Arctic high-pressure air masses blowing through Manitoba’s flat prairie land in winter and 30-degree Celsius, sunny summer days cause inevitable wear-and-tear on your home’s exterior. Securing your house against Manitoba’s harsh weather takes familiarizing yourself with the most durable, up-to-date building materials and performing important home improvement and maintenance tasks.
Standard asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material in Manitoba, says Darcy Dunlop, sales manager for the Manitoba branch of A. Clark Roofing & Siding. “Such shingles stand up to extreme temperatures, wind, water and ice. And when well maintained, asphalt shingle roofs generally last about 30 years here,” he says. One of the most affordable of roofing options, asphalt shingles offer a wide range of colors, shapes and textures, making it easy to match your home’s architectural style.
Vinyl siding used to be the first choice for many Manitoba homes, but in recent years, fiber cement siding has taken first place. This low-maintenance, engineered siding product maintains stability in challenging weather conditions, including resisting snow, ice and moisture damage, and the material doesn’t warp. Fiber cement siding has the added benefit of responding well to painting down the road when you decide to make a color change. You have some time, though, as pre-finished fiber cement siding color generally lasts about 15 years.
Top Home Maintenance Tasks
Performing a periodic inspection of key areas of your home’s exterior and regular maintenance helps prevent costly repairs.
Catching a small problem like a cracked sealant or loose shingle before it becomes a big issue saves you thousands of dollars in repair work. Have a licensed roofer do a thorough inspection at least every five years, advises Dunlop.
When you check your roof, also take a look at the chimney for problems such as loose or damaged chimney caps. Call a chimney sweep if you see potential trouble.
Backed-up water in the eavestroughs causes the pipes to freeze and split, leading to excessive amounts of water on the roof. In the fall and spring, check eavestroughs for blockages and clear the debris.
- Storm doors
Ensure that your storm doors do their job by inspecting them at least once a year. Check each door’s weatherstripping and threshold. Doors should fit tightly with no drafts. Make adjustments to the threshold and weatherstripping if necessary. Also ensure that ice and snow do not build up on the door, as this can cause permanent damage such as warping.
While securing your home against the elements takes planning and foresight, it’s the best way to ensure you and your family’s safety and comfort. Be sure to take a look at eieihome’s directory of contractors to get started.