It’s Time to Winterproof your Home!

Yes, it is that time of year already! The leaves are falling, and the weather is starting to get a bit cooler. Is your home prepared to take on the freezing temperatures that are right around the corner? If not, now’s your chance!

A Few Things to Check

While you begin to pack up all your fall décor and bring out your Christmas lights, there are a few things you may want to check.

Gutters and Shingles

While you’re on a ladder hanging Christmas lights you should go ahead and inspect your gutters and shingles. If you glance at your roof and see some discoloration or fading taking place on your shingles this is a sign of aging. Therefore, you may want to check your gutters for roofing materials such as sand or asphalt pieces as well as making sure you have no loose or missing shingles.

As far as your gutters go, you may want to make sure they are not clogged or full of debris like leaves, sticks, nests, etc. You don’t want everything to freeze and back up into the pipes. This could cause water issues and a nice plumbing bill.

Trim and Siding

While you are on the ladder look at your trim and siding. Does it appear to be soft? Does it look like rot? Are there any signs of mildew, pests, or water damage? This will not only decrease the value of the home, but it can cause much larger issues in the future. Before winter comes you want to make sure everything is sealed correctly, which leads us to our next subject.

Windows and Doors

Do not ignore your windows and doors. Check your front door and windows for any air leaks. Have you ever had frost or snow sneak in? This can be caused by improper sealing and if not taken care of it can cause further issues.

Protect your home this winter!

If, you find any issues or concerns give us a call at 614-733-4401 or email us below.

Top 4 Signs That You Have BAD Windows

We all know windows are important when creating a home. For starters, by law rooms MUST have windows incase of a fire, but more than that windows invite light into the house – they are extremely welcoming. To ensure these important staples in your home are functioning properly, we are going to give you a few tips on how to tell if there is damage being done.
Here are 4 signs that you have BAD windows.

1.) Is your window working properly?

This could mean several different things. If you have a window that moves up and down or side to side, (double hung window) and stops functioning there is a problem. When it gets too hard to open or close or perhaps you cannot open it at all, the window could possibly be too compressed or not compressed enough. When someone installs a window, it can be tedious work. They need to make sure its level and sitting on the frame correctly, as well as making sure they insert enough shims and insulation foam. The shims allow the window to move properly (up down, out and in), while the foam keeps things air-tight (keeping the inside air inside and the outside air outside). Things like this can make the window work properly or not work at all. Therefore, it may be a small adjustment. The window itself may be fine, it was just not installed properly so with a repair, your window can become functional once again.

2.) Is there fog appearing in between the glass?

Yes, windows typically fog up on a hot summer day when you are blasting the air conditioning or on a winter morning when its freezing outside, but the furnace is working extra hard to keep it warm. These two instances are called condensation which is normal and not the issue at hand. Windows are pretty complex in fact they are amazing. Windows all have insulated glass which means there are two pieces with a little space left between them for argon gas (providing insulation). This helps keep the heat or cool air inside the house. If you have fogging going on in between the glass it means you have a bad window seal. The window seal is supposed to keep moisture out, however sometimes this breaks or withers depending on how it was installed.

3.) Are there soft spots or discoloration around your window?

Windows as well as siding and exterior trim become old and eventually, they will need replaced to avoid damage. Therefore, if you are a homeowner and spot some rotting going on around the window, you want to get that checked out right away before it causes more damage. Rot can surprise us, however the earlier you notice it and take-action, the better. Rot can be spotted by noticing soft spots or discoloration within the stucco.

4.) Do you feel a draft while standing beside the window?

If you are standing by your window and feel a draft, there is something majorly wrong. It could mean that you may have a leaky window or quite possibly a hole somewhere. You will want to get this checked out right away before it causes water damage. Water damage can lead to rotting and discoloration.

These are just 4 ways that can help determine if you may have a bad window. We want to advise you to get these issues taken care of right when you notice them because the problem won’t go away on its own. In fact, it might grow and cause more damage, which we ALL WANT TO AVOID.

Thanks for visiting our website and reading over the top 4 signs. We hope they helped! Give this post a like and comment below with any questions you might have! If you need assistance with your windows, siding or any of your external remodeling needs, give us a call at 614-733-4401 or shoot us an email @