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How to Prepare Your Building for Winter

Winter is a season accompanied by celebration. Notwithstanding, it gets tough dealing with the snow and cold in Canada. Winter can be harsh and requires preparations as early as the fall. People are advised to prepare their buildings to protect them from deteriorating.

When buildings are left unattended, they deteriorate and lose their value in the market. Home maintenance will keep you safe and warm during the winter. You can protect your home by using the following steps.

  1. Use roof guards

There is a high risk of falling from the roof during HVAC servicing or snow removal. You should install a roof guard to protect your relatives and yourself when you’re using your rooftop. People also use guardrails as snow chutes for their roofs in Canada. This layer of protection enables individuals to visit the rooftop even during winter.

Do roof guards reduce fall hazards?

Roof guards protect the building perimeter with a non-penetrating guardrail. This fall protection system has a snow chute integrated into the building’s perimeter. The snow chutes allow for the installation of a ramp to help with snow removal during winter. You no longer have to worry about the safety of people when on the rooftop.

  1. Clean the gutters around the house

The gutters may be clogged with leaves from trees during the fall. It is important to clean them out to prevent the leaves from freezing into a big mass. When the gutter is blocked during winter, there is an overflow that may affect your foundation, basement, or even concrete porch. Also, ensure that there are no leaves on the roof while preparing for winter.

  1. Prepare the heating system in your building

You should confirm that the heating system in your building is still working and can last until the end of winter. If you need to change the filters, then do so before the cold weather arrives.
You may consider working with an HVAC contractor to ensure that your heating system is in good condition. This arrangement can be made annually to avoid a crisis in the middle of winter.

  1. Insulate your pipes

A pipe burst is not a pleasant experience for anyone. It is for this reason that people are advised to insulate any exposed pipes in their buildings. Pipes in unheated areas should be insulated to prevent bursts when the temperature drops.

  1. Develop a snow removal strategy

Snow may accumulate on your roof and other parts of your building during the winter. You should identify which part of your building will require more work and where you want the removed snow to be after cleaning, among other factors.

If you are working on the rooftop, it is advisable to not push the snow into a doorway, sidewalk, or place where cars have been parked. You may also consider installing a snow chute as a safety measure.

Protecting your building for the incoming winter is a good idea if you want to keep it safe and nice to live in. Not protecting your home might result in several damages that will make the winter harsher and will result in unexpected costs you would like to avoid.