Regular maintenance is extremely important as our homes often endure low temperatures and high winds, not to mention the incessant rain as well – ah, isn’t the UK a delightful place to live?
Too much exposure to harsh weather conditions can cause problems to the structure of your home, which can result in huge problems if they aren’t addressed immediately.
So, if you wish to avoid paying for major fixes that will leave a huge dent in your bank account, take some time to observe the outside area of your house and make the fixes wherever necessary.
Once you take care of this, you will sleep better at night knowing that your home won’t come crumbling down the next time there’s a bout of awful weather.
Here’s a list of 6 simple ways to help you get started with weatherproofing your humble abode.
Give Your Roof A Onceover
Starting from ground level, check for any loose or missing roof tiles. Look out for any cracks or damage to the chimney pots and ensure that the aerials are firmly attached.
You can also use binoculars for a closer examination, but don’t do anything crass like climbing onto the roof or hanging out of the window. Consult a professional who has the resources, the equipment and the knowledge to carry out a safe evaluation and then make the required repairs.
Check the Walls for Repairs
Give the walls of your home a thorough onceover as well, and check for sections that are either cracked or showing signs of damp.
If you have tiles, check if there are any that are loose or missing and if that’s the case, you need to get it fixed right away or water might seep in and cause damage. You can attend to smaller cracks and fixes yourself by getting rid of the loose material and filling them up with an appropriate product.
You can call in a professional for bigger repairs as they can help you rule out structural issues, meaning you get to rest easy knowing your home is as safe as it should be. You can also ask them to carry out repairs that are at a height to ensure you and your loved ones don’t end up getting hurt.
If you are advised to repaint, then go for good quality masonry paint. It will not only hold against extreme weather conditions, but the colour will continue looking as good as new for a long time.
Fix the Windows
Window frames that are rotten are only going to get worse during the winter months and they might start letting water in, which is certainly bad news for you and your home.
Sections of decayed wood can be replaced with quality timber and the holes can be easily filled. Once dry, sand it flat so that the surface is smooth and bump-free.
To ensure that the work lasts for a long time, resort to repainting and varnishing your window frames to protect them from the same thing happening again. If your windows are in a bad state or don’t match with the character of your house, now is the time to get them replaced.
Keep Draughts Away
To prevent cold air from entering through the gap at the bottom of your front door, fix a draught excluder onto the lower edge. A string of bristles will cover the air gap and still allow the door to swing freely.
For other draught fixes, resorting to simple methods is best. You can attach a strip of self-adhesive foam to the door frames and window edges. If your door keeps getting stuck, ask a carpenter to take a look as its quite possible that it may have slipped on its hinges and needs to be re-hung.
Clean the Gutters
Be sure to clean out debris and leaves from gutters and drains that are within your reach, so the rainwater can flow away without any blockage. If the water gets trapped, it can freeze and expand and cause damage to the entire setup.
Installing a wire or plastic net, or a special hedgehog gutter leaf-guard filter will put a stop to any future build-up.
Smarten Your Front Door
Give your front door a thorough onceover and get rid of any wrinkled paintwork. Get new door furniture to make the entryway attractive. Be sure to give a good wipe down to all woodwork including your window frames. Get rid of all the dirt and dust and check if everything is in perfect working condition.
The exterior of the house matters as much as the interior does. A house that is well-maintained from both the inside and out does wonders to increase the value of your property.
Once you have ensured that the exterior of your home is in tip-top condition, you can then get started on making sure the inside of your home is as cosy as it can be. That means getting good quality column radiators, checking that your central heating system is as efficient as it can be and considering those extra luxury items, such as underfloor heating.