Summer means the crack of the bat, the smell of the grill, the touch of an occasional summer storm, and exterior home improvements!
Sometimes, the sights and sounds of your exterior go hand in hand with your project. Like when you create an outdoor living space to invite friends over for a BBQ and you are reminded that things need fixing. Or when the crack of the bat leads to a dent in your home’s siding, or the smoke from the grill invades your home through your drafty windows and patio doors. The refreshing storm can turn into hail, pelting your home’s siding, and damaging your roof. Even outdoor entertaining can be tainted when you’re on the new patio, with a backdrop of your home’s deteriorating siding that you wished you’d replaced last season.
There are five summertime exterior home improvements that will lift your spirits and increase the value of your home. You’ll enjoy them when you’re entertaining outside just as much as you’ll enjoy the view of them from inside the house.
1. Exterior Landscaping and Entertainment Areas.
In summer, people spend more time outdoors, entertaining as well as relaxing, especially in the back yard. It’s the perfect time to improve the exterior landscape or add an entertaining area. In the back yard, creating a deck or patio can turn your backyard into an eye-catching and inviting extension of your interior. It’s a great summertime exterior home improvement that will increase your home’s value and your enjoyment of the great outdoors as well.
In the front yard, any update of landscaping is bound to give your yard a facelift and increase curb appeal if you’re selling your home. The addition of texture and color to your yard or flower beds is always a welcome sight to neighbors and visitors. No green thumb? Plan for low-maintenance shrubs, plants, and flowers.
2. Replacing Your Siding
Unfortunately, your home’s siding can become an exterior punching bag for summertime tribulations. From harsh weather to baseballs, your siding bears the brunt of it. Siding repair or replacement is a perfect summertime exterior home improvement. Carefully select the type of siding you need most, depending on the average wear and tear of your exterior. Pro Homes Services offers stylish Alside vinyl siding, James Hardie fiber cement siding, and LP Smartside, an engineered wood construction guaranteed to hold up against the toughest pitchers in the neighborhood. (See what happens when baseballs go up against LP Smartside! )
3. Upgrade Your Windows
Window replacement or repair is a great summertime home exterior improvement to make your home airtight and keep the hot air out of the house and the refrigerated air inside. Replacing your windows with energy efficient options will not only save you money on your electric and gas bills, but it will also ensure there are no water leaks too. Pro Homes Services offers durable, energy-efficient vinyl replacement windows from Alside, as well as wood windows designed for beauty and insulation from Andersen.
4. Replace the Patio Door
Installing or replacing a sliding patio door is a perfect summertime exterior home improvement. Patio doors offer easier access to the outdoors and who doesn’t enjoy a cool summer evening with the patio door open? Patio doors are quickly damaged by warping or overuse and can be the culprit for drafts and broken seals. A patio door replacement is an easy way to restore your home’s beauty, keep utility costs low, and increase the likelihood of using the grill. Pro Homes Services offers many kinds of high quality vinyl patio doors from Alside, as well as timeless wooden sliding doors from Andersen.
5. Replace the Roof
Summertime in the Midwest can offer rough weather, from strong winds to hail and unbearable heat. If you’re contending with a leaky roof or missing shingles, summertime is the right time to make your repairs or replace your roof altogether. Or, sometimes you home needs a facelift from the top down. There are plenty of new roofing materials that can help you achieve a fresh look. Not only will improving your roof increase your property value but it will add to your overall curb appeal. Taking care of your roof will ensure safety, security, and be one less project to “kick down the road.” Pro Homes offers many roofing options from GAF, Owens Corning and Malarkey.
Summertime exterior home improvements are a great way to update your home and bask in the glow of its beauty. Pro Homes Services can help guide you through the best projects for your time and budget. Give Pro Homes Services a call today and let’s make this a beautiful summer. Call us at (630)790-0800.