3 Projects To Do To Prepare for Spring


After the harshness of winter, your house could probably use some TLC. So what should top your list? We recommend you start with the 3 areas that Old Man Winter seems to be the hardest on or show you what you need most: Windows, Fencing, and Gutters. Whether it’s a replacement, repair, or brand new, these will need the most attention going into spring.

If you felt a draft or two this winter while inside your home, the culprit could have been your windows. If the draft is significant, it could be time to replace them and repair any other damage done by winter. New windows will not only help keep the heat in next winter but keep your air conditioning from escaping your home this summer as well. It’s always a good idea to have a professional check for mold and mildew to make sure the moisture from melting snow and rain isn’t causing mold and rot. New windows can also increase the value of your home if you’re looking to move in the next few years as well. Not a fan of cleaning windows? Installing new gives you a chance to find windows with easy-clean features, such as between-the-glass blinds. You can also keep out the noise with Pella’s laminated, triple-pane or sound control glass.

Fencing is actually helpful year round, but this time of year is good to get it installed. Besides the obvious use for privacy or to mark property lines, fencing can help keep your yard a little cleaner. If you opt to install a privacy fence, you’ll have a great way to keep blowing debris and even additional snow from piling up. Your fence will act as a wind block and keep items that weren’t yours in the first place out so you don’t have to dispose of it! They are also a great noise barrier so whether your neighbors are outside having a party or you are, you won’t disturb each other as much. The best part - fencing has little to no maintenance each year. A wood privacy fence may occasionally need varnish to protect it from the elements. An aluminum may just need its fasteners tightened. Just like windows, fencing can add value when it comes time to sell your home.

If your home has old gutters or hasn’t had them installed, now is the time. Gutters help eliminate dangerous icicles from forming and help when the snow on your roof and surrounding trees starts to melt. You can also help your basement from all the spring rain by redirecting the water elsewhere. Gutter downspouts help keep the soil stabilized around your house, helping prevent leaks and foundation problems. You can also prevent erosion around your landscaping and turf when you redirect the flow as well. Gutters also help preserve your exterior doors and garage overhead doors. One area many people don’t think about as a benefit of gutters is that they help guard against mold. By reducing the amount of water that can seep into your home through the siding and to your drywall, you help avoid mold from growing and thriving in a humid and not well-ventilated area.

If your list continues to grow with spring projects, let us help with your home’s maintenance and improvements. From windows and gutters to decks and patios, we want to help make spring even brighter and your summer more relaxing this year. Trust our more than 35 years of construction experience to get the job done right the first time. Give us a call today!

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