Fall is here, and winter is coming!
Prepping your home for winter involves many small things, like putting away your patio furniture, getting your furnace inspected, and tidying up your garden.
However, if you’ve noticed drafty windows, missing roof shingles, or cracked siding, you may want to take a closer look at your home’s needs this fall before the first snowflake hits the ground.
4 Great Fall Remodeling Projects
Replacing those cracked, drafty windows is #1 on our list. Having energy efficient windows installed on your home can help reduce the amount of energy your home uses throughout the seasons. By keeping warm air inside during the winter months and hot air outside during the blistering summer, insulated windows help to keep the home more comfortable while also reducing the amount of stress placed on your heating and cooling system.
New siding creates a protective layer, shielding your home from the elements. Not all siding is created equal, however, and fiber cement siding by James Hardie is our material of choice. Most Hardie Board siding comes with a 50-year, limited transferable warranty. This siding is completely rot and insect resistant and can even handle salt spray from the ocean.
Whether you’re looking for a siding material that can withstand the next Katrina, or one that can fend off the next winter blizzard without sustaining damage, cement board siding is a proven commodity in the weather department.
It is very important to have your roof inspected before the cold weather hits. A winter roof inspection can give you peace of mind and save you from costly repairs.
If you think roof problems are rare, you’re wrong. “Roof deficiencies are the most common problem reported by home inspection associations,” says the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association. “Thirty percent of real estate inspection claims are due to roof leaks and water penetration,” the group says. “Thirty nine percent of homeowner’s insurance claims are because of roof problems.”
New exterior doors often fit and insulate better than older types. If you have older doors in your home, replacing them is a good investment, resulting in lower heating and cooling costs. If you’re building a new home, you should consider buying the most energy-efficient doors possible.