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Sometimes, your home’s walls are the only barrier between you and the outside elements. Unfortunately, while you’re cozied up indoors — or escaping the sweltering heat — your home is taking the brunt of any potential damages. Every season’s weather poses unique threats to the well-being of your home, whether that be frost heaving, ice damage, flooding, or fading.

Along with the risk of damage to your home’s exterior, weather can also threaten the inside of your home. Elements like humidity, ice, sun rays, and cold air can damage your home’s interior should they find their way in. Fortunately, you can protect your property from rain or shine through weatherization.

Weatherization is the process of proofing your home against the elements. Weatherproofing improves the comfort of your property and can also lower energy bills and maintenance costs in the long run.

Protect Your Home, Rain or Shine

Protecting your home from the elements can be as simple as weather-stripping your doors or as involved as replacing entire windows. Other home weatherproofing tactics include:

  • Adding insulation to your attic
  • Caulking openings
  • Replacing light bulbs with energy-efficient models
  • Insulating water heater tanks
  • Updating your HVAC system
  • Sealing up drafty openings
  • Installing insulation around heating and cooling ducts
  • Replacing windows with high-impact glass or Low-E glazing

You can take simple DIY steps to protect your home by integrating weatherization tactics into your yearly maintenance routine. We recommend calling the pros for bigger weatherproofing projects like window replacement or roof insulation. No matter what assistance you need to get your home winter, spring, summer, or fall-ready, Today’s Homeowner has you covered with top tips and helpful resources.

House covered in snow from winter storm.

How to Prepare for Snow Storms

It’s that time of year when many of you are dealing with the white stuff, or you soon will be. Listen to tips for dealing with snow.

Hurricane Katrina Revisited

Danny returned to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to view the progress of rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He revisited homeowners whose houses were completely destroyed to offers advice for preparing for future natural disasters.

How to Protect Your Home from Sun Damage

Exposure to the sun can damage your home over time, especially wood decks and vinyl materials like siding and gutters. To protect wood decks, make sure the stain you use contains UV inhibitors.
Hurricane straps being installed

How to Make Your Home More Wind Resistant

Framing a house for wind resistance is always a good idea, and may be required by building codes in certain areas, especially those near the coast that are prone to hurricanes. Watch this video to find out more.
Earthquake damage.

Donate to Earthquake Relief for Haiti

The devastating earthquake this week in Haiti has shown us a tragedy that is hard to imagine. With the death toll rising and supplies becoming scarce, if not already depleted, thousands more may soon perish. Time is of the essence to provide aid to these helpless folks. Read on to find some of the organizations you can donate to that are providing aid to this desperate country.

When It Rains, It Drips

Don't you just love it when you get an unexpected surprise? Unless, of course, it's like the surprise I got this weekend. It was one of those cold, gray, dull, rainy weekends that make you want to just stay in bed. I looked over and water was dripping out of the wall cabinets. Somewhere, somehow the roof was leaking. Read on to find out more.
Frost and ice on window pane

How to Winterize Your Home

Winterizing your home is just a fancy way of saying you're making it more energy efficient. here are my top seven suggestions that you should think about doing to help protect your home against Old Man Winter and make the colder temps more tolerable. Read on to find out more.
shattered glass

Impact Resistant Glass Protects Your Home During a Storm

When building in hurricane prone areas, the type of windows used plays an important role in determining whether the home will survive a storm. For maximum protection, use special laminated glass such as ImpactGard glass from JELD-WEN Windows & Doors. Watch this video to find out more.
Danny Lipford in front of roof.

Your Home and the Weather

From leaky roofs to high winds, the weather can affect your home in many ways. Find out how to maintain and repair flashing, replace a roof shingle, protect your windows and garage door from wind damage, and use a portable generator safely.