Updated: Oct 31, 2019
The weather is changing! Changing weather brings several issues. Weather related damages cost people tons of money every year. However, most of those damages could have been prevented, with just a little bit of maintenance.
A recent survey of over 2000 homeowners, was conducted in Aug 2019. We found 4 out of 10 homeowners have experienced damage to their home from drastic weather changes in the fall and winter.
Changing weather caused issues for 45 percent of homeowners. The average cost per year, for those who experience weather-related damage, is nearly $3,500.
With a steep price like that and the upcoming weather changes for Atlanta Residents, homeowners should be preparing. However, not every one is.
The survey found that:
56 percent of homeowners admit to taking an “ignorance is bliss” approach to home repairs and changing weather.
87 percent of homeowners who have experienced an issue, say they currently have an average of three issues. The top issues listed are drafty doors/windows and leaky roofs.
51 percent of those who’ve had an issue in their house, say changing weather in the fall and winter was the main cause.
And yet still, a whopping, 38 percent of homeowners, aren’t planning to take any steps to prepare their home for the changing weather during the fall and winter months.
If you are planning to prepare for the changing weather, here is a list of things to consider having done. Some of these things could be dangerous to perform. It is recommended to leave those items to a professional.
Conduct a roof check.
Clean out the gutters to prevent ice dams.
Caulk around the windows and install weather stripping on doors .
Experts say, That might not be enough. Many homeowners most likely won't contact a professional on a regular basis to do a thorough, experienced inspection. The survey found that for many, it’s been over three years since homeowners had a professional do a property inspection.
One expert says:
“We strongly encourage routine inspections to help identify any issues leading up to the changing weather...While hiring a professional might sound expensive, it WILL, save you in the long run from unexpected damage that can add up quickLY,” continued “Programs like the Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractor Network can give you the peace of mind that a trusted local expert, backed by a major national manufacturer, is available to help out and do great work.”
TIPS BEFORE WINTER
Have your shingled roof inspected at least once a year by a trained and knowledgable professional after it is 5 years old. Call a reputable Roofing Contractor!
Clean out your gutters 2 times a year. Make sure your gutters don't have leaves in them. Try getting Gutter guards to help prevent leaves and debris In the future.
Have a window professional come out and check for drafty windows. Drafty windows make your home hard to keep warm in the winter.
Get an energy check up before winter hits, to make sure your home is properly insulated. Proper Attic insulation is important.
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