Now it’s time for summer Netflix binge watching to end and Floridians to emerge from indoors, and that means it’s time to make the focus home improvement projects instead. Autumn definitely creates predictable work in the yard, such as planning and planting a vegetable garden. There are a number of tasks that are less obvious but equally important in order to get your house in top-notch shape before your family makes the most of outdoor spaces.
Check all siding and trim:
Enlist a trusted friend or family member to help you inspect your house for any boards or siding that has been damaged during the wet weather in summer 2016. If a board was damaged and there is visible rot threatening the structural integrity, you should consider replacing it with a low-maintenance options.
Evaluate the state of your deck:
If fall and winter 2015 were rough on your deck, consider replacing it before the calendar flips to late October 2016. Talk to a representative from Rossi Construction, Inc. about using high density polyethylene (HDPE) recycled plastic lumber (RPL) in a deck construction project. This man-made material is:
- Moisture resistant.
- Unfriendly to bugs and rot.
Replace or secure deck railings:
An unstable railing can lead to family members suffering injuries, even if the body of your deck is still sound. This means you should check all elements to make sure they are functioning properly.
Determine if you need to replace doors:
While the weather is mild, you will also want to consider replacing any old doors with more energy efficient exterior doors. This should include patio doors, storm doors and all exterior doors without a storm door. A new door will help keep cool air trapped inside once we move back into the tropical part of our calendar.
Replace windows that are no longer energy efficient:
Did you feel a disproportionate amount of heat next to certain windows during the spring and summer? Have you noticed inexplicable condensation on these windows? Multi-pane glass will typically offer a solution to these problems. Most home owners choose to have a professional swap problem windows with efficient windows that will increase your comfort and decrease your cooling bills next spring!
Home ownership means maintaining both the interior and exterior elements of your home. With improved weather, fall is the perfect time to review, upgrade and improve your home. The problem is that replacement of siding, construction of a new deck and installation of new doors can be a difficult prospect for a home owner. Only you will be able to decide if you’re prepared to take on the responsibility of completing the projects on your own. If you frequently call yourself a master workman, then we wish you well. If you’re navigating a fulltime job, school sport schedules and attempting to get a solid six hours of sleep, it can pay to hire an experienced team to complete repairs, or plan new builds. Call Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813-436-0177 to schedule a free consultation.