Keeping up with home repairs helps protect your property. It also satisfies a more pressing concern: keeping you safe and dry during inclement weather. But if Mother Nature does damage to your home, here’s how to address weather-related issues.
Combating super-high heat
As temperatures get higher, your heating and air conditioning system must work harder. Per Energy.gov, a standard roof can reach temperatures of 150 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in the sun. Consider how that affects the interior of your home—and how hard your AC system must work to compensate.
However, some materials absorb less heat and reflect more of the sun’s rays than standard options. In fact, you may be able to lower your roof temperature by up to 50 degrees by swapping out materials. The change can help cut your energy costs by keeping your home cooler inside. You may notice improved AC efficiency and that you are more comfortable in your home.
A budget-friendly cooling measure is to apply a cool coating over your existing roof. These materials go on like paint and are often white for optimum sunlight reflection. Many products include UV- and chemical-resistant and waterproofing components.
Another helpful measure is attic ventilation via vents or a fan. As Energy Star explains, fans help push hot air out and draw cool air in, lowering your home temperature. You may also consider adding spray foam insulation for all four seasons. It can be costly to add insulation to your entire home, but consider the long-term value of preserving your property’s energy use.
Whatever issues your property has, keeping up with maintenance will benefit you over time, particularly if the selling market is competitive. For example, if you are thinking of selling your home in the future, repairing a damaged roof before you sell can get you a better price and a quicker sale.
Fighting back against water
Unfortunately, many homeowners have experienced roof leaks and all the issues that come with them. Even in the absence of severe wind or hail, rain can do plenty of damage to your home’s significant structures. If water seeps in through the roof, you could end up with drywall damage and even dangerous mold. Avoiding water damage goes beyond your roof, however.
Moisture from exterior conditions can seep in through damaged siding, allowing bacteria and mold to fester. This Old House highlights the importance of repairing siding—even when the weather is nice—because moisture can easily penetrate the surface. Even adding caulking in drier weather can help prevent seepage in wet conditions.
Making insulation part of your regular pre-winter maintenance can avoid energy cost spikes, too. Add weather-stripping around doors and windows to keep air (and water) from getting in through when the wind begins to blow. Keeping drafts out can do wonders for your comfort and your home’s weather tightness.
Dealing with freezing temperatures
While cold weather is no fun for many reasons, freezing temperatures can threaten your home’s structure. When temperatures dip below freezing, your pipes can freeze over. Severe temperatures can also cause them to burst, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage. As Consumer Reports suggests, adding pipe insulation to exterior plumbing can do wonders for preventing pipe freezes. You can also allow the faucet to drip cold water to prevent pipes from freezing in temperatures below 20 degrees.
If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow, you will also need to consider snow load. Snow load is the amount of weight your roof can accept from snow and ice buildup. A well-designed roof can handle piled-up snow with no problems. However, unless you checked the roof when you bought your home or supervised the build, there might be weaknesses in the structure that require professional repairs.
Maintaining the integrity of your home’s roof and overall structure is essential, especially if you live in an area that gets a variety of weather throughout the year. With some simple strategies, you can ensure that your house is well taken care of and even save some money in the process.
Guest blog post by Natalie Jones from Homeownersbliss.
Natalie and her husband, Jason, recently bought their first home. She hopes to make the process of buying a home less scary for first-timers by sharing what she and Jason have learned along the way