As the cold, snowy months quickly approach in Utah, it is important to take time to prepare your home’s exteriors for winter.
Getting your home winter-ready may not be on the top of your to-do list. But, the reality is, you cannot procrastinate these tasks if you want your home to be prepared and protected throughout the next season. Snow, ice, wind, and other cold-weather elements can do serious damage to your home unless you dedicate the time, efforts, and resources to getting ready before the winter frost presents itself.
Keep scrolling to learn more about preparing your home’s exteriors for winter below.
Inspect Your Roof
Before the major snowstorms hit, it’s essential to know that your home does not have a leaky roof. A quick and simple roof inspection can help you locate any potential problems. Here’s what to keep your eye out for:
- Curling Shingles — As you inspect your roof, keep your eyes open for curling shingles and other signs of damage. The sooner you fix these areas, the better.
- Stains or Wet Spots — Stains and wet spots are obvious signs of leaks, leading to water damage and mold. Before it becomes a significant issue, make sure to have these areas repaired.
- Signs of Critters — Watch for nests, animal droppings, and signs of gnawed-on wood and wires. It’s important to figure out how these pesky animals are entering your home. Not to mention, they can cause serious structural damage to your home over time.
Trim Nearby Tree Branches
Between heavy snowfall and intense wind, tree branches don’t stand much of a chance during winter. Before heavy snow-laden branches or knocked over trees damage your home, make sure to trim any threatening tree branches near your house.
Clean out Your Gutter System
Autumn brings many wind and rainstorms that can clog your gutters and downspouts in no time. If your gutter system is not thoroughly cleaned out before the next season, the low winter temps can cause ice dams that lead to extensive repairs. Now that the Utah leaves have all but fallen make sure to clean out your gutter to remove leaves, nests, twigs, and other debris. Additionally, make sure to inspect your gutter system to make sure it is in good working condition. Look out for areas that are sagging or leaking. If you find areas that need attention, make sure to address them right away. A professional can take care of these issues with no problem at all.
Make Repairs to Your Home’s Exteriors
If the siding on your home is damaged, it’s crucial to get them repaired right away. Areas left unfixed can lead to further problems, such as water damage and unwelcome furry visitors. Siding can certainly be repaired during any time of year, but it is best repaired before winter hits.
Contact M & M Gutters & Exteriors
Winterizing and preparing the exterior of your home should be your number one priority this winter season. If your siding, gutters, or other exterior needs attention this winter, contact the experts at M & M Gutters & Exteriors. Whether you live in Ogden or Provo, our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals can get your Northern Utah home winterized and ready for all that Mother Nature throws your way. Contact us today.