With wind, snow, rain and ice out of the picture you can tackle the home improvement projects you’ve been putting off all year.

Replacing your windows

Builder fitting windows

One popular project to carry out in the summer is window replacement; with the lack of rain at this time of the year, professionals are able to keep the moisture out during the installation process. It pays to have mild weather during the installation itself to keep the temperature in your home from plummeting.

Replacing single pane windows with double glazing will also make you money in the long term by regulating the temperature of your home. It will help your home stay cooler in summer and warmer in the winter – win-win!

If your home has sash windows and you want to maintain their character, you can add bespoke secondary glazing. This will copy the window’s structural line and can prevent heat loss by up to 70%.

Check on the roof

With little or no rain in the air, summer is the perfect time to check on your roof. The snow, ice, wind and rain it has endured over winter means it might need patching up now.

If you want to look at this yourself, carefully climb a ladder and clear off any debris that has landed on your roof during the winter. This will also be a good chance to make sure no tiles have blown off or become loose. Just make sure you have a sturdy ladder, a reliable spotter and make sure your shoes have good grip – safety is crucial here!

Keeping your roof in good repair now may well save you a headache down the line.

Paint the outside of your house

The façade of your house should be painted approximately every 10 years. Employing an expert who has the right tools for the job will leave you with a much more professional finish.

Again, avoiding the rain and ice is key for this job and so summer is the perfect time to commission this kind of project. Indeed, most of the damage to the exterior of the house happens in spring and so summer is the perfect time to repair. During the spring, rain can damage the façade and the paintwork. Professional painters can examine the exterior for any issues and fix them before painting the home. Repairing the damage will ensure that the house looks great and is in excellent condition.

Spruce up your garden

Man laying turf

What better time to make full use of your garden than summer with the longer nights and warm temperatures? However, tempting as it is to just drag your barbecues out, blow up the paddling pool and dust off the sun lounger, there is more you can do to make the most of your garden. We like to think of a garden becoming an extension of your living space in the summer. As well as looking after your lawn and planting some new flowers, you may therefore want to employ a tradesperson to put down some new decking or lay a patio.

The only downside to carrying out these projects in summer is that everyone else has had the same idea. The wait times for firms to carry out projects might be longer than the annual average. But don’t take our word for it, get in touch with an FMB member today to have an initial chat. Whatever you do, don’t trust a building firm that says they can start work tomorrow. Expect to wait some time for a good builder and if you have to put off some jobs until next year, so be it. Don’t risk a bad experience with a dodgy firm.

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