How Winter Damages Doors, Windows, and Roofs
When the United States bought Alaska from the Russians for 2 cents an acre, many people thought it was a mistake to buy an icy wasteland. However, this wasteland is now one of the most iconic places in the country. It just needed some tender loving care.
Contrary to popular belief, Alaska is not entirely covered in snow all year round – at least some of it. It just happened that it sits close to the Arctic, meaning it gets very chilly in Alaska for a longer time than the rest of the U.S. Given the Arctic climate of the state, houses all over Alaska have their own ways of protecting themselves from the brutal cold. How exactly does the cold climate do damage to a house?
Ice and snow are the common enemies of a home during winter. The sheer weight of the snow and icy roofs and windows can affect the integrity of the structure adversely. When it gets too heavy, expect the roof to simply crash and inflict critical damage to your home, let alone your limbs if you happened to be inside.
A home should offer outstanding protection all year round, summer or winter. In the case of an Alaskan home, proper insulation and strong trusses can help the house withstand blizzards and subzero temperatures. The point is for the snow and ice to simply melt away or prepare for easy removal once the weather clears up.
Even if Anchorage sits in the southern coast of Alaska, the city is not spared from the seasonal cold. When winter may seem too much for your current doors and windows to handle, perhaps it would be best to buy Eagle River replacement doors and windows. Winter damage is no joke – the slightest hole in your door or window can turn your home into a freezer. Before winter sets in, make sure that your doors, windows, and roof are intact.
Another tip to take note of is that snow and ice find strength in numbers. In other words, the more they gather in your window, door or roof, the more damage they can inflict. All the more the damage will be severe if you don’t replace damaged windows with Eagle River replacement windows.
Know the weather by watching TV, listening to the radio, or visiting the weather bureau website at Weather.gov. Expect the cold season in the inland and northern parts of Alaska to last for a while, data from the National Weather Service shows. That Eagle River roofing to replace your old one may seem handy right now.
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