September 22nd marks the first fall day of this year and is the official fall equinox. As the fall weather starts to roll in and things begin to cool down, Coloradans are starting to prepare for the long winter months ahead. Now is the prime time to get your home all prepped and ready for the cold, snowy days that will soon be upon us! In this article, you’ll find advice from our Denver home improvements experts on how to get your home winter-ready!
Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for Winter
Winter weather brings new challenges for homeowners in Denver. As the Mile High City becomes blanketed in snow, the I-70 traffic isn’t the only concern. During winter, loose roof tiles, damaged driveways and walkways, and drafty windows can become a concern as well as comfort and energy efficiency. By following these steps, you can make sure that your home and family will be kept safe and comfortable all winter long.
1. Inspect your house from top to bottom.
One of the best ways to get an idea of what you need to do to get your home ready for winter is to inspect your home thoroughly, from top to bottom. Check the roof for tiles that are loose, cracked, or missing, clean out the gutters, and get your chimney inspected. Also, check all the doors and windows of your home to see if you need to recaulk anything.
2. Turn off exterior faucets and drain your sprinkler system.
Water can freeze and expand in pipes during the winter, so it’s important to make sure that your irrigation system is properly drained, all exterior faucets and turned off, and garden hoses are disconnected. For sprinklers, it’s best to have an expert take care of this process for you.
3. Have your furnace and chimney inspected.
Your furnace should be inspected to make sure that it’s in good working condition. Also, you’ll want to have your chimney inspected and cleaned if necessary before you use your fireplace during the winter.
Inspecting Siding Before Winter
In addition to taking the above steps, you should also inspect your home’s siding during the winter. Chips and cracks should be caulked or repaired appropriately. Additionally, peeling and cracking paint is sometimes a sign of siding that needs to be repaired or replaced. Issues with mold and mildew inside the home can be a result of siding being in poor condition as well. If you notice that your siding is experiencing any of these issues, it’s best to contact an expert or consider siding replacement. James Hardie siding is an excellent choice for homes in Denver because it is made from fiber cement. Additionally, this siding is extremely durable and resistant to moisture, plus it provides excellent insulation.
Schedule an Inspection
Let our team of home improvement experts inspect your home to make sure it is winter ready! Call our office today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services for siding and window replacement.