DC Home Renovation Tips to Complete Before This Winter
There is so much more to fall than hayrides, hiking, and sitting cozy by the fire. It’s actually the perfect time to complete home improvement projects! Here are a few renovation tips to help you get your DC home ready for winter before the frigid temperatures and snow arrive.
These fall nights can get chilly, and if you’re near certain windows in your home and feel a draft, it might be time to get new windows. Similarly, if you notice frost or condensation on windows, there are solutions such as filler gasses (argon or krypton), spacers, or even multiple panes to take care of the problem. The more efficient your windows are, the more comfortable your home will be – and the greater the savings on your heating bill!
Seal Gaps & Add Insulation
Speaking of drafts, they don’t only come from windows. If you recently installed new windows or know the existing ones don’t need to be replaced, then give your home an energy audit – including a review of your home’s caulking and weather stripping. You may learn that you have insufficient insulation, and in the long run, you’ll save more money on heat by adding more of it. A minimum of 10 to 14 inches is a good general rule to achieve optimal performance. You can supplement with a variety of insulation types, so talk to a professional about how to reach that depth.
This is a big undertaking, but certainly one that should not be overlooked. Cold weather can agitate small leaks. Taking care of even minor issues before the first snowfall can help you avoid even bigger problems in the spring. If you suspect a leak, your best bet is to call a licensed and experienced professional who can quickly and safely fix any problems. Call around, as many professionals will come out and offer a free estimate.
Clean & Repair Gutters
Your roof’s drainage system is key to keeping water flowing away from your house. Blocked gutters may lead to expensive water damage that can easily be avoided. As leaves, twigs, and other debris fall in autumn, it is the perfect time to clean and inspect your gutters. You don’t have to hire a professional for this, but perhaps you should, as it can be a very wet and dirty job
Mold and mildew feed off the grime on the exterior of your house. Not only is it disgusting and unsightly, but it can also cause damage to the home. If you don’t have your own power washer, you can rent one from your local hardware store or hire a professional to take care of the work for you.
If you thought exterior painting was only for the summertime, think again. The crisp cool, yet sunny days are warm enough to work with exterior paint. Whether you do the whole house or just a quick touch-up, a fresh coat of painter or sealer is a good idea before snow, wind, and other inclement weather hit. The sooner you can do this work, the better. Most painters recommend application on days when the weather is above 50 degrees. There’s still time – but not much!
Tune Up the Furnace
There’s really no good time for a furnace to go out in the winter. It’s the heart of the home, so be sure to get a tune up and filter cleaning before the season. An HVAC professional can spot hazards and prevent your home from potentially catastrophic damage like bursting or frozen pipes.
Which home renovations and repairs are you doing before the cold weather hits? Any that you are particularly excited about? Let us know in the comments!