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Get Your Home Ready For Winter By Making These Changes

Summer is at an end, fall is moving in, and old man winter is not too far behind. You should take the time now to get your home ready for winter so freezing temperatures, ice and snow do not cause any damage. Below are two things you can do to help you get started.

Repair Asphalt Driveway

Start out by cleaning your driveway thoroughly. The easiest and quickest way to do this is by using a power washer. If you do not own one, you can likely rent one from a local home improvement center. Let the driveway completely dry and look over it for any cracks. Even small cracks can become much larger due to freezing and thawing during the winter months.  You can purchase concrete crack filler at a home improvement store and repair the cracks yourself by following the included directions with the product you purchase.

If you have large cracks and/or holes in your driveway, you should hire an asphalt driveway contractor to come to your home and repair them for you. If your driveway has not been sealed in some time, this would be a good time to apply an asphalt sealer on it.

If your driveway is in very bad shape and has not been replaced in some time, the contractor may suggest that you install a brand new one. Contact a company like Pavemasters for more info about this.

Prevent Damaging Ice Dams

An ice dam happens is a ridge of ice that forms on the edge of a roof. Once this happens, snow that melts cannot flow off your roof, as it becomes backed up behind the dam. This can result in leaks in your roof and into your attic.

To prevent these damaging ice dams, you need to make sure your roof is not too warm, as a warm roof results in melting snow.  After it snows, you should see a thick blanket of snow on your roof. If the snow is melting instead, however, then your roof is definitely too warm.

To cool down your roof, look for any air leaks in the attic. Pull back the insulation and plug up any leaks using caulk or foam. Look at the vent that comes from the attic through the roof to make sure there are no gaps where air can leak out. When doing this, make sure you wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and a dust mask to protect you from the insulation.  

Look at the attic access door to make sure there are no gaps when it is closed. If so, you will need to add more insulation in this area. Hire an insulation contractor to check the insulation to make sure you have enough.

Preparing your home property for winter can save you a lot of money in repair bills when warm weather moves back in.