We may be having a great late summer in Vancouver however the winter will follow. Therefore, it’s time to prepare the house for winter before demand. and perhaps price tick up. You don’t want to be on a ladder on a chilly day because you can’t find a contractor when you need one. Here’s a handy list of what you have to do.
Here’s Your Autumn Job Jar to Prepare the House for Winter
Eavestroughs, Soffits and Downspouts
Clear your eavestroughs of autumn leaf falls, and make sure the downspouts are clear so winter rains can flow smoothly. Are the discharge points clear and is everything still firmly attached? Check the soffits too, especially the vent holes. You don’t want ice dams forming if there’s an unusually cold snap.
Exterior Caulking around Windows and Doors
Caulking can crack and fail during the hot summer passing. This can form a route for capillary action to draw moisture through. You may experience this failure as a drafty home during winter chills. Prepare the house for winter while the weather is still balmy. A few dollars spent now could manage your energy costs down.
Check the Roof Carefully for Loose Shingles
Your roof is your first defence against what the winter may bring on a bad day. Visually inspect your roof shingles for signs of excessive curling on the edges of cracking. If there are any missing, then you need to contact a roof professional. Nobody we know can go safely on a wet roof.
Inspect Your Siding for Signs of Damage
Siding is the second most important part of your weatherproofing strategy after the roof. It’s essential to keep it waterproof, even though the weather barrier is there as the final defence against damp inside. Conduct a careful visual inspection with an eye to spotting;
# Holes in siding from flying debris, stones from garden tools etc.
# Cracks and warping especially in vinyl siding from repeated temperature changes
# Loose strips after repeated buffeting working fixing loose in storms.
If You Find Problems as You Prepare the House for Winter
Speak to SilverLine Exterior Solutions if you find damage you can’t repair yourself. Call us at 604-942-0488 for a competitive quote backed by excellent service. We’ll get your home right in time for Christmas, and that’s not too many months away.
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