Many home improvement projects are best tackled during the spring or summer months. However, there are a few that either arise because of colder conditions or make sense to do because they’re indoor projects only.
Here are four home improvements that are ideal for the winter.
Remove Ice Dams on the Roofing
When it snows, it’s important that the snow is removed from the roof as soon as possible. Not only because of its combined weight but also due to the fact that its moisture can cause damage to the roofing and internal walls, eventually. The added moisture in the home can cause mold, water stains and other damage to drywall, structures, and more.
Along with the snow, ice dams can develop on the roof, which keeps the snow in place. As a result, the snow cannot be easily removed and ends up a wet slushy mess that stays on the roof. It’s best to get professionals in to perform the ice dam removal if your roof already has this issue.
Reseal the Windows to Prevent Drafts
It’s only when the temperatures fall significantly that you may even feel how drafty it really is.
The first thing to do is to add some V-seal. This is a form of stripping to lock out cold weather. It goes along the sashes to create an improved seal. Also, when placed correctly, it won’t prevent the window from being opened to get some cold, fresh air into a room.
If you find any gaps around the sills or near the frame, using caulking that’s available from any good DIY stores will resolve this issue. It gets fed into the gap or cracks to create a new seal. It won’t be very pretty, but it can be removed when it gets to springtime again.
Using shrink film for an improved seal over the windowpanes is a sensible idea too. You can find some other useful window tips here.
Interior Painting Instead of on the Exterior
Interior painting is a great task to get done during the cold months. It doesn’t make sense to attempt to paint the exterior and brave the chilly morning unnecessarily!
If there are several rooms to paint, choose the one that’s going to be the least inconvenient at the time when you’ll be working on it. For instance, if it’s the entryway, then don’t do that in the run-up to Christmas Day. However, if it’s a study or home office and it’s possible to relocate work activities to the dining room table for the time being, then that’s a great option.
A bathroom remodeling is going to be more extensive depending on if it’s a complete remodeling project or you’re just swapping out a washbasin.
It’s also important whether it’s a house or an apartment with multiple bathrooms limiting the inconvenience of a complete remodeling project that could take a while to finish.
Another consideration is whether frozen water pipes might hamper any plumbing works related to a remodeling project. In areas where the temperatures really drop in the winter, it might be sensible to hold off until it gets above freezing.
Be selective about the winter projects for home improvements. There’s not many that suit this time of year.