With the cold season in full swing, now would be a good time to winterize your home. This ensures that you and your family will remain comfortable throughout the months to come. Proper winter preparation can also help you save money on energy costs. To help you get started, here are some helpful tips from DryTech Roofing:
1. Scan the roof for visible damage.
Using binoculars, you can inspect your roof from the ground. Look for broken, missing, or cracked shingles because they might cause leaks when the snow on your roof melts. If you see any roofing issues, have them repaired immediately. If there is a large damaged roof area, consider a roof replacement.
2. Insulate your walls to reduce thermal bridging.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends insulating your walls for added comfort. You can hire Maryland siding contractors to do this for you. Installing insulated vinyl siding eliminates gaps within wall frames, leading to 40% savings in terms of heating and cooling.
3. Install attic insulation to prevent ice dams.
Ice dams occur when your roof warms up and melts the snow. This will then refreeze on the edge of your roofing system to form dams. This issue can cause leaks and serious water damage to your home. One way to prevent this is to install attic insulation. This process seals in any gaps where heat may leak through, resulting in consistent roof temperatures. Attic insulation can lessen ice dams and save money on energy costs at the same time.
4. Inspect windows for caulking and/or damage.
Warm indoor air can also leak through your windows. This loss affects indoor comfort and energy consumption. Check around the frame for any gaps or missing caulking. You should also inspect for cracks or broken glass. When choosing replacement windows, make sure you get energy-efficient options.
Take the proactive step in creating a more comfortable home this winter. Reliable siding contractors in Maryland like DryTech Roofing can help you with your home remodeling projects. We create energy-efficient and comfortable homes by installing new roofs, windows, and siding. We also specialize in fiberglass attic insulation and carry top brands in the industry, including James Hardie® and GAF. As a Master Elite™ contractor, we can also offer you industry-leading warranties for your peace of mind.
For more information about our services, call us at (240) 491-5600. You can also schedule a free inspection through our contact form.