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Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 by Kal Aldrich
With summer behind us, trees turning colors, and colder temperatures approaching, we think of the fall season as the time for football, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and sweater weather. However, it is also a time for renovation, making it the season to take care of home improvement projects to prepare for the winter. Outdoor and indoor projects are great for fall because it is not too hot and not too cold- making it easier on yourselves, as well as the contractors. Here are four reasons why fall is the best time to start your home improvement project.
1. Contractors have more availability
When it comes springtime, it can be challenging to schedule an appointment or project with your preferred contractor of choice because of how busy they are. Most homeowners are eager to have their project done as soon as possible, so many will schedule their project right at the beginning of spring. Jordan Spear, a contractor out of Toronto says, “Contractors are sometimes less busy during the fall and winter months, so while you may not get a discounted quote, you may be able to get that project completed earlier.” Many contractors, including American Waterworks, already have projects on the calendar so it is important to schedule your project as soon as you can.
Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and North Dakota winters can be brutal to a home. Completing house repair projects before snow flurries can prevent major setbacks and headaches. Easy responsibilities such as cleaning out your gutters and window wells can prevent ice build-up or flooding during the winter. Spear explains, “Sealing up holes and cracks in your driveway or patio can prevent water from entering and causing settlement, heaving, or degradation when the water freezes.” The same can be true for your foundation because the dramatic changes in temperature can cause the soil surrounding the foundation to expand and contract. To prevent problems like this at your home, give American Waterworks a call today to schedule your free estimate.
Some homeowners think that caulk or weather strips can fix their deteriorating windows. In most scenarios, that will not fix the problem and it will only temporarily help. Looking into replacing your windows before the cold weather is a great project to have done in the fall, and will make your home healthier and more energy-efficient. Here are some signs that you may need new windows:
- If you have had them for more than 15 years
- If frost or condensation is visible on your windows
- If the glass is hot in the summer and cold in the winter when you feel it
- If the window frame is rotting or cracking
At American Waterworks, we install egress windows and basement windows- both of which are vinyl-framed, double paneled, and energy-efficient. Give us a call today to schedule your FREE inspection and quote.
Homeowners should address when they notice heat loss in their homes and/or high energy costs. Spear says, “Adding or replacing insulation is one improvement that will save you money in the long term and naturally provide heat to your home.” Since some old homes have a shortage of insulation in their walls, fall is a good time to add that rather than in the cold temperatures of winter. Loss of heat through the floor joists can also lead to a weak support system for your home and can cause foundation problems. At American Waterworks, we provide support beams, spray foam, vapor barriers, insulation, and wall panels for problems like that which keeps the cold air out and the warm air in.
By taking the time now to plan for your home repair project, you will allow yourself time to choose the right solution for your needs, and get the right contractor hired so that you are ready to go when the time comes. Reach out to us today to schedule your FREE estimate and inspection with one of our experts.
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