Although the chilly days of fall have yet to settle in here in Chicago, they’re on the way and now is the right time to tackle the following tasks:

Get Debris out of the Gutters

There is no denying that autumn leaves are beautiful, but the last place you want them is in your gutter system. Leaves can wreak havoc on your home, especially when you add heavy autumn rains and potentially snow into the mix.

Luckily, as of now there likely won’t be much in your gutter system other than leaves and potential debris such as twigs and branches. If it’s been a while since your gutters were cleaned out, hopefully you won’t find any unpleasant surprises.

Evaluate the State of Your Siding

Winter is coming, and this can spell trouble for old wood siding. If your exterior is old, peeling, or even losing its structural strength, you’ll need to take a closer look. Most importantly, evaluate the siding for signs of wood rot. If rotted wood siding remains on your home over the winter, you might have a big mess on your hands come the following spring.

It doesn’t take much to find wood rot on old siding. Simply take a screwdriver and push the tip into areas where you suspect it might be rotting. If the tip of the screw easily goes through the wood, this is a sign of decay.

In the worst scenarios, rotting wood siding may crumble away at the touch of a finger.

Inspect Your Roof

Winter is one of the worst times to run into trouble with your roof. A roof that’s not in working order can result in leaks as well as energy loss. The quickest way to check on the state of your roof from the ground is by taking a pair of binoculars and looking at the shingles. Look for shingles that are missing or curled. If you discover ceiling leaks in your home or moisture in your attic, roof repair or replacement may be in order.


Replace Outdated Windows

If you lose sleep dreading the day you have to turn on the heat, you don’t have to fear high utility bills with new replacement windows. Replacement windows with professional installation keep drafts at bay and your home cozy, no matter how cold it gets here in Chicago.

To improve your home before bad weather arrives, contact Universal Windows Direct for quotes on exceptional exterior products.