Plan ahead for big summer home-improvement projects

 Plan ahead for big summer home-improvement projects

The warmer months offer the ideal environment for outdoor work. Because of this, many professionals get booked up quickly. Think about these top summer home improvement projects, and call your pro before they get too busy.

  • Repair or replace your roof: $350-$1,500 to repair; $5,400-$12,000 to replace

Many roof repairs are best done during the summer, which may make it hard to find a pro this time of year. Still, if your roof needs fixing, this is the right time to do it. Many roofing materials require higher temperatures to seal, and the summer sun offers the perfect source.

If you’ve had recent storms or damaging bad weather, hire a roof inspector to check it out and catch problems early. You’ll pay an average of $200 for this service, but it’s well worth it to avoid the major issues that can come from a faulty roof.

  • Re-stain deck and fence: $550-$1,300

Keep your deck and fence looking like new! Protect exterior wood from the elements with a new stain and finish. Experts recommend reapplying stain or finish every few years for the overall health and longevity of your deck and fence. Staining and sealing protects wood by repelling damaging water while allowing the wood to breathe. Invest in quality sealant — the lower-priced options tend to be thinner and less durable.

While you’re at it, inspect your deck for extruding nails, broken boards or loose railing, and look for loose or damaged panels in your fencing. Fixing these problems now will help avoid more…

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