As the temperature starts to drop, it’s time to tackle a few chores to ensure your home is ready for the approaching winter months. Taking these precautions and completing these preventative tasks can help you avoid pricey repairs and unexpected damages your home could incur.
Clear the Gutters and Downspouts
Although the changing and falling leaves of autumn are beautiful, they can cause serious damage if left in your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause ice dams, leaving you with an expensive home repair. After leaves have fallen from the trees surrounding your home, clear out debris and leaves built up in your gutters and downspouts. Check to make sure your gutters are not trapping excess water and tighten your downspout brackets. Repair or replace any worn or damaged gutters.
Check the Roof
As winter approaches, you should make sure your roof is in good shape. Your roof is essential to protecting your home and when it isn’t functioning properly your home is at risk of water
damage. When water damage occurs, the deterioration of other protective elements of your home such as insulation and drywall can leave your electrical and HVAC systems vulnerable. Inspect the roof for missing or damaged shingles. If you notice extensive damage, it may be time to have your roof repaired or even replaced. Don’t leave your home vulnerable — repair the damage before it is too late!
Update Exterior Paint
As winter approaches, inspect your home’s exterior paint. If you notice the paint peeling and chipping, the existing paint film might be failing, which means the paint is no longer protecting your home’s siding. If the siding is exposed and unprotected, it could deteriorate as well, leaving you with even more expensive repairs. If you find yourself in need of an exterior painting upgrade, fall is the perfect time to contact a professional. Early fall is one of the best times to paint your home’s exterior in Raleigh.
Inspect the Furnace
You should have your furnace inspected by a professional once a year to ensure it is operating properly and safely and is ready to warm your home in the upcoming winter months.
Taking these precautions and preventative measures can help you keep your house in peak condition this season. Avoid unforeseen damage and expensive repairs by following this checklist! If you have questions about what else you can do to protect your home this season, contact our team of exterior upgrade professionals.
Schedule an appointment in the fall to avoid having to wait during the busy season.