Exterior Projects to Tackle This Summer
It’s almost summer! With warmer weather comes the opportunity to pursue a variety of weekend home improvement projects. While you may not be able to tackle some of the more complicated plans – such as kitchen remodels or deck additions – there are many small improvements that can make your home much more inviting and functional. Spruce up your exterior with these tips.
- Wipe down outdoor furniture. You don’t want to relax on a dusty, mildewed piece of patio furniture, and neither do your guests. Wipe down wood, plastic and metal furniture using a soft cloth and a solution of mild dish soap and water. A stiff-bristle brush can be used to remove any mold or mildew spots. Rinse well. Don’t forget to clean and rinse outdoor fabric cushions too.
- Pressure wash the patio. Remove years of dirt and grime by spraying the entire deck or patio surface with a pressure washer. (If you have a deck made with composite materials, check the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning it before you start.) For surfaces that are heavily soiled or mildewed, use a deck cleaner available at your local home improvement store. Avoid pressure washing exterior siding. High-pressure washing can force water underneath siding and damage paint finishes.
- Repaint the front door. Winter’s wrath can do a number on a wood door, causing the surface to crack and warp over time. Applying a fresh coat of paint helps to seal the wood and protect it from the elements, while adding fresh pizzazz to the front entrance.
- Prep the grill. If barbequing is a big part of your summer fun, inspect your grill to be sure all parts are in working order. Scrub grates and internal parts with a wire brush to remove burnt-on food particles and debris. Make sure the grease tray and drip pans are clean and clear. Remember to clean the exterior of the grill too.
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Amy Lindholm is the Brand Manager at LP Corp overseeing all Siding brand management activities including strategic plan development, media and digital communication. She has over 15 years of marketing and brand management experience in full-service marketing agencies with an emphasis on brand development, consumer merchandising, and retail sales promotion management working with large blue-chip clients. She also has a B.S. from New York University. She combines two of her loves, travel and racing, to compete in half or full marathons and triathlons across the globe.