Depending on which part of the country you live in, winter may mean slightly cooler, sometimes rainy days, or it may mean lake effect snow that piles up 4 feet in front of your house. What do both extremes have in common, though? Both can benefit from a certain amount of winterization. When you winterize your home, you’re not just making sure the snow and ice stay out and your house stays warm. Here’s what else winterizing your home can accomplish, no matter where you live:
- Help reduce the possibility of water damage. Water damage doesn’t just happen when you’re in the middle of an unexpectedly heavy rainfall; it can happen when ice dams form on your roof and when snow melts on the ground near vulnerable basement windows. Replacing your traditional insulation with closed cell spray foam insulation, like the type Icynene offers, can help reduce the risk of bulk water from entering your home. FEMA has identified closed cell spray foam insulation as a flood-resistant material that can be used in your home.
- Decrease the risk of drafts. Even when you live in Florida, a storm in colder weather is still going to feel cold to you, if the wind causes drafts inside your home. Sealing your home’s tiny cracks and crevices, with the help of spray foam insulation like Icynene, is a great way to help reduce the possibility of drafts inside your home.
- Stop problems before they develop. Winter is often the time, no matter where you live, when things start to deteriorate on the outside of the home. Colder temperatures, increased precipitation, both of these factors play into why the elements are harsher on a house. Cleaning eavestroughs, ensuring the seals around windows and doors are intact, upgrading your traditional insulation to spray foam insulation, and getting your HVAC unit serviced are all actions that can help to prepare your home for the upcoming winter.
Many people assume that winterizing their home is an unnecessary and burdensome task, however the benefits make it obvious how important it can be. There are other simple steps you can take, but these three will help ensure that your home is adequately prepared for the harsher months ahead.
Talk to a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area, to find out more reasons why Icynene is the ideal choice to help winterize your home, or any other project.