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Top spring home improvement projects

I keep hearing meteorologists say spring is only 40 days away. It is hard to comprehend this notion for many of us Midwesterners due to the painfully cold and snow heavy winter we have had. With spring just around the corner here is a list of top home improvement projects that you should consider having done as soon as the snow thaws.

  • Roof replacement or repair: This year’s record cold and snowfall takes a toll on the exterior of your home, especially your roof. Your roof could have received damage such as losing shingle granules, moisture seeping in between the cracks and creases or damage from an ice dam problem. You should have a reputable contractor come out and inspect your roof for signs of disintegration, curling or peeling of your shingles. Your roof is one of the first lines of defense when it comes to severe weather.
  • Don’t put off getting new rain gutters one more year: If you don’t have any rain gutters on your home, it is completely defenseless against the raging rainstorms that can occur in the Midwest. If you don’t have gutters at all, you risk rain eroding the soil around you home, which can leak into your basement. If you still have traditional gutters on your home it is essential to clean out the organic debris that has accumulated in them over the last season to avoid overflowing. If you are ready to experience the modern age of a one-piece seamless gutter system LeafGuard gutters are the only gutter system to receive the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.
  • Inspect your deck: Beautiful cedar decks are very popular and are a point of pride for a lot of homeowners. Inspect your deck for any rotting or warped boards. Examine the stain on it to see how it weather the cold winter and if you think your deck is in need of full replacement consider using composite decking. It has taken the deck industry by storm, now surpassing cedar decking installation, and requires minimal maintenance if any at all.
  • Spruce up your siding: Your siding plays an important role in protecting your home during the harsh winters just like your roof does. If it is time for an update to add more curb appeal there are several options to choose from. Wood, vinyl and steel siding offer several benefits. Weigh the pros and cons before choosing the material in which you side your house with. Keep in mind the maintenance factor associated with wood siding. You will have to paint the wood to maintain a fresh look.

Lindus owns Lindus Construction, which is a remodeling company in Baldwin, Wis. Read his home improvement AreaVoices blog at

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