When talking about home renovations, some people automatically think about kitchen and bathroom remodeling. While these renovations are important and should be done within a certain time frame, you shouldn’t forget about the exterior of your home.
Doors & Windows
If you want to save money on utility bills during the winter, upgrade your doors and windows this fall. For obvious reasons, installing windows is not something you want to wait until the temperature drops to do. Also, the sooner you replace them, the sooner you’ll start seeing the savings.
Even if your front door isn’t dilapidated, you may want to consider upgrading — not only will this boost your curb appeal but it will increase your home’s value should you decide to sell. The top styles available on the market are wooden, steel, and fiberglass.
Wooden doors have been the most popular type since homes were first constructed. Yet, other styles may fit better with the home you live in, or have the overall aesthetic you are trying to achieve. If you live in places where winters can be harsh, consider the benefits of steel doors vs. wooden doors.
Wooden doors are susceptible to moisture. It causes the material to warp and eventually rot. Steel doors, on the other hand, are incredibly strong and handle inclement weather fairly well. They are also more energy-efficient by sealing in the warmth and locking out the cold.
Besides the weather not being cooperative, you don’t want to paint the exterior of your home in the winter because the cold temperatures can affect the finished product.
Once the temperature starts dropping below 15 degrees Celsius, the paint will be slow to dry, causing inconsistent color uniformity. Also, if you are using water-based paint, you run the risk of it freezing before you have even used it. And when that happens, it is best to discard that can and buy a new one. As you can see, painting during the colder months can not only be a nuisance, but it can also get expensive quickly.
Before even slapping on the first coat of paint, make sure that the area is clean from any dirt buildup. Some people will use a pressure washer to minimize time. Though it can be tedious to remove chipped paint, make sure to do so. If you want a professional look, you’ll need to start with an even surface. Also, check the exterior for any holes or gaps and fill those with caulk before painting.
Of course, choosing the perfect color to paint your home is entirely up to you. However, the latest trends in home design suggest that some of the colors to try are Autumn Red, Spanish Moss, Olive, and if you dare, all black.
A crack today can be a major problem tomorrow, especially when you have winter right around the corner. To avoid having a treacherous driveway come spring, renovate it this fall. If the base is still intact then you won’t need to start from scratch. Instead, you can resurface the area with an added layer of asphalt.
Typically, this additional layer is only about two inches thick. However, if there are any cracks or gaps left untreated the resurfaced layer will not be even. Treat any small breaks with crack-filler before resurfacing.
Don’t skimp on these fall renovations this year — follow our tips and you’ll be on your way to a better brighter home come springtime.