With fall in full swing in the DMV area, it is essential that you take stock of your home’s exterior to ensure that your home is in peak condition heading into the winter season. Making sure your home is prepared for the cold can help save you from having to make expensive repairs, so if you’re interested in learning how you can get your home ready for the snow & frost, keep reading our blog for more information!
Check Your Windows & Doors for Drafts
One of the first things you should do when tackling fall home maintenance is check around all of your windows & doors to ensure that they are properly caulked and sealed. Having large gaps under the threshold of your doors, or leaks around the frames of your windows can quickly run up your energy bills, whether you’re running the AC to escape the summer heat, or staying warm during the winter.
If you need to check your windows for a draft, one of the easiest ways to do it is with a small candle or incense. You will need to close every window and door in your home, as well as ensure that your water heater and furnace aren’t actively running. Turn on any exhaust vents in your home, such as over your stove or in your bathroom, to create a negative pressure in the home. After you’ve done this, holding the flame near the frames of your windows will reveal any leaks, as the smoke will be drawn outwards due to the pressure in the home. If the leak is significant, you may not need to create negative pressure to see the flame or smoke move. If the flame remains unaffected, then you likely don’t have a leak in that particular area.
If you find any major leaks around your windows, replacing them could significantly reduce your home’s energy bills. Reach out to our team today to learn more about our replacement window & door options!
Repair Your Roof
If you need to make any repairs to your home’s roof, now is the time. Waiting until the snow begins to fall to handle any roofing issues is a mistake because the moisture can easily damage your entire roof during the roof replacement process. Before the leaves and snow begin to fall, take a look at your roof to assess it for any damage.
Shingle damage can present itself in a number of different ways. Your shingles may be warped or curled around the edges, indicating they’ve absorbed water and taken damage. They could be cracked or broken, from hail or falling debris. They may also be missing granules, which is simply a sign that they’ve been on your roof for a long time and are beginning to wear down. No matter what kind of damage you see, considering how important your roof’s function is to the health of your home, it is important to properly repair and maintain the roof.
Contact Us Today
If you need to replace your home’s windows, doors, roof, or siding this fall, our team at Nations Choice Windows is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone by calling us at (703) 688-7100 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! Reach out to us today to learn more about our exterior remodeling services. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your remodeling needs!