By now, it should be your priority to prepare your home for winter. Extremely cold temperatures, ice and snow can be harsh on your exterior. By winterizing your home, you can have a cozy home and make the season more enjoyable. 

Seal, Caulk and Paint Your Exterior

Winter drafts can increase your energy bills and make your home uncomfortable. However, reducing drafts can decrease your annual heating costs by up to 20%. If your windows have gaps that are larger than the width of a nickel, it’s best to seal them with caulk. We recommend using silicone caulk because it won’t shrink and can endure harsh outdoor elements. 

Walk around your home, and check your exterior for cracking caulk and chipping or flaking paint. Hire exterior painters to have any affected areas scraped and re-painted or caulked. When your exterior needs a fresh coat of paint, choose Rhino Shield®. It’s designed to naturally flex, providing a breathable barrier that expands and contracts with temperature changes, making it ideal for any climate.   

Turn Off Outside Water Sources

Water damage can be costly to repair. Prevent undrained water in pipes from freezing, bursting and flooding your home by turning off outdoor water sources. Make sure to disconnect all exterior water sources and drain them before winter comes.

Sweep Out Chimneys

Over the summer, small animals and insects find their way into your chimney. You should have it cleaned and swept to avoid fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Check Downspouts, Gutters and Roofs

Ensure your shingles are in good shape before winter hits to prevent leaks that can occur due to moisture and freezing temperatures. 

If you’re looking for painters for the outside of the house, contact Palmetto Ceramic Coatings. We specialize in exterior painting, wood repairs, lead paint management, rust remediation and more. Call us at 843) 884-1992, or complete our online form to get a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Greenville, SC.