Here in Maryland we are blessed with a moderate climate. Still, our winters can be plenty cold and wet. That’s why it is a good idea to spend some time this fall getting your home ready for the Maryland winter weather ahead. Taking steps now will help keep your family safe and comfortable all winter long. And you might be surprised at how much money you can save on your home heating costs!
From the top down, here are some recommendations on making your home more secure against winter winds and weather.
Roofing System – A leaky roof is a problem at any time, but can be especially troublesome when the weather is wet and icy cold. Before the leaves are off the trees have your Maryland roofing system inspected by a professional Maryland roofer. They’ll know what to look for in terms of loose or missing shingles, loose flashing and other indications of potential trouble. Making repairs or replacing your roof is much easier now than in the middle of a snow storm!
Attic – One of the best ways to make your home more comfortable and reduce energy costs is to make sure you have proper attic insulation. If your home is more than 10 years old and still has its original insulation, it is unlikely to provide much of a barrier against heat loss. Modern insulation materials and methods can create an effective barrier that keeps warmth inside your home, and helps keep your attic cool and dry.
Gutters – The chore of mucking out your gutters is not pleasant, but has to be done to keep them clear of leaves and debris. Gutters that are blocked, leaky or whose downspouts are too narrow can turn into blocks of ice when the weather turns cold, causing water to back up under the roof’s edge and into your home. That’s trouble! If you hate climbing ladders to clean gutters, have a reliable gutter guard system installed.
Siding – Wood siding offers little insulating value, plus it has to be scraped and painted every few years. Replacing wood siding with insulated vinyl or fiber cement siding offers a big boost in insulation properties, as well as reducing maintenance needs. Its like wrapping your home in a blanket!
Windows – Drafty windows are one of the leading sources of energy loss in a home. Up to one-third of your home’s energy can leak away through poorly insulated glass. Today’s replacement windows feature insulating frames and multi-pane glass packages that help prevent heat transfer, so you stay warmer all winter and cooler in the summer. Plus you’ll spend less money every month on energy bills.
Basement – Although heat rises, a poorly insulated basement can be a constant source of cold and damp. Consider installing an insulated basement wall system that will help reduce the inflow of cold air through foundation walls.
Taking one or more of these energy saving steps will help you get through the coming winter comfortably, and with lower energy bills. For help with these and other ways of “winterizing” your home call DryTech Roofing at (240) 547-2447.