How to Check Your Home's Siding
Siding guards your home against heavy winds, the passing cold from trickling and built-up snow, and cold weather. Many siding contractors install and fixing siding during wintertime because it won't detract from warm weather plans, and the ground is usually frozen over.
To start, go outside and check the siding visually to see if it is broken anywhere. Note that heat from your home can escape through any cracks in your home’s siding.
From there, look to see if any animal or bug – especially termites – has burrowed or nested near, inside, or directly next to your siding.
Lastly, check for any discoloration and see if the siding is warped.
How to Treat and Prep Your Home’s Windows
There are four things you must do to winterize your home’s windows.
1. Give Them a Thorough Clean
Take off your insect shield, and use a window cleaning solution, soap, and water, to clear any debris or dirt.
2. Seal Your Windows
If you have noticed any passing winds or the area around your windows is cold, it is time to seal them. Wherever holes are in your weatherstripping, fill them in with window sealant.
3. Control Your Home’s Humidity
Window fog is annoying and blocks the beautiful morning view of your snowy backyard. Avoid this by using a dehumidifier or turning on a ceiling fan in the same room as your windows.
4. Replace Your Windows
You can only spend so much on fixing your windows until it is time to replace them. Replacing your windows improves energy efficiency, home value, and functionality.
Get Your Gutters Ready for Winter
The main thing you can do to get your gutters ready for the winter is to clear them. Excessive buildup, twigs, leaves, and water can freeze your gutters. As snow and ice begin to pile up and melt on your roof, an ice dam forms a wall around your gutters, making your home colder and damaging your roof.
If your gutters are damaged in any way, contact professional contractors for help.
Don’t Tackle Your Home Inspection Alone
If you need assistance inspecting your roof, siding, windows, or gutters, reach out to Restoration Rx. As an official provider of LeakFREE® roof certifications, we guarantee thorough inspections with our 50-point roof inspection process.
To learn more about our services and why families throughout South Dakota and the Midwest choose Restoration Rx, contact us to request a quote.