Preparing Your Home’s Exterior for Winter

As the fall season in Maryland (MD), Virginia (VA) and Washington, D.C. turns into winter, it is important to prepare for the soon-to-be blistering cold weather.  By taking the following small steps in the fall before the harsh weather hits, you can prepare your home before the winter storms hit and save lots of money from potential costly home repairs.

Siding Inspections

Walk around your house and check the exterior for siding that has cracks or gaps.  For some pieces of siding that are higher on the house, you may need to use a ladder to inspect.  Also, look to see if any siding is broken, rotting or missing. If you find any damaged or missing siding, call a home improvement company to come to your home and repair your home’s siding.

Roofing Inspections

Get your roof inspected before winter time. Inspecting your home’s roof by yourself can be very risky. Hiring a professional roofing company to inspect your roof is always optimal as roofers know how to locate damage on your roof and identify potential tear or risks on your roof.  During the inspection, the roofing company will look for:

  • Missing or broken shingles
  • Roof leaks
  • Broken seals around skylights and gutters
  • Roof vent problem
  • Weak spots that may become a problem later

In addition to a roof inspection, make sure you keep your roof clean from debris.  Cut away any tree limbs and remove any dead trees or bushes that that may become a problem during the stormy winter weather.

Gutter Inspections

With all the leaves and debris falling, don’t forget to clean out your gutters.  By cleaning out your gutters, you can be sure that water is flowing away from your home’s foundation.  Also, removing debris from your gutters will prevent water or ice buildup in your gutters or on your roof, which can cause significant damage that require costly repairs.

Besides cleaning your gutters, it is also important to inspect your gutters and downspouts for leaks, cracks or areas where the gutters are falling away from the house.  To prevent further damage, you should get your gutters repaired before a snow storm hits.

Door and Window Inspections

Make sure all of your doors and windows are sealed and insulated tightly.  While inspecting your doors and windows, check for cracks in the glass or deformed door and window frames. Install storm doors and windows into your home for better protection from the harsh winter weather.

Faucet Inspections

As the weather gets cooler, turn off the water supply to your outdoor faucets.  After turning off the water, drain your external faucets and hoses, so that any water left inside the faucets or hoses will not freeze when the temperature drops below freezing. Sitting water can freeze in pipes or faucets, resulting in broken pipes and water leaks.

By taking these few steps, your home will be prepared for any cold, stormy, snowy weather that is coming to the Maryland (MD), Virginia (VA) and Washington, DC area.  For more information on how you can prepare your home for this winter or to schedule a professional exterior home inspection, call Shanco today!

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