Cold Colorado weather is here to stay for the next several months. Is your home ready? If not, it still isn’t too late to prepare your home for another Denver winter and reap the rewards for the rest of the season. Here are three steps you need to take.
Check the Siding
Is your home’s siding prepared for the winter? If you’re not sure, walk around your home and look for:
- Widespread warping
- Cracked or peeling siding
- Rampant mold and fungus growth
- Peeling paint and wallpaper on the inside of your home
If you determine your siding needs attention, have a professional stop by to assess the damage. A repair might be sufficient, but if you decide to pursue siding installation, make your selection carefully. One popular option is called prodigy siding. This long-lasting, high-insulation, dent-resistant siding locks out moisture to protect the inside of your home. Available in a wide range of colors and finishes, prodigy siding also enhances the look of your home.
Care for the Roof
If you haven’t already cleared out fall leaves from the gutter, do so right away. This helps water to drain properly from the roof to keep your shingles in good condition. If you’re tired of this chore, a gutter guard system could be the solution you’re looking for. Check out other ways to prepare for your roof for winter.
If you come across a damaged area on your roof, you should look into having it repaired. If the damage is more extensive, a replacement may be in order. In fact, depending on the level of damage, replacing your roof may actually cost less than repairing it. Contact 5280 Exteriors, your trusted Denver roofing company, for an installation quote.
Insulate Your Windows
Some of the most obvious air leaks in your home are around old windows. These leaks make your home less comfortable and drive up energy costs at the same time. To increase window insulation, apply new caulk and weatherstripping.
Caulk fills any cracks around the frame that allow air to infiltrate your home. Weatherstripping is a rubbery material that helps create a tighter seal when the window closes. You can purchase both materials inexpensively at a home improvement store.
If you try caulking and weatherstripping your windows but they still feel drafty, consider installing new windows. It could be that your old windows have only one pane of glass. Double-pane windows are much more energy efficient and help pay for themselves in decreased energy bills over the next few decades.
At 5280 Exteriors, we understand that preparing your home for winter can be overwhelming. Contact us and we’ll be happy to send over a trained technician to provide a free estimate for the services listed above.