Maintenance Considerations for Cold Climates
Icy winds, snow drifts, and cold temperatures can wreak havoc on a building
I have lived in cold climates my whole life and know that if not properly maintained, your home can take quite a beating. Icy winds, snow drifts, and cold temperatures can wreak havoc on a building, but only if you fail to properly prepare.
With months of wet, cold weather, most building materials will encounter some wear and tear. By keeping your roof properly patched, gutters clean and repaired, windows sealed, and siding caulked and painted, you can manage to keep moisture and cold temperatures outdoors. Weatherproof seals applied to roofing and deck and patio surfaces can reduce damage from snow. Be sure to protect your plumbing as well. Insulate outdoor spickets, be sure your walls are insulated, and turn off outdoor water supplies before cold air approaches. Don’t neglect your subfloors either. The floor is typically the coldest place in a home, and installing a radiant heating source is a great solution to this uncomfortable situation. Be sure to also insulate exterior gas lines as gas can freeze, denying you heat and hot water for sometimes days at a time.
The key to comfortable indoor living in cold climates is maintaining energy efficiency. First of all, you need to eliminate cold drafts. Replace leaking windows and patch missing insulation. A reliable heat source is a must. Whether it is wood, electric, solar, or gas, you need a system that is energy efficient and cost effective to run.
There is a certain wild beauty to cold climates. The wet and cold weather pushes us indoors for the winter, while providing a spectacular landscape for our entertainment. Winter is already under way, but you still have time to do those last-minute maintenance items to make your winter more cozy and relaxing. Request free estimates from prescreened contractors in your area today.
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