(WTNH) – Spring has sprung and there are few key things every homeowner should do now to freshen up their home for the season. George Yost, owner of Yost Home Improvements in Waterford, has been working in the home improvement industry for more than 45 years. His company was started by his father in 1961 and continues to operate as a family business today. Yost recently stopped by CT Style to share a few tips to freshen up your home’s look.
One great way to brighten your home from old-man-winter’s gloom is to clean your windows. If you live near the shoreline, this is especially important. Salt spray from the shore can reach homes up to five miles away. Windows can easily be damaged from the salt if they’re not cleaned regularly. Yost says you can wash them the standard way with paper towels and glass cleaner or you can use a telescoping rod containing a window scrubber and a squeegee, to clean a window’s exterior right from the ground.
For those who have insulated glass but can’t seem to clean it, it may be because your glass has “failed.” That occurs when the seal on your window has opened, allowing water between the two panes of glass. Once the water gets inside, it dries leaving a residue of minerals that eventually turn white. If this has happened in your home, you have a couple of options. First, you can call your window contractor to see if your windows are still under warranty, or second, you can replace the insulated glass or the complete window.
Yost also stresses the importance of cleaning out your gutters. If your gutters aren’t working properly, it can cause rot, deterioration, and even pooling. Yost recommends cleaning out your gutters in the spring as well as in the fall. Inspect your gutters and make sure they haven’t been damaged by the winter storms and they are not pulling away from your fascia board. If your gutters aren’t working properly, water will spill over and causing deterioration on the fascia boards, windows and siding below. It can even create ponding near your foundation, which could then make its way into your basement. A little attention to your gutters now can save you hundreds or ever thousands of dollars in the long run.
Now that you’ve checked your gutters, look below them at the side walls of your house. If you see any rotten wood, replace it. If paint is peeling, scrape and prime the bare wood area and apply a fresh coat of paint. If you’re tired of the peeling paint, consider maintenance-free vinyl siding. Vinyl siding has come a long way. If you choose a quality product that’s installed properly, Yost says you can’t tell the difference between wood and vinyl. On top of that, vinyl siding adds insulation to your home and increases its value.
Yost’s last tip is to look around your yard to find old plastic chairs, flower pots, planters or even your children’s plastic playhouse. If they’re looking faded and weathered, don’t throw them out. There is now spray paint available that bonds to not only wood and metal, but also to plastic. Yost says with all the colors available you’re only limited by your imagination.
To learn more, watch the video above. For more information about Yost Home Improvements, visit YostHomeImprovements.com or call 860-442-8032.