Spring is the perfect time to invest in home improvement projects. By giving your most important investment the full attention it deserves, you boost its curb appeal, efficiency and protection. Here are four projects to consider tackling during this time of the year.
Why Spring Is the Best Time for Home Improvement
With spring now in full swing, everyone is enjoying the outdoors once again after months of hibernating inside homes over the winter. It presents the perfect opportunity for you to roll up your sleeves and freshen up your home through some needed improvements. Here’s a look at why spring is traditionally the best time to improve the home.
- Warm Weather
Mild, pleasant temperatures are beneficial when it comes to working on your home’s exterior. Better weather means more time available to complete the job faster. You also get the results you want with less disruption and, most likely, lower costs of having to relocate, especially when tackling a major improvement.
- Preparation for Summer
The winter months might have been brutal for your home. Leaving any damage unaddressed can worsen further once summer arrives. By tackling home improvements this spring, you rejuvenate your home and make everything summer-ready.
- Off-Season for Contractors
Spring is a relatively “slow” season for home improvement projects. Summer and fall are usually the busiest times for contractors as homeowners scramble to get their projects done before the next winter arrives. When you call, say, roofers this spring, you can expect them to fit your service request into their schedule. Since they don’t have a lot on their plate, so to speak, they can closely work with you in choosing the best replacement product for your damaged shingles or flashing.
Home Improvement Projects to Focus on This Spring
To help you get started with your spring home improvement plans, here’s an in-depth look at some of the projects to consider:
- Roof Repair and Maintenance
By having your roof inspected and maintained, you make sure any issues, no matter how big or small they are, can be detected and addressed. In doing so, you avoid costly repairs and, possibly, premature roof replacement. You also avoid costs associated with a failing roof, including property damage and health problems. More importantly, it helps extend the life of your roof.
A roof inspection is usually done at least twice a year: one in the spring and another in the fall. However, if inclement weather like a heavy downpour or a strong storm happens in your area, be sure to check your roof and get in touch with a storm damage repair contractor as soon as the weather clears. If your roof is 10 years old, but is far from needing to be replaced, schedule your maintenance every year.
- Siding Replacement
There’s only so much upkeep you can do to keep your current siding from negatively affecting your home’s aesthetics. If it looks faded or stained, or frequent cleaning no longer works in restoring it to its original condition, it’s better to invest in a siding replacement project. Cosmetic deterioration also runs the risk of concealing structural issues, including cracks and gaps that can let moisture in or insects that can infest your home. Thus, it is in your best interest to deal with the source of the problem as soon as possible.
Another reason to replace your siding this spring involves your home’s energy use. Has your monthly energy bill been on the rise for the past few months despite not using your HVAC that much? Your current siding could be the problem. The underlying layers could be damaged enough to interfere with your home’s thermal envelope, affecting your property’s overall insulation. With new siding, you won’t have to worry about spending more on your heating and cooling.
- Gutter Protection
Gutters are often overlooked, but they play an essential role in keeping your home protected from extensive water damage. They catch the rainwater running down from your roof and direct it towards the downspouts and away from your home. However, as with most home exterior elements, they are prone to numerous problems. These include clogs and other damage which can severely affect your gutters’ drainage capabilities.
For sure, you have gutter cleaning on your list of spring home maintenance tasks. But then, having to climb up a ladder to remove leaves and other debris stuck inside the gutters can put you at risk of getting injured – from a height, no less! Although you can hire someone to regularly clean or repair your gutters, it would be much better if you invest in a gutter protection system. It is a better, long-lasting and more cost-effective option over gutter cleaning and repair.
- Window Cleaning and Replacement
Spring can be one of the most beautiful times of the year, but not if your windows look old and unsightly. Like your roof and siding, they can also greatly affect your home’s curb appeal, which is why you have to make sure they are fully functional and flawless at all times. You can start by giving them a thorough cleaning to maintain their beauty and effectiveness. Be sure to schedule this important home maintenance task on a cloudy day; the sun’s heat can dry the water quickly and leave water spots on the window glass.
After you’ve cleaned all your windows, conduct an intensive inspection. Check for any sign of damage on the window frame and glass, particularly on the seals. Reseal worn-out caulk, or replace old weatherstripping to prevent drafts or moisture from entering your home. If the damage is beyond repair, however, consider investing in energy efficiency replacement windows. In doing so, you not only beautify your home’s exterior and interior, but also increase indoor comfort without wasting too much energy for heating and cooling.
This spring, there’s one contractor you can turn to for your needs. At Hershey Exteriors, Inc, our team of professionals specializes not just in residential roof repairs and installation, but also in a wide variety of home improvement projects. We work with some of the best manufacturers in the industry to deliver the highest quality options for your home.
Give us a call at (302) 569-9039 to discuss your spring home improvement needs. You may also request a free estimate by filling out our contact form.