The so-called Dog Days of summer are upon us, and colder weather will soon be here once again. Renovation projects to the exterior of your home will need to be completed soon! If you let the nice weather slip away, the cooler temperatures just around the corner may hamper your endeavors and could even affect the quality of your improvements.
Here are some renovation projects that are tailor-made for warmer weather:
- Windows. Older windows often cause heat loss during the colder months, due to poor fittings. This results in higher heating costs and drafts that affect your indoor comfort. If your autumn caulking routine hasn’t stopped the chill, it’s time for window replacements. There are many window styles that suit every home and every budget, and these days are almost always more energy-efficient, which is a great added value.
- Siding. If the siding on your home is starting to flake and peel even though it was just painted a few years ago, it probably needs to be replaced. Another paint cover-up just won’t do. Old siding will often develop rot, mildew, and mold over time, and besides making it difficult to paint over, it’s also unhealthy. Loose siding boards also will reduce the weather resistance of your home, adding to your energy costs. New siding will increase your home’s curb appeal, and there are many styles to choose from. Traditional horizontal board siding is one choice, while wood-look shakes and scalloped shingles could transform the look of your home.
- Front Door. Your front door is possibly the most important point of your entire home. Even if all of your landscaping is pristine, an old, unkempt front door will not welcome anyone. Cracked and weather-worn entry doors will make your house look pretty dismal, and aren’t very energy conscious, either. Some professionals believe that the best front door replacements will be fiberglass/composite, while others would recommend solid wood. Make sure your choice meets forced-entry standards, and talk with professionals about potential issues, such as swelling, warping, and splitting, to make sure you make the best choice for your home.
Here at Ascension General Contractors, we are happy to help you with all your warm-weather renovation projects. Call us at (615) 750-2345 today!