Can you believe it is winter weather already? Central Indiana just received its first snowfall of the 2014/2015 Winter season on November 16. And all signs point to another harsh winter just like the last.
Is your home prepared to handle another long, cold, snowy winter?
Listed below are 5 common signs that you may be in for inflated energy bills, drafty indoor temperatures, or even bigger property damage scenarios. Click the links in the description for more information, or scroll down to read on.
5 Signs Your Home isn’t Prepared for Winter
- You haven’t had your roof inspected in the past 6 months, or you know there are small repairs that you’ve been ignoring
- Your attic insulation isn’t up to code, or you have no idea what the R-Level is of your attic insulation
- The windows in your home are not energy-efficient and allow cold air inside
- The gutters on your roof have no protection and are subject to ice damming
- You know you will be spending a lot of time indoors for the next few months, but you still haven’t remodeled your basement or bathroom like you’ve been wanting to do.
Roofing & Siding Repair
According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, you should have your roof inspected at least once per year. Many roofing professionals, like us, agree that you should have your roof inspected every 6 months – before summer and before winter. Inspections are free, and with another harsh winter coming up, it’s time to have your roof looked at, don’t you agree? Minor repairs like exposed nails, a missing shingle, or cracked pipe boot is extremely inexpensive to repair. But when neglected through winter, those minor cracks and nail pops can turn into major roof failure and expensive property damage.
Attic Insulation & Ventilation
Possibly the most overlooked project on this list is attic-insulation. With a quick free inspection, we can measure your attic insulation to see if it’s up to code, or the recommended energy levels. If you don’t know the R-Level of your attic insulation, then you need to schedule a free inspection today. Increased attic insulation lowers your energy bills practically paying for itself, while also helping you avoid ice damming on your roof and more regulated temperatures throughout your home.
Vinyl Window Replacement
Vinyl windows are known for their low maintenance, great insulating value, strength and durability, resistance to rotting, and the same beautiful appearance as wood without the hassle of maintaining it.
As a part of your pre-winter home readiness plan, make sure your windows are prepared to keep cold air out and energy bills down.
Gutters can’t be the only ones to blame for ice dams, but when you combine a poorly insulated attic and a clogged gutter system, it’s a recipe for disaster. The warm air makes its way to the top of your attic, warming the ice and snow at the top of your roof. That ice and snow then melts and runs down your roof, where it then refreezes at the gutter line where there is no warm air below it. That ice builds up creating a damming effect as the process repeats itself.
Ice dams are incredibly hazardous to your roofing system as a whole and can lead to complete roof failure and leaks during the dead of winter.
Basement & Bathroom Remodeling
Let’s face it – the cold weather is here to stay for a while and you’ll be spending much more time indoors. You might as well enjoy it!
Make those basement or bath renovations now and enjoy the warmth of your new space this winter!