Winter Home Survival Guide

Winter is finally here and snow is not too far away. Check out these tips to make sure your home pulls through the winter in one piece.

Gutter Cleaning

Ideally, your gutters should be cleaned out in the fall to avoid debris overflow. Before the first heavy snow hits it important to clean debris out of your gutters. When the snow melts it needs to go somewhere. A clean gutter allows the melted snow to flow easily. If your gutter is filled with debris, you risk melted snow and water running behind the gutters and leaking into your walls. Water leaking into your walls can lead to mold growth.

Proper Snow removal

Heavy snow can be overwhelming for a roof, especially when it piles on after many snow storms. It is only logical to try and remove some of that burden by getting rid of some of the snow yourself. However, when removing snow off your roof, it has to be done correctly or else you risk damaging your roof or possibly even hurting yourself.

You want to invest in a snow rake for this, they’re available in most hardware stores. When removing snow, take off a few inches at a time[1]. Don’t dive straight into trying to scrape the roof clean in one go. Remove icicles from the edge of the roof and make sure your gutters are clean. Avoid stepping on the roof if you can. If going on the roof can’t be avoided, hire a professional or always have another person with you as you work.

Attic Insulation to prevent Ice Dams

Before the winter hits its peak make sure your attic is properly insulated. You want it to be comfortable but you don’t want your attic getting too warm either. A really warm attic causes snow to melt at high points on your roof and freezing back up as icicles and ice dams. Ice dams can block your gutters and cause water damage to your home. If your attic is getting warm enough to melt snow in freezing temperatures then you’re probably losing heat and money. It’s important to have a professional take a look at your attic if this is the case.

These are just a few of many ways you can make sure your house makes it through the winter in one piece.

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Spring Home Prep

Plant buds peak from the ground as we near the end of winter and the start of spring showers is near. Spring will be in full bloom in a few weeks and it’s time to prep for the summer with spring cleaning. Here are a few spring home maintenance tips to help keep your home freshened up and maintained.

Clean gutters

During the fall and winter months, your gutters have collected everything from bird nests to debris and other things that might have clogged them up, making it difficult for melted snow and rain to drain properly. Now that the weather is breaking, spring is the perfect time to clean out your gutters and free them up for the upcoming spring showers. Clean gutters contribute to a healthier home and cleaner-looking curb appeal.

Window Cleaningspring window cleaning

It might have been easier to clean the inside of the windows during the freezing winter months but the spring gives an opportunity to clean the outside as well to improve the overall look of your windows and house. Drafty windows in the winter? for better efficiency, consider replacing your windows.  if you find broken latches, or glass as you clean the windows, it might be time for a replacement.  The HR40 windows come with rain wash clean glass for easier maintenance, so the rain does the outside cleaning for you! All you have to do is keep up with the inside window cleaning.

Clean yard

Curb appeal isn’t just influenced by how the house looks but the look of the yard as well. Snow has melted away it’s time to clean up the rest of the leaves and debris that got caught up in the snow. Rake up leaves and debris, and start caring for your lawn for an overall clean look.

Replace filters and clean vents

Your heater, vents, and filters have worked hard all winter long, time to give them a maintenance cleaning. Vents work best when they’re clean of gunk and dust. Take a day or a weekend and give your vents a thorough clean. Your furnace worked hard all winter and will most likely keep working until it gets much warmer out. Give it a good clean so it runs much more efficiently saving you on energy. You can also use this time to clean out your air conditioners to prep them for the upcoming summer months.

These are just a few of many things you can do to keep improve and freshen up your home for the spring. For more advice on home improvement projects like replacement windows, attic insulation, roofing and more, get a free no-obligation estimate here!

Winter Home Improvement Projects

Home improvement projects are a great way to improve energy efficiency, comfort in your home and increase your property value. Due to the extended nature of these projects, we tend to save home them for the warmer times of the year. That doesn’t have to be the case, there are a few home improvement projects that can be done in the colder months to improve the comfort of your home.


Winter = heating and heating = money, you don’t want to throw money away on inefficient insulation. Make sure this winter you’re not losing heating through the ceiling and drafts coming in from crawl spaces and make sure to insulate the basement as well. You can have a professional come check to make sure your insulation is up to code. For the best insulation in your home, your attic insulation should be at least 16 inches of R-49 insulation. You can also wrap plumbing and pipes with foam insulation to make sure you’re not losing heat that way. Attic and crawl space insulation should be left up to the professionals but you can insulate pipes and water heaters yourself when done carefully.

Gutters and Roof Cleaning

Before the first snowfall, make sure leaf and debris are cleaned off of your roof and gutters. Even if it has already snowed you can still clean them. If you take a day to clean off debris and leaves it’ll be very helpful as now they won’t clog up your gutters and form snow/ice dams when it snows. You can also have gutter guards installed after you clean the gutters to make sure your gutters stay clear the rest of the season. Clogged gutters can cause water to run into your walls and mold to form. This simple home improvement project will help keep your home, gutters, and roof in good condition throughout the season.

Upgrade Doors

Front and interior doors are one of the most noticeable aspects of any home besides the windows and walls.  If your doors are starting to look boring it might be time to upgrade and give your home some personality. You can have the main entry door replaced with a much more modern and energy efficient one. When it comes to the interior doors you can replace those as well with newer upgrades. If you like the current doors but just need to give them some personality, that’s possible too, you can add trimming, repaint, and accessories. For a family home, you can repaint and adorn each bedroom door to reflect the personality of the occupants.

Make your house stand out from the rest of the block, and increase the curb appeal.

These are just a few of many home improvement projects that can be completed in the winter. For free estimates on home improvement projects, sign up here.