The weather outside is starting to get much colder outside, and before long, we will all be bundling up in coats and scarves. Winter weather brings the inevitable chance of serious winter storms, and if your home isn’t ready, all of that ice and snow can do some serious storm damage. Fortunately, there are several precautions you can take to make sure your home is in top condition before we’re hit with wild winter weather this season.
At The Window Store, we work with Minnesota homeowners to assess and prepare for contingencies that come with winter storms. In this post, we’ll break down some of the ways we can help you storm-proof your home before the winter kicks into high gear.
Follow this advice to protect your home:
1. Examine Your Lawn for Exterior Risks
Many of the threats to your home in a winter storm can come from your own yard. It’s important to take a full assessment of the conditions surrounding your home and mitigate any risks. Check your lawn’s grading to make sure it’s sloped down from your home so you don’t have to worry about flooding. Be sure to keep your leaves raked and discard them regularly. Finally, make sure all trees are far enough away from your home that they don’t pose a threat to your home’s windows or roof.
2. Check Your Doors and Windows for Air Infiltration
One of the most expensive mistakes homeowners can make is letting air leaks go overlooked. For many homeowners, this can dramatically impact their monthly energy expenses. Air and water leaks can also worsen when strong weather hits. Our EcoMaxx windows are designed with specialized internal chambers to add additional protection and efficiency in any weather or season.
3. Consider Insulation Upgrades
If you haven’t put much thought into your attic insulation recently, you’re not alone. Most homeowners spend very little time or energy considering their home’s insulation. However, poor insulation in your attic can lead to problems with your roof, ice dams, and higher energy costs. It can also dramatically impact your home’s comfort levels in the case of a polar vortex.
4. Assess the Condition of Your Gutters
Rain gutters serve an important purpose when it comes to protecting your home. Responsible for channeling rainwater and runoff from snow and ice, they protect your home’s siding, foundation, and interior. If seams are broken or your channels are damaged, your gutters can’t do their job. That’s why it’s important to address gutter concerns before a winter storm is upon us.
Connect With Our Minnesota Window and Roofing Replacement Team
If your home is in need of updates before the winter weather hits, our team at The Window Store can help. We can also work with you to assess any storm-proofing concerns before the mercury starts to really dip.
If you’re in need of storm repair, we can help you get your home back in shape. To learn more, contact our contractors at 612.353.5780, or fill out our form online to get your free quote on storm-proofing services.