Look at these now to avoid costly repairs later.
1. Roof. Winter weather can tear shingles off or force moisture underneath them, which damages them further. At the same time, high winds, hail and winter storms can tear off shingles or drive moisture beneath them, causing further damage. If you’ve found leaks in your roof, you’ll need to repair them to help prevent a complete roof replacement.
2. Gutters. Heavy ice building up on the edge can pull gutters away from the roofline. At the same time, water freezing inside the gutters and downspouts themselves can lead to separations in some areas, which means that they’ll need to be replaced.
3. House Exterior. Cold, snow and hailstones can also take a toll on the outside of a house. This can result in peeling paint, which if left long enough, could mean that your siding can become susceptible to moisture infiltrating it, which in turn can lead to wood rot and future repairs. Repainting your exterior in the spring can help prevent these problems.
4. Driveway. Small cracks that develop naturally over time are the perfect place for water to collect. When that water freezes, it expands, causing what’s known as a frost heave. Frost heaves are responsible for large cracks, as well as potholes in your driveway, making just getting home a bumpy adventure. Repaving your driveway can correct these issues and help prevent additional damage by eliminating those small cracks as well.
5. Foundation. The same freeze/thaw cycle that causes cracks and potholes in a driveway can also affect a foundation. Hairline cracks in the concrete of a foundation that develop naturally over time because of a home settling can expand during the winter months, causing major structural issues if they aren’t taken care of in a timely way. Getting a foundation repaired in the spring can help prevent more problems from developing as time goes by.
6. Trees. Heavy snow and high winds can knock down tree limbs, taking out power lines, damaging siding, and generally making your landscaping look a mess. Getting your trees trimmed can help prevent this type of damage, as well as keep your trees healthy and looking great.