The winter weather this year in Anchorage, Alaska, has been nothing if not a bit hard to predict. On average, Anchorage, Alaska, sees over 75 inches of snow during the winter months!! That averages out to more than six feet of snow each year between approximately October and April. This year, mother nature offered us something special in the form of record-breaking weather over the New Years’ holiday. On December 31, Anchorage broke the previously held record for the warmest day with temperatures of 46 degrees. This didn’t last long, though, as temperatures began to fall, and we were faced with our second broken record-the record for the snowiest New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day on record. Before the holiday ended, Anchorage saw over nine inches of snow. So far this winter, we have seen over 52 inches of snow this winter alone.
Why all the statistics? Well, snow can be very damaging to your home, and as Anchorage, and most of the United States, begin to prepare for spring and recover from one of the harshest winters in recent history, it is time to inspect your home for damage. The spring thaw (or early thaws as we began to see in December) can also cause damage if your home is not adequately prepared for the change in seasons.
Depending on its severity, winter weather can cause damage to your home that you may not see at first. It is vital to inspect your home for damage and hire a professional contractor to repair or replace any damaged items before potential spring storms create additional issues.
How Can You Prepare Your Home For Spring?
Below we have listed ten things you can do to help get your home ready for spring and reduce the potential for long term damage associated with winter weather and harsh winter storms.
Repair Your Roof
You should repair your roof as soon as the snow has melted off, and it is safe to do so. Inspection of your roof should include looking for things like loose, warped, or missing shingles. Another item to look for is torn, warped, or damaged metal roofing. All of these could allow water to make its way into your home during summer storms. You should also check your chimney flashing and seals around any skylights.
Remodel Your Bathroom
Your bathrooms are where we bathe, get ready for our day, and eliminate waste from our bodies. If you have an outdated bathroom, then remodel your bathroom this season to help you better relax so that you can consider your bathroom to be like your personal spa. You may even consider adding a sauna or hot tub to your home for the ultimate relaxation.
Repair Areas Affected by Leaks
Unfortunately, winter weather can damage parts of your home that are designed to keep water out. Some of the most challenging places to locate leaks are the places we don’t often check, such as drywall, attics, and crawl spaces. Inspect these areas or ask your friendly Anchorage general contractor to inspect under sinks and behind your washing machine to look for potential signs of water damage from frozen or damaged pipes. Also, check your hot water heater for signs of corrosion as this can not only cause significant damage should a pipe burst, but it can also impact the cost of your hot water bill as your system has to work harder to make things like a warm morning shower possible.
Repair Window and Door Seals
Windows and doors are prime areas of concern when it comes to temperature regulation within your home. Harsh winter temperatures can cause old caulking and weather seals to become brittle and eventually crack, peel or fail altogether. When these seals fail, it can allow water into your home during spring and summer storms. Also, it can have a significant impact on your heating and cooling bills during the upcoming months. Instead, repair your windows and even consider adding more windows around your home to allow you to soak in more natural sunlight and enjoy our beautiful Alaskan wilderness but without saying hello to pests entering due to poor door seals.
Build A Custom Deck
A custom deck adds incredible value to your home, increases the value of your home, and allows you to enjoy the great outdoors. A deck will genuinely boost the appeal of your home which will be an excellent home investment opportunity for when you may be ready to sell your home. A deck also increases your living space and is a wonderful place to relax with a spring barbecue, family s’ mores night, or game night. If you enjoy gardening, you can also customize your deck so that it may be adorned with plants.
Renovate Your Kitchen
Your kitchen is one of the most critical areas of your home as this is where you create memories baking and cooking to fulfill the appetites of your family. You could repair and prevent any potential concerns, modernize the design of your kitchen, change the paintings on the walls for a more inviting appeal, build pantries and storage areas, or create a small desk in your kitchen. Kitchen renovations will also allow you to improve the value of your home so it is a worthwhile home investment project.
Anchorage Spring Home Plans
While it is true winter is not yet over, and there are likely to be a few more storms before the snow makes way for sun and warmer temperatures, now is the time to start planning ahead for the warmer months to come. Don’t wait until summer is already here to inspect your home and have any existing damage fixed. Many professional contractors begin to fill their schedule for the summer months early in the year, meaning if you wait too long, it may be harder to secure the home repair services you need. Often, some of the home repair projects may require your home to be open or exposed to the elements, so you will want to make sure you can accomplish these projects during desirable weather when it’s not overly cold or warm.
If you have completed your spring home inspection and realized there are repairs or construction projects that may be in order, be sure to do your research and find a reliable home improvement construction professional who can adequately address your needs. There are multitudes of construction and home improvement professionals in the Anchorage area. Unfortunately, not all construction companies are created equally. When you are selecting a home improvement contractor, be sure to inquire about their licensing, insurance, staffing, and how their project sites operate. You will want to know what you, as the homeowner will be responsible for before, during, and after your project is completed. A home remodeling and construction project will allow you to enjoy the new appeal and aesthetics of your home and to no longer fret about those repairs.
If you are looking for a qualified construction company in the Anchorage area, contact Crighton & Cooper Construction for your Anchorage spring home construction preparations. We will be happy to talk to you about your project and answer any questions you may have about how we can help you make your home more valuable now and in the future.