1. Don’t Have It? Build It!
While it seems an odd time to start an outdoor project, spring provides the perfect weather to build that dream patio you’ve always wanted, craft those garden planters for spring, or construct a patio fountain that’s sure to capture your spring guest’s attention. The temperatures are mild, the products are on sale, and schedules tend to hit a lull as spring limbos between summer vacations and winter holidays. Try forging a new outdoor look with the assistance of professional landscapers from Birch Mountain Earthworks (and its likes) and anticipate a spring unveiling that could turn heads.
2. Clean and Seal Patios
When the time comes to pack up the backyard fun and bunker down, home improvement contractors recommend a few more chores in order to prepare for a better spring. First, clean and store patio furniture to protect it from the winter elements and reduce the amount of work needed to refurnish in the spring.
Next, bring planters and flowerpots indoors for the winter as cold temperatures could cause them to crack or shatter. And, lastly, home improvement contractors will tell you that protection from moisture that melts and freezes throughout the winter is the key to a beautiful patio come spring. The best temperature for staining and sealing your patio or wood deck is around 50 degrees. Spring provides the optimal time frame to take advantage of this fact as temperatures are mild and the air becomes drier.
3. Inspect and Guard Your Gutters
Home improvement contractors suggest that homeowners thoroughly inspect gutter systems to detect any cracks, clogs, or deterioration that might not make it through the cold, windy, and ice heavy season. Cleaning out your gutters now will also prevent excessive buildup of organic material that can spill over and onto your newly cleaned patio. Organic debris is not only a pain to pick up but can stain and ruin the appearance of your patio.
4. Make Repairs
Before water seeps into patio cracks, freezes, and creates an even bigger problem come spring, repair cracks while the temperatures are prime for doing so. Sealants, cement, and epoxies perform best in dry temperatures. You’ll also want to check for holes or depressions caused by root growth, water, or uneven surface stress. Spring is also a prime time to replace those out-dated patio doors for a newer model with winter guards that keep heat in and cold out. Whilst you are carrying out improvements, you might want to look at getting something like faux panels to boost the appearance of your home and complement your patio.
5. Create a Spring Friendly Environment
Finally, it’s easy to forget just how enjoyable spring weather can be when you’re busy preparing for the cold front that’s just around the corner. But before you pack up the outdoor fun for the year, take a few weeks to enjoy the last of beautiful autumn days. Add lights to railings and steps to allow for safe and ambient entertaining despite an earlier setting sun.
Create a seating area around a fire pit, fireplace, or chiminea, and invest in thicker seat cushions to keep friends and family warm when the temps start to dip. Lastly, with football season in full swing, don’t cover up the grill just yet. It’s the perfect excuse to draw people outside just a few more times before winter.
Before you call it quits and give in to this year’s freeze, take some time to enjoy what’s left of warmer days and prepare for a grand opening next spring. Build while the temps are cool and the prices are low. Clean and seal decks, inspect and prepare gutter systems, and repair patio cracks before winter worsens them.
Joe LeVecchi’s construction career started early on when designing tree houses in his backyard. It’s no surprise that his passion in design and remodeling was the fuel to start Exterior Medics, a home improvement contractor in Norther Virginia. To read more of his tips on exterior renovations, visit the Exterior Medics blog.