Blog :: 12-2018

Winter Prep Tips for Your Roof

The key to preventing ice dams is simply to keep your attic and roof cold.  While frozen, they’re no more trouble than the icicles that hang down. But during the warmer parts of a winter day, water melting off the roof pools behind the ice then seeps back up under the shingles.

To keep your roof cold, follow these steps:

1. Close up attic bypasses. In the average home, about one-third of heat loss is through the ceiling into the attic, mostly from air leaks caused by unblocked walls, gaps in drywall, and cracks around light fixtures, pipes, and chimneys. A professional will pull back insulation and plug the leaks using foam, caulk, and other methods.

2. Measure your attic insulation level. Check the depth of your attic insulation. Building codes require about 12-14”. Add more if you have less than 8”. Blown-in cellulose and fiberglass are best because they fill more tightly leaving fewer gaps. It’s usually worth hiring a professional for this job.

By stopping air leakage to mitigate ice dams, you’ll save energy and reduce both your heating and your air conditioning bills.

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    Frost Advisory!

    Winter is almost officially here and that means our weather apps will be showing us more of those little snowflake icons and sub-freezing temperatures.

    I say let’s embrace the seasonal change and make a list of simple tasks that will ensure our preparedness for the white stuff, and create a cozy and more efficient home. Check your shovels, snow blowers, and scrapers. Get those driveway stakes in the ground early and mark your propane tank so it can be found under the snow! Fill the oil tank and get your wood delivered. Check your windows and doors for any gaps that may allow warm air to escape.

    If you’re not naturally handy (like me), watch a YouTube video  - "How To Use a Caulk Gun" - it’s easier than you think. A fresh bead of silicone around leaky windows and improved weather stripping around a door can really make a difference. Call the pros to assist with the important tasks like servicing the furnace, cleaning the chimney and your gutters. Disconnect and store garden hoses and drain the water lines.

    Then buy your ski passes, dig out your Yaktrax, and check the laces on your ice skates!

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      Holidays in the Northwest Corner

      December flies by so quickly for most of us, especially if you have little ones or are entertaining family from out of town for the holiday season. The Northwest Corner oers an abundance of activities to keep spirits high during the holidays.

      Throughout the month, one can find holiday markets which feature local artisans, wreath-making workshops, musical events at our local theatres, tree lightings, and parades, along with botanical gardens illuminated for festivities such as Santa visits and much more. You can also visit your local library for special events including author lectures, story time, and holiday movies for children.

      For more specific information about your town’s tree lighting and festivities, check out Compass (Lakeville Journal/Millerton News) for the most up-to-date listings and enjoy the season!

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