Winters in the Northeast can sometimes be a bit harsh so it is important to ensure your home is ready. Taking advantage of the warmer weather to make preparations for the colder months is something every home owner should do.
Below is a list of end of the summer home maintenance tips that can help guide you for the upcoming winter months.
Roof Maintenance and Repairs
Making sure that the roof of your home is intact is very important to get situated before the winter months arrive. With thunderstorms, hail, winds, and heavy rains throughout the year, your roof can really take a beating. The roof should be inspected for missing or cracked shingles, as well as build up in the gutters and spouts. Using the warmer weather to make repairs gives time for the shingles the right elements properly set and seal. Once the temperature drops it may be too cold for the shingles to set correctly.
It is important to have a licensed professional install your siding, especially vinyl. The reason being is; vinyl expands in warmer weather and constricts in colder weather. If installed improperly the vinyl can expand and push up against window casings causing it to buckle or break.
Go through your home and check your windows. Open and close them to ensure the caulk and sealing are intact. Check for drafts and make sure the window frames are in good condition. With the colder months arriving soon, properly sealed windows can really keep costs lowered on your heating bill. If they are not in ideal condition you should look into investing in newer windows.
Gutter Cleaning and Installation
Cleaning your gutters is something that is usually done during the autumn months but it is a good idea to get a jump start before the summer ends. Make sure all the gutters and spouts are clear of any leaves or debris. Any type of overflowing can cause water damage to your home so it is important to make sure everything is sound and intact.
Entry Door Replacement
Looking to install a new entry door is a project best done right at the end of summer. Look for sales as it can be a bit pricey but it a great investment, adding to aesthetic to your home. A new door could help with drafting problems and can spruce up the exterior look. This project is also a relatively easy process and installment can be completed in a few hours.