Unfortunately, the end to summer is just around the corner, and the leaves will be changing colors right before you know it. Autumn brings school, stress, and that cold weather everyone has been dreading. It also brings a slew of potential problems for your house, problems that will prove difficult and costly to manage if the proper protective precautions are not taken. So here are some tips to weatherproof your house for the upcoming fall.
Install Storm Doors and Windows
Although storm doors and windows are mostly associated with winter, they also are incredibly helpful for autumn. People, especially in Massachusetts, often turn their heat on during the fall, and storm doors and windows are great at keeping heat in the house. So bring your storm doors and windows out of storage and get them installed, so you no longer have to pay for heat escaping your house.
Check Your Gutters
A properly pitched gutter is the difference between your basement staying dry and looking like a swimming pool. Your gutters should have a slope between 1/6 inch and 1/8 inch per foot, allowing water to run to the leader and out of the downspout. You can examine the pitch by holding a level even with the gutter and pouring water in and check the flow’s direction. Any warps or pools of the gutters will be exacerbated with the rain and falling leaves.
Clean Cooling Devices
Remove all window AC units when the temperature drops. Make sure to vacuum the coils and filters while storing them in a cool and dry place. Don’t forget to cover them to keep out dust and bugs. You should also wipe down all fans with a microfiber cloth. Nice spring and summer you’ll want to install your AC immediately, and this will avoid rust or unpleasant smells spewing out along with the cold air. Also make sure to switch the rotation of ceiling fans to clockwise so that they push warm air down.
Insulate Doors and Windows
While storm doors and windows help save money on your heating bill, further insulating the doors and windows themselves will save you even more. Press adhesive-backed closed-cell foam onto the bottom sash of the window. Apply foam strips to the sides and tops of doors, and on the bottom add a door sweep.
Find and Fix Cracked Concrete
Cracks in your concrete not only present tripping hazards, but will only get worse if water enters and freezes in there. These are usually pretty easy to fix, all you will need is a bottle of caulk. Crack under a half-inch wide only requires you to squeeze a bead of acrylic latex concrete, smoothing the excess with a putty knife. Larger cracks, however, require a vinyl concrete patching compound.
To maintain your house throughout the seasons and gor help weatherproofing your house for the winter, talk to our expert team of home improvement professionals. You can request a free estimate and we will be happy to explain what you can and should do to protect your house. Our expert services cover all aspects of roofing from minor repairs and ventilation to full replacement of both commercial and residential buildings.