Shield Your Home From The Winter Weather

When it comes to preparing a household for the cold and wet weather that winter can bring, your first thoughts might go towards how to keep your house warm during the winter. That is important, but you also might want to think about how you can protect the actual structure and materials, as well. Here, we’re going to look at a few steps that you can take to shield your home and why it might be more important than you think.

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Insulation is for more than just warmth

One of the biggest risks during the winter is that of a frozen pipe. If you have one, the damage water damage caused when it bursts is no laughing matter. Insulate your pipes as well as any interior water storage pipes. Make sure that you check all taps in the home regularly during the colder months.

Check the roof

The high winds, as well as other weather elements such as hail, can test your roof. If the roof is aging to some degree, then it might seriously by time to consider getting a roof replacement. Otherwise, you want to check for cracked, broken, or otherwise compromised tiles. Make sure that you’re replacing them, at the very least, so that you don’t leave holes open that can lead to leaks.

Don’t forget the gutters

When you’re checking the roof, don’t forget to take a peek over at the gutters at the same time. These gutters can fill with debris that gets kicked up by the wind. They’re also going to be working harder than ever since winter tends to bring a lot more rain with it. If they’re looking blocked or at risk of getting blocked, make sure that you take the time to clean them.

Protecting the facade

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The weather can wear away at the facade of the home, which can expose elements of the foundation. It can damage and lead to leaks coming inside, as well. Insulation can help to shield your home, but you don’t want damp spreading through that either, so it might be wise to invest in some vinyl siding trim if you haven’t already. Aside from having the practical effect of protecting your home, it does also offer some aesthetic appeal, too.

Mind your trees and bushes

Your roof, gutters, and facade can experience damage due to the wind kicking up debris, but where does that debris come from? If you have overgrown trees and bushes in your garden, it could be coming from your own property. As such, consider hiring a gardener to give everything a trim, or do it yourself, before the weather starts to get really bad. Overgrown branches also pose a real risk of falling and hitting someone too, so it’s wise to not leave them alone.

The sheer cost of weather damage is not to be scoffed at, nor the real risk that it could potentially pose to you and your family. Consider the steps above and make the investments you need to keep your home safe throughout the darkest season of the year.

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