When Labor Day weekend rolls around in September many people plan one last camping trip of the season or a family barbecue. But many homeowners focus on this long weekend not as a holiday but as a three day hiatus to complete much needed home improvement projects before the days begin to shorten and winter arrives.
Here is a list of five top projects that most homeowners will perform as they ready their homes for the change in seasons.
1) Painting and Wood Protection
Painting or finishing wood surfaces normally require warm days so Labor Day weekend is often the final time to perform projects like touch up painting of the exterior of your home, woodworking trim, deck staining, and concrete repair.
Everyone flocks to local stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sherwin Williams to make all their exterior paint purchase needs. The long weekend is an excellent time to focus on weatherizing your wooden decks while doing touch up painting.
One of the best products on the market for wood decks or fencing is Thompson’s Water Seal. Take a good long look at your deck or wood fencing. It needs to be preserved to the best of your ability through the long winter. Wood replacement can be expensive so a bit of prevention comes in handy for getting a long life out of decking. A complete stain treatment can easily be performed in a full day of your holiday weekend. What condition is your decking wood in? Will you be adding a clear stain to protect the wood against mildew and harsh weather or will you be coloring your wood and hiding its grain but still offering protection? Once you have made this decision its time to head to the store to buy the needed products.
The first product on your list will be a Thompson’s Water Seal Deck Wash. They offer several of these products that will prepare your wood surface for the sealant. Each gallon will do 250 square feet so how much you will need to purchase will depend on the space that you will need to be preparing.
Once you have decided on the cleaner that you will use its time to purchase the Wood Protector by Thompson’s. Each jug of this sealer will be applied lightly. One jug will normally do between 200-300 square feet.
Remember to pick up plenty of rollers for the project and any other painting supplies that you might lack around the house.
2) Concrete Protection and Sealing
Many people neglect to prepare their concrete walkways,. patios, or garage surfaces for the coming cold days. So when the weather turns harsh the concrete often cracks. This is unsightly and can prove costly to repair. So prevention is the key to this.
Depending on how much concrete you have around your home the project can easily be performed in one to two days. Any home improvement store will sell concrete sealer. I love any brand made by Thompson’s because their reputation is impeccable. They make a very inexpensive and easy to use concrete protector and sealer called, Thompson’s Water Seal Concrete Care Sealer. This product provides excellent care for your concrete to resist cracking in freezing weather and spring thawing. Each gallon will provide protection for around 200 square feet of concrete space.
Make sure the surface is clean and ready for application. It will only take one thin coat to offer superior protection.
It seems to be best to apply this product using brushes instead of rollers but its your own personal preference in the long run.
3) Clean Carpets
Labor Day weekend is a wonderful time for a bit of do it yourself carpet shampooing. Most major supermarkets rent steam cleaners for a very reasonable price. They all sell the soaps and shampoos needed. You can begin to move your furniture out into the garage or yard which can often take a day. Then you can spend the entire next day cleaning all carpets and allowing them to dry with the warm weather that still hangs over through Labor Day. On the third and final day of the holiday weekend you can move all of your furniture back into a nice, clean smelling home with your freshly shampooed carpets.
Just make sure to check your weather forecast to make sure there is no rain expected. But there is nothing better then starting the long winter indoors and having your carpets clean and fresh.
4) Mulching and winterizing your flower beds.
I enjoy spending the holiday weekend working in my flower beds. Its the perfect time to buy bags of mulch to prepare the beds for the coming cold. Simply head to your local home improvement store, landscape supplier, or nursery to purchase the much needed mulch to perform the task. Depending on how large your yard is this may be only a day project or quickly become a three day event.
We all have our own personal preference when it comes to mulch for winter. I like peat moss and hemlock mixed with a fifty fifty ratio. So I buy bales of peat moss and bags of hemlock. These I mix in the wheelbarrow and prepare to spread liberally throughout my flowerbeds. This will refurbish the mulch that has waned over the summer months and it will protect the tender roots from the coming extreme cold. Also when spring arrives a good layer of mulch will prevent the nasty weeds from popping up when the days begin to get longer and your plants wake up from their dominate sleep.
No matter what projects you choose to tackle over Labor Day weekend you will feel a deep sense of accomplishment by improving your home. Its a wonderful time to be a homeowner and spend the last bit of time lavishing love on your castle.
Here is the link to the wonderful products that Thompson Water Seal market. It also will direct to a retailer in your area.