Is there anything more beautiful than a crisp autumn day? As the air grows cooler and the leaves are scattered with an array of colors, it’s a reminder that winter is right around the corner. Pretty soon, we’ll all be setting our clocks back an hour and getting out our warm winter coats. But before the winter chill sets in and we turn up the temperature on our furnaces, it’s important to set aside a little time for winter home maintenance.
At The Window Store, we’ve put together this useful guide to help you get your home ready for winter this year. Give us a call to schedule your fall home maintenance today.
Be sure to add this items to your fall home maintenance list:
1. Check Your Gutters
Poor gutter performance can lead to roof damage during the winter months. Check for gutter clogs, which can cause water to run onto the roof and freeze, creating ice dams and roof damage. Take some time to clean your gutters of debris to prevent small animals from making a new home. Finally, check for problems with your gutter seams and downspouts.
2. Evaluate Window and Door Performance
Bad seals and older windows can lead to air infiltration in your home. Nobody wants to sit next to a drafty old window or door during the coldest winter months. On the other hand, replacement windows can help to reduce your heating costs, saving you money on your monthly energy bills. EcoMaxx windows help to reduce the transfer of heat, keeping your home warmer and toastier all winter long.
3. Upgrade Your Insulation
If your insulation is inadequate, your home may be losing heat. Heat lost through the roof can melt the snow on your roof, which refreezes and leads to ice dams. If you’ve noticed ice dams or icicles on your roof in years past, consider upgrading the insulation in your attic.
4. Repair Roof Damage
How long has it been since you had your roof repaired or inspected? Even minor roofing problems can become much more significant when snow and ice begin to pile on. Conduct an inspection to evaluate for missing and damaged shingles and other signs of roof damage. You should also take some time to remove branches and debris.
Contact Our Minnesota Home Maintenance Contractors
If you’re concerned about your home’s energy performance, now is a good time to make key home maintenance upgrades. Our home remodeling contractors at The Window Store can help you identify the best upgrades to add value and energy savings. To learn how we can make your home more comfortable this winter, call and connect with a member of our team at 612.353.5780 or fill out this form.