January 2, 2019
As our winters here in Western NY seem to grow more intense with each passing year, it’s becoming increasingly important to ensure that your home or property is in a position of withstanding whatever Mother Nature decides to dish out. And regardless of whether it’s sub-zero temperatures, blizzard conditions with heavy snowfall, freezing rain or torrential lake effect winds, taking simple measures to protect your home can end up saving you thousands in more costly expenses… at the most inopportune time imaginable.
Over the past 30 years we at Northside Company have been constantly reminded of what can happen when basic winter preparation essentials go ignored. Here are a few of the things to take into consideration when protecting your home during the winter months.
Visible Roof Damage and Structural Integrity
Most people know that their roof has issues that need attention, though many never take the time to give it the regular inspection it needs. A concerning number of roof problems are the result of damage that begins small, can’t be seen, before manifesting into much more expensive repairs or replacement requirements. If you’re not keen on climbing ladders to fine-tooth each intricate section, having a professional roof inspection is an affordable and smart way to make sure everything is okay.
Function and Performance of Older Windows
When the temperatures start plummeting in WNY, your homes’ windows can be a telltale sign of how efficient or inefficient they really are. The metals from older windows warp and contract over time, making drafts possible even when they’re not blatantly obvious. Having your windows, guides and hardware inspected can help in deciding whether repairs are needed, while giving you the information you need to reduce heating bills and increase energy efficiency.
Age of Condition of Attic Insulation
It’s so perfectly easy to forget about what’s going on up in our attics, especially if it’s a section of the home that rarely, if ever, gets visited by family members. However, it’s this very sort of neglect that ends up resulting in sky-high heating bills, drafts, and the occasional critter infestation. If it’s been some time since you last took a look at the condition and density of your home’s attic insulation, it’s something you should definitely do soon. Attics are a prime source of cold drafty air, and an inspection also allows for a unique perspective of the interior roof.
Be Absolutely Sure Your Rochester Home is Winter-Proof
If you’re a homeowner in the Rochester NY area who wants to make sure that everything is in order and ready for the long winter, call the experts at Northside Company. We can be reached by phone at 585-381-1050 or via email through our secure contact page.