While spring and summer are popular times to tackle DIY, there’s no need to put your projects on hold when the weather cools down.
The DIY experts at Kennards Hire suggest six indoor projects you can tackle over the cooler months that won’t take more than a few days, can be done in any weather, and will help make your home ready for those cosy nights in.
Now is the ideal time to make sure your insulation is up to par, so you can keep those winter drafts out and say snug until spring. A bit of time spent vacuuming your old insulation and installing new batts can make for a warmer, more comfortable house during the cooler months.
2. Sanding or grinding floors
Sanding and sealing timber floors or grinding concrete floors can give your home a whole new lease on life. The cooler months can also be tough on floors as more grit and dirt gets tracked in, which can in turn lead to damage to your surfaces. The right sander or grinder can make easy work of the job and leave your floors gleaming and smooth for sealing, polishing or tiling.
3. Floor polishing
Floor polishers are a versatile machine that can help make your concrete or timber floors shine. Polishers come with a variety of pads to scrub, clean, buff and polish your floors. Simply mop the floor first, and then use the floor polisher over the wet floor.
A fresh coat of paint can give any room a lift or a completely new look. If you do it by hand using brush and roller, it’s a workout all by itself. Alternatively consider an airless paint sprayer. The benefits of using an airless paint sprayer include better coverage, less wastage and faster drying times in the cooler weather. You can also speed up the drying process with a fan or heater.
Tiling is a great cool-weather job that produces satisfying results for a day or two of work. Light demolition hammers are perfect to remove wall tiles, or if it is floor tiles you’re taking up, you can use a heavy hammer mounted on a trolley for easy manoeuvrability. If you need to level a concrete floor after removing tiles, a concrete grinder is the right tool for the job. It’s also great if you have a painted concrete floor you’d like to strip.
6. Ceiling work
Are those hard-to-reach windows and high ceilings looking a bit dusty? Now is a great time to get on top of those out-of-the-way places to brighten up your home and let a little light in. Safety is an important consideration when you’re working at any kind of height. While you might think scaffolding is only for big construction sites, it comes in a range of different sizes and can be ideal for smaller home projects.