Summer Home Improvement Projects

by Editor on May 17, 2013

Bush Summer Home

Summer is here, and with it comes the opportunity to carry out any home improvement projects that lay forgotten throughout the winter. Whether it is your windows, doors, roof or outdoor improvements, it’s time to make the most of your summer and make the most of your home. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

1.       Plan how you’ll use your outdoor space

Always fancied a pool or patio? Put in flower beds or stone paths? During the winter it’s difficult to fully work out how much useable space you have in the garden through all the snow and dead leaves. Use the summer as an opportunity to design your space outside and let it live up to its potential. Plan it out thoroughly before you start building however, it could be costly and time-consuming, you might have to wait until next summer to utilise your improvements.

2.       Take a look at your windows

When it’s winter you want to keep the cold air out, and in the summer you want to let the sunshine in! Take the time to install double glazing and you will the benefits throughout the year. While it can be costly to install, the amount you save on your energy bills will cancel the cost out as well as helping to maintain the temperature in your home.

3.       Refurnishing outdoor surfaces

Summer is the best time to refinish, repaint and re-oil your outdoor surfaces, as it is dry for longer periods of time, allowing any paint to set.  This is a simple but effective task to do, and can be accomplished by even the most amateur of do-it-yourselfers. The results will make your outdoor living space look gorgeous and fresh.

4.       Roofing repairs

Before the leaves start falling again, take the opportunity to work on your roof. Chances are that your roof has suffered some slight damage as it stands up to the elements, and even a little maintenance will help prevent larger issues in the future.  If you can do it safely, check for loose or missing tiles and as well as any potential holes. Clean out any leaves or debris in the gutters, they can block them and prevent water draining away, causing damp and water damage. If you also happen to have any trees by your roof, consider trimming them. This will prevent debris piling up as well as reducing the risk of falling branches in bad weather.

5.       Painting the outside of your house

Use the summer to extend the life of your exterior paint jobs! Best left to a professional unless you have experience, the façade of your home should be maintained about every 10 years. While hiring a professional can be expensive, you can rely on the knowledge that if the job is done right, it won’t need to be done again for a whole decade. Summer is the best time to get this done, as you need to avoid low temperatures and rain, sadly not guaranteed in UK summertime.

About the Author

This article has been written by Philippa Law on behalf of Ashbrook Roofing. Philippa has recently updated her home with new windows and french doors in time for the summer.

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