Springtime means getting outside and enjoying the weather. It’s a time to enjoy ball games and festivals. It’s a time to start your garden and fire up the grill. For homeowners, Spring is also a time to start doing some home improvement projects before summer’s hot weather arrives. If you own a home, here are some outdoor home improvement projects you should consider:
Inspect and Repair Your Roof
Your roof is one of the most important elements of your house. It keeps your family and everything in your house dry, so it’s vital that you make sure there are no leaks. Typical repairs include fixing cracked shingles or replacing them, and fixing any curled corners. Go up on your roof and inspect it for problems. Make sure there aren’t any cracks or holes in your shingles or any debris left over from winter. Check vents and skylights to make sure they aren’t damaged. Look at your gutters and remove any leaves, branches or other debris that might be clogging them and obstructing water flow. Use a garden hose to remove dirt after clearing your gutters.
Consider Gutter Replacement
Your gutter system is extremely important because it allows water transfer and drainage. You want to make sure that your gutters and drain pipes aren’t obstructed or damaged, and are working properly. If they are in bad shape, you must replace them. Broken or leaky gutters can cause water to accumulate below the roof line, which can lead to flooding in places like your basement. Installing new gutters is a straightforward, simple and inexpensive process. You may also consider installing a gutter debris shield when replacing gutters. This allows water in and keeps unwanted debris out.
Upgrade Your Deck
Your deck can be difficult to maintain because it is constantly exposed to outside elements. In order to make sure it isn’t damaged by snow and rain you need to maintain it properly in Spring. Clean and sweep any debris — leaves, twigs, dirt — off the top. Check the spaces between boards as leaves will rot in the seams and rest on the joists. This can eventually rot the boards. Check the structure and frame and look for any loose nails, cracks or rotted boards. Make sure to inspect above and below your deck. If you see damaged parts or deterioration, replace those parts as soon as you can. Treating your deck with a waterproofing sealant is a good idea because it will help make your deck last longer. Scrub your deck with a scrub brush and a cleaning agent, or use a pressure washer to get it clean first before applying a sealant. If your wood deck is showing significant wear and tear, you can also consider replacing it with alternative, no-rot materials.
Replace Your Siding
The siding on your house not only makes your house look good, it protects it from harsh elements like snow and wind. Replacing a broken or loose piece of siding is something you can do in an afternoon, but full siding replacement can be a longer, expensive project. Make sure you weigh your options and seriously consider the cost, maintenance requirements and reliability of the materials. There are a variety of siding options to choose, from metal to fiber-cement to wood. If your siding is very old, consider updating it with an energy-efficient option like vinyl.