Fall is officially upon us. It may be the season of pumpkin everything and leaf peeping road trips but it’s also the perfect time to get your home ready for winter. Winterizing your home can help save you money by keeping your heating cost down and keep you and your family comfortable this winter.

The most cost effective way to keep your home properly heated is by adding insulation. Many older homes don’t have the same amount of insulation as modern homes and may be of less quality. And newer homes can benefit from more insulation. If you are at a loss over if you should chose fiberglass, to lose fill, to radiant barrier come to Friedman’s for insulation supplies, installation advice, and helpful guidance. We carry some of the industries best insulations such as Johns-Manville, Cocoon & Reflectix. Getting the correct insulation can not only keep the heat in during the winter but also keep the heat out in the summer.

While insulation does a great job at keeping your heat and cooling in, a leaky or improperly sealed roof can ruin all of your hard work. You will want to check your roof for any missing or deteriorated shingles since that could cause a leaking issue. Also, you should probably reseal the roof by replacing the caulk that prevents water from coming in under the roof overhang.

Not only is water an issue for your roof it is also an issue for your deck. After all the heat of summer your deck probably needs to be restored and protected for the possible moisture damage of winter. After cleaning your deck thoroughly and removing any deteriorating or unwanted finish, seal your deck with water repellent sealer. This will protect the wood from moisture that can crack and warp your homes deck.

Last, but not least, consider upgrading your windows and doors to more energy efficient versions. Therma-Tru® fiberglass entry doors is a great replacement option for your home. Not only is Therma-Tru in stock and on sale, it is also an energy star rated entry door and it offers the beauty of wood but the durability fiberglass which holds up to time and weather. The polyurethane foam core of the door and the factory coated Low-E triple paned windows work together to create a tightly sealed and exceptional Energy Star rated efficiency.

If you are considering replacing your windows we suggest Milgard® windows. Their industry leading window designs feature patented technologies that create fantastic thermal efficiency. For example Milgard reduced the places where metal can conduct heat or cold through the window, which allows your home to maintain the temperature you desire.

These are just a few options to winterize your home. Come talk to one of our Expert Advisors to learn more. Stop by one of Friedman’s Home Improvement many locations in Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, and Petaluma for the best prices on winterization products.