Fall is the favorite season for many. From crisp fall days to everything pumpkin spice, it has a lot to offer. Winter is just around the corner, so you don’t want to forget about your home as you enjoy the cooler weather. Fall is a fantastic time to knock out a few projects around the house. Let’s take a look at some of the best projects to tackle on your home this fall.
If you have any exterior painting on your home, fall is the perfect time to spruce things up with a fresh coat of paint. Summer months tend to be too hot as paints can turn runny in high humidity. Fall temps with lower humidity allow the paint to set better and make it easier to work with.
One thing you want to do before winter is clean your gutters. If you live in a wooded area, you may want to do this a few times during the fall to remove leaves. The worst thing you can have is a clogged gutter during the winter. Clogged gutters lead to damaging ice dams that can result in leaking roofs and broken gutters.
One of the best ways to prepare for winter is to make sure your roof is in top condition. Check for missing or broken shingles that can lead to a leaking roof. Also, check that any areas with sealant, such as flashing around chimneys, are intact. These are potential areas melting snow can penetrate and cause roof damage. Finally, consider hiring a roofing contractor to do a full roof inspection.
Winter winds can be brutal, especially to your heating bill! First, check your doors, windows, and chimney for air leakage. Some potential fixes would be door snakes at the bottom of doors with a gap, caulking around windows if not sealed correctly, or spray foam around dryer vents, to name a few.
The number one area for heat loss in homes is windows and doors. This is particularly true if your home has single-pane glass windows or an older-style non-steel door. Modern advances in double and triple pane windows and insulated steel doors have made huge improvements in energy efficiency for homes. So if you are finding you have high heating bills each winter, you may want to give some serious thought to upgrading your windows and doors.
There’s a lot to like about fall, but don’t put off home projects. Taking advantage of the cool days can help you save money in the long run if you tackle the right projects. Need help? Bealing Roofing and Exteriors, LLC has the experience and crews to help complete a few fall projects and improve your home’s energy efficiency before Old Man Winter pays a visit!
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