When you live in a climate that can be unpredictable there are times when you wonder what you can do to make your home a little more weather-proof. When everything’s calm and the sun’s beating down, it’s easy to forget that those colder months can bring with them lashing rain, high winds, and storms, not to mention snow and ice.
Fixing the roof when the sun’s shining is an old expression but couldn’t be truer. Get your home winter ready with this short guide to weather-proofing your home for the colder months ahead.
Whether you’ve got wooden or PVC frames, intense heat and cold can certainly cause problems over years of exposure. Not only does this result in your home becoming less energy efficient and costing you money but, it also makes your home more vulnerable, with weaker areas for potential burglars to access.
Go around and check for weak or damaged panes and window putty or rubber. If you’re a dab hand with DIY it can be quite possible to replace panes and reapply putty or the rubber seal for a stronger bond.
If you have wooden sills, you should also look for signs of rot which can undermine the strength of the frame and be a danger for anyone passing underneath. Pay particular attention to the side of the house that is most exposed to the elements.
Often a big job but if you do spot some tiles missing or something that doesn’t look quite right then it’s time to get the experts in. When you need roof repair work carried out, better to get it done sooner rather than later and before the problem gets too much worse.
You might be able to secure loose tiles yourself with a little help from a YouTube video but make sure to be safely harnessed up before you set foot on a roof and always make sure to put your safety first.
That damp spot can just disappear out of sight and out of mind when it’s warm and dry but if you’ve noticed an area where there appears to be water coming in, don’t ignore it. Often you’ll find an area of your outside brickwork that needs repointing. If it’s a small job, you should be able to do it yourself but for whole walls, call in the experts to carry out this messy, time-consuming repair work.
Your home, your sanctuary. Cool and comforting in the warmer months, a bastion of protection during the winter. Don’t let those jobs that need doing stack up, get them done while the weather doesn’t require you to wrap up like an Arctic explorer.
Getting your home winter ready requires a little time and dedication but it’s well worth it. Carry out a home survey today on windows, your roof, and your brickwork and make a list of priority jobs to get done. Look forward to a cozier, warmer and safer winter when it finally hits.