- By Ed Rich
- In Doors, Gutters, Home Improvement, Lonestar's Code, Replacement Windows, Roofing, Tips and DIY, Windows
It’s been another cold and rough winter in RVA, but it won’t last forever! Spring is right around the corner, and you’ll want to start improving your home. While adding on is tempting, we think spring home improvements should start with what you’ve already got! Here’s a quick guide to some of the things to take a look at after the winter clears….
Take a good long look at your roof from the street with binoculars, or hop a ladder for closer inspection. Check for cracked, missing, or shifted shingles – these are indicators that your roof has taken damage and needs some repairs. While you’re up there, it’s a good time to clean out the gutters!
Look all over the outside of your home for damage, warping, swelling or discoloration – especially near gutters and drainage areas. If your gutters have not been properly draining, pooled water might be causing damage to your siding. When this happens, you need to address both the root of the problem and the symptoms! Fix your gutters and replace that siding.
Check for leakage and condensation around your window frames and seals. If there is leakage inside the panes of your glass, the window’s integrity has been compromised and it will need to be replaced.
Clean those windows! Use windex or other store-bought cleaner, and apply with a clean, soft cloth. Be sure to wash those window screens too… we wrote a whole blog about how to do it, and why it’s important!
Check the floors and walls around all water fixtures for discoloration/warping/sweating/swelling. If you don’t know how long it’s been since you have replaced the seals and tape on your pipe joints, then you should replace them ASAP… but we recommend you call a plumber and have a professional take care of it.
Head up to the attic the next time it rains and check for leaks that might have sprung up over the course of the winter. Obviously, if you find any, you’ll need some repairs. Also be sure to check for insect infestation and mold growth – nipping either in the bud now can save you a lot of time and money in the summer!
Basements are naturally a more humid part of the home by nature, but that doesn’t mean moisture is okay. Check for cracks and water damage throughout your basement, especially around the corners and walls, and install a dehumidifier/ventilation. Be sure to check for mold and bugs in here too!
Decks and Patios
Once again, check for warping and bending of your deck and patio boards. This indicates moisture damage and you’ll likely need to replace those boards soon. If your boards look good structurally, take a good look (above and below) for mold/lichen/plant growth. Rent a pressure washer, get the boards cleaned up, and then reseal your deck!
Get Started On Your Spring Home Improvements Today!
Spring will be here before you know it, and when it comes, you’ll want to start enjoying your home ASAP! Once the weather clears and the temperatures start rising, get a head start on getting your home up to par for the warmer seasons.
If you find yourself in need of replacement for your roof, deck, windows, or siding, we can help. Give us a call at 804-266-1717 or request a quote online!