While many of you will be celebrating the arrival of the sun, and the opportunity to spend time in the great outdoors as summer approaches, you cannot halt the inevitable. Sorry to put a downer on your vacation time, but winter is coming!
Okay, so we aren’t asking you to put away your sunscreen just yet, but there is no harm in being prepared for the colder months. Your vacation time is precious, and you should make the most of it, but before the Autumn arrives, why not make the most of the warm weather and spend some time maintaining your house from the outside as well as the inside. After all, you don’t want to spend time on your ladders fixing up the roof when the wind and rain arrives, so the summer may be the ideal opportunity to work on your home.
Check your roof
While you could make an effort to overcome your fear of vertigo, it may be wise to
visit Dennis and Sons Roofing, or a similar company, to perform the essential work your roof may need. You don’t want to be sat indoors on a cold winter’s evening with water dripping from above, so all missing tiles and shingles will need to be replaced, and any cracks sealed to make the roof waterproof.
Your guttering should also be cleared of dirt and debris, as when the cold months set in, you can guarantee they will become blocked with leaves from the Autumn winds.
Keep your home insulated
Imagine the scene; you’re sat at home by the open fire, the wind howling outside… and on the inside! You really do need to repair and seal any cracks in your doors and windows. Use caulk to fill in any gaps and weather-strip anywhere the cold air is likely to come in. You want to preserve the heat in the winter and not it let out, so unless you want to sit indoors in a hat and scarf, you should insulate your house as soon as you can.
Check the heating
Whatever heating system you use, it is always advisable to call out a professional to give it a service. Walk around your home and turn on all the radiators if you have central heating, and if there are any problems, have them looked at before winter sets in. Make sure you check your furnace and unblock your chimney from any blockages.
Check the outside
Walk around the exterior of your home, and pay special attention to walkways and stairwells. As the ground is prone to ice and frost, you need to think about safety, repairing any cracked tiles before somebody has a nasty fall, and replace or mend any handrails that are loose.
Stock up on supplies
Protecting your home is also about looking after the people inside. While an insulated home is a start, make sure you buy plenty of supplies. From food to extra logs for the fire, make sure your home is stocked up in case it’s difficult to get to the local store because of the weather.