Preparing Your Home’s Exterior for Winter

Nov 01, 2021


Now that the temperatures have changed and colder weather is right around the corner, now is the time to check your home’s exterior to make sure that you and your home are ready for winter. Scott Cline, J&B Construction owner, provides suggestions on what you should do before temperatures head below freezing.

Roofing and Gutters

Closely examining your roof prior to severe winter weather is crucial in order to ensure its structural integrity. Some signs of roof damage are obvious, such as an active leak or large patches of moss or algae, while other signs can be more subtle, such as warped or missing shingles. “When in doubt, have a professional perform a roof inspection to evaluate the overall condition of your roof,” Scott said.

It’s also important to trim back tree branches that are hanging over your roof. “In fact, it’s recommended to maintain a minimum distance of three feet between your home and any neighboring tree branches,” he explained. “Not only can stray tree branches break during severe weather and land on your roof, causing damage, but they also carry excess water during storms, which can overwhelm your home’s roofing, gutter, and even your siding systems.”

Speaking of trees, it’s important to clear leaves and other debris from your gutters and downspouts during this time of year. Clogged gutters can create ice dams or cause foundation damage, and both require extensive (and costly) repairs. “As you clean the gutter system, you’ll also want to be on the lookout for sagging gutters or areas where water is trapped as these issues will need to be resolved in a timely manner to ensure proper drainage and to avoid any further damage,” said Scott.

Windows and Doors

If you’re feeling cold drafts in your home, it’s likely stemming from your home’s windows and or doors. To verify this, you can simply trace your hand along the perimeter of each window and door in your home. If you feel cold outside air coming in, you can confirm that a draft is present. “Drafts in a home are not only a nuisance, but they also noticeably increase your home’s energy bills,” Scott said. “Therefore, it’s important to examine the weatherstripping around all windows and door frames in your home. Be sure to replace any weatherstripping that’s failing.” Caulk can also be used inside and outside of the home to ensure gaps are sealed and the heat remains inside the home.

In addition, it’s beneficial to examine the framing that surrounds windows and doors. “For instance, any evidence of rot or decay would require immediate replacement,” he said. “Keep in mind, it’s advised to replace windows and doors every 15 to 20 years. Additionally, all window and door screens should be swapped out for their storm window/door counterparts.”


Siding is another exterior element that should be thoroughly checked as cold weather approaches. If you notice any damage to your siding, especially any cracks or gaps where cold air or moisture could enter, it’s important to repair or replace the siding as soon as possible in order to maximize energy efficiency and prevent further damage. “When it comes to minor wear and tear, caulk can be used to seal up small cracks or gaps, while foam sealer is needed to fill larger gaps,” Scott said. “Severe damage will require replacement. If you have any doubts about the condition of your siding, be sure to hire a professional for an accurate assessment.”

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