With days of sunshine and warm temperatures ahead of us, it’s only natural that we’re going to want to spend them having fun and kicking back. However, summer is also the perfect time of the year to perform some much-needed home maintenance and ensure your property stays just as beautiful as it was when you bought it. This is why in addition to having your share of seasonal fun, you should also dedicate a few of these days to the care and preservation of your home. These are some of the ultimate summer home maintenance projects you should have on your priority list.
Power Wash and Re-Stain Your Deck
Entertaining family and friends on the porch or backyard deck of your home is one of the most beloved activities of the summer season. Unfortunately, if these areas aren’t well-kept after the long winter, they could end up being more of a hazard than an oasis. Aging decks can be particularly dangerous because stressed wood begins to splinter, thus significantly increasing the chances of someone getting a splinter. As such, before you even think of having people hang out on your deck, it’s crucial that you take the time to power wash it, sand it, and re-stain it to get it up to code. Wood stains also act as a glossy protectant that smooths out the surface to further reduce the likelihood of getting an injury. If you don’t feel comfortable taking on this project yourself, consider calling carpentry professionals to properly replace and sand damaged areas of the deck.
Repaint Your Siding
Your siding is also likely to need a bit of a touch-up after a long, arduous winter. Whether it’s the frigid temperatures or the harsh winds, the colder months can wreak havoc on the exterior of a home and often leave it looking tired and worn. The sun can also begin having an impact on the appearance of your siding, causing its color to fade and the current coat of paint to chip and crack. For these reasons, summer poses the best opportunity to freshen up the overall appearance of your home with a few new layers of paint. Before taking on this project, take some time to first identify and repair damaged areas of your siding. This will not only better protect your house from the elements, but it will also ensure that the new paint sticks properly to its surface. Once this is done, you’re free to upgrade your home’s exterior however you wish.
Do Some Landscaping
As another ultimate summer home renovation maintenance project, landscaping is important for the upkeep of your lawn, garden, and property appearance as a whole. Depending on what natural aspects you’re interested in, this can be anything from cutting the grass to planting trees and creating a garden. The point of these projects is to make your home look more visually appealing by using natural elements and making the property look neat. Therefore, what you ultimately choose to do is entirely dependent on your tastes and level of organization. Effective landscaping is proven to increase the overall value of a home and make it easier to intrigue buyers, making it especially important for those wanting to sell their home. It’s also interesting to note that landscaping practices can keep larger populations of pests off of your property. This makes it easier to protect your home from things like infestations and the damage they can bring.
Inspect and Maintain Your Foundation
Regardless of how sturdy our home’s foundation might be, it can still sustain damage that needs to be addressed. Home foundations commonly sink and dip with the natural shifting of the Earth, putting additional pressure on the foundation and causing it to form cracks. These cracks make it easier for pests to find their way into your home in search of food and shelter. Additionally, a damaged foundation does not support the rest of the home properly, which often creates additional problems throughout the house. As such, when inspecting your foundation, it’s vital that you’re thorough in your search for cracks, unleveled areas, and sections that are particularly sunken in. This way, you know which parts of your foundation pose the biggest threat and what needs to be fixed first. Depending on the amount of damage your foundation has sustained, you may need to reach out to professionals to get an accurate scope of work.
Reseal Gaps Around Windows and Doors
As the home’s foundation shifts, exterior-facing areas such as the doors and windows can lose their airtight seal around the frames. This creates drafts that can suck the treated air out of your home and make it harder for you to keep the indoor areas cool in the extreme heat. Ultimately, you could end up spending more money to keep your home cool than it would cost to simply fix it. If you notice that you’ve developed these drafts, taking an afternoon to re-caulk the frames and recreate that seal is well worth it. However, when you go to do this, make sure that there isn’t also a problem with the window or door itself. Damaged or old doors and windows can also create drafts. So, figuring out where the problem truly lies first can save you ample amounts of time and money.
Check Your Roof for Leaks
Your roof also sustains heavy damage over the years that can keep it from protecting the rest of your home as effectively as it needs to. Leaks can form on especially damaged sections of the roof and lead to potential flooding and mold further down the line. Because of this, it’s good to get into the habit of inspecting your roof for loose shingles, holes, or exposed wood. This way, you can plan ahead and know which sections are the most prone to causing problems. If you do notice any of these things, reach out to a trained professional to see what they’d suggest. Roofing projects can be particularly expensive. So, you’ll want to search for the best possible deal.
While summer is, indeed, a time for fun in the sun, it’s also a great opportunity to redesign and update your home with renovation projects. We at Bear Mountain Custom Painting strive to make your dreams a reality this season. With our experienced interior and exterior home painting professionals, we can help transform your outdated space into something you can be proud to show off to your guests. We also offer a variety of other services such as window and door replacement, gutter installation, and carpentry services to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your home.