Whether you like it or not, fall has nearly arrived! In the coming weeks, you’ll want to set aside some time to tend to a number of different home maintenance tasks to ensure your home is ready for the winter. So in today’s article from the Scranton general contractors at Rudis Enterprises, LLC, we’ll explore a few must-do tasks to prepare your home and yard for the cold winter months.
Fall Home Maintenance – Gutters
During the fall, your gutters will become clogged with foliage, such as sticks, acorns and plenty of leaves. So be sure to keep your gutters clean and clear. It can be beneficial to perform a gutter cleaning at the beginning of the fall season and then again at the very end, once a majority of the leaves have fallen.
It’s important to keep your gutters clear of debris because otherwise, they’ll lack efficiency. Once the freezing temperatures arrive, this can cause major problems if water starts to freeze in the gutters. The result can be serious damage to the roof and gutter system.
Fall Home Improvements – Weatherstripping
Install fresh weatherstripping in your windows and doors to help cut down on drafts during the cold winter months. This can help cut down those home heating bills in a very big way.
This is also a great time to replace the caulking around your windows. It’s generally best to use a special caulking removal tool to pull out the old caulking before you install the new stuff. This ensures a better seal.
If you’re considering replacement windows, now is the time to get them installed! While it is possible to install windows during the cold winter months, it’s not entirely convenient since you’ll have a large opening in the side of your house for a couple minutes while the old window is removed and the new one is inserted in its place.
Fall Home Maintenance – Trimming
A thorough yard clean up is an important part of your fall home improvement to-do list. Trimming back those plants is a key element of plant care for many species. But beyond this, trimming helps cut back on the number of fallen branches and limbs that you see coming down during the winter months.
This is especially important for any trees that overhang your house or any other structures. Cut back any limbs that overhang the house, along with any trees that are dead or dying.
Trust Your Home Improvements to a Top Scranton Contractor
If you’re planning to perform major home improvements, such as an addition or renovation, now is the time to take action! The winter can pose some challenges when it comes to certain elements of a home improvement project or build, so there are a number of tasks that should be performed in the fall, before the freezing temperatures arrive. So if you’re considering a project, contact the experts at Rudis Enterprises!
At Rudis Enterprises, we offer a full range of Scranton building and home improvement services, including bathroom renovations, kitchen renovations, landscaping and eco-friendly home improvement services, designed to improve home value and boost energy efficiency. We also handle urgent repairs, such as broken windows, damage from fallen trees, and beyond. We serve Scranton and the surrounding region of Pennsylvania.
To get help with your home improvement project, contact Rudis Enterprises, a top Northeastern Pennsylvania and Scranton contractor by calling 570.591.2453 or stop by our contact form to send your project details.