Winter Is Coming, Are You Prepared?

by Jeff Williams

Yes, we know we’re actually in the middle of one of the hottest summers on record. However, there’s method to the madness of thinking about winter right now. Summer is the best time to think about winter-proofing your home. You still have time to get any work that needs doing completed.

It’s better to think about it now rather than when the weather outside is frightful. Okay, that might have been taking it a little too far. Nevertheless, we do think you’ll find these tips for getting your home prepared for icicles useful. Even if you are outside right now eating a popsicle.

Winter-Proofing The Roof

We’re not going to spend too long on this one. We just want to mention a quick fixture that may want to consider. You may want to think about adding shutter gutters to your home. Shutter gutters are ingenious home add-ons that will keep your home gutters clean and clear. We’re amazed houses aren’t just built with these on them. The plastic cover lets rainwater seep through and keeps out the grimy dirt. Your gutters stay clear, and this prevents them blocking, creating a nasty smell. It happens too often and this is the ultimate solution.

Buy Some Grit

You might be wondering why you need grit. The council will grit the highways and the streets. Well, we suggest you get some for your pavement and your driveway. You might think that if someone on your property slips on ice, you won’t be held accountable. Well, you very well could be and in any case, grit helps prevent your family from painful slips. You can buy it in bulk cheaply before the winter season kicks in. Then you can just lay it out in the morning when the snow starts to fall before work. It sure makes keeping your driveway clear easier.

Winter Tools

Of course, grit isn’t going to do much if the snow is more than a foot deep. For that, you’re going to need some sort of equipment and tools to clear your home. You might not be too bothered about snow around your home. It’s not a problem until it melts. Then, there will be litres of water pushing against the foundations of your home. You can see why that might be an issue. A snow blower gives you a more flexible choice when you’re clearing your driveway. There are plenty of different ones, and it cuts out the typical manual labor.

Heating And Home Comforts

One of the worst things that can happen in the winter season is a heating failure. You won’t be able to heat your home and worst still; it will take months to repair. Typically because repair companies are in high demand at this time of year. We suggest you get a boiler inspection at the end of summer. That way, you can guarantee it won’t break down. You might also want to invest in a backup heater, in a case of emergency.

We hope you find these tips helpful, preparing your home for winter. Remember, if Game of Thrones has taught us anything, it’s that it’s never too early to start thinking about winter.

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