Summer is right around the corner—bringing longer days and warmer weather. For many homeowners, summer means grilling, gardening, and spending more time outdoors. It also means it’s the perfect time to give your home some much needed improvements.
Keeping your home comfortable during the hot summer months can be expensive, especially if you do not properly take care of your home. During the winter months, many repairs, especially structural repairs, can’t be performed due to ice, snow, and extreme cold weather. So, before the heat of the summer starts causing some of the highest energy costs of the year, take advantage of this time to prepare.
Here are 5 ways to get your home ready so you and your family can kick back and enjoy the summer months!
Let’s get ready!
The winter months can wreak havoc on your home. Inspect your home for post-winter rot if it has wood siding or shingles. For many designers, builders, and homeowners, vinyl siding is one of the most popular choices for siding. It’s durable, easy to install, affordable, and has minimal upkeep.
Extreme cold weather often causes structural damage to your home, affecting sidewalks, driveways, and the foundation. Failing to repair structural damages, or even postponing repairs can cause additional problems to your home. All Star Construction can handle all of your structural needs, including driveway repair and foundation restoration. Having a durable foundation gives your home stability and increases the value of your home.
Prep or install new windows/doors
In addition to structural damage, cold weather can cause poor weatherstripping on your windows and doors. Door weatherstripping will reduce the amount of heat or cold lost from your home. Maintaining a tight seal around them will not only help lower your energy costs but it increases the value of your home and makes your home safer overall. Installing new energy-efficient windows and doors will save you money over time. It is also one of the best exterior remodeling projects that will give you a great return on investment.
Prevent water damage
For homeowners that live in areas of heavy snow or rain, roofs and gutters are often damaged due to the weight of the water. It is beneficial to have your roof, windows, doors, gutters, and foundation checked periodically to help prevent damage. Checking these early can save you money on future repairs.
Check your air conditioner
Now is the time to make sure your s or air conditioning unit are in perfect working condition for the summer. If you run your AC unit daily, make sure to change or wash your filters monthly to lower your energy costs. It’s advisable to have a professional inspect your refrigerant levels and coils and remove any debris around your exhausts and vents. Also, a programmable thermostat will help lower energy costs and keep you comfortable year-round.
No matter what plans you have for the summer, these important maintenance tips will help you get your home ready in order to enjoy the warm weather. If you’re getting prepared for the hot Texas heat, contact All Star Construction to schedule a free in-home estimate today!