Dos and don’ts of winter home care

The fall season is coming to a close, and the chill is settling in as we approach December. The first morning frosts have occurred, and the windshield scrapers are back out to everyone’s chagrin. Much as we prepare for winter with warmer clothes and snow shovels, your home will need much of the same attention. Living in the northeast, the storms get quite severe, and the temperatures can plummet! Your home can have some serious issues too that can be devastating if not dealt with. Here at Schaefer exteriors, we are all too familiar with the common problems that we run into out this way. Today we would like to share some dos, don’ts, and tips with you.

Plastic trim, plastic bumpers

One of the biggest issues with the winter is ice and freezing surfaces. Plastic trim on your home and plastic trim and bumpers on your car are susceptible to brittleness when coated in ice and packed snow. If you’re looking for a parking space in your car, be sure to check there isn’t snow and ice packed further into the space than you think. A packed snow pile can severely crack plastic or even shatter it due to its increased brittleness and stiffness. The same applies to plastic trim and some siding, as they lose flexibility in the extreme cold.

Do:

Check your surroundings more thoroughly and remove ice and snow gently from surfaces.

Don’t:

Treat your car or siding roughly when removing ice and snow. You can chip and break plastic elements easily as mentioned above! A recklessly handled scraper can cause some major damage to both surfaces.

Your driveway and path

It is inevitable that ice and snow will build up on your driveway and walking paths if a storm should occur. There’s always a need to clear the path of ice, snow, and debris to prevent them from becoming slippery and hazardous. However, did you know it can be damaging to these surfaces if left as well? When the snow and ice melts, it filters into any cracks or seams between stones. When the water refreezes back into packed ice, it expands and can cause cracks to grow worse or more to form. Additionally, it is best to be careful when scraping and shoveling snow and ice from these surfaces. Too much scraping and breaking of the ice can cause scratches and cracks to form as well. A good alternative is to use some types of road salt for the top layers but shoveling and/or snowblowers will be necessary for some of the clean-up.

Do:

Clear your driveway of snow, ice and debris carefully.

Don’t: scrape and break the ice excessively.

In closing, safety is the priority here at Schaefer Exteriors. If you need any more information or tips for winter safety at your home visit further articles on the subject here on our site! We hope you found this post helpful and informative! Have a safe and enjoyable winter season.