Pennsylvania winters are no joke. You want to prepare your home to save energy and to avoid damage from extreme weather. Waiting too late or not correctly winterizing could end up costing you tons of money in heating bills and repairs to your home. For expert advice and services in Pennsylvania, call Gotcha Covered Contracting at (877) 631-4605.
There are many steps to getting your home ready. You can’t simply focus on one aspect of your house. However, none of these steps are extraordinarily difficult.
Winterize Your Roof
Your roof is your home’s top layer of protection against the elements. Here are some ways you can make sure your roof is ready for winter:
- Clean your gutters. Your gutters help precipitation drain from your roof. If they are clogged by leaves or other debris, water may pool and freeze on your roof. This can lead to severe problems in the long run.
- Inspect your flashing and your shingles. If you see any cracks or blisters on the outside of your roof, you need to have them repaired. These kinds of damages can lead to leaks.
- Clear your downspouts. Your downspouts have to be clear so that melting snow can run off of your roof. You can also install snow guards.
- Inspect Awnings. If you have aluminum awnings, make sure they are clear and secure to prevent any ice or snow slides.
It may help to have a professional contractor inspect your roof for potential issues. Being proactive about your roof will save you money in the long run.
Think About Your Windows and Doors
Cold winter air can seep through the cracks in your windows and make your home chilly. If your windows or doors aren’t properly insulated, your heating bill could be severe. To keep your windows from losing heat, you can:
- Swap out your light curtains for thermal ones
- Seal any openings or cracks
- Replace old windows or doors
- Install draft stoppers
At Gotcha Covered, we can recommend and install the best caulk or weather stripping.
Check Your Insulation
Your attic can cause your home to lose a lot of heat if it isn’t adequately insulated. Consult a roofing expert who can check to see if icicles could form in your attic. The insulation should be higher than the floor joists in your home. You can find out the recommended level for your city by calling Gotcha Covered Contracting.
You should also look for air leaks in other parts of your home. Air can leak into your home from the following areas:
- The vent fan
- The dryer vent
- The outdoor faucet
- The sill plate
Be sure to seal potential air leaks, as they can lead to energy loss.
If tree branches are hanging over your roof, they can fall off as they collect snow. Falling branches can damage your shingles and clog your gutters. You should also trim the branches that hang near your windows or driveways to prevent any accidents.
Winterizing is a necessary process in Pennsylvania. You do not want to be stuck with high energy bills or have roof repairs waiting for you in spring. If you want to be worry-free all winter, call Gotcha Covered Contracting today at (877) 631-4605.