Home and Garden Show winterizing tips

Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) The images you see when you walk into the Home and Garden Show at DeVos Place are pink, violet and green. The colors are quite a contrast to what we've been living with for the last several months.

The Home and Garden Show started Thursday afternoon. It's an opportunity for the public to look for home improvement ideas and talk to experts about home repairs. This year, a lot of people are dealing with winter weather damage like leaking roofs.

Paul Schilthuis is with Premier Roofing and Exteriors, "It's all about heavier-duty shingles on the roof to give you more protection." Schilthuis says even new roofs need support. He has two recommendations, "Better ice guard and more ice guard under the shingles."

But in addition to that, experts at the show say a lot of homeowners are missing out on an opportunity to save on their heating bill. "Many of us have had very cold rooms, icicles on roofs," says George Clark who calls himself Dr. Energy Saver. ."I think often we think insulation and windows are going to fix that. That's rarely the case. We find air sealing the house is the number one thing to do to make your home more comfortable."

Clark says some homes leak so badly, once fixed, the energy savings add up to 40-45%. He also recommends checking on your plumbing. He says a full-home energy audit will tell you everything you need to know

The Home and Garden Show is at DeVos Place and runs through Sunday.


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