Here in Canada, winter can be quite troublesome for everyone, especially homeowners. But when smart home renovations are planned, any home can be winter-proofed! We’ve compiled some of the best examples of how renovating your home can help it better withstand the season.
Get an Inspection First
Before you start any renovation, you’ll want to know what you’re working with. Have a professional inspect your home for structural soundness, and also any aspects directly related to home heating and insulation. Getting an infrared inspection is most helpful in this case. By detecting the heat levels in your home, infrared inspections can determine what areas are losing heat rapidly, and thus, poorly shielding your home from the winter chill.
Buffing Up Insulation
Insulation is critical for winter comfort, as it does two very important things: keep the heat in, and the cold out. By adding to or replacing your home’s insulation, you’ll be able to protect your home from uncomfortable temperature shifts, and even save money on your energy bills.
Updating Your Roof
What’s worse than having a leaky roof in the midst of winter? Having to go fix the leak in the middle of a storm! It’s better to take preventative measures when it comes to your roof’s condition. That’s why we recommend regularly having your roof inspected, and getting it updated if it has been 20 years or more since the last roofing job.
It may seem like little cracks between the windows and doors, or even in the basement may not be such a big deal, but when the winter winds and rains come blustering through, homeowners can learn the hard way that unsealed cracks can lead to a cold home and high energy bills. By caulking any cracks and seams around your house, you can prevent heat loss. When it comes to cracks in your basement or foundation, you may have a bigger problem. You’ll need to contact professionals, as you may be in need of a basement renovation or foundation repair.
Sealing Your Patio and Adding a Cover
If you want that nice summer patio to survive the winter, you should have it sealed regularly. Better yet, building a cover for your patio can help keep snow and rain off, thus preventing damage and keeping your patio clear for use.
Replacing Outdoor walkways with Textured Materials
If the walkway and steps leading to your home are smooth, they can be treacherous come winter. With rain and ice making everything slick, such surfaces are especially at risk of causing dangerous slips and falls. Protect yourself, your family, and visitors by replacing those smooth paths and steps with more textured materials, such as gravel or rough cobblestone. As expert Calgary contractors , we’re ready to help you get your home in shape for this winter and the many still to come. Contact us today to learn more about smart renovation plans for winter-proofing renovations.