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Damaging Winter Weather and Your Home: Everything You Need to Know

Every winter in Western North Carolina is unpredictable. Between fierce winds, heavy snow, and low temperatures, these factors can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. 

Keep your beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, home in tip-top shape this winter with these seven handy tips.

Resolving problems before the cold weather arrives will save you time and money and eliminate stress.

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Ensure Your Roof is Leak-Free

The winter months are notorious for freezing temperatures. If your roof freezes, ice can chip away at the shingles. In extreme instances, heavy snow can even cause your roof to collapse. Additionally, if your home suffers from poor insulation or ventilation, your roof is at risk of developing leaks. 

Prepare your roof for the winter by: 

  • Cleaning your gutters
  • Having regular inspections 
  • Checking attic insulation and ventilation 
  • Trimming back tree branches and shrubs 

Resolving problems before the cold weather arrives will save you time and money and eliminate stress.

Clean Your Gutters

Debris and leaves are infamous for causing blockages in your gutters, often leading to ice dams during the winter that can cause your gutters to overload and overflow. 

Here are four tips for cleaning your gutters: 

  • Use gloves or a scoop to clear your gutters. 
  • Remove debris, leaves, and any plants. 
  • Tarp the work area to protect your lawn. 
  • Run water through the downspouts to identify and remove any blockage. 

If you encounter stubborn clogs or safety issues, consider hiring a professional gutter cleaning service.

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Re-caulk Your Windows and Doors

Avoid pesky drafts this winter by taking extra precautions like re-caulking windows and doors. The constant fluctuations of winter temperatures erode caulk over time. Here are three benefits to re-caulking your windows and doors: 

  • Saves money on heating costs
  • Prevents water from seeping into your walls.
  • Significantly reduces the risk of mold or wood rot problems.   

Overall, it’s crucial to re-caulk your home’s windows and doors every two years.

You could save up to 15 percent on your heating costs during the winter by reversing your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise.

Inspect your Home’s Systems

Checking your HVAC, plumbing, sewer, and carbon monoxide detector systems should be on your checklist for winterizing your home. Here’s why: 

  • Getting your HVAC inspected ensures your home is heating evenly without drafts. 
  • Checking for plumbing and sewer backups or blockages will help reduce the possibility of pipes freezing or bursting. 
  • When temperatures plummet, your home is in overdrive, heating and running the HVAC system for hours, which can put your home at a high risk of a carbon monoxide leak. 

Pro tip: If you live in a climate with four distinct seasons, service your HVAC system twice a year to ensure it runs smoothly in cold and hot weather!

Prepare Your Patio and Deck

If you live in a region prone to more snow, cover patio furniture with weatherproof covers or store it in a garage or shed. We recommend a fresh coat of sealant for wooden decks to protect it in wet conditions. 

Keep your patio and deck looking brand new by: 

  • Remove leaves and debris. Leaves and twigs left in place during the winter create dark stains that are difficult to remove. 
  • Avoid shoveling. Prevent further damage to the surface by using a broom to sweep the snow. 
  • Repair damages. Don’t let rotted or cracked boards stay on the deck throughout the winter. Your deck needs to be sturdy for inclement weather. 

If you’re considering rebuilding your deck, contact the experts at Scroggs Construction.

Taking the time to winterize your home prolongs your home’s lifespan.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

You could save up to 15 percent on your heating costs during the winter by reversing your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise. This simple change distributes heat more evenly by creating an updraft, circulating warm air into the living space. 

Pro tip: Set your thermostat to a lower temperature after rotating your ceiling fan, and enjoy saving money and energy!

Elevate Your Home’s Insulation

Keep your home warm and cozy all winter long by making simple changes, including: 

  • Replacing the screen in your storm door with a glass pane to prevent further drafts. 
  • Add extra protection to your windows using plastic sheeting and hanging thick curtains with thermal backing to keep cold out. 
  • Use double-draft stoppers for larger gaps in your doorways. 

If you want extra insulation, consider insulating exterior foundation walls, sealing exterior holes with pest-resistant foam, and caulking and covering room air conditioners.

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Is Your Home Winter Ready?

Taking the time to winterize your home prolongs your home’s lifespan, provides more comfort and safety, saves you money, and makes you less susceptible to any unwelcome surprises that the freezing temperatures may bring. 

Enjoy the peace the winter atmosphere brings by setting aside a weekend to prepare your home for the winter. If you’re considering building, remodeling, or renovating your home this season, our experts at Scroggs Construction thoughtfully design and build your vision. Contact us to learn more!

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