Fall is undoubtedly a transitional season, offering a short segue between a warm, relaxing summer and a cold winter. The key is to invest a little time now in helpful home improvement practices that will protect your property when the snow flies.
You’ll be glad you did!
Not only can you preserve your peace of mind, but you also can help reduce the need for potentially costly repairs when spring rolls around again.
1. Start with an exterior check. Walk around your home looking for spots of worn or damaged paint, and for sections of dry rot that might be rearing its head too. Remember, paint is your home’s first line of defense against moisture and pest intrusion, making it an essential guard during the moisture-laden winter months. And, wood rot will only grow if it isn’t immediately caught and repaired, making this an important focus this fall.
2. Clear your gutters! This relatively simple task will ensure that water can be effectively removed from your home, protecting the structure from moisture damage, rot, ice dams, pests, and more. Fall leaves are definitely not harmless!
3. Trim bushes and shrubs back from your home. Did you know that branches that brush up against your siding can cause dry rot or stucco damage? Give them a short haircut before winter arrives.
4. Check your caulking. Especially around windows, caulking plays an invaluable role in protecting your home from both moisture and wasted energy. If it’s crumbling, dry, or nonexistent in places, it’s time for a replacement.
5. Remember to service your heating system! Like changing the oil in your car, routine inspections, filter replacements, and general care will go a long way toward extending the life and efficiency of your system.
6. This is also a good time of year to have your roof inspected, and to be sure that your attic ventilation is breathing freely. Believe it or not, your roof system (and ventilation) drastically impacts your home’s efficiency as a whole. Plus, it’s nice to know that everything is in good condition before rain and snow start falling.
The team here at Stohlman & Kilner Remodeling Contractors would love to be of service. From small-scale improvements to large-scale remodeling and design, we have the skill and expertise you need. Contact us today!