As a leading supplier of high quality granite worktops in Cheshire, we know the amount of care and attention that goes into making a home. So as the summer sadly falls away and autumn looms around the corner, now is the best time to check up on all those little jobs outside the house that you put off while the sun was still shining. Taking care of them sooner rather than later can save you and your wallet a lot of strenuous work, especially once it’s too late and the winter cold has frozen over everything. Logically, autumn is the best time to do this so here are our top tips to get you prepared for the colder seasons:
Check your driveway.
Drives and pathways take a lot of damage all year round, but there is perhaps nothing more deadly than an icy driveway. This is why it’s important to check this particular job now because by winter one small job may have become a huge headache, physically and financially. Look for any cracks larger than 1/8-inch wide, loose railings if you have them, and uneven sections.
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Clean those gutters.
Your roof’s drainage system diverts thousands of gallons of water a year from your house’s exterior which is why it’s so important you make sure it can keep running smoothly as clogged drains can lead to some major exterior damage to your home. They are also incredibly prone to rust and corrosion so before the leaves start to fall this autumn, clear those gutters and consider installing some gutter guards to make this job a lot easier in the future.
Inspect the roof.
For many homeowners, there’s no problem more frustrating than a leaky roof. Once it begins, finding the source of the leak can be a very time consuming job and this one is especially important to complete before winter, as the ice and cold winds can turn the job from an annoyance into a nightmare. As this one is a bit trickier to do by yourself, here’s a small guide:
check the roof from top to bottom (binoculars can be a helpful tool here) and check for any wind damage or cracks in the ridge shingles. Check for any damage around any vents or the chimney if you have one and scan the entire roof for any missing, damaged or curled tiles. You’ll also want to check the inside of your roof and check that your loft insulation is installed properly as incorrctly installed insulation will trap moisture which can lead to water problems. Finally, double check those gutters!
Check the house.
It’s also a good idea to go around the house and check the sealant around the windows and doors. The change in temperature when winter draws closer and general wear and tear can cause window seals to crack and shrink. Check the windows and doors inside and out for any cracks or draughts making their way inside; use caulk on any cracks you find and get yourself some weather stripping to further halt those chilly winds. The best way to check for any problems is by using a screwdriver to probe the wood trim of all your windows and doors.
Inspect your fireplace.
As the cold sets in, your fireplace is going to be seeing alot of activity but even if it’s only used occasionally, it’s very important to have it inspected and cleaned. If it’s a wood burning fireplace, this is even more imperative to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have a chimney, it’s best to have this inspected as well- if you know what to look for, you can do this yourself by shining a torch up the flue. Also remember to check for any blockages at the top of the chimney as birds love to nest on top of an unprotected flue; a chimney cap can help prevent this problem in the future.
Save the pipes.
To prevent the outside water pipes from bursting when the cold weather sets in, turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs and run the water until the pipes are empty. Make sure the water can’t freeze up and damage the pipes by ensuring all the water is drained from the pipes.
With all these steps undertaken, your home can continue to be as beautiful as ever.
We know how important the presentation of your house is, and our range of granite worktops in Cheshire are the perfect addition to any home that’s looking to add a new level of beauty. For more information about our natural stone products, don’t hesitate to get in contact with our fantastic team who will be happy to point you in the right direction. Call us today on 01704 228 574.