A waterfront home has the same challenges that any other home might have, although it does face some unique issues, such as possible erosion, high winds, and high humidity. Even so, one of the greatest challenges a Maryland waterfront home might face unexpectedly is a particularly freezing winter. If you are concerned that harsh winter weather could affect your house on the water, here are several key ways to winterize it.
Start with Stellar Construction
The best way to be sure your home won’t suffer any devastating leaks or uncomfortable chilliness is to have stellar construction in place. Your home won’t be as effective without a solid foundation using energy-efficient materials and construction methods. A custom waterfront home ensures just that, not only providing the best construction but also a design tailored just for you.
Protect the Pipes
One of the most common reasons homes experience flooding during winter is because of burst frozen pipes. When the pipes freeze, the air pressure inside them can become too great to contain. Exterior pipes found in basements, attics, under bathroom and kitchen cabinets, crawl spaces, and garages are most susceptible to bursting. One can purchase or create a “pipe sleeve” or use “heat tape” to insulate these pipes. You can also open related faucets slightly during cold weather to drain excess water.
Manage the Roof and Gutters
With a high-quality custom home, you won’t need to worry so much about the condition of your roof. On the other hand, gutters with dead leaves, twigs, and debris could cause drainage problems that could lead to flooding. If the water cannot flow down the drainpipe, it can freeze during winter and melt into your home instead.
Insulate Windows and Doors
Once again, you can be sure to have excellent-quality windows and doors in a new home. Even so, you can still increase the warmth and coziness in your home by adding insulating touches. Any layer over the doors or windows will help with insulation, such as smart retractable shades and curtains.
Check the Chimney
The chimney is a fantastic feature in any home, providing a way to heat the house naturally. One mistake homeowners make is to light the chimney, not realizing that much debris is in the way. Without professionally checking to see that the chimney is clear, one could have a house fire.
BUILD YOUR WATERFRONT DREAM HOME WITH SHORE-LINE CONSTRUCTION!
At Shore-Line Construction, we know that your home is a reflection of you. That’s why we strive to make each home we build as beautiful as the family who will live there. We work with each of our clients to design a home that fits their needs. The end result is a durable, energy-efficient custom home that the family will enjoy for generations to come. Shore-Line Construction has been serving our customers for over 25 years, and we look forward to the opportunity to help you!
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