You probably noticed we’re now at that point In September where you feel a slight chill at night, a few leaves starting to change, and the abundance of ads for pumpkin spice everything! So, besides rushing out to stock up on all things Pumpkin Spice, the RIHI Team recommends you also check four key parts of your home’s exterior so you’re ready to take on the inevitable harsh New England weather that is on its way.
With colder temps and frost, driving rain, and wind that comes with a good Nor’easter, your home needs to be able to handle it all. With some planning and a simple review of your home’s exterior, you can protect your largest investment while enjoying a more comfortable home through the next few months. There are four key exterior areas the RIHI team recommends you look at and/or have a professional come out and inspect your home’s exterior.
Is It Time for a New Roof?
Before harsh weather arrives, it’s important to make sure that your roof is in top shape. If you see curled or missing shingles or dark moldy spots, now is the time to get them addressed. With trickly New England winters, any small issue can quickly leave your roof vulnerable and exposed. Once Winter is here and it gets cold and icy, it can be difficult to have issues with your roof repaired. It’s best to have a roof replacement done before Winter is already here. Work with a roofing contractor you can trust because a high-quality roof is a necessity.
Clean Your Gutters
With leaves beginning to fall, they often end up in the gutters of homes. Leaves, sticks, and other debris from trees easily clog your gutters and stop the flow of rain safely away from your home. If your gutters become blocked, they can cause water build-up that can freeze and cause water to back up into your home. Removing leaves and other debris you’re your gutters can be risky to your safety so you should consider hiring a professional for the job.
Do You Need New Siding?
Energy-efficient siding can be another way to battle the elements and keep your home comfortable inside and help keep your heating bill under control. Fall is the perfect time to install new siding on your home because the temperatures are still moderate and so it’s possible to get the project completed sooner than later. New siding can be a great investment because it not only protects your home, but it also provides a big boost to your home’s curb appeal.
Check Your Windows
Old and drafty windows are another area in the home that can drive up your energy bill and make your home less comfortable inside. Drafts and faulty seals can lead to moisture and cold entering your home. Take the time to make sure that all your windows are operating properly before the weather turn to full Fall mode. Trim around windows can show evidence of water damage; if the trim is damaged, the window is probably damaged as well.
As with any exterior home improvement the RIHI Team always suggests you consult a professional who can answer all your questions and guide you to the best solution. Taking the time now to better secure your home for the colder, windier, and rainier weather on the way will give you the peace of mind to relax and enjoy that Pumpkin Spiced Latte with your Pumpkin Spiced muffin.