Summer is here, and the air already feels warmer. While we continue to socially distance and flatten the COVID-19 curve, there is something about the promise of summer that is exciting. Summer is also the perfect time to consider carrying out those home improvement projects you never quite got around to while the weather was too cold outside. If you have so many ideas running through your mind about how you can improve your home this summer, you will love this article. Continue reading to discover our top four home improvement ideas that will help you step into summer and get your home in tip-top shape.
1. Start at the Top of the Home
At WoW, we advise when carrying out a range of home improvement projects that you should start at the top and work your way down. That means giving your roof a good inspection to see if any damage has occurred during the cooler months. Check the shingles on your roof to make sure none were cracked, buckled or blown loose by winter storms. Then, check flashing around plumbing vents, skylights, and the chimney to make sure everything is still in place and doing its job as it is intended to do. And, if you do find any points of concern, you can easily call on a qualified roofer to come and fix the damage.
Gutters are another place you should check, as they are an invaluable part of your roofing system, designed to protect your roof from excess moisture. You will want to make sure they are not cracked or broken anywhere, while also getting rid of any debris that might have collected over winter and into spring. Now is the time to start making repairs, or replace gutters that are too damaged to safely repair.
2. Examine Your Windows and Doors
Using a screwdriver, probe the trim around doors and windows to make sure it is secure and still in good shape. While you are at it, have a look at your windows to see if any have clouding. If you do notice clouding, it means the seal between the panes has failed, which severely affects the capability of your windows. Repair any broken panes and replace windows that cannot be simply repaired. If you are unsure, speak with a home improvement contractor who can offer you advice on the course of action you should take.
3. Check Insulation
Insulation stops the transfer of heat; in winter it stops cold air from outside penetrating inside, and vice versa during summer. Properly installed and efficient insulation is the hallmark of an energy efficient home. And, many people believe insulation is only important during the winter months, which is a myth. Insulation protects the home year round, and is one of the most cost-effective ways to keep your home temperate and comfortable throughout the year. Signs your insulation might need an upgrade include overly drafty rooms, constantly running AC, or an unexplained increase in utility bills.
4. Inspect Siding
Have you noticed any of the following problems around your home; high heating or cooling bills, needing to frequently paint your home, fading and chalking, or dry rot or mold? While there are a variety of reasons for these problems, the most likely and most common reason is that your siding is not working properly. And, just like insulation, one of the most important contributors to an energy efficient and comfortable home is siding. If you are unsure if your siding needs repairing or replacing, get in touch with a home improvement specialist who will be able to help you.