With Halloween mere weeks away, you may be more focused on fall than winter. But the rough Colorado
snow, sleet, and ice are just around the corner — and homeowners need to be prepared. While the
season brings the promise of cozy evenings inside and fireside family time, nothing takes away from the
joy of the holidays like an unexpected home problem. Before icy temps hit, it’s time to evaluate: Is your
Get ready, Colorado, because winter is on its way. Take advantage of the milder fall temperatures to prepare the exterior of your home. Here’s your checklist to prepare the exterior of your home for winter.
Clean Your Gutters
During the fall, trees are getting ready for winter too. They are shedding leaves and other debris — which
land directly in your gutters. Take the time to manually clean your rain gutters or schedule an appointment
with a professional gutter cleaner in Fort Collins, Pueblo, Denver or Colorado Springs.
Be sure to clear all debris, remove any major clogs in your gutters or downspouts and check for
damages. If you have rain gutter protection, like gutter brushes, wire mesh screens or other material,
make sure that those gutter shields or gutter guards are still in proper condition.
Check Your Foundation
Some minor foundation cracks in your home are to be expected. It is normal for these to occur as the
ground settles under your home. Note any small cracks for monitoring purposes, but these smaller cracks
are normal and not the ones you need to fix.
Look for major holes or slashes in your concrete and be sure to correct these before the winter weather
arrives. A quick fix is to use a quick-drying patch solution; long-term, you will want to sand and repaint
over these damages. You’ll also want to make an appointment with a professional to navigate the best
next steps for your foundation in your Fort Collins, Pueblo, Denver or Colorado Springs home.
Look at your Siding
Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs and the rest of Colorado’s front range can see rough weather at all
times of the year. Weather and normal wear and tear can lead to some cracks or holes in your siding. If
left untreated, these are perfect places for water to seep in, leading to mildew and rot.
Use sealants and exterior-grade spackling to repair these holes. The solutions create a shield that will
protect your home against winter weather. If maintained, you can prevent the need to fully replace your
siding. If you’re noticing multiple problems in multiple spots, consult a professional.
Inspect Your Roof
Inspecting all parts of your roof, including fascia, soffit, rafters, and shingles, is vital to a well-protected
home during the winter. Clogged rain gutters can lead to unstable rooflines and rot, while weather or
fallen limbs can cause torn or broken shingles.
Unless roofing is your specialty, the roof inspection is typically best performed by professionals. These
experts know exactly what to look for and can offer the best recommendations for what to repair right
away, and what repairs can wait until spring.
Trim Your Trees
Over the spring and summer, your trees may have seen growth that can cause problems during the
winter. Especially with all the rain that hit Fort Collins, Pueblo, Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs
this year, be sure to look carefully for any overhanging limbs or trees that are close to your home’s
roofline. If left alone, winter weather can cause tree limbs to break and fall on your roof or gutters.
Proper maintenance can prevent costly repairs. Some rain gutter shields, gutter guards and other gutter
protection are not tree-limb proof; trimming your trees can prevent the need for pricey gutter repairs.
Holes in siding, foundation, your roof and warm places like downspouts are ideal spots for rodents to
hibernate during the winter. From small bugs to larger creatures, they’re looking for a cozy place — and
when you’re thinking of hosting visitors for the holidays, these are not the ones you have in mind.
Spraying a rodent repellant along your foundation line and near your downspouts is one effective tactic to
keep these rodents away. Keeping your rain gutters clog-free is also instrumental, eliminating
opportunities for a pest nest. Check thoroughly for holes and repair them immediately, as rodents can
start moving in when the milder temperatures set in. And for current infestations, reach out to an
exterminator or pest control service.
Prepare for the Snow Before it Falls
When that first snow hits, you want to be ready to face it head-on — and not finding yourself at the local
hardware store, the last one in the line for a snow shovel.
Take out any equipment (snowblowers, etc.) and test these items to make sure they’re working properly.
If they’re not, take them in to be repaired and fully checked. Stock up on salt, snow shovels, and gloves.
Colorado’s front range sees no shortage of snow and ice; take preventive measures now instead of
waiting until the snow hits. Then, when the storms arrive, you can stay safely inside.
With proper home maintenance and care as you prepare for winter, you can look forward to snowball
fights, hot cocoa and holiday movie nights – and not costly and time-consuming home repairs.
Let K-Guard Rocky Mountains help you. Our gutter protection solution is your way to maintenance-free
gutters. Our leaf-free system protects your rain gutters against any debris and comes with a no-clog
guarantee. When you choose K-Guard, you’re choosing the only truly maintenance-free and clog-free rain
gutter system on the market. Contact us today for your free in-home estimate and take one more step to
warm winter wishes.