How to Protect Your Home During Heavy Rains

Autumn in the Pacific Northwest is in full swing. That means the wind and rain are becoming more and more common and you’ll need to protect your windows, doors, and roof from water or wind damage. Here are some tips on how to keep your home protected from heavy rains this fall and winter.

Tip #1: Be sure your gutters are unclogged.
With heavy rains and winds, your gutters can easily become clogged with autumn leaves, debris, or twigs. Make sure you regularly inspect your gutters for these items because if they build up, your gutters could drip and cause damage to your siding or roof, or could cause damage from leaking water into your windows.

Tip #2: Make sure your windows and doors are sealed properly.
Once the colder, wetter weather begins, it’s important to check your home’s doors, windows, and skylights that are connected to the outside. Make sure that everything is sealed off appropriately. Small cracks in your windows could bring in cold air and moisture, which could cause damage or even allow mold growth. We’re happy to provide free quotes on replacing your cracked and worn windows with windows that are insulated and energy efficient. In addition, throughout the winter, be sure you look often for any issues with caulking or cracking. If you notice an issue, stay on top of it and get it fixed right away. If you don’t, it could mean you’ll have to come up with more money down the road for repairs.

Tip #3: Check your roof.
Roofing weatherization is key during the autumn months. Inspect your roof on a regular basis to be sure that you don’t have any missing shingles or other shingles that may be curled or cracked. Noticeable damage should be fixed quickly, because if it’s not, rain water could creep in and could threaten the integrity of the roof.

Whether you need advice on maintaining your roof, need a quote on new, energy efficient doors, or you need window repair or replacement, our team at Lifetime is experienced and ready to help. We love serving Portland area customers and now our second location also serves customers in Bend and Central Oregon! Contact us today if you need expert advice on keeping your home in the best shape during the autumn and winter months.