Your house is one of the most expensive investments you will make in your life, so it’s important to spend the time and money every season to protect it from the elements. In the winter, that means preparing your roof for the upcoming snow and ice. Snow accumulation and the formation of ice dams can both be very harmful to your roof and are the two biggest threats of the season.
How to prevent snowaccumulation: Snow is heavier than it seems. One square foot of snow weighs about 5 pounds. Although rare, if snow accumulates enough on your roof, it can be heavy enough to collapse it or cause serious structural damage.
The best way to prevent snow accumulation is to keep an eye out for the tell tale signs. These include hearing a creaking sound on the roofor noticing sagging on the roof edges or in the ceiling. Snow accumulation can also cause so much extra weight that doors get stuck or jammed. If you noticeany of these signs in your home, it’s time to act immediately. Use a shovel, rake, or other snow removal tool after every storm to reduce the heavy weight of the snow on your roof and prevent damages.
How to prevent ice dams: Ice dams occur when snow melts on your roof and then refreezes into slick patches of ice. Ice dams cause problems when the melted water moves into cracks and shingles, then freezes and expands. This can cause damage and leaks to your roof. There are a few different ways to protect your home against ice dams.
The first is to clean and clear your gutters and make sure they are in prime condition going into winter, so they can siphon off excess water before it freezes to your roof. Second, make sure your attic is properly insulated and check and clean all the vents. You can even add more vents to your roof and soffits. All of this works to keep your roof cooler in the winter and prevent warm patches from melting snow that will later turn into an icedam. Finally, if you are still having problems with ice dams, you can purchase and install heating cables in your gutters to melt snow and ice and keep a healthy flow off your roof.
Aloha Construction Exterior Winter Tips
Protecting the exterior of your house is just as important as protecting your roof when it comes to harsh winter weather. Use these tips from Aloha Construction to prepare your siding, windows, doors, and lawn for the upcoming season.
Siding: The best way to protect your siding against the winter snow and sleet is by giving it a thorough inspection. Walk around your home and check for cracks, rotting, or loose siding, especially in the bottom half of your home. These issues can let snow and moisture into your house, and create leaks that damage your foundation. If you see anything wrong, call Aloha Construction to come by and repair or replace any issues before winter comes.
Windows: Just like siding, it is important to check your windows for any cracks or leaks. Take a look at the window frames as well, and make sure they are still securely connected to the glass. All of these issues will let the heat out of your house and raise your winter energy bill, so it’s important to get them checked and fixed before the cold weather descends. Even just installing blinds or window shades on windows can help reduce your energy bill in the winter.
Doors: One way to protect your doors and reduce energy costs for the winter season is by installing storm doors. If you live in a place where major blizzards and heavy snowfall is prevalent, this can be an easy way to maintain your door’s integrity while also ensuring your house remains energy efficient. They protect your door from inclement weather and keep it looking (and working) well year round.
Lawn: To make sure your lawn is protected during the winter and ready for spring, it’s important to make sure you are keeping up with your lawn! Cutting the grass isn’t just a summer chore. Before the first frost, cut it short. It’s also a good idea to aerate your yard and fertilize it before the first snow. Finally, clean, dry,and take in all your summer lawn furniture to store it in a protected area forthe season.
Protecting your house and preparing for the upcoming Illinois winter weather is important to prevent damage to your home. This winter, use these tips from Aloha Construction to both prepare for and maintain your home properly in the snow, sleet, and ice.
These inclement weather patterns can damage and even collapse your roof with snow accumulation, and ice dams can cause leaks and rotting. As for your exterior, it’s essential to check your siding and windows for any existing issues and get them fixed before the cold winter weather exacerbates them. It can also be a good idea to install storm doors to insulate your home and protect your doors as well. Finally, take care of your lawn witha final cut and fertilization before the first frosts, and remember to store your summer lawn furniture for the season. Use this winter home care checklist from Aloha Construction and go into winter with the peace of mind that your home is safe from the weather this year!
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