With the start of the fall season , plunging temperatures and shorter days that make you want to curl up and relax, warm and cosy by the fire. As the coldness looms and you prepare to pump the heat, it’s important to protect your home from potential damage and address heat and energy leaks. These seven simple tasks will help you stay warm, safe and help your home get ready for the upcoming winter.
Start with the Exteriors
Start your assessment of the condition of your home by checking the exterior of your home to identify any eventual damage risks and plan all the necessary repairs and changes that would not just help with insulation but will also reduce your risks of flooding.
While exterior siding is an aesthetic component of a home, it mostly serves as the building’s first line of defines against inclement weather and climate variations. Give it the once over before winter settles in, and remember to repair small problems and do all of the necessary upkeep.
Check all your doors & windows
Seal drafty windows to keep heat in and energy bills low with one (or both) of these two simple tasks. One of the most common problems with doors and windows is water and air ingress. Doors and windows that don’t seal out air and water need to be identified. Fortunately, there are clear and obvious signs that a trained and professional home inspector will be able to spot and present in the detailed inspection report. By inspecting the hardware of doors and windows as well to ensure that you are aware if there are issues with locks, hinges, fasteners and other vital components.
Keep Your Gutters Clean & Plan to winterize your deck
Stay on top of leaves this fall, and once the last one has fallen to the ground, it’s time to clear out your gutters. Either hire someone, or climb up the ladder yourself, and get rid of all the build up and any blockages This is a bit more important for wooden decks than metal, but giving your deck a good sweeping and cleaning will help maintain it. A hard-bristled brush and some eco friendly cleaning products are fine, although you may want to power wash (though many contractors advise against doing so). Make sure your wood deck repels water instead of absorbing it — if it’s absorbing water, you may want to find a last warm afternoon and put on water sealant.
Get started with your Basement Renovation
Basements can account for about 20 percent of a home’s total heat loss. This is due to the large, uninsulated surface area both above and below grade level. Contrary to popular opinion, earth is a poor insulator. There is also a lot of air leakage through basement windows and penetrations (including cracks in these areas) and at the top of the foundation wall (sill area). Many basements have little or no insulation, so this means there is much potential for improvement. Insulating can often be tied in with other repairs or renovation work such as waterproofing, radon remediation or finishing the basement.
If you are not sure on what needs be done to prepare your home for the winter talk to our experts for an assessment and complete inspection of your home. We always love the challenge and renovation is not just what we do, we are the best at it. Check out our portfolio of current and previous projects listed here.