In September, I came across an article in The Globe & Mail that featured seven tips on how to prepare your property for winter. Back then I was in denial. I didn’t want to contemplate winter’s wrath, but the season is now officially upon us and I’m finally ready to share.
The maintenance suggestions were provided by Ontario-based home inspector Roger Frost. You’d be wise to apply at least half of them to your garage as well as your home. Got a few minutes? Check out the full article here. Pressed for time? Here are a few highlights:
- Caulk windows on the outside, and check sills and frames for cracks.
- Store patio furniture in a dry area to prevent rust and mildew. Remember, we’ve got garage storage solutions if you need them.
- Service your furnace ASAP. If you wait until it’s freezing outside to discover a problem, you’ll end up paying high emergency service fees.
- To prevent cracking and sagging, fill gaps in your home’s exterior, including your asphalt driveway, patio and wood deck.
- Inspect the roof. Check flashing and shingles for potential water entry points.
- Shut off water supply taps and lines from inside the home to prevent components from freezing.
- Inspect your fireplace. Clean debris from the rain cap on your chimney and check for gaps and cracks.
If you have any questions regarding winter maintenance of your garage, feel free to drop us a line.