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Making Your Home Weather-Resistant

Making Your Home Weather-Resistant
by Alek Sabin

Whether it is spring, fall, winter, or summer, you typically have a vested interest in making sure that the weather where you live isn’t actually inside of where you live. Nobody wants to find the rain or snow seeping in their home, or that their AC is fighting with the heat that continues to leak inside of the home on a hot summer day. Because of this, it’s important to update your home to make it more resistant to the weather. Here are some tips on how you can make your home more weather-resistant...

Add storm windows

First of all, the most obvious entry point from the outside to the inside of your home is through windows, which are made of a less insular material and often may even be left open. For this reason, it is useful to install storm windows, especially if you live in a particularly stormy area. Storm windows add another barrier that the outer elements must work through to get inside of your home, and are beneficial at preventing destruction to your inner windows.

Caulk around doors and windows

Aside from the actual glass of windows, the outer seal around your windows, or your doors, are a crucial part to making your home more resistant to the weather. For newer homes, you should have a fairly decent seal of caulk. However, particularly for older homes, there is a chance that your seals are broken or wearing away. Using caulking around your doors and windows can help patch up any drafty or leaky spots, keeping the outer elements where they belong (hint: it’s outside).

Add weather stripping

If you want to go above and beyond and make your home better insulated around doors and windows, then weather stripping is a durable material that is easy to apply to drafty spots around your home. Weather stripping is essentially a long, sticky material that is easy to apply to spots where you need it, by simply cutting, peeling, and placing.

Make sure you use insulation in all rooms

The inside of your walls should be filled with some sort of insulation, whether it be fiberglass, foam board, rockwool, polystyrene, or any other number of materials. If you live in a particularly old home, there’s a chance that your walls don’t utilize any type of modern insulation, at all. On top of that, many homes with unfinished basements or attics may not be properly insulated. When this happens, the temperature of the weather outside is able to severely impact the temperature on the inside of your home. Which means that your heating and cooling system will constantly be battling to undo it.

Don’t forget your exterior amenities

It’s so easy to remember the stuff on the inside of your home, because it is highly inconvenient when you are unable to get your interior to the right temperature, or to find that you have a disastrous leak. However, you also want to make sure that you don’t forget about the property on the outside of your home that is slowly being worn away by the weather. Think about all of the things on your patio! You’re patio furniture and barbecue wear away from the outer elements, every day. For this reason, you want to make sure that you are conducting regular maintenance on the things on or patio, or using specialized coats and finishes that are able to make your home’s outer amenities last longer.

Put these upgrades in your budget

Let’s face the facts! None of these things are probably going to be at the top of your to-do list, unless you actively put them there. Typically, there are usually more pressing matters that you want to get to for your home, or else more cosmetic fixes that you’ll notice more. However, failing to make your home weather-resistant means that you are overspending on heating or cooling costs, every single month. For this reason, make sure to put these fixes/upgrades in writing, on your home’s maintenance budget, every year.

Today's post is a guest post from the knowledgeable Christine Hill.
Christine is a professional writer and an avid reader who’s passionate about storytelling in any form. At any given moment, she’s in the middle of at least three books on anything from psychology to ninjas. Although she’s a marathon swimmer and enjoys camping in the mountains, she believes there’s nothing better than a carton of ice cream and a Dawson’s Creek marathon. She blogs about marketing here. Follow more of her writing on Twitter @readwritechill.
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