Three Things Your Exterior Needs to Protect Your Home This Winter
For all the talk of how a home’s exterior expresses its owner’s style, it’s important to remember its other function: protection. Indeed, a well-maintained, well-constructed exterior protects your family and belongings from everything from mold damage to freezing temperatures to high energy bills. With an Iowan winter on the horizon, protection from all three of those will be more important than ever.
That’s why Haggerty Windows & Siding is here to help safeguard your home. Below, we’ll detail just a few things your exterior needs to do its protective job properly this year—and what happens if it lacks them.
Properly Sealed Windows
Windows do more than let the light in—they let the light in while simultaneously keeping cold temperatures and condensation out. When a seal breaks between the panes, however, they cannot properly insulate your home from the cold outside. You may also experience condensation between the panes in this case, and this water can majorly damage certain kinds of window frames!
It’s thus important that your home’s windows are sealed properly before fall turns to winter. Better yet, you can upgrade your home with energy-efficient replacement windows and wildly reduce your heating bills.
A Properly Ventilated Roof
Roofing ventilation is a complicated topic, one we dive into in detail in our blog, “What to Know About Roofing Ventilation Before Winter Hits.” The long and short of it: when your roof isn’t ventilated as it should be, ice dams can occur which can lead to water backup and some pretty nasty attic problems. Check out this article by The Spruce to learn more about them.
Make sure your attic’s vents are cleared and that your roof isn’t showing signs of moisture accumulation. If you’re not sure, talk to a roof repair pro!
Properly Installed Siding
It might come to your surprise that siding, while waterproof on its face, still has places where the stuff can seep through—for instance, if it happens to expand or shrink with changing temperatures. Plus, windblown snow can worm its way into the strangest of spaces! Properly installed siding, though, uses additional products where necessary to circumnavigate water damage, a few examples being house wrap, caulk, and flashing.
Contact Haggerty Windows & Siding and Prepare Your Home for Winter
We’re a local siding company and team of roofing contractors who have years of experience caring for Iowan homes just like yours. Give our Urbandale office a call today at 515-953-6999.