There are countless things that go into creating a comfortable home you can take pride in. Weatherproofing is one of those things you might initially overlook, but it’s crucial that you take the necessary steps before British wind, rain and snow can damage your property.
Weatherproofing isn’t just about keeping leaks at bay, it’s also about making your home as comfortable as possible, offering protection from all elements. Here are some steps you can take to weatherproof your home.
Get Your Roof and Walls Professionally Checked
If you’re concerned that there might be a serious issue causing structural damage to your house, you should get this checked by a professional.
After many years of extreme wind and rain, your roof could need some repairs. It’s not uncommon for roof tiles to come loose over time, which can cause water ingress. If you think this might have happened to your property, speak to a roofing contractor.
It’s a similar situation with walls. Small, hairline cracks could be an early sign of something more substantial, so speak to a structural engineer or surveyor before you try to make any repairs yourself.
Clean Your Gutters
Guttering is a crucial and often forgotten part of your home’s weatherproofing and maintenance. If your gutters are blocked by debris such as leaves, water will sit in the pipes and freeze, causing damage to the gutter and potentially the building itself.
Gutters should be cleaned around twice a year, although this can depend on a range of factors. If you find yourself needing to clean your gutters more often, consider investing in a mesh to protect the guttering from leaves.
Check Window Surrounds
For most of us, weatherproofing is about minimising heat loss during the colder months. In the majority of properties, the main locations where heat is lost are the exits of the building: doors and windows.
Wooden window frames can expand and shrink in size over time, causing tiny cracks and leaks across the edges. These gaps can be filled with filler, but if the problem returns, it may be worth speaking to a specialist window repair company.
Another thing to mention is double and triple glazing. If you notice that a lot of cold air comes through your single-glazed windows, consider upgrading, as it can save you a lot of money on your heating bill long-term.
Fit Your Door with Draught Excluders
As mentioned above, your door is also a key area for heat loss in your home. If you notice a lot of heat is lost in this location, you should consider investing in a draught excluder.
Draught excluders are relatively inexpensive and simple to fit, and can make a significant difference when it comes to avoiding heat loss.
These are just some ways you can further weatherproof your home. Of course, what works best for your property might depend on your specific needs.
If your house requires more extensive structural repairs or you have an upcoming project that calls for the support of expert structural engineers, get in touch with the team at Martin Perry Associates.