Home Makeovers with HGTV's Bryan Baeumler
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So where do we start? How can we get our homes ready for the season?
BB: Now, its springtime, the snow is gone…we’re opening our doors and windows and we’re heading outside. I have some great spring tips, and the first one is a new product from a company called Eastman and its called Perennial Wood. Now, its made from southern pine, which is grown right here in the USA, manufactured here…25 year limited warranty, four great colors and it’s now available in the northeast at Lowe’s in Boston. You can find out more at perennialwood.com. This stuff is great, its revolutionary, it’s going to take the decking industry by storm. No need to have a rotten deck or a plastic deck anymore.
What else should we know about when it comes to sprucing up the inside of our homes?
BB: Head inside, spring is a great time to put your head in the attic and check the insulation. Not only does insulation keep us warm in the winter, it keeps us cool in the summer. Look in the attic; upgrade that to 40 or 50 on the r scale to stop that heat from coming through. Look at your walls as well, if your opening them up, start thinking about a spray foam it’s a little more expensive than conventional foam…but it does have a higher r value per inch so you can stuff more in the walls, its structural and has vapor area both sides to help keep those heating and cooling costs down.
Now look at your doors and windows because one of the biggest areas of heat loss in your home…air leakage, so look around the doors and windows, in between the trim, use tape and a shaping tool to create crisp lines, and use dap paintable caulking with a damp sponge to seal the areas between trim and walls. Looks as good as new and you can save 20 to 30 percent on your heating and cooling costs.
BB: Now when it comes to tools, spring is a great time to get the tools out, you’re going to be doing some work… Porter Cable has a great new oscillating tool that has a number of different bits, sanding heads, cutting heads, plunge cut, flush cut, you name it, you can use this tool for so many different things.
Something else to look at is a Stanley multi-bit screwdriver, if you don’t have the need for a big bulky drill, use it keep it in your belt, all kids of jobs can be tackled with it.
A lot more to do this spring... find a project that’s right for you, make the right decision and check out perennialwood.com for more information.
Sponsored by: Perennial Wood