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How To: Your Property’s Winter Maintenance Checklist

Winter weather conditions—everything from snow, sleet, ice, and rain—can be tough on your property. Without regular care and consideration, your home or commercial establishment can undergo serious degradation, which can lead to costly repairs, replacements, or all-out renovations coming out of your pocket.

Preparing your home or building for the coldest season of the year will not only ensure the longevity of the materials used for your space, it will also save you money on repairs in the long-run.

So, how do you plan for the winter, and which maintenance tasks should be on your list of priorities? Let’s take a closer look at how you can invest in short-term maintenance costs for any and all conditions this season may bring.

Clean and seal your windows from the get-go

It’s best to start your winter season with a clean slate. By cleaning your windows at the start of the winter season—or even a few weeks before the season begins—you can guarantee the removal of any excess dirt and debris from the surface of the glass and surrounding fixtures. We recommend using a trained professional, someone who’ll make sure your window is cleaned with industry-standard tools and eco-friendly cleansers.

To add that extra layer of protection, sealing your windows with a window caulking service will save your windows from additional dirt, fingerprints, and smudges, and contaminants.

Schedule regular snow and ice removal from your windows

Does snow pile up on your window sills or in your window wells? Do you experience issues with harsh ice and sleet wearing at your windows? Regular cleaning of your windows is important year-round, but especially in the wintertime, where a consistent cold and wet climate can scratch, scrape, and damage the glass.

Mark your schedule with regular ice and snow removal appointments. We recommend cleanings as much as once a month or bi-weekly to ensure your investment is protected.

Clear your gutters

Throughout the year, your gutters are working hard to clear water from your property, saving you from unnecessary water damage. But along the way, they also collect garbage and debris, which can prevent them from doing their job. When these materials aren’t cleaned in time for winter, they can become frozen in place and reduce the effectiveness of your gutter system. Come spring, blocked gutters also become a breeding ground for unwanted bugs and pests.

Clearing your gutters before they’re hit with snow can save you the hassle of blockages, clogs, and expensive damage to your property’s interior and exterior.

Install guards on your gutters

Don’t let water damage come down on your wallet! Installing guards on your gutters is the best method to producing a proper drainage system for your home or building. A robust gutter system will prevent erosion to your landscaping and foundation, reduce clogs and buildup from dust and debris, and keep water damage at bay. In the winter, these trusty systems will reduce ice production and provide a streamlined method for snow and ice to exit your gutters.

Make a plan to care for your solar panels

In the event of a light snowfall, your solar panel will likely survive and continue to generate power. Consistent, heavy snowfall, on the other hand—combined with ice, rain, and cold conditions—can keep your solar panels from working for you. Such conditions can also lead to your panels incurring damage like cracks and surface erosion.

Before the harsh winter hits, make a plan to protect your investment and regularly care for your solar panels. Regular care includes scheduled cleaning by a professional to prevent cracks and fire risks from developing into something much worse. A seasoned professional will know the right cleaners to use to keep your solar panels generating safe and consistent power.

Bonus tip: Watch out for winter wear and tear on your indoor flooring

It’s not just exterior damage you have to worry about when protecting your property from the changes the winter season brings. If you’re the owner or manager of a large commercial building, for instance, your floors can become subject to the consistent wear and tear of wet footwear and regular foot traffic.

When it comes to protecting your floors, we recommend you strip and wax your floors, providing them with a new, shiny layer of protection. This process will remove buildup in high-traffic areas and restore a durable layer of wax to your flooring.

 

This year, don’t let the winter weather take its toll on your property’s best assets! Remember to take inventory on the areas you want to maintain, prioritize them by scheduling regular cleanings and upkeep, and prepare ahead of time to save yourself the stress of the season.

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