Believe it or not, winter is fast approaching! Cold temperatures, snow and ice can potentially damage your home if you’re not prepared. Make sure your home is up to the task of keeping you safe, warm and dry this season! Here are Aspen’s top home maintenance tips for winter.
Check Your Drains and Gutters
Autumn often means loads of fallen leaves. Don’t let these stay in your gutters! The increased rain, snow and ice that comes with winter will need to drain properly from your roof. Clogged gutters and drains can lead to damage and leaks to your roof if not fixed. Check your gutters and drains to ensure that there is no debris or build up. If your gutters are in need of replacement, we recommend getting them replaced now before the winter weather sets in.
Look for Leaks or Drafts
If your doors, windows and walls are not properly sealed or insulated, this can prevent proper heating of your home and can contribute to costly energy bills this winter. Make sure your home is protected against the elements. Caulking, weatherstripping and adding insulation are just a few of the ways you can help keep the heat inside of your home and the cold air out. You’ll thank yourself for addressing these drafty areas sooner than later!
Get Your Roof Inspected
Getting your roof inspected before winter hits is always recommended for a number of reasons. First, a professional will know what to look for in terms of compromised or damaged areas in your roof. If there are any areas that need attention, getting them addressed before the harsh weather hits will help prevent any additional damage or heat loss in your home.
This will also help prevent dangerous ice dams from forming at the edge of your roof. Ice dams occur when snow melts on the warmer parts of your roof and then re-freezes at your roof’s edge. These ice dams can prevent proper water drainage from your roof and can lead to leaks in your house. This can also lead to ice falling from your roof, which can be dangerous to your family and friends if left unattended.
Lastly, getting an inspection before winter is smart for insurance purposes. Having an assessment and photos of your roof taken before any winter storm damage will help make the insurance claims process go more smoothly.
Check Your Chimney
Chances are, your chimney will be getting some use this season! Dirty or blocked chimneys are more likely to cause chimney fires. Experts recommend getting your chimney inspected by a professional once a year. They will then be able to determine if it needs to be cleaned. This will help keep your and your family warm and safe with a properly functioning chimney for the upcoming holiday season!
With these tips and tricks, your home will be ready for winter in no time! Now you’ll be able to relax with a cup of hot cocoa in your hand this winter while your home keeps you and your family safe and warm.
Is your roof in need of some TLC before this winter? Call Aspen contracting today! We specialize in roofing, siding and guttering. We look forward to hearing from you. 877-784-ROOF