Well, the leaves have turned, but we have yet to see heavy frosts or deep snow. This is our last chance here in Connecticut to make sure our homes are ready for winter. Once the season for snow and ice has arrived, it will be too late for some essential home maintenance that can extend the life of your house.
Moisture is the big threat to the exterior of your home, so all of these tips deal with keeping a water where it belongs: outside! They will also help keep your home looking fresh and attractive through the winter months.
How to Prepare Your House for the Cold Months
Deck Maintenance: The ice, snow and rain that are soon to come will keep your deck under a near-constant assault until spring. In order to protect it, it is important to keep it clean. Sweep off leaves and debris that trap moisture underneath. Also, a thorough pressure-washing will remove contaminants and give you a clean surface. It's too late in the year for painting or staining your deck, but if there are any areas where the waterproofing has worn off, you may want to consider adding a coat of sealer if there's a nice day for it.
Landscaping: The siding of your home needs air circulation in order to avoid mildew and rot. If you have any shrubbery or plants growing right up to the house, trim them back to allow airflow. Also, don't let windblown leaves lay piled up against the house, as they provide a damp place for rot to begin, and an ideal shelter for rodents and insects who are seeking a way in.
Caulking: The frames around your windows and doors are potential leak points, and they need to be properly caulked to avoid water intrusion. If your caulk is cracked or peeling out, it's important to fix that before the real cold and wet set in. This will not only protect from leaks, but also help with your heating bill.
Failing Paint: While this is normally too late in the season for exterior house painting, it's important to see if you have any failing (cracking/peeling) paint on the outside of your home. If so, the failure will accelerate over the winter, allowing water intrusion and worsening paint conditions. Problem areas should be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent serious difficulties.
Gutters: Unless your gutters are protected by a quality leaf guard, you probably have at least a year's worth of debris clogging up the works. If this is allowed to remain, it could create gutter overflows which lead to leaks in the home. Another danger is ice dams, which can damage your gutters and roofing, also causing leaks.
Connecticut Painting Company for Exterior Maintenance
At Southington Painting, we have many ways to help you make sure your home is protected and attractive throughout the winter. We provide our Connecticut clients with deck maintenance, pressure washing, exterior painting, caulking and other related services. And if we're at your house with ladders anyways, we might even be able to clean your gutters, or put you in contact with someone else who can!
Based in Plantsville, CT, Southington Painting provides reliability and quality in residential painting. We are happy to serve Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Putnam County, Dutchess County and New Hampshire.