If you are looking to perform any home renovations, fall is the perfect time to start. You are well-rested after your summer vacation, and the temperature is just cool enough to let you work without needing a break every few minutes. Fall is also the ideal time to perform some house remodeling projects because it indicates a change in weather. Renovating your home in fall will improve your home’s safety and energy-efficiency in readiness for the colder months to come. As a homeowner, you could be interested in the best touch-ups to perform in your home before winter arrives. In this article, we discuss some Fall Home Improvement ideas to help you get started.
Inspect and Fix Your Roof
A solid roof will ensure your house stays warm and dry in the winter season. To stay ahead of any roofing problems, find a professional to perform an inspection. They should check to ensure that your roof did not develop any leaks during the previous months. They shall also find and replace missing, cracked, or curling roof shingles. While replacing roof shingles may not be top on your list, fall is the ideal time to get it done. If after the inspection you realize that your roof is in need of repair, you will want to work on it before winter sets in. The average cost of fixing your roof will depend on the extent of damage, the size of your roof, and the quality of building materials used.
Upgrade Your Insulation
To keep your home energy-efficient, you should ensure that it is well-insulated. Updating your insulation is a reasonable investment that will pay off in reduced energy bills. When you consider upgrading your insulation, you should start in the attic. An improperly insulated attic is the main source of heat transfer, which increases the amount of energy needed to maintain a constant indoor temperature. Blown-in insulation is one of the most popular and effective ways to insulate your attic and interior walls. Compared to the cost-savings arising from reduced utility bills, the cost of upgrading your insulation is relatively low, guaranteeing you a return on investment.
Replace your Windows
In cooler seasons, heat leaking from your windows will severely increase your energy bills. Before the winter weather kicks in, you should check to ensure that your windows locks are functioning properly, the weather stripping is intact, and that the sealant does not need a touch-up. If your windows appear cracked, discolored, or cracking, getting new windows will instantly improve your home’s curb appeal. If you notice a chill next to your windows or condensation/frost on your window panes, it is time to get more energy-efficient windows. Glass with multiple panes, spacers or filler gases will reduce your energy consumption by up to 25% in the colder months, so consider these as ideal replacements.
Repaint Your Exterior Walls
Storms in summer, rains in winter, and showers in spring all impact your exterior paint. Fall, being a rather dry time of the year, is perfect for outdoor painting. The cool, dry weather allows the paint to set in and dry in record time. Fall is such a stable season, with minimum temperature fluctuations between day and night. Your paint job will neither warp prematurely nor develop bubbles due to sudden temperature changes. A good paint job and touch up can help prolong your siding and trim’s lifespan. Be sure to paint all surfaces that will be covered by snow during winter, as this will reduce damage to your building materials.
Clean and Repair Gutters
You should inspect your roof’s drainage system to keep water flowing away from your house. While not the most enjoyable activity, cleaning your gutters is necessary if you are looking to protect your roof and interior assets. During the fall, there is an increased volume of leaves coming down. The leaves and debris may clog your drainage, leading to roof damage and flooding in your basement. You should, therefore, ensure that all your gutters and downspouts are free of debris and dirt, reducing the amount of repair work you will do after the winter season.
You can use the fall improvement ideas listed here to keep your home winter-ready. If you are in Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland, contact Aspen Home Improvements for your next home renovation project. Our experts have been performing renovations for over 25 years and will use the experience and knowledge gained to guide you through your best remodeling options. Contact one of our representatives to set up a consultation regarding your home improvement projects.