With winter about to bear down on Connecticut the time has come to inspect your home. If you sit back and assume your roof, siding and gutters will hold up this winter season you could be in for a rude awakening when the first snow storm hits or when ice starts to form on the roof. Failing to keep up to date with your home maintenance can be a very costly mistake and one that may leave you with a gaping hole in your roof during the coldest months of the year.
We want every Connecticut homeowner to be well prepared for the harsh winter climate which us why we offer a few tips on what areas to pay closest attention to.
Roofs: Nothing is more important to the integrity of your home than the roof. A faulty roof can render the entire home unsafe and force you and your family to live in a motel room while repairs are done. Don’t wait for the heavy snow to fall to find out you need work done on your roof. Take the time to inspect your roof now so you can identify weak spots, torn shingles and dilapidated chimney flashing that will need to be repaired to ensure your roof hold up during the winter.
Siding: After the roof, the exterior siding of your home is crucial to surviving winter. If you have worn siding, cracks or tears you could be losing costly heat and you will see the results in your hefty energy bills. Now is the time to have a professional siding expert inspect the siding of your home to determine if you need spot repairs or perhaps new vinyl siding installation.
Gutters: Don’t neglect the gutters on your home. If you haven’t cleaned your gutters before winter you run the risk of ice dams and clogs that can seriously weaken a gutter system and in extreme cases cause entire sections of the gutter to collapse. Gutters are responsible for diverting water away from the roof and siding and if your gutters can’t drain melting snow and ice properly you can have serious problems on your hands. Take the time to hire a professional gutter service company to thoroughly clean and inspect your gutters to ensure you are prepared for winter.