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With cooler days and temperate weather, fall is an excellent time to get outdoors and fix-ups some larger home projects. It is also the best time to prepare for the winter season.
“Cold weather can wreak havoc on your house, leaving you with a long list of repairs,” said Cathy McHugh, director, brand management at DAP. “It is important to take preventive action now so you can enjoy the coming weather change, rather than costly repairs later.”
Don’t know where to start?
Here are the top four“must-do” repairs from the experts at DAP.
Refresh around windows and doors
Temperature fluctuations and weather extremes can cause cracks and crumble in sealants around windows and doors. The resulting gaps allow warmer air to creep inside, putting your air conditioning and energy bills on overdrive.
Also, if the current sealant has any dirt build-up, the hot and humid weather of late spring and summer can foster mold and mildew. Protect your home and give your windows and doors a refresh and waterproof seal. That stands up to the elements by applying a new exterior sealant like Dynaflex Ultra Advanced Exterior Sealant. It will provide long-lasting all-weather, waterproof protection, resisting dirt build-up, and water absorption.
It also comes with a lifetime mold-, mildew- and algae-resistant guarantee. It’s easy to apply and is paint-ready in just an hour, allowing you to repair problem areas.
Repair imperfections and surface damage
It’s essential to take a walk around your property and inspect your home and outdoor living areas. Check for surface damage issues caused by hail, wind, heavy rain, and winter weather.
Typical damage includes cracks in sidewalks and driveways, as well as chips in siding.
Address problem areas like these with an exterior filler that can fill in exposed, vulnerable areas and prevent further damage. To save time and money, choose a multipurpose cartridge explicitly designed for exterior repairs like Platinum Patch Advanced Exterior Filler. Its formulated with innovative Weather MaxTechnology for long-lasting, all-weather protection.
The mold-, mildew- and algae-resistant formula creates a durable bond that prevents discoloration, as well as cracking and crumbling over time.
It is sandable and paintable. It can offer superior adhesion to porous and non-porous building materials such as brick, concrete, metal, composite or wood decks, vinyl or fiber cement siding, PVC trim board, and more.
Inspect your roof
Start by making a simple visual inspection of your roof. Before hauling out the ladder, use binoculars or zoom in with a smartphone camera to spot visible damage. If your roof has a relatively flat surface and you feel comfortable on a ladder. Then go up for a closer look.
Shingles that are cracked, buckled, loose or are missing granules need to replace. And of course, while you’re up there, be sure to clear any clogged gutters to prevent potential water damage.
Prepare your furnace for fall
Now is the time to prepare your furnace for fall. Change the filter, clean the vents, and remove any dirt and dust that has settled on the units and connection. If you suspect problems schedule a professional to check it out now. Rather than wait until temperature drop.
For more information to help tackle your to-do list, visit DAP.com.
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