How to Winterize a Florida Home
One of the best parts of living in Florida is not having to do much extra work or home maintenance in the winter months. With no snow to shovel or icy sidewalks to navigate, there’s a lot more free time to spend with your family or doing things you enjoy. But Florida homeowners aren’t completely off the hook. There are still a few things you should do to protect your landscaping, exterior surface of the home and key systems on the inside. Here are a few things to do before winter weather hits in Orlando.
If you moved into a classic home in one of Orlando’s historic neighborhoods, the original construction might lack practical items like insulation and other kinds of weather protection. If you have an attic, you can check to see if there is insulation under the roof surface. Proper insulation will help keep the home warm in the winter and as a bonus, keep cool air in during the winter months. It will also help to keep the home secure from rodents and small animals that may enter through cracks and spaces between the wall and roof surface.
Cover or Bring in Tropical Plants
The money and time spent on your outdoor plants is worth protecting, so take the time to stop the cold from getting them. Pay attention to your local weather reports and when cold snaps may be coming in. Pull potted plants inside on cold nights where the temperature is likely to drop before 45 degrees F. Cover any plants in your garden beds with plastic sheets to protect them from the cold wind seeping into the root system.
Do a Seasonal Wash of The Exterior
Pressure washing the exterior of your home will keep it looking fresh and remove any dirt or cobwebs that may have gathered over the summer. If hard water has caused discoloration on the sides of your home or driveway, you can try to use baking soda, rust remover or household cleaners to scrub these stains away.
Consider How Often Outdoor Features are Used
Items that you use throughout the summer can get worn or rusty if you leave them out unnecessarily. Consider whether it is time to put those items in storage until spring comes. Some of the items you may want to cover or store include:
- Patio furniture or outdoor dining table
- Outdoor seating cushions
- Summer kitchen
- Children’s sandbox or wading pool
These items will last longer with less exposure to the elements, and you can still pull them out for occasional use on holidays or when you have family visiting.
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