Today – How to protect your home from the weather
How to protect your home from the weather
How home safety conscious are you on a scale of 1 to 10?
There are lots of things we all do to protect our home. We have burglar alarms, security cameras and various locks on our doors. We are all aware that our homes need to be safe and secure and take steps towards this.
But when it comes to protecting our home, not from possible criminals, but from the elements, there are things we need to take into account.
Clear gutters are really important – if they aren’t clear, there can be a big build-up of water or ice and this can cause cracking in addition to structural damage.
Damp proofing walls is an important step to follow in ensuring your house is protected from the weather. There are several damp proofing options including:
Masonry and water repellents can provide weather protection to porous building materials to prevent penetrating damp and protect against freeze – perfect for warding off the winter effect on old homes.
Radon barrier is another option. A liquid-applied radon protection membrane, which is BBA certified, will provide your property with basic – but effective – radon protection.
You might also want to consider installing a damp proof course in your masonry walls using injection products.
Because of the extensive range of approaches to damp protection, it is important to select one that perfectly suits your requirements. You need to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each approach and consult with a professional to get a second opinion. Whatever you decide, it is important to act fast. Damp is a serious problem and it can spread quickly.
Windows and doors
As well as damp proofing your home, there are plenty of other weather barrier protection strategies worth considering. Ensuring your doors and windows are properly sealed will absolutely help protect your home from the elements. You want to improve your home’s ability to retain heat and keep water out.
Double glazing is well worth considering for its extra protective factors. It is a sizeable initial investment but it will add value to your property and will save you money on your energy bills long-term.
Your roofing does absolutely need to be secure. Loose slates can cause no end of problems when the bad weather sets in. Not only could carpets and appliances be ruined but you could also end up with extremely expensive electrical damage. No one needs that! You need to be proactive in fixing any roofing issues as soon as they arise.
Keep your home warm
Letting your home’s temperatures drop too far – even while you’re out the house – can have disastrous results. You must not let your home get too cold or pipes can freeze, expand and even burst. You might want to consider insulating pipes with lagging material.
More thoughts on how to protect your home from the weather
So, just a few thoughts on weatherproofing from me today. Do you have any thoughts or ideas on how to protect your home from the weather? If you do, please share them with me in the comments below.
How to protect your home from the weather is a collaborative post – you might also like my post on how to protect yourself when buying a house