Win­ter prep tips for your home

Sherbrooke Record - - BROMECOUNTY -

As the weather gets colder, it’s im­por­tant to make sure your home is win­ter ready. Here are a few sim­ple tips on how to pre­vent ex­te­rior win­ter damage from Jack Rende, se­nior mer­chant of build­ing ma­te­ri­als at the Home De­pot Canada.

In­spect your roof. Then, ap­ply roof re­pair glue to any loose shin­gles in or­der to help avoid leaks or damage in your home.

Choose durable, weath­er­proof shin­gles. GAF Tim­ber­line High-def­i­ni­tion shin­gles can with­stand cat­e­gory three hur­ri­cane­force winds of up to 246 kilo­me­tres an hour.

In­stall roofheat­ing ca­bles. This will cut down on snow or ice buildup, sav­ing your home from ex­pen­sive long-term damage. Be­fore in­stalling, make sure your eave­stroughs and roof have been well cleaned. Then, at­tach roof ca­ble clips to your roof in a zigzag pat­tern. Fi­nally, se­cure your heat­ing ca­ble to the clips.

Prep eave­stroughs and down­spouts. Seal any cracks with a sil­i­cone sealant and in­stall a filter to pre­vent leaves from clog­ging.

Reap­ply ex­te­rior caulk­ing. It’s im­por­tant to do so in any gaps be­tween your sid­ing and win­dow or door frames.

Turn off ex­te­rior faucets. Be sure to drain wa­ter from out­door pipes, valves and sprin­kler heads to pre­vent pipe bursts. If your home is 10 years or older, con­sider in­stalling frost-proof faucets.


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