Here at Legendary Construction INC, we want to help you take care of your home, both inside and out. Even if you don’t practice it, you’ve probably heard of the concept of spring cleaning, and by extension, the notion that there are certain steps you should take to prepare your home for the changing seasons. One such seasonal concern is getting your porch ready for summer. Outdoor living spaces like porches have their own care needs and will need particular attention during the hotter months in order to keep them in good condition for as long as possible. In this article, our team at Legendary Construction INC will go over some of these care measures to help you get the most from your porch.
- Trim Foliage- While it may not seem like it, trimming back trees and shrubs makes a big impact when it comes to caring for porches. Mold and mildew thrive on loose plant matter, as it retains moisture and creates an ideal environment for these life forms. Cutting back branches will prevent a lot of this leaf litter from hitting your porch and giving mildew a place to take hold.
- Check Floor and Ceiling – The next step in caring for porches in the summer is to check the floor and ceiling for any cracks or other damage. Outdoor structures are exposed to the elements and therefore tend to become damaged more quickly. If you don’t find any signs of damage, great! You can take preventative measures like giving these features a fresh coat of paint to protect against further wear—one nugget of traditional wisdom even says that painting your porch ceiling blue will prevent wasps from nesting there.
- Check Lighting- Most porches see the most use in the evening hours after sunset, at least in the summertime. Because of this, it’s a good idea to routinely check the state of your porch lighting—do you have enough lights to make the space comfortable? Are they in good condition? If not, take some time to address the issue, so you can get the most enjoyment out of your porch this summer and year round.
At Legendary Construction INC, we hope these tips have been helpful. If you’d like further advice, you can reach out to our experts with any questions you may have.