With the changing of seasons, be sure to take advantage of fall’s temperatures by preparing your home’s exterior for winter. Don’t get too caught up with sprucing your home’s entrance that you fail to check whatever is needed to repair and maintain your house to prepare (and fight) against the cold of winter.
We have prepared a basic maintenance checklist for you below. Take note that this covers your home’s exteriors – and you should also remember to take care of your interiors (heat, plumbing – you get the point!).
Basic Maintenance Checklist for Preparing Your Home’s Exterior for Winter:
1. Clean your gutters. Replace if necessary.
- Clean the gutters. Leaves and debris can cause water to get backed up in your gutters and downspouts. This can cause problems. Wood rot and pest infestations can result for faulty gutters.
- Check that water is not getting trapped behind the gutters and downspouts.
- Water pooling in the ground can lead to foundation problems with your house. Check that this isn’t coming from your gutters.
2. Inspect your roof and siding. Make repairs if necessary.
Take a walk around your property, looking for signs of damage to the roof, siding and foundation. Here are four signs to watch out for to know if your siding needs replacement. Schedule repair before winter hits.
3. Winter-proof your walkways, railings, stairs and driveway.
When your home landscape is covered in ice and snow, just walking from the driveway to the front door can be quite a challenge. Make navigating around your home safer by checking that all stairs are in good shape and have sturdy railings, and that the driveway is in good repair to make for easier shoveling. Look for missing or rusted bolts, rotted boards, and so on. Make sure there are no uneven gaps or cracks that could trip you up.
4. Protect your house against unwanted invaders.
Because of the cold, mice, squirrels, and critters can go into your house for warmth. Inspect your house and seal gaps where critters could enter.
5. Check your outdoor lighting.
It gets dark early in the winter, so make sure you’ve got plenty of exterior lighting around your home. Replace your lights with brighter (and more energy-efficient) bulbs or add new ones if necessary.
6. Bring your outdoor furniture in.
If you don’t have anywhere to store them in, waterproof furniture covers should do the trick.
7. Drain your outdoor faucets.
Drain and disconnect all garden hoses from outside spigots to prevent any water freezing. You don’t want bursting frozen pipes to be a problem during winter.
Call in the Experts
Have you noticed any of these signs or other issues with your siding? Let’s talk! If you’re unsure whether damage to your siding warrants replacement or just needs repair or cleaning, our expert installers can advise you the best course of action to protect your home.
We’re here to ensure your home is not only beautiful but well protected from the elements. We will thoroughly and accurately assess your specific needs and provide you with expert recommendations.