A major renovation project sparks joy for some people – updating your home can be so satisfying. Others dread the prospect, but there comes a time when you need to make changes to keep your home looking gorgeous (and safe to live in!)
If it’s been a while since your last project, now is the perfect time to get started. Here are some ideas to spark your imagination.
1. The Roof
Your roof provides structural integrity, shelter from the elements, and helps insulate your home. A good-looking roof can also boost your property’s curb appeal. This is why it is so important to have it checked on regularly for any possible damage.
Depending on the roofing material, there may be different signs that the roof needs attention. For example, the most common roofing material is the humble asphalt shingle. Common issues include:
- Blistering – moisture underneath the shingle heats up and expands, causing an exposed spot on the shingle to appear
- Curling – shingles often start to shrink and curl as they get older
- Cracking – this happens due to age or impact damage (e.g., hailstones)
- Granule loss – granules eventually wear away due to harsh weather
- Mold and other growth – this happens during the rainy season
- Missing shingles – poor installation, high winds, and age can cause shingles to fall away
Most of these are issues that begin due to poor installation. Thankfully, there is a way to prevent these problems next time you schedule service.
Stacking layers of shingles can make a roof significantly more durable, although each state has its own laws regarding shingle stacking. For example, if you live in the PA area, you will need to search for how many layers of roofing are allowed in PA.
2. The Windows
Windows are another critically important part of your home that need regular attention. Windows help keep the inside of your house temperate and keep out bugs, rain, wind, and debris. This is why heavy-duty windows are a must – they’re a long-term investment.
Windows can be very delicate. If you live in an area that experiences frequent hailstorms or tornados, you may need to buy high-impact windows or board up your windows if there is a hurricane, tornado, or another significant weather event.
Taking these precautions can significantly increase the lifespan of your windows.
Making sure to thoroughly seal all windows is also essential. This prevents any leaks and reduces heat loss. If leaking is not controlled, it can lead to mold growth, which is extremely difficult to get rid of once established.
3. The Walls
Interior and exterior painting is another great way to spruce up your home’s appearance. After a while, the paint will fade and chip. This doesn’t just look bad – paint offers some protection for drywall against dampness, mildew, and cracks.
When a crack forms, bugs such as termites and roaches can get into your house and wreak havoc. Leaks can cause mold to grow, which may require extensive wall gutting to remove completely. It may also cause health problems if it is not dealt with.
Repainting is a good way to prevent a lot of trouble, and hey – it looks great! If you’re tired of the same four beige walls in every room, getting creative with color options is a fun start to your next project.
Start Remodeling Now!
Remodeling doesn’t have to be a chore, and it’s essential for keeping your home in excellent condition. Which area of your property hasn’t had attention for a while? Maybe it’s time for an update.