Top 5 Spring Home Improvement Projects

June 4, 2020

 A home in the springtime, with trees flowering.

Spring is finally on its way! The warmer weather presents the perfect opportunity to spruce up your Cleveland home before the heat of summer sets in. Now is the time to assess any winter damage and prepare your maintenance checklist. What are the top home improvement projects you should tackle this spring? And how can Fairview Home Improvement help? The following five projects not only protect and enhance your home, but they also yield the highest return on investment.

 

1. Repair your roof and replace damaged shingles.

Your roof is perhaps the single most important element of your house. It’s your number one defense against the weather and uninvited critters. A seemingly minor issue on the top of your house can worsen if left unaddressed and eventually compromise the structural integrity of your attic and walls. Visually inspect your roof for water leaks, sagging, rotting boards, curled corners, and missing or damaged shingles. If your shingles are cracked, waterlogged, or mossy, then it’s time to replace them.

 

HOW WE CAN HELP: Fairview Home Improvement sells and installs architectural shingles from several trusted manufacturers, including CertainTeed, IKO, and GAF® Roofing. Their durable yet attractive shingles are resistant to algae growth, UV sunlight, gale-force winds, and color fading. Our roofing experts can help you determine which shingle option best suits the needs of your home.

 

 2. Replace your siding.

Besides adding character and curb appeal to your home, siding plays a vital role in keeping your house waterproofed and well-insulated. Siding that is loose, cracked, warped, or has holes allows moisture to seep behind it, which can inflict serious water damage on your interior walls. Be on the lookout for any dry rot, fungus, mold, mildew, or algae on your siding. Several small holes in wood siding could indicate that destructive insects, such as carpenter ants or termites, have bored through it. Old or broken siding also fails to properly insulate your home from the cold during the winter and the heat during the summer, which can be reflected in high energy bills.

 

HOW WE CAN HELP: Decrease your energy bills, reduce exterior home maintenance, and beautify your property with brand new siding sold and installed by Fairview Home Improvement, featuring the brands Alside®, Ply Gem®, and Polaris®. We will inspect your siding to determine whether a partial or full replacement is necessary and help you to choose which siding material and performance features would benefit your home most.

 

3. Replace damaged, inefficient windows.

The thawing and freezing process that occurs during winter can wreak havoc on your windows, especially if they are already nearing the end of their lifespan. Be on the lookout for window frames that are sagging, cracked, or warped beyond repair. Test out your window locks to see if they are difficult to open or close, as this can pose a safety issue. Do you feel drafts coming from your closed windows on chilly days? Does condensation develop between the glass panes? If so, your windows are poorly insulated and may have broken seals or cracked glass. Inefficient windows can increase your energy bills by up to 25%, so it’s wise to replace them with newer models.

Learn more about window replacement.

 

HOW WE CAN HELP: Window replacement is a large investment. That’s why Fairview Home Improvement installs technologically-advanced, ENERGY STAR® certified windows by Polaris®, Alside®, Harvey Windows, and Seaway. Set up a free, in-home consultation with one of our window experts to decide which replacement windows would be the most attractive, cost-effective solution for your home.

 

4. Clean and upgrade your gutters.

Remove debris from your gutters and downspouts that collected during the fall and winter, such as leaves, pine needles, and twigs. Then flush your gutters with water to identify any leaks or areas of standing water. Minor leaks can be repaired with gutter sealant and a draining problem could be fixed with slight adjustments to the slope of your gutters. But if your gutters are riddled with extensive cracks and the seams are coming apart, it’s likely more cost-effective to have them replaced rather than repaired. Leaky gutters can waterlog and rot wooden window sills, peel paint off of your siding, and pool water around your home’s foundation, leading to moisture damage and mold growth.

 

HOW WE CAN HELP: Fairview Home Improvement installs seamless aluminum gutters, which greatly reduce the possibility of leaks and are custom formed to fit your house’s exact measurements. We can also install the Shur Flo gutter guard system to prevent leaves and other debris from clogging your gutters. This perforated, low-profile protective panel fits snugly atop your gutters and filters out water while debris remains suspended above the gutters.

 

5. Replace damaged, inefficient entry doors.

Over the winter, did you notice that your front door is drafty? A poorly insulated door affects the climate inside your home, requiring your HVAC system to work extra hard to maintain a comfortable temperature. Is your storm door rusty or heavily dented? Is the wood in your entry door waterlogged, rotting, or moldy? Does condensation develop between the glass panes of your front door window? If so, then it’s likely time to replace your storm door and exterior entry door with more durable and energy-efficient models.

Learn more about door replacement.

 

HOW WE CAN HELP: Increase the security, curb appeal, and value of your home with premium quality storm and exterior entry doors sold and installed by Fairview Home Improvement. Polaris® fiberglass and steel entry doors are secure and resistant to rotting and water damage. ProVia® aluminum storm doors are heavy-duty with energy-efficient glass options. Our experts can help you choose a replacement door that is both functional and attractive.


Need help with your spring home improvement projects? Contact us today for expert advice and services!