Thursday, October 13, 2016

Prepare Your Home for Winter Without the Overwhelm

Prepare Your Home for Winter Without the OverwhelmIt’s been a beautiful fall so far. The trees are changing color, rain is falling and you’re distracted by the coming winter and how you’re going to have time to properly prepare your home. Yikes. Do you really want to miss out on the beauty of fall because of the worry and planning filling up your mind? Probably not. So let the contractors at Unique Home Building help you prepare your home for the coming winter!


Get better windows.
If you have old, single-pane windows, you will lose a significant amount of heat in the wintertime. Replacing old windows with energy-efficient, double-paned upgrades can pay for itself quickly in heat savings. Check all exterior doors to ensure that they are insulated and that there are no gaps or cracks between the doors and the frames that could let heat out. If you have weather stripping around doors, make sure it is intact and in good shape.


Expand your space.
Fall and winter bring visitors and family together to share meals and celebrate holidays. Do you have room for everyone?  You can expand a dining or family room pretty easily and be able to fit more people into your home in a more comfortable way.  You may also think of adding skylights or other windows to bring in more light to these spaces and the sun becomes more dormant. This doesn’t have to be a big project either. Small changes can make a big difference.


Roofing and gutters.
Once all the autumn leaves have fallen, cleaning out the roof gutters will save you from building up ice dams that can damage the roof in the winter. Blow out the gutters with a leaf blower or spray them down with a hose. Check for holes or any other damage to the gutters and repair them before heavy snow or rain makes them worse. It’s also a good time to take a look at the roof itself and fix any shingles that are curling or any flashing around chimneys that has come loose.


Prepare your deck.
Decks get a lot of use during long summer days. By the time fall comes around, they can look worn out and old. Once the deck is cleaned off and all summer chairs and tables are stored away, power-wash the deck. This will remove any dirt that is stuck in the wood grain and will take away the gray color that decks fade to over time. Fall is also a good time to reseal the deck if you use a sealant or stain.


Pipe care
Plumbing lines that aren't insulated and are in unheated spaces are a major cause of power use, as the water heater must work extra hard to heat water.  Check all of your plumbing lines to identify those that are outside or underneath the house, or are in an unheated basement or attic.  Foam wrap all exposed pipes.


Preparing your home for the coming winter doesn’t have to be an overwhelming list on your wall. The key here is to make a list of most important items first and working through your list in that order. The top of the list items should include the areas of your home that are in most need as well as the things that will take the most time, effort and planning ahead.

At Unique Home Building, our contractors are dedicated to creating a home that feels like it's your very own. As fall will be here before you know it, let us help you get the planning started, so that as the seasons pass, you know you are prepared to take the best of each along with you!

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