This summer has flown by and now that we’re approaching September, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about end of summer home improvement projects. Our homes experience a lot of use over summer especially when we’re making the most of the nice weather and enjoying the outdoors. However, while the hot temperatures are lovely for us, heat can really take its toll on the home, so it’s important that you address any damage that may have occurred over summer before fall and winter kick in. Here are a few end of summer home improvements to consider so that your home is ready for the cold months ahead.
End of summer inspections
As the end of summer approaches, it’s a good idea to go around your home and inspect for signs of damage. Check your roof for any loose shingles, pay close attention to your wooden window frames and stairs and watch out for signs of rot and water infiltration, clean and replace your air filters to get rid of dust and bacteria build up, and look out for any plumbing issues such as clogged pipes. It’s better to get these things tended to straight away so that the problem doesn’t worsen over time.
Repair the driveway
Our driveways have gone through a cold winter followed by summer, which combined can lead to cracks or damage to your driveway. If your pavers all lifted or if your driveway generally needs updating, end of summer is the perfect time to do it as you can get it ready and prepared for the winter months. When choosing a driveway material, think about the aesthetics as well as which materials are most suitable for your climate.
Protect your deck and porch wood
If you want your wood to stand the test of time, you need to look after it. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is that they don’t regularly treat and look after their porches and decking, which can decrease their lifespan and cause cracking and rot. Make sure you sand away any surface damage and call in your local contractor to fix wobbly deck railings and prime your wood ready for winter.
Clean out the gutters
We often forget about our gutters but they are always there and they can easily get blocked and fill up with leaves and debris. Clean out your gutters before fall sets in and check for any holes or signs of damage so that you don’t end up with an overflow or leak later down the line.
If you’re looking for a contractor in Vancouver to undertake your end of summer home improvement projects, get in touch with us today!
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