Just like that, the year is more than half way over, and it seems like fall is already on the horizon. Behind that comes the rude awakening (depending on your preference) of brisk temperatures, new colors in the environment, and another winter just around the corner. It’s never too soon to start thinking about renovations you can do now to prepare for the cooler weather approaching, as it will be here before you know it! Check out this list we put together for you to make sure you’ll be ready.
Replace Old Shingles: While the days are long and the weather is warm, now is the safest and most pleasant time of the year to hoist yourself up on to your roof and check out the potential damage that was done from winters past. Both your roof and gutters will need to be in good working order to ensure moisture stays away and does not cause build-up. Simply start by looking for any shingles that look loose and make sure to nail them down properly. While you’re up there, it never hurts to clean the gutters out and install a leaf guard if you haven’t already.
Protect your Landscaping: You (or someone you paid) worked hard to make the outside of your house look just as appealing as the inside – don’t let that go to waste! The fact of the matter is that some plants will die due to colder temperatures, but adding about 2-4 inches of mulch will protect your plants and help insulate them for the impending chillier temperatures.
Seal your Window and Door Gaps: Now is the time to do a quick check around any opening in your home and make sure no air is escaping. This of course is beneficial to do any time of year, but especially when it is cold outside. Heating is not cheap, and all it takes is the simple swipe of a caulking gun to make sure every crack is filled so you’re getting what you pay for.
Appraise your Siding: The siding on your house is the protective barrier that stands between you and anything Mother Nature has up her sleeve to throw your way. Do a full appraisal of your entire exterior to make sure there are no cracks, missing pieces, or damage in general. Any of these can let moisture in causing rot, mold, mildew, and even a new home for outdoor critters looking for warmth. Sometimes full replacement is just what the doctor ordered to maintain the integrity of your home during the winter months