Spring is a time when homeowners across the country begin to prepare their outdoor spaces for summer fun. Grilling in the backyard, splashing in the pool, or gathering around the firepit are all popular summer pastimes. Before summer arrives, though, a bit of spring cleaning may be needed. This is also a great time to make those home improvement upgrades you’ve been dreaming about. Here is a look at several popular spring projects to add beauty and functionality to exterior spaces.
Wood Deck Cleaning and Maintenance
Over the winter months, wood decks can become stained or damaged due to moisture and wind exposure. Many homeowners use springtime to make the necessary repairs and to seal decks against further moisture intrusion. Damaged boards and railings should be replaced before sealing or painting. A pressure washer makes short work of getting embedded grime off the wooden surfaces, giving the deck a fresh new look that is ready for sealing.
Adding a Firepit
Everyone loves sitting around a campfire on a warm summer evening. Replicate that feel with a backyard firepit! Firepits can be simple or very elaborate, depending on your style and budget. A circle of stones or fire bricks is perhaps the simplest arrangement. Stones or bricks set in concrete are a more permanent solution. Firepits can even be fired by natural gas, propane, or alcohol instead of wood.
Gutters and Downspouts
Prevent expensive damage due to clogged gutters and downspouts with a good spring cleaning. Over the fall and winter months, leaves and debris collect in roofline gutter systems, potentially leading to interior leaks and roof damage. Such damage can be very costly. Avoid all of that by getting out the ladder and scooping collected debris out of the gutters and downspouts. This is also a good time to inspect gutter systems for damage. Replace missing gutter supports and correct sags while you’re cleaning to ensure that the gutters can drain water properly.
Washing and Inspecting Windows
Springtime is the perfect time to give your home’s windows a good washing. While washing, inspect the windows for damage. Torn screens can let bugs into the home. Rotting trim can result in expensive water damage to the home. It is also a great idea to check each window for proper function. In an emergency, you and your family may have to use a window to escape the home.