Adding an extension, sanding wood floors or replacing a roof are a lot easier when you’re not worried about the weather and diminished daylight. And contractors are less likely to experience weather-related delays that blow timelines, making spring renovations run more smoothly.
Here are some home improvement projects to consider this season:
Replace the roof
If your roof is starting to leak or you notice dramatic increases in heating or cooling bills, it might be time to replace it. The best time to do so is when the weather is warm and dry. Keep in mind the U.S. Department of Energy recommends light roofing colors, which will keep down cooling costs and help reduce global warming. For more energy-saving home improvement tips, visit www.energy.gov.
Check the perimeter
Inspect your home’s exterior, making sure to check your siding. Mold and cracks can be a sign you need to re-paint or replace boards. Also, now might be a good time to repave your driveway. Asphalt needs certain levels of temperature and moisture to set properly. Better weather leads to better driveways.
Add a fireplace
Fireplaces are great focal points to any home, and now homeowners can double their impact by adding see-through fireplaces that can be installed between rooms or even to warm a patio. Versatile fireplaces such as the Montebello See-Through by Lennox Hearth Products can be installed between a kitchen and dining room or between a living room and patio, creating a dramatic effect. You can learn more at www.lennox.com.
“An indoor/outdoor installment is a great way to enjoy your fireplace year-round,” says Bill Wetzel, product manager of Fireplace Systems for Lennox. “After all, who wants to spend money on home improvements you can only use half the year?”
Tinker with plumbing
Because bathroom and kitchen renovations often require plumbing changes, the warmer months are best for these projects. Now’s the ideal time to expand that half-bathroom with a shower stall or to upgrade your master bathroom with a whirlpool tub. And you can choose eco-friendly fixtures from such brands as Delta, Kohler, American Standard and others.
Longer days and clear, starry nights mean it’s the season for gazing at the sky. But allergens can make sky gazing difficult for some. Consider installing skylights in your home this season.
Sand the floor
Most people think of floor maintenance as a cool-weather activity, but floor sanding kicks up incredible amounts of dust. In warmer weather, you can throw open doors and windows and set up fans to suck the dust outward.
The better weather makes almost all home improvement projects more enjoyable. So take advantage of the season to upgrade your home.
— Courtesy of State Media