Winter is coming, and along with it comes strong winds and heavy rains that can damage your home if you’re not prepared.
Here are some of the best ways to prepare your home for the winter weather and make sure it withstands the onslaught.
Clean out your gutters
Overflowing gutters can damage your home’s timber work, external walls, gutters and even cause erosion and foundation problems.
Make sure that your gutters are clear of leaves and debris so storm water can flow freely from your roof and down your drains, away from your house.
If regularly cleaning out your gutters is too much like hard work, consider installing a good quality gutter guard to give your gutters long-term protection.
Inspect your roof
A leaking roof can cause real damage to your home, resulting in mould, rot and damage to ceilings and walls.
Plus there are plenty of creepy crawlies and vermin looking for a dry, warm home for winter.
Have a look for marks on your ceiling and check your roof to make sure there are no broken or out-of-place roof tiles, holes, gaps or other damaged areas and get them repaired before the big rains come.
Cut back overhanging tree branches
Winter storms often mean strong winds, so look around your property for any branches that could break in the wind and damage your home, especially if the long, dry summer has weakened your trees.
Overhanging branches can also make it easy for vermin to get onto your roof, so consider pruning back any worrying branches.
Secure outdoor furniture
Loose items around your garden, including outdoor furniture, can be picked up and blown around by strong winds.
To prevent damage to your furniture, and your garden, move it to a sheltered area and pack any smaller items away for the season.
Clean your solar panels
With shorter days, you want to get the most out of your solar panels to keep power costs down, and unfortunately even heavy rain doesn’t remove the grime and dirt that builds up during summer.
A dirty surface can reduce solar panels’ efficiency by almost a third, so get them cleaned to maximise your electricity production during the winter months.
Clean your windows
Cleaning your windows not only helps naturally heat your home by letting more sunshine in, it’s also a great way to check for damage and spot gaps.
A huge amount of heat is lost through your windows so fill any gaps, and keep your home warm when the sun goes down by installing good quality curtains.
Remember climbing ladders and working on your roof can be dangerous, so if you don’t feel confident working at heights, there are plenty of benefits in calling a trusted professional with all the proper safety equipment to help you prepare your home – plus it’s always great to support local businesses.