The winter season is upon the entire northern area and boy has it with vengeance. The northern states may be getting hit hard but the entire country is being affected by the hold. This article affects everyone that is being hit with the winter snow and colder than normal temperatures. It is crucial that we remember that we alone are not being affected but our homes as well. Most homes are already in need of normal home repairs and maintenance that accumulates in winter; top that with the winter cold, snow, rain and ice and you will find yourself with spring time home repairs to accomplish.
Examine Your Shingle Roof
You may not know what to look for when it comes to damage that has occurred on your shingle roof throughout the winter but a professional roofing contractor will. Many local roofing contractors will come out to your home and offer you a no obligation free quote on roofing repairs for winter damage and will inform you if you need a new roof all together. Expert roof contractors can see the tell-tale signs that a roof is in need of repair from the ground but will also have the necessary skills to get up on a ladder and onto the roof to perform repairs from the most basic to complex issues such as replacing whole shingles.
Check Out Gutters and Downspouts
Your gutters and downspouts should be clear of debris and allow the water to flow freely. The repairs to downspouts and gutters are expensive. This is why it is crucial that they are maintained and that they are cleaned out on a regular basis. If they are left full of debris and working improperly the damage from clogs can be quite extensive.
Restore Concrete Sidewalks and Driveways
The winter time often makes the small, unnoticeable cracks of summer large noticeable safety hazards of spring. As a home owner you are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks, walkways and concrete driveway surfaces. Home improvement stores sell premixed concrete for repairs of just this nature. You may find that after you repair the concrete, depending on the size of the original crack, that it is necessary to reseal the entire surface. If you take the time to fill in the cracks while they are still relatively small you can save yourself the expense and hassle of relaying new concrete later on. Basic maintenance prevents bigger issues in the future.
Re-Establish the Seals on Windows and Door Walls
The seals on your windows and doors have been through a lot with the large difference in temperature changes and could be in serious need of repair before turning the air on to avoid the summertime heat. Many homeowners have already taken the time in the fall to make sure the seal is secure on the homes windows and doors to ensure proper heating in the winter. The same process should be followed in the spring. Caulk and re-seal doors, sills and windows that appear to be functioning below their capabilities.
These are just a few tips to prevent major issues from arising. Smaller, general repairs and maintenance done to keep up on your house are far more cost effective and save homeowners time then major home renovations and remodels once repairs become impossible. Small repairs and regular maintenance bring your home back to its original state without too much work for homeowners.
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