5 Exterior Updates to Make Before Winter

Keep your home in tip-top shape all year long.

It’s difficult to imagine while the weather is still warm, but winter is on its way and will be here before you know it. Making a few updates to your home’s exterior defends against harsh winter weather – while helping you save on heating and cooling costs all year long. Check out these 5 exterior updates to make before the last leaves fall.

Turn off your outdoor water supply.
To avoid icy buildups that can lead to cracked sprinklers or frozen pipes, close off all exterior water sources. Detach, drain and properly store all hoses and other devices until spring. 

Check your windows for drafts and leaks. 
If you are experiencing drafts and leaks, it’s time to replace your old windows. At Pella, our exceptional energy-efficient windows all seasons and can help you save on heating and cooling costs in all seasons. For top performance, choose triple-pane Low-E insulating glass with argon.

Warm front entrance featuring a red door

Pella® Select® Storm Door in Read Red with Bevel Glass

Install storm doors.
Invest in an additional barrier around your home’s largest openings. We offer a wide selection of stylish Pella storm doors that stand up to inclement weather and boost your curb appeal.

Trim the tree.
And not just the one in your family room. Heavy ice and wind can cause branches to break off and damage your home. So make sure to clear all tree and shrub branches away from your home, especially ones near your windows.

Gray and white ranch home in the fall

Pella® 2-Panel Entry Door in Cranberry

Check the roof.
Damaged, loose or absent shingles may cause leaks during winter storms. Also, make sure to replace shingles in any unlevel areas to help protect your roof and attic against ice dams that result in ice buildup and leaking during melting periods.


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A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.