Winter came early this year for Alaska! We make it our job to ensure your home stays safe, warm, and comfortable all winter long! Keeping your home in “winter shape” can help with energy costs and conservation of warmth and ultimately save you money on utility bills! Here’s what you should consider doing to ensure your home is prepared for the winter ahead…
Insulate Your Landscaping
You already know the importance of insulating your home, but did you know you can insulate your exterior property as well? Providing protection for your landscaping, especially any younger trees or shrubs gives them a better chance of survival through the harsh elements of winter. You can insulate them with a layer of mulch after the ground freezes. Just be sure to keep it away from the base of your trees and shrubs to prevent rot.
Prepare for Snow Removal
Don’t let the next snowy morning ruin your day… Dig out your scrapers and shovels, and fire up your snowblower before the next big one hits. If it’s not working properly, you still have time to get it repaired or get a new one before you’ll need it regularly. Also, take a look at your salt and shovel inventory so you can stock up now.
Seal Your Windows & Doors
Caulk is a cost-effective way to seal windows and doors for the winter. Polyurethane caulk is a good option because it is paintable, sticks better, and does not shrink. To get the best results, you can call a professional installer to help with the job!
Upgrade Your Windows
If any of your windows or doors show signs of wear and tear, allow noticeable drafts, or have damage to the frames, it’s time to consider an update. Double pane glass windows are the best solution for insulating your home, especially here in Alaska. This type of window will keep your home warmer all winter long while helping to reduce energy costs. Low-E4 SunSmart glass adds additional insulation properties to your windows that protect your home’s energy costs. PLUS, they are designed to allow for easy cleaning!
Clean Your Roof & Gutters
Checking your roof and gutters for any cracks or holes is crucial. With the significant snowfall and freezing temperatures we experience throughout the winter, your roof and gutters take on a ton of extra weight and stress from ice, snow, and blizzard conditions! Clearing dirt and debris from your gutters can save you the hassle of having to fix unforeseen damage during the winter. Ask a professional to inspect your roof and gutters while it’s still early, because have any issues fixed before temperatures get too cold.
There can be many factors to consider when choosing a window and door replacement company to work with on your project. Unfortunately, the wrong replacement product or poor quality installation can have you spending even more money than you originally planned or even cause damage to your home. The most important question to ask yourself is – do you want quality results with long-lasting benefits? The answer should be YES! Be wary of any companies offering “too good to be true” pricing or quick solutions. When it comes to making improvements to your home, always go with a professional team who can deliver on their promise, and produce results that last.
Renewal by Andersen of Alaska is a premier source of top-rated replacement windows and doors in Alaska. We are committed to providing industry-leading products and services to ensure a comfortable living space for our customers. Call us today at (907) 308-7784 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment.