Timely Fall Renovation Projects

Timely Fall Renovation Projects
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    The best time to begin fall renovation projects is right now.

    Temperatures are lower, the leaves have yet to change and holiday season responsibilities are still months away.

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Preparing your home now will ensure that it is ready before the first cold winds of winter set in. You may also find that home contractors are available, having just completed their summer projects and are now looking for new jobs to keep their men busy.

Roofing and Gutters

When was the last time you checked your roof? How long has your roof been on you house? Is there a cover of shingles underneath your current roof?

Consider this: a leaking roof can do more to destroy your home than mostly any other problem you face short of a fire, an earthquake or a flood. Inspect your roof to determine if the current shingles are sufficient to carry you through a tough winter. Loose or worn shingles should be replaced, flanging set in place, and both gutters and downspouts cleared.

If your roof is old, consider replacing it now. If you have two layers of shingles, both will have to be removed. If you have one layer, you can remove the single layer or place a new layer over that.

Prepare Your Wood Deck

Following a blistering hot summer, heavy foot traffic and regular rain storms, your deck may be ready for a fresh coat of sealant. Regularly treating your deck can preserve its look and its life.

You will know if it is time to treat your deck by splashing water on its surface. Water that is absorbed and darkens the wood is a clear sign that applying a waterproofer is necessary. Consider the various stains and wood protectors available as you tackle this project. Find a product that allows you to clean and treat your deck in just one day.

Exterior and Interior Painting

If you power wash your home now, will it reveal that the exterior of your home should be painted? If so, plan this job for the cooler weather or consider replacing your wood siding with vinyl siding.

You may also find that the fall months are the ideal time to paint interior rooms. You can tackle each room by first turning off the central air-conditioning unit and opening up windows to allow natural air to circulate. Choose a day when humidity is low to begin this important home renovation project.

Prepare Windows and Doors

Homes with older single-pane windows need to be prepared for the winter. These windows allow cold air to easily seep in and warm air to leak out.

If you have storm windows, plan to install these as the first frost of the season hits. Without storm windows you will need to install foam or rubber weather-stripping and plastic sheeting. You can also achieve improved insulation by installing more efficient blinds, shades or curtains.

Shop your exterior home needs for the fall

 

Perhaps now is the time to seriously considering replacing less efficient windows and doors with new ones. Those that meet US Energy Star requirements can keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler throughout the summer.

Winter is Coming!

Likely, there are other fall projects that you will want to complete over the next two months. These include thatching your lawn, winterizing your lawn mower, trimming shrubbery and possibly applying a sealant to your driveway and walkways.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".