Fall house prep more than slick paint job


JAY POWELL

As the days begin to grow shorter and the weather dips into cooler temperatures, it won’t be long before fall is upon us. With that comes many opportunities to redecorate the home’s exterior and give your house a fresh look for the season while keeping damaging weather at bay.

As the days begin to grow shorter and the weather dips into cooler temperatures, it won’t be long before fall is upon us.

With that comes many opportunities to redecorate the home’s exterior and give your house a fresh look for the season while keeping damaging weather at bay. Maybe it’s time to plant some new flowers or perhaps you have a pile of rocks out back that you need something to do with. Every project big or small can bring something new and exciting to the home, experts say.

It’s been a rainy summer, so chances are most lawns could use a little TLC, at the very least to prepare for what’s to come. When the temperature drops, plants enter their winter slumber and if there’s no room in the soil to aerate, they risk suffocating and can’t flourish later on.

Popular Fall plants

Although we can expect at least another month of hot and dry weather, one thing many look forward to when the autumn season comes a knocking is the foliage. Fall brings to mind many reds, oranges and yellows as the leaves start to change, transforming a green space into a warmer, more vibrantly colorful landscape.

“It’s not so much that the type of flower changes, but a lot of the colors change,” said Lori Shipe, owner of Brentwood Flower Shoppe. “Right now I’m doing a wedding and I’m using white daisies with a yellow center. A month from now I’ll start using bronzer colors, butterscotch, yellow and red roses.”

One thing to keep in mind when dealing with plants in cold weather is to understand their proper care. Some will die if left out in the elements and freezing temperatures, like the tropical Croton plants, one of Shipe’s favorites.

“It’s a tropical plant, which is great for this time of year and the early Fall because it can’t take cold weather. However, the color and pattern of it is totally ‘Fall-ish,'” Shipe said. “They’re just real splotchy bright red, orange and yellow and they look great outside for Fall because it’s the perfect temperature. When it gets cold, they have to come in.”

It’s time to do those repairs

Sometimes just getting from the car to the house during bad weather can be an obstacle course. Maybe it’s time to lay a stone walkway using materials you can probably find in the back yard. It’s simple, cost-effective and looks great.

Sidewalks and driveways need regular maintenance as much as the rest of the house. If a crack needs filling, now is a good time to do it. If water were to seep inside and freeze, the damage grows and leads to further, more costly maintenance down the road.

Cold weather also means higher utility bills. To save on heating during colder months, investing in new windows could save you in the long run. Using glass with multiple panes or filler glasses like argon and krypton will add comfort while cutting down on energy and heating costs.

Getting a touch-up paint job will also prolong the life of your home’s siding and trim. It’s also smart to tackle this kind of project early, as many paints and sealers need to be applied during warmer temperatures.

The home’s roof is another area that requires much attention before snow, hail and rain begin to inflict damage. Damage to a roof isn’t as obvious as say a crack in the window or pane. But the costs of not tackling it early on can stack up if it goes untouched.

The asphalt shingle granules begin to wear and can lead to interior damage such as insulation, carpet damage, mold spores, bug infestations and leaks.

When the leaves begin to fall, chances are those gutters will need to be cleaned in order to sustain the flow of rainwater safely away from your house. This can also lead to further roof damage if not maintained regularly.

It’s a pride thing

Many probably don’t jump at the idea of having to climb ladders, rake leaves and perform other routine household maintenance, but it comes with the territory of being a homeowner. Everyone would like to think that their house is their castle, a place they’ve worked for and maintained because it gives them not only a place to rear a family, but to ensure that it’s safe, warm and comfortable.

With each season, there are new ideas and ways to prepare for the weather, but one thing to keep in mind is to not let minor damages fall by the wayside, as they could lead to move exhaustive and costly repairs later on.

It can also be fun, bringing new life to old rustic areas of the house that might not get the proper attention.

About The Author

Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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