Tackle Fall Home Improvement
Projects Now to Improve Your Home
As summer fades away, now's the time to start fall home-improvement projects,
like caulking windows, exterior painting, or even building a backyard patio.
Online shoppers can design a window or door using a product configurator to
help choose stylish products for their home.
Spruce up your home with weekend projects
Start with the focal point of your entryway: the door. Paint or refinish a
scratched or faded door, and dress it up with new hardware. Is the door leaky,
drafty, broken or just plain worn-out? It's probably time to replace it with a
new energy-efficient ENERGY STAR-qualified door. There are many popular and
durable choices available like fiberglass, economical steel or natural wood
options. Weigh your options and picture how your new door will fit your home.
Next, spruce up your yard's landscaping by trimming overgrown shrubs and trees.
Install outdoor lighting to enhance your home's architecture and light the
walkway. Finally, add a few fun finishing touches, like a new welcome mat,
potted mums or a fall-inspired wreath on the door.
Build a patio or add a new patio door
Use flagstones or bricks to build an outdoor patio in a weekend. Buy potted plants,
outdoor seating and tables at end-of-summer prices to create a peaceful
Need a new patio door? You can install a new patio door in a weekend or let
some pros do it for you. Look for doors with retractable screens that help keep
insects out, as it allows more light into your home and stays protected from
kids, pets and the weather when not in use.
Replace drafty windows, save energy
Replace old windows, especially those that face prevailing winter winds, with
new high-efficiency windows. If your home features single-pane windows, replace
with more energy-efficient double- or triple-pane options with insulating glass
for greater energy efficiency.
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