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10 Summer Home Improvement Ideas

posted by Jennifer Erisman on July 20, 2021 in Pittsburgh

Home exterior with Pella windows for summer home improvement project

Summertime presents an opportunity to get all those tasks on your to-do list done! Home improvements are an important part of maintaining your home and with warmer weather, there is so much to do. Today we will talk about ten different home improvement projects that you can do this summer.

1. Replace your Siding

The siding on your house is important in protecting your home from water and moisture. If your siding is cracking or missing areas, it’s time for a replacement and the summer weather makes it the perfect time. You can hire local professionals to do this so they can measure, cut and install your new siding perfectly. Proper installation is key. This helps avoid any rippling or waves in the siding so that it can do its job and last longer.

2. Clean the House Inside and Out

It’s time for summer cleaning! Along with cleaning the inside of your home, you can spend time this summer cleaning the exterior too. You can use a power washer to clean the outside of your home. This will help to get all the built-up dirt and grime off your siding and other areas of your home like like landscaping stones. If you do this yourself, you can buy or rent the equipment, but just be careful not to get water in between the siding. If this seems like too much for just you to do, consider hiring a professional who has all the equipment and can do it efficiently.

3. Replace Your Roof

If you see that your roof has missing shingles, it may be in need of a replacement. The summertime is a great time to replace your roof before the winter months. You shouldn’t delay this replacement either as this can lead to water damage, leaks, mold, and rotting.

Summer home improvement ideas to replace windows with Pella

4. Replace Your Windows

Another home improvement project that you can do this summer is to replace your windows. Whether you are replacing just one window or all of them, we are here for all your window needs. One of the benefits of replacing your windows with Pella is the energy efficiency that they offer. Through the summer heat or the winter cold, your windows will help your home maintain your preferred temperature by either reflecting the heat out or back into the rooms.

Along with this, we offer a variety of styles of windows that you can choose from that best reflect you and your home. While you may be thinking that windows are an expensive home improvement project, they actually add value to your home and provide resale value so you can make most of what you spent on the renovation back when and if you decide to sell in the future. Overall, replacing your windows is a great home improvement project to do to give your home an upgrade in several ways. Schedule your in-home consultation to get started today!

5. Replace Gutters

After the harsh winter months, you will want to check your gutters for a build-up of leaves and to see if they are sagging or leaking in any way. If so, it may be time for your next home improvement project of replacing them. This is important as the purpose of your gutters is to channel water away from your home. This means that not replacing them could lead to bigger, costly problems. Along with the preparing you for the rain and later winter months, getting new gutters can upgrade the overall look of the exterior of your home.

6. Reseal Driveway

If you have an asphalt driveway, it probably took a beating from the Pittsburgh rain and snow the past few months. With hot, humid summer days on the horizon, it could be time to reseal your driveway to extend its lifespan for years to come.

7. Update Your Deck or Patio Area

Another important part of your home that’s going to be put to use this summer and has taken a hit during the winter months, is your outdoor living area. As previously mentioned, you can choose to power wash it, but make sure to do this lightly at no higher than fifteen hundred psi. You can also help spruce up your deck by re-staining it to match your style and protect the wood. Once these improvements have been done to your deck, you can begin working on upgrading the décor on it. You can go over what style you want your deck to be and what the function of it will be this summer. There are many different types of outdoor furniture to choose from along with lots of plants that can decorate the area. You can also spend time building an outdoor kitchen. This could include a grilling station along with prep and any other essentials you may need for all your summer parties.

Renovate kitchen for summer home improvement with Pella windows

8. Update Your Kitchen

A home improvement project to do during the summer is to update your kitchen. Based on your kitchen and your needs, you can choose to complete minor or major projects. You can paint your cabinets or install new ones if they need that. Another area you can work on is your countertops. You can also work on building your kitchen to have different storage areas that are smart and makes your kitchen look tidy and put together. You also have to keep the lighting in your kitchen in mind. Based on the aesthetic and positioning of your kitchen, you can pick the perfect light source for you. You can also use some of the tips listed above to pick the perfect windows for you.

9. Upgrade Your Doors

A functional part of your home that may need a little work this summer are your doors. The summer weather brings more foot traffic coming in and out of your home through patio doors, garage doors, and front doors. With more traffic, it may be time to replace these doors. At Pella, we have a range of different patio and front entry doors that are easy to use and create an inviting welcome. Our patio doors are sure to handle everyday use while providing you with natural light and a secure seal when closed. A new front door can be installed also to enhance the look of your home and provide more curb appeal.

10. Landscaping

Another great summer project is landscaping. There are many different affordable, DIY options that can make your front and/or backyard look beautiful. With items like mulch, flowers, shrubs, and stone, there are so many possibilities for your home. Another thing that you can do in your yard is plant a garden. Having a garden is another way to pass the time outside enjoying the sun and get your family and friends involved. It is also a great way to get healthy and save money this summer. Growing your own fruits and veggies gives you access to enjoy fresh ingredients to try out all your summer recipes. Overall, landscaping and having a garden is a great way to bring beauty and curb appeal to your home.

With so many different things around the home to do, it’s best to get started right away! After you assess your needs and what is best for your home, you can get started on completing these projects over the summer. Some improvements might take longer than others, but the results will be worth it!

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*Based on a 2020 survey of leading window brands among homeowners.