Protect your home from the Spring sun

We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but it also comes along with warmer brighter sunlight! While we are usually itching to see the sun again, we have to be cautious with the possible damage it can bring. Just like we must protect our skin, our homes need protection too. To get you started, we’ve put together a list of helpful ways to cut down on sun damage to your home, inside and out.

Curtains/Shades

Yes, window treatments are an interior design element, but they serve a crucial purpose. Multiple actually. By having the option to open and close, you are in control of how much light the inside of your home gets to see. This can protect everything inside from fading. They also act as another layer of insulation, regulating the temperature of your home. Plus, quality window treatments will really up the style of a space. 

Awnings 

Technically, another type of window treatment, but awnings have additional benefits to protecting your home. Though you don’t have the exact control of how much light is entering through a window as you would with curtains or shades, awnings allow already shaded natural light in. This can be ideal for lighting, plant growth, as well as protecting your siding. Not to mention all they do in protecting against water damage, but that’s for a different article. 

Take precautions inside 

Sometimes, we don’t have as much control of the light entering our home as we would like, but we still want to do everything we can to protect what we have. For example, you may have a dog who demands to have the curtains open for her to look out the window all day. But you have just restrained your hardwood floors. Plop down a large rug where you know the sunlight will be most prevalent to prevent fading. There are plenty of ways to reduce damage without entirely removing natural light from the equation.

Landscaping 

Trees and shrubs can work wonders when it comes to protecting your home. The shade and insulation they provide is particularly important in the warmer months. They do a fantastic job at diluting direct and even indirect light. But remember that along with any landscaping, it’s important to make sure you aren’t also creating new problems. Plants can bring along with them wood destroying insects, critters, or possible damage to your home if they are too close to it.

Check your siding and roofing

Lastly, take the time to give your home a check up. Walk around your home to see if your siding and roofing are all in tip top condition. Even small imperfections can cause long lasting damage. If you see anything suspicious, call a professional to make sure your home and everyone and everything inside it are as safe as can be!

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