Some remodeling projects are best done during the long days of spring and summer. However, fall is also an ideal time for many home-remodeling projects especially ones you've been putting off. This is mostly due to comfortable temperatures and contractor availability. Any tasks done, help prepare your home for winter, especially living in a cold and snowy region like Chicago, which gets a lot of precipitation.
Get Quotes & Reserve Roofing Replacement Work
When was the last time you had your roof inspected? To keep your roof in tip-top shape, a maintenance check-up should be done once a year. If it’s been a while, it might be time to get up on your roof and assess it for missing shingles, leaks, holes, and other damage. As a roofing company, we can check the state of your roof, the vents, the chimney, the gutters and downspouts, as well as provide you with a list roofing issues, if there are any. Generally, we can make minor fixes or recommend our services that require necessary roofing work. Getting a complete roof replacement during the relatively temperate fall weather is recommended and can be done.
Work on Gutters & Downspouts
Getting all the leaves, branches and other debris out of the gutters and clearing the way for the winter’s rush is downright essential. That said, gutters maintenance is important for the support of your house. Autumn is a good time to clean out or to replace your gutters if that’s necessary, as well. What’s more, minor repairs or replacement is usually done when work is being done on your roof, which saves you time and money. After our initial assessment, we’ll let you know the status of your existing gutters and downspouts and may recommend a replacement along with the roof.
Replace Old Windows
If the existing windows on your home are allowing in cold air and otherwise leaving you and your family susceptible to the elements, then it might be the right time to replace them. Newer, more energy-efficient windows are available and can help keep you warmer and help save on heating and cooling costs. Plus, they can increase value of your home especially if you’re thinking about selling in the near future. We can look at the windows on your home and make suggestions to the brand, type and quality.
Protect your Home by Insulating the Attic
While thinking about the roof, it might also be time to look at the attic to add insulation. Insulating or re-insulating your attic can significantly lower your energy costs since the attic is often the place where warm air escapes and cold air seeps in. If you’re replacing your roofing system, we may also recommend re-insulating your attic for added protection from winter, in addition to other seasons.
Repaint, Refinish, or Re-Stain the Siding
If you have wooden siding, such as cedar shakes, then you likely know that it needs to be thoroughly cleaned and refinished every few years. Autumn is an ideal time to get this done since cooler fall weather is ideal for exterior painting projects. However, if your home doesn’t need a complete refresh then a fresh coat of paint on trim can help make your home look brand new, even without investing the time or money in painting the entire siding on the house. For example, just changing the color of the trim and shutters with a pop of bright color can have amazing results. How about changing the paint on the front door? This can change the look of your entire home.
Refinish & Treat the Deck or Patio
Once patio weather and grilling season are over, then consider taking the time to clean and re-stain or refinish your deck or patio if need be. This will help protect it during the upcoming winter chill and ensure that you’ll have a beautiful outdoor space for next spring and summer.
Lastly, winterize everything you can and are able to. For example, ensuring the irrigation system for your lawn is properly winterized, re-caulking the windows and doors to seal any cracks, applying fertilizer treatments, overall assessing your property and making necessary repairs and updates. And, we can help with this. Contact us to schedule an inspection and we'll get started before the first snowfall.
Hiring a local company can be an efficient solution to keeping your home in top shape. Look into the remodeling contractor’s qualifications, references, reviews, and payment timeline to help to set yourself up for a smooth remodeling project from start to finish.
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