Do you feel that chill in the air? It means more than just swapping out your flip flops for hoodies; it also means it’s time to make sure your home is ready for the changing of the seasons. There are several things to consider when it comes to fall home maintenance and upgrades, and we’ve put together a list of some of the home features you should check on as the temperatures start to fall.
The most obvious bit of fall home maintenance is to prepare to change from using AC to heat. Now is a good time to have an inspection and maintenance performed on your HVAC system. Making sure that proper maintenance is performed twice a year (once in the fall and once at the start of summer) will extend the life of your unit and ensure you won’t be left it the cold due to a problem with your heating system.
Loose or missing shingles? Rusted roof flashings? These are not issues you want to let carry over into the cold season. If your roof is already damaged, piling falling leaves on top of it (and later in the year, snow) can cause leaks, rot, and other issues that you definitely want to avoid.
Another reason to replace an older or damaged roof at this time of year has to do with energy efficiency. A quality roof that is in excellent condition goes a long way in helping to insulate your home. This saves you money on your energy bill, creates a more comfortable home, and reduces stress on your HVAC system.
Clean (or Replace) Those Gutters
Some homeowners don’t give their gutters a thought until there is a problem, but your gutters are the most important feature of your home’s rainwater management system. If water can’t flow freely, your home is susceptible to all sorts of issues such as mold, pest infestations, damage to fascia boards, and erosion around the foundation.
Autumn’s falling leaves can cause a gutter clog quickly, so clean them before the start of the season and be sure to regularly clear out leaves throughout fall. An even better option is to replace your gutters with a full gutter system that is clog-free and requires very little maintenance.
If your gutters are outdated or tend to clog frequently, you should definitely consider upgrading for fall.
Integrity Roofing offers highly rated roofing and gutter replacement to homeowners throughout Hampton Roads. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to schedule a free consultation. Call 757-500-8568 or fill out click the “Get a Quote” button below to get started.