Get your home ready for winter


Just a few tips to get your home ready for winter

The end of September or beginning of October is an excellent time of the year to do an exterior check-up on your home so that any necessary repairs or maintenance can be completed before winter arrives.  
 
Check all your exterior wood trim, particularly around window and door openings.  Where required, scrape and paint all exterior wood trim.
 
Exposed wood will eventually deteriorate, resulting in wood rot and water leakage.
 
Check the caulking around exterior window and door openings.  Recaulk where you notice deterioration.  
 
Replace any damaged weather stripping to ensure that your home is energy efficient and water tight.  
 
Do a quick check of your roofing shingles.  Repairs are more easily completed when the shingles are still soft and pliable in the early fall.  While you’re looking at the roof, check the flashings around the chimney and plumbing stacks.  The flashings help protect those transition areas from water penetration.  Check for flashings that have lifted, cracked or separated and could allow water entry.  

 

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