Spring home improvement tips from HGTV’s Chip Wade

Chip Wade comes to us with some DIY ideas and helpful products. Chip is an EMMY award-winning host of shows such as Elbow Room, Curb Appeal, The Block, and other HGTV shows.

What are currently popular DIY projects? Chip says there’s specifically on the outside, so there’s so many people who want to remodel their entire homes with new siding; It definitely makes a big difference in the way you feel about your home and the quality and complete sealing of your building’s exterior. He says vinyl siding and things of that nature have historically been lighter because the UV light hits them, and dark colors haven’t held up so well to the elements until now. He says we have a new product from Ply Gem Home Design called Mastic Board and Batten Designer Series Siding; It has a breakthrough technology called Solar, the reflection technology that allows us to get those richer dark tones that are so popular. Chip says they even have a great visualizer on their website. So if you are curious what your house might look like, you can throw it in there and get more information.

Inside the house, Chip says one of the easiest things you can do is swap out your shower head. He says have you ever been to a really nice hotel you say wow why is this shower experience so much better than at home? lookup. Chip says you’ll most likely see a Speakman showerhead, which you can now buy for yourself. They’re available from Lowes and Chip tells us they’re very easy to install and the technology makes your own shower feel like a million bucks.

If you’re going to paint and upgrade and just touch up everywhere, Chip says you need to make sure all your surfaces are pre-sealed and have a product that he says is better than silicone. It’s from DAP and it’s called AMP Hybrid Sealant. He says it is superior to silicone in its paintability, its application on wet surfaces; It absorbs little dirt and is crystal clear, making it good for the kitchen, bathroom, indoors and outdoors, and is available from Home Depot.

It’s getting warmer and the grass is starting to peek out. Chip says we need to make sure all of our small engines on our lawnmowers, our trimmers, and our chainsaws are in good working order. He says clean those air filters but don’t forget to swap out your spark plugs with ones made for these small engines like the Autolite Iridium Xtreme Start spark plug and says they’re easy to swap out and you’ll have a season long enhanced performance.

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