Preparing for the winter starts with protecting and updating the vulnerable areas around your home. The cool, crisp autumn air presents ideal weather for performing fall home projects, so as the summer heat and humidity begin to taper off, it’s time to consider spending a weekend to update your home with some of these popular projects.
- Winterize your deck: After a long summer of entertaining, your deck will have taken a beating. Fall is a great time to seal the wood before winter to prolong its life and look. First you’ll want to sweep up all of the fallen leaves and store patio furniture for the winter. Then power wash the deck to remove the stubborn dirt stuck in the wood grain. Finally, choose the perfect sealant or stain for your deck and make sure there’s no rain in the forecast before you start staining. Start this project early in the morning and give the deck a full day to dry.
- Prevent ice dams from forming in the gutters: Ice dams can damage your roof and gutter system, and cleaning your gutters in the fall is much easier than trying to fix the problem during the winter or, even worse, have to replace the section of gutter in the spring. It’s imperative to clean the gutters during the fall so the drainage system performs at its best when the snow begins to fall. While you’re cleaning the gutters, look for any cracks and make sure to seal them with caulk before they expand in the winter.
- Exterior painting: Fall is a great time to accomplish that exterior painting project you’ve had in mind for months now. The hot and muggy temperatures have passed, so you can comfortably work outside for a day without worrying about heat stroke. Grab a brush and perform subtle touch-up projects around the trim, or bust out the roller for a brand-new coat on your siding.
- Install a garage floodlight: The days are getting darker, so it’s a perfect time to install a floodlight above your garage. This will illuminate your driveway as you take out the trash at night or when you return home from a late dinner.
- Upgrade doors and windows: Updating older doors and windows is a great way to reduce your energy bill this winter. If you have single-pane windows it’s smart to have them replaced with energy-efficient or double-paned windows during the fall. You should also inspect your entry doors for cracks and gaps; if present, have them covered with weather stripping.
When updating your home and preparing for winter, DirectBuy members can receive life-altering savings. You can learn more about becoming a member of the DirectBuy club by calling us at 1-800-320-3462 or scheduling an open house at your local club.