The summer months are the perfect time to finish up those DIY jobs that you have been ignoring all year. Warmer weather not only brings the perfect opportunity to work on the exterior of your house, but it also boosts your energy levels, ensuring that you can properly aerate your rooms after you complete difficult DIY tasks.
If you are looking for a project to work on over an upcoming bank holiday or vacation day, read on for some of the top tasks that you can get stuck into from May onwards.
Rejuvenate Your Decking
If your decking has been left without any care since last summer, you may find that it has started to rot, or that its panels have started to loosen due to adverse weather conditions. Rather than allow your decking to become unattractive and dangerous, you should consider sprucing it up by performing a few DIY jobs on it. The best of these include using joist hangers to hold joists in place. These can allow you to fix loose boards and ensure that it is safe and secure for your family to sit out on.
Spruce Up Your Patio
If you have a patio rather than decking, there are also many ways that you can rejuvenate its appeal during the summer months. Rather than spending your time entertaining on a rundown patio, you should consider spending time cleaning it. You can do this by pulling up any weeds that have grown beneath the tiles, sweeping any debris from its surface, and scrubbing the surface with washing liquid. You should also replace any cracked patio tiles or use filler to ensure that any gaps can be easily filled.
Fix Your Roofing
Your roof can become easily damaged throughout the winter months due to issues such as high winds and storms. This can cause problems like loose or cracked tiles, and can even lead to leaks within your home. To repair your roof, you should remove and replace old tiles and shingles, flatten problematic tiles, and use caulk and a heat gun in order to fix and adhere loose tiles. You may also be able to fix your roof tiles with galvanized nails and roof cement.
Repaint and Varnish
Not every DIY job that you choose to perform has to be difficult, and if you are looking for ways to brighten your home for summer, you should consider spending the weekend repainting your interior and exterior walls and varnishing your floors and furniture. Not only will this rejuvenate the appearance of your room, but summer is the best time to paint your home as you will be able to keep windows and doors open in order to allow your home to stay properly ventilated.
Clean Your Windows
Although many people hire professional window cleaners, it is possible to perform DIY window cleaning. To do this, you should consider making your own window cleaning agent from vinegar and water. Then, you should invest in a squeegee to clean your windows without leaving the distinctive streaks that appear when you wash windows with a paper towel.