Spring is just around the corner, and homeowners soon will be looking to repair and update their homes after the long, cold winter.
The owner of one local business, Sonny Lewis of Sonny's Carpet, spoke to The Inter-Mountain about the popularity of installing carpet in the spring and the selection of "green" products offered at Sonny's.
"People look at their homes all winter long and see things that need to be replaced," he said.
Lewis said recently he has seen a lot of desire for carpet replacements. This can be done, he said, with traditional or "green" carpet types, the latter being made of recycled materials.
Spring, he said, also is the time where people begin to receive and spend their tax refunds.
A lump sum of change can go a long way toward needed improvements.
Roof repair is another way in which people can improve their homes.
Chuck Preusch, the owner of Reliable Roofing, said the repair of roofs hasn't changed much in recent years.
"Roofing is pretty basic and hasn't changed a lot," he said.
To spot areas that require service, Preusch said homeowners can visually assess the outside of their homes.
"Every homeowner should check for damage from winter," Preusch said.
He said roof tiles may have come off or may have shifted. Seamless gutters also may have taken a beating from the past couple winters, he said.
When it comes to "green" improvements, Preusch said people can add insulation to ceilings and in attics.
Amanda Everson, a secretary at Crites Electric, said Crites is involved in spring improvements mainly with generators, which have exploded in popularity following last year's major storms and extended power outages.
"We deal mostly with automatic home generators," she said.
When the power goes out, Everson said, the generator can kick in, and - if it's powerful enough - it can restore electric to the entire house.
She said generators sold at Crites range from 8 to 20 kilowatts of power, in the air-cooled models, and up to 80 kilowatts of power in the water-cooled models.
Everson said they are powered by propane and natural gas and have the ability to restore power in as quickly as 12 seconds of initial power loss.