Although the initial outlay when investing in precautions to protect your home in the event of harsh and unpredictable weather may appear steep, the cost will be nothing compared to the expense of repairing the damage if you are not suitably prepared.
1. Modernize Your Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is the plastic installations on the side of your property and is used for a variety of reasons including weatherproofing and decorative, aesthetic reasons. When the vinyl siding of your home is not properly maintained, this can have a devastating and expensive financial impact in the case of harsh and unpredictable weather patterns.
If it appears you need to update and repair even a small section of your vinyl siding, professional, experienced and established vinyl siding replacement companies can arrange a visit to your property and arrange a consultation to discuss the right thing to do moving forward.
2. Prepare Your Guttering and Plumbing
The plumbing of your property is one of the main areas of focus when preparing your home for winter storms and bad weather and it is strongly advisable to never neglect the maintenance of the pipes and guttering within your home.
When bad weather is predicted disconnect any outdoor plumbing installations and pipes and store them in a cool, dry space like a garage or outhouse building. Ensure your wall insulation is as effective as possible and upgraded and replaced where necessary and, most importantly, be sure to regularly monitor your plumbing and pipework throughout winter. Whilst carrying out these checks, also be sure to regularly check the entirety of your property’s exterior for new and existing gaps and cracks as, if left alone, these could grow and expand and thus present a costly problem.
3. Upgrade Your Home Insurance
If you happen to reside in an area of the United States where harsh and unpredictable weather is commonplace, it is strongly advisable that, if you have not done so already, you upgrade your home and contents insurance to include a weather clause. A recent study carried out across the length and breadth of the United States revealed that an estimated seventy-one billion dollars were lost to natural disasters alone in 2019. Harsh weather conditions that are generally covered by specific weather insurance to your property include frozen pipes, flooding, wind damage, ice dams, roof damage, hail damage and power failures.
4. Overhaul Your Radiators and Central Heating
Your property’s central heating system is simultaneously the most valuable installation in your home when it comes to winter and the freezing cold temperatures, and at the same time the most expensive unit to repair in the event of a fault or failure in the system.
Ideally before the winter truly sets in, ensure your pipes are correctly lagged (to avoid frozen pipes and the possibility of them bursting), install an efficient thermostat which you can manually program to suit that particular weather for the day and undertake a full boiler and heating survey.