Get ready to say goodbye to summer barbecues and sticky weather; colder temperatures are on the way! That’s right; fall is on the horizon and we are looking ahead to football, holiday parties, and the first dip out of Oklahoma’s sweltering heat. First, however, it is important to make sure our exteriors are up for the task. Severe weather can wreak havoc on our homes during the summer, so it’s critical to make repairs now before the cold takes hold. Here are a few things you can do to get your exterior ready for fall.
Replace Old Siding
Siding is one of the first and best defenses against hail and storm damage in Oklahoma, which means it is particularly vulnerable to damage. Inspect your home siding and look for signs of wear. This can range from a subtle fading in color to full-blown splitting and cracking. If you do notice these symptoms, schedule maintenance with your siding contractor. It’s always better to make repairs sooner than later to avoid more extensive problems.
Install New Windows
If your windows are more than 15 years old, they are probably doing little to insulate your home. Modern models provide superior insulation and can even help lower your energy bill. Late summer is the perfect time to think about installing new windows, as your contractor will still have ample time to finish the job before the first cold front strikes.
Call Your Roofing Contractor
Now is also a great time to schedule an inspection with your roofing contractor. He or she can evaluate the condition of shingles, flashing, and other components to determine if you need roof repair. Any damage sustained during the summer will only get worse with the expansion and contraction caused by fall temperature fluctuations.
By taking these precautionary steps, you can be confident your exterior can handle the incoming cold weather.