We never know what Mother Nature is going to bring us. We do know that during the summer we’re likely to get sunshine and the winter is likely to bring us rain or even snow. So how can we make our homes weatherproof so they can stand up to everything Mother Nature throws at it? Here’s how:
1. Repair your Walls
If sections of your wall render are cracked you need to mend them. The render is what protects your bricks and ensures they last longer. They also ensure your home is less susceptible to wind and rain.
If the wall render is cracked you will need to have them checked out by a professional. This is because they could be caused by structural issues.
If the cracks in your wall render are small you could mend them yourself. Using exterior polyfilla you could fill the cracks yourself if you’re confident enough to. This will help your walls to stay protected against the elements.
2. Check your Roof
From the ground look up at your roof. Try to determine if there are any missing or loose tiles. You may also want to have a look at your chimney pots to ensure they are secure. Don’t forget to check your aerials too. If you think your roof is damaged or you’re worried about it you may need to call a professional in. A new roof doesn’t have to be too costly but if part or all of it needs replacing it’s better to let the experts do it.
You may also want to make sure that your roof has adequate ventilation so your home is not too hot during the summer months.
3. Clean your Gutters
Clean your gutters at least twice a year. Debris and leaves can get stuck in them and cause a buildup of water. The water is then unable to flow properly and it could run into your home. Water that has become trapped and frozen can expand and damage your guttering in the process. Using a mesh or leaf-guard filter can prevent debris and leaves from building up.
4. Get Rid of Those Draughts
Cold air coming in through the gaps in your doors and windows can make your home seem very cold. Add a draught excluder to the bottom of your front door. When it comes to windows you could add some self-adhesive foam around the frames as they can make a big difference.
5. Check your Windows
It’s important that you check your windows at least twice a year. Window frames can rot and become worse in the cold winter months. Hire a professional to get rid of any damaged wood so they can fill the hole. Make sure you also check the condition of any window surrounds. If your windows are in desperate need of repair you may want to consider replacing them instead.
Use the above tips to help you make your home more weatherproof so it can stand up to what Mother Nature throws at it.