape to weather any fall or winter storm, give our home improvement contractors a call at The Window Store. We can work with you to assess your home’s vulnerability and help you prioritize any repairs you will need to protect your home.
We also offer complete storm repair services for your Minnesota or Wisconsin roof, windows, or siding when damage does occur. To schedule your storm damage inspection or assessment, call our qualified home repair team at 612.353.5780, or fill out our form to get a free estimate.