With warm temperatures and sunny skies, the summer is a great time to complete home projects.
Because housing projects can sometimes be dangerous, it’s not a bad idea to have a professional team perform these projects for you. Before you can set them to work, however, you need to consider just what kind of project they should work on for your home. This article will discuss a few different summer projects that you should have performed on your home.
The roof sees a lot of wear and tear over the year. Although they can last up to 10 years, sometimes even longer, a roof that isn’t regularly maintained and repaired can suffer a decrease in their lifespan. Summer is a great time for the roof to be repaired or replaced. There are a few signs that can indicate whether or not your roof needs some help.
The first is a sloping roof. This is a sign that water damage has started to eat away at the structural supports holding the roof in place. Because a collapse could occur, this is a project that should be completed as soon as possible. Gaps should be filled, too, to ensure that further water damage doesn’t occur.
Another sign that your roof needs to be replaced is if there is a lack of granules on the shingles. These granules help protect the shingles from the sun and other hazardous weather. Over time, they are removed from the shingle. Those shingles are directly exposed to the sun and other types of weather. This degrades them quickly and could result in a roof that is damaged.
Finally, your roof needs to be replaced if there are any shingles that are missing or damaged. Look for cracks in the shingles to determine their health, too. Harsh weather in winter and from last summer can easily break shingles and make the roof unable to protect the house below it. Having a professional team replace the roof in the summer is a great way to ensure it’s ready to protect the family come the winter season.
2. Siding Repair/Cleaning
Another great project to complete during the summer is replacing or cleaning your siding. The spring season brings with it a lot of rain. That rain is sometimes dirty. It can even splatter mud and dirt on the house. Luckily, there are few things that can withstand a power wash. In the hands of a professional, a power wash can effectively remove dirt, grime, pollen, and other debris from the siding of your house.
This brightens up the house and can make it look younger than it is. You may even find that you don’t need new siding after all.
However, in the event that you do want to change out the siding of your home, then the summer is the time to do it. Spring can often be too wet. The last thing you want is for your home to be exposed to wet weather when the siding is off. This can cause some serious water damage. That makes summer the optimal season for a dry and warm climate to switch out old siding with the new.
3. Putting In The Pool
If you happen to have a lot of yard space, then why not put in a pool? The pool area can become a place where your family joins together for summer fun. No one can be on their cell phones when they’re in the pool swimming around and playing together. You might want to consider putting in a deck, too. The deck area is the place to entertain your guests.
You can make it as extravagant or as practical as you want. The deck could simply host a table or two and some chairs. Or it could even have an outdoor bar, fire pit, and a lounge area. Depending on the space that you have to work with, the pool and deck area could be the best part of your home. Summer is the best time to have these projects worked on since it typically means that by the end of the summer, you’ll have a pool that’s ready to use and a deck that’s ready for entertaining.
4. Install Skylights
Does your home need more natural light? Perhaps it’s just too dark in certain areas. One way to effectively get natural light into your home is with skylights. This is a great method because it lets in light but also still maintains privacy. Many homeowners are wary of having too many windows along the outside of the home because it reduces their privacy. Windows on top of the home, however, preserve that privacy while still allowing plenty of light to filter into the home.
Because skylights aren’t as simple as regular windows to install, it’s important to have a professional team handle it for you. Otherwise, you might end up damaging your roof in the process. Or the window might end up falling through the home and crashing on the floor below.
5. Consider Solar Power
The summer is the greatest time for solar energy to be considered. The sun is at its most potent. If you want to save money by reducing or eliminating your energy bill entirely, then consider solar power. Because a lot of the installation takes place outside, the summer is the best time to do it. The panels can be securely placed on your roof or on your yard and hooked up to your electrical grid.
In just a few weeks, you could have renewable energy flowing through your home. Thanks to the powerful rays of the sun in the summer, you’ll likely find an overabundance of power being produced. In certain places, you can even sell that overproduction to the power company. Having solar power installed in your home can be a great investment.
6. Plant A Garden
Besides adding a pool to the yard, you can also enhance it with a garden. While you may have missed the opportunity to plant certain flowers in the spring, there are still plenty of other flowers and herbs that can be planted in the summer. Even certain trees prefer to be planted in the summer.
Your garden can offer a touch of landscaping to your home that increases its beauty and value. Besides just flowers and herbs, think about the aesthetic of the garden. One way to increase its beauty is to border the garden with stones or pavers. Even a trail way that leads from the home to the garden with pavers can improve its appearance.
Finally, perhaps you might want to include a small fountain or even a water feature. For those who are truly adventurous, you could make your own pond or stream that flows through the garden. Not only does this provide the garden with plenty of water through the summer, but it also looks great. The sound of flowing water is often considered to be therapeutic. Clearly, it can add great value to your home.
7. Energy-Efficient Windows
In the summer, you’re going to be using the air conditioning unit a lot to stave off the heat. You might be wasting your money trying to cool a home that has poor windows, however. Windows can actually let the cool air flow out of the house while letting in the warm air. A way to preserve the cool air inside of the home is to have energy-efficient windows installed.
These windows are placed snugly in the frames and are designed in such a way to reduce airflow through it as much as possible. By keeping the cool air inside, your air conditioner has to work a lot less. You’ll see those savings on your next energy bill.
8. New Insulation
Do you know the quality of the insulation in your home? While insulation is something that people typically think about for the winter, it also plays a role in the summer. Cool air can pass through a house that doesn’t have good insulation keeping it within a room. By having insulation in your walls, it’s another method for being energy efficient and shaving off dollars and cents from your energy bill.
Getting Quality Service
The summer is a great time to complete certain projects around the home. Those projects need to be performed right the first time and with quality service. That’s where HOMEMASTERS comes into play. Call them today for top-notch customer service, high-quality materials, and experienced workmanship that gets the job done right.