With winter now in full-swing here in Connecticut, it’s the perfect time to review the things you can do as a homeowner to protect your home’s exterior from the brutal cold, harsh snow, and ice that typically pummels the state during storms.

Here are 3 areas of your home to focus on before the big winter storms start happening in 2020.

Prepare Your Roof for Winter

If you really want to keep your home safe during the cold, icy storms that make their way through the state, you should start at the top – your home’s roof. If you can’t remember the last time you had this important element on your home inspected or if you know it was replaced more than 20 years ago, now’s the time to consider a new roof. Any damage or missing shingles could increase the likelihood your home will stay cold despite all your efforts.

Check Your Home’s Siding

The siding on your home can play a role in how cold or hot the temperatures indoors are. This is due to what’s called “thermal bridging” and the movement of heat through conductive materials. When thermal bridging is present it can increase your home’s energy bills and make it difficult to maintain proper indoor temperatures. To combat this, new siding with insulation outside the home can create a protective layer your home needs.

Get New Windows

Don’t skimp on this area of your home it’s going to give you the best warming possibilities when temps outdoors drop low. If you have old, worn or cracked windows that are no longer sealing well or allowing a lot of cold air to penetrate through them no amount of trying to keep the indoors toasty is going to work. This is something to think about well before winter comes, perhaps the summer or spring. If it’s too late and you’re still feeling a draft, consider thermal window treatments to try and maintain better temperature control.

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