4 Exterior Home Renovation Options to Consider This Spring
Spring is the time of year when plants come alive and flowers bloom. It is also the time to find out what kind of damage winter may have brought to the exterior of your home. Take a look at these home maintenance and renovation options and see which ones you need to focus on, now that the weather allows you to.
Checking Your Roof for Potential Problems and Leaks
As soon as the weather clears, this important part of your house needs to be inspected because winter is not the kindest of seasons for roofs. In addition to that, the coming spring showers and summer heat are bound to inflict their share of wear and tear. Here’s how you can proceed with a DIY roof checkup.
- Start indoors and look for signs of leaks on your ceiling. Water stains, warped plywood, and traces of mold are clear signs that there is a leak somewhere, and it may not be directly above the signs you see. It would be a good idea to get professional advice at this point.
- Get up on the roof and look for loose or damaged tiles and shingles. Cracked tiles as well as curled, warped, or blistered shingles need to be replaced. If you have roll roofing, inspect the roof for cracks and blisters and fix the areas where you find them.
- Take a good look at the area around your chimney as well the vents and flashes on your roof. If any parts around these have become loose or rusty, those parts need to be repaired or changed.
Making Sure Your Gutters and Downspouts are in Good Condition
Clear your gutters and downspouts of all debris so that water can flow freely through them. If you see a lot of dead leaves and debris, you would be wise to install a gutter screen or a leaf guard. These will help ensure that the weight of the debris does not cause your gutters and downspouts to come loose or sag.
Make sure your gutters are firmly attached to the roof with securely fastened gutter snaps. If any gutter snaps have come loose, replace or tighten them. Take note of any sagging areas in your gutters; the brackets on these parts probably have to be changed.
Downspouts are meant to convey water away from your house, and a loose downspout won’t do this. Reconnect loose downspouts and make sure that water does flow outward without pooling around the walls of the building.
Adding Curb Appeal
If your house does not need any major repairs and renovations, you can focus your spring efforts on giving your property additional curb appeal. You can paint the exterior of your house, add new moldings to change the look of your windows, or give your front door an adventurous new color. You can change your doorknob or polish it like new, put up your house number in shiny brass, and redefine walkways with brick, slate or pavers. You can replace sickly looking plants, install a water feature, or rejuvenate your lawn with help from professional landscapers in Salt Lake City. There’s a lot you can do to give your house the “oomph” it deserves.
Fixing Your Windows and Your Door
Your door and your windows can allow cold air or hot air to escape so that your heating and cooling system will have to work harder to keep you comfortable. Check the weather stripping and the caulking around windows, making sure that these seal your windows effectively. You can do this by running a hairdryer around the window while someone else on the outside checks if any hot air is leaking out. If you have double-glazed glass on your windows, the presence of any condensation in them during the winter months is a sure sign that their seal no longer works as it should. This means the window sill or the glass might need replacing.
Doing home renovations in spring means you get the work done while the weather is generally kinder. Your house gets a “clean bill of health”, or a new look, or both, just as nature is renewing itself. Best of all, you have the rest of the year to truly enjoy the results of your labor.