Spend Time on Outdoor Improvement Projects This Spring

Male Carpenter Applying Varnish To Wooden Furniture.

Springtime means getting outside to start your garden, fire up the grill and enjoy the weather. It’s also a great time to start some new projects around the house. If you’re a homeowner, consider these home improvements:

Upgrade Your Siding

The siding on your house not only makes your house look good, it protects it from harsh weather. Replacing a broken or loose piece of siding is something you should do to keep your home protected. You can do it in an afternoon. A full siding replacement, however, will take longer and will be a lot more expensive. 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.

Maintain and Protect Your Deck

In order to make sure your deck isn’t damaged by weather you need to maintain it properly in Spring. Make sure to inspect above and below your deck. If you see damaged parts or deterioration, replace those parts as soon as you can. 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 as well. Check the structure and frame, and look for any loose nails, cracks or rotted boards. 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. You can also 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.

Make Repairs to Your Roof

Your roof keeps your family and everything in your house dry, so it’s vital that you make sure there are no leaks. 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 from winter. Typical repairs include fixing cracked shingles or replacing them, and fixing curled corners. Check vents and skylights to make sure they aren’t damaged. Check your chimney cap. It should be tight. 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.

Keep Your Gutters in Good Working Condition

Your gutter system allows water transfer and drainage, so you need to make sure that all gutters and drain pipes aren’t obstructed or damaged, and are working properly. Broken or leaky gutters can cause water to accumulate below the roof line, which can lead to flooding. Replace your gutters if they aren’t in good working condition. Installing them is a straightforward, simple and inexpensive process. You may also consider installing a gutter debris shield. This will allow water in but keeps unwanted debris out.

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