During the cold months, your home can take a bit of a battering from the elements, rain snow sun and even wind can cause serious effects on your home. So it’s important to prepare for winter, to ensure that your home stays in good condition.
Why Prepare For Winter Weather?
Dependant on where you live, winter weather can be really hard to live through, snow, ice, rain, thunderstorms and even in some locations hurricanes and earthquakes are a common weather occurrence during this period. And if your home is not in top condition then it’s going to be really hard for it to put up with all the force it takes from severe weather.
So although it can be an annoyance that you have to prepare your home during this time of year, it is cost effective and doesn’t cost a lot, in fact, it costs a lot less than having to repair your home due to weather damage! So if you want to know what you can do to prepare yourself for the cold icy winter then keep reading!
Have Your Roof Checked
It’s important to have your roof checked by a professional to record the condition that your roof is in, as well as the amount of pressure it can hold. This is important for those who live in areas with broadcasted heavy snow, a lot of snowy regions naturally have this, but places in the UK or anywhere else may not.
Simply because it rarely snows in the UK, but if you’re broadcasted heavy snowfall then this is definitely something you should get checked. Otherwise, the aftermath of massive snowfall could result in a collapsed roof which can be extremely costly to replace.
Prepare Your Windows
Although you may not think it, terribly insulated windows can be the culprit not only for a cold home but also your expensive monthly energy bill. Double glazed windows do a wonderful job of keeping cold air out as well as warm air in, while reducing the amount of condensation in your home that could lead to mould or mildew.
After an extensive period then your double glazing or triple glazing may need replacing, simply because they are worn out they may not be as efficient as they once were. But if it’s leading up to the Christmas period and you are slightly low on budget then thankfully there are ways to improve your windows installation without forking out for new double glazed windows.
Rubber weather sealings are long sticky strips that you tape down the dimensions of your windows to close out any cold air, but don’t worry these come in a variety of colours to match your windows. Alternatively, there is also window insulation films which can be pasted onto your window by heating it up with a hairdryer; thankfully these are available in different designs on plenty of websites so that you can find the perfect one for you.
Repair Any Roof Damage And Remove Any Large Tree Branches
Roof damage like we previously mentioned can be costly, so it’s important to catch any damage before it worsens. This can include missing tiles, a partly collapsed roof or leaking. Some processes cost less than other such as a leaking roof, but when its a storm and rain is plummeting throughout the night, your leak is going to be letting in litres of water.
Things like a collapsed roof can be a serious danger to you and your family, especially during stormy weather or harsh winds it can worsen the problem. So it’s important that when you are preparing for winter that you prioritise checking the condition of your roof.
As well as this if your roof is in excellent condition, then you want to keep it that way, if you live in an area full of trees, then this could be a danger to your property. Harsh weather has enough power to blow over tree’s and cause havoc for wildlife as well as residents in the area, some tree branches may be broken down by strong winds, and if your home is in close proximity to them, it could end up damaging your home. So although this is unlikely, just as a precaution it is always a good idea to be on the safe side and invest in a tree surgeon to remove any nearby heavy branches.
Clear Your Gutters
And unfortunately blocked gutters do not stop after all the leaves have fallen from the trees, there is normally always some form of debris in your gutter, and when it reaches low temperatures in winter, it can freeze and cause significant issues. During the cold season, many birds and small animals search for shelter, and some animals find your gutter a really cosy spot which isn’t good news for you.
So by having your gutters cleaned, you are then able to prevent any wildlife making a habitat of your guttering system, when the clutter in your gutter freezes over it can be a real pain to remove and can actually damage your gutters if you try to remove them yourself. So we always recommend contacting a qualified gutter cleaner to help you get your pipes cleaned and de-gutted for an affordable cost.
Prepare Your Home For Winter
So we are currently in winter so if you haven’t started preparation already then it’s a good idea to now! To keep your home in excellent condition as well as improve its efficiency for your energy bills then small home improvements can make a huge difference. If you’re looking to start fresh in the new year and extend your home, take a look at some of our home extensions Buckingham for more information! We hope that this article was helpful, if it was then why not share on social media?