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Protect Your Home against Snow

Top 4 Home Improvements to Protect Your Home against Snow

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Is your home ready for winter and snow? This is a question which many home owners forget to ask themselves every year and some even suffer the consequences.

Yes, it is nice to think that you have an insurance policy for weather damage. Unfortunately, your home insurance policy is not going to help you when the roof collapses under the weight of snow on Christmas Day or the pipes burst on the special day.

You will more than likely be forced to abandon Christmas and spend it with your family in a hotel, or with family who hopefully have the room to take you in.

Top 4 Things a Home Owner Should Be Aware of

There are quite a few points you need to consider, but some points are more important than others.

Roofs and Snow :

We often forget that snow weighs a lot. Snow can weigh at least 20 pounds per square foot, and that means that your roof is expected to support a lot of weight.

If, you have invested in a new home with a flat roof in a colder part of the world, you should consider replacing it with a sloping roof. Flat roofs are not very effective when it comes to dealing with snow, and it will be much more difficult to clear a flat roof of snow should you need to.

A sloping roof is much stronger and snow will naturally fall off the roof. It is also much easier to clear. You don't need to clear the entire roof, but a good quality roof rake will help you to clear the lower 3 feet. This will help to reduce weight and snow will slowly shift down the roof. It will also do away with the hazard of climbing a ladder during winter.

A roof completely covered in snow may look pretty but the reality is far from idyllic. Remodeling your roof according to your climate is one of the best investments any home owner can undertake.

Pipes and Ice :

Pipes and ice can cause major problems for home owners. Sometimes we forget the importance of insulation and it is common to see pipes without insulation in attics. Although heat rises, the attic of a home can still be a lot cooler, so it is important to remember to insulate pipes and attic spaces as well.

Pipes in the basement can also cause major damage to the structure of a home. It is a good idea to inspect all pipes in spaces which you seldom use, and if you need to, you should take on a "complete pipe renovation".

This is something which you can tackle yourself and there are now many specialist home improvement materials available which makes the job easier.

Electrics :

Before winter starts, you should check all electric wiring on the outside of your home. Make sure all wires and cables are firmly attached to your home and any visible posts. If, you notice too much slack in any wire, or the potential for lose connections, you should contact the electricity company or local home improvement contractor. This simple job can safe you a lot of money and reduce fire risk.

Power failures are also more common during the winter. It is a good idea to make sure you have an alternative way of heating your home which is not reliant on electricity.

Don't be too quick to remove built in fire places or wood stoves when you undertake remodeling projects and renovations. One day they might just keep you and your family warm. You should also consider investing in alternative heat sources such as portable heaters that use gas or pellets.

Try to remember to install carbon monoxide detectors. Many home owners only install fire alarms during a renovation project, but carbon monoxide detectors are equally important. More people die from carbon monoxide poisoning during winter than any other time of the year.

Heating and Boiler :

Finally, don't forget to have your heating system and boiler serviced. It is a good idea to do so before the start of winter. Ask your contractor to make sure that both are clean and efficient.

Both boilers and heating system will last longer when they are maintained on a regular basis. They are less likely to suffer from problems and breakdowns when extra strain is placed on them during the colder part of the year.

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