Is your home prepared for winter? If not, consider winter preparation repairs before winter’s frost gets here. Protecting your home’s exterior will guard your home against harsh winter elements, such as high winds, snow, and ice. It will also help insulate your home while lowering energy bills. Brincks Exteriors offers a winter home exterior preparation checklist for residents in Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
Winter Preparation and Tips
Follow these winter preparation tips before winter gets here.
Windows and Doors
- Replace worn out weatherstripping around doors and window frames.
- Inspect windows and doors for drafts. Add caulk if necessary to prevent air leaks.
- Look for broken glass and cracks. If broken, get windows replaced or repaired.
- Inspect wooden window frames for rotten wood. Replace framing to prevent further damage.
- If you have window screens, replace them with storm windows.
- Install storm doors if you have screen doors.
Landscaping and Deck
- Cover patio furniture with a heavy tarp or store them in a shed to prevent damage from outside elements.
- Trim shrub and tree branches to prevent property damage from iced-over or wind-swept branches.
- Remove leaves and dirt between the boards of wooden decks to prevent mold growth.
- Inspect outdoor lighting to prevent accidents on icy walkways.
- Look for insect damage to avoid further deterioration over the winter. Treat the area, if needed.
- Remove water hoses and store them in a shed or garage, so they can preserve their shape and prevent cracks.
Gutters and Roofs
- Remove debris, nests, and leaves from gutters to prevent water accumulation and blockage.
- Make sure gutters are securely fastened. Replace or tighten loose and sagging gutters.
- Look for missing, warped or damaged shingles. Get them replaced to prevent water leaks and further damage.
- Check the chimney, walls and the vent pipes for water leaks. If water penetrates these areas, seal joints with caulk or roofing cement.
- If gutters are broken or separating, Brincks Exteriors offers gutter replacement to keep water from leaking into your basement.
- Check the siding for cracks and separations. Seal any leak spots with caulk compound. If you notice blistering or peeling siding, contact a professional to assess the damages.
- Look for animals like mice, termites, and squirrels in between the siding. Address these problems with a professional to prevent further damage.
Contact Brincks Exteriors if you’re ready to get your home winter-ready. We provide quality siding, gutters, windows and roofing for residential and commercial projects in Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.