While the UK has calmer weather conditions than many nations, we still get plenty of bad weather that can cause significant damage to our homes. So properly protecting your home is something to act on sooner rather than later. Not only is this crucial for those living inside but also an important task if you have spent time and money making luxurious additions to your home, such as installing stylish wheelchair lifts and luxury home offices. Think what a shame it would be to have all that hard work ruined because you hadn’t taken the proper precautions against the elements. From flooding and snow to cold weather and perpetual rain, this article provides advice for how to protect your home from extreme weather.
Maintain and fix your roof
Having a well-maintained roof could hardly be more important, after all, it is the first barrier between you and the elements. If you have been living in your home for a while, its probably a good idea to give your roof a good look over, making sure that it is in tip-top shape before any nastier weather arrives. From hidden holes to loose tiles, there could be a number of things that need tending to – just think about the battering your roof has been taking since it was last looked at.
Stan, a handyman from Canada, known as The Ancaster Handyman, says he gets asked to fix peoples roofs himself but advises this is a job for a professional roofer: “Your roof is your main protection from the elements. It is money well spent to call a roofer who can guarantee your roof.” While having your roof fixed (or even replaced) by a professional is something to consider, in the meantime you can do things like keep gutters clean and replace roof tiles. Your roof will thank you when the next storm comes around.
For those of us unfortunate enough to live in an area prone to flooding, it can be a truly stressful and scary situation. We’ve all seen the footage of houses destroyed due to water and while those living near a riverbank can never be 100% safe, there are things that can be done to stack the odds in your favour. Raising your door’s threshold, utilising sandbags, fitting water pumps, inflatable flood gates, sealing floors from water damage and installing flood barriers are just some solutions.
Flood Protection Solutions is a leading flood protection company in the UK and has a range of products available for your home. This includes their aluminium flood barriers that can be installed in doorways and gates: “The Nautilus 200 and 400 flood barrier systems are robust watertight aluminium flood barriers which can be quickly and safely deployed before a flood. Once the flood has passed, it is easily dismantled and stored away, ready for the next event.”
Keep your heating on a timer
It’s important to turn your heating on now and then, even if you don’t feel you need it, as at least you will know it works and your boiler is operating properly. The last thing you want is to need it and for there to be an issue when it’s freezing cold. It’s also a good idea to keep your heating on an automated timer, so it comes on regularly. By simply having your heating come on for one hour a day, you can prevent your pipes from freezing up and causing internal flooding. Like with many things in life, if you don’t use something, this is when it normally stops working.
Replace your windows if necessary
When the weather gets cold and the wind picks up to dangerous speeds, you will be thankful to have sturdy windows in place without any draughts creeping in. Unfortunately, windows don’t last forever so even if you have had great windows fitted in the past, it might be time to replace them or at least have them resealed. Window company Everest say that homeowners should be on the lookout for draughts, functionality issues, condensation, and any cracking around the frames, also explaining that “Moisture leaks and damp can in extreme cases potentially cause serious damage to your property.” So, stay vigilant and get those windows sorted if they aren’t up to scratch.
Use weatherproof wall coatings
It rains a lot in the UK and over time all that water can cause lasting damage to the exterior of your house, not only ruining the paint but causing more serious structural damage. From porous walls and damp to erosion, cracking and mould, there are numerous dangers that come when your walls are not weatherproof. Therefore, it’s a good idea to take steps to protect the exterior walls of your home. This can be done by utilising weatherproof wall coatings.
Specialists Never Paint Again, can offer this solution, and share that just using a coat of paint will not be enough as it “offers no protection from the elements at all and can actually hide serious problems underneath the paint, such as damp, cracked bricks, hollow rendering and major cracks.” Describing how the coating works, they say: “It’s like a breathable ‘skin’ allowing moisture OUT but not letting it back in again; a wraparound, seamless wall covering system that goes on and on protecting, requires no upkeep or repainting.”
Cut back at-risk tree branches
If you have a garden or grounds around your property, it’s a good idea to get outside and inspect the trees that surround your home and garage. If a storm hits with high winds, any branches that are hovering over roofs can cause some major damage. Therefore, its best to be pro-active and cut back any at-risk branches before it’s too late. If you have access to a ladder and know how to use a chainsaw this can be accomplished personally, however, for hard to access trees and those without experience or ability, calling in a professional is always the best solution. It’s all very well trying to protect your home but only if you don’t hurt yourself in the process.
How to protect your home against the weather
- Maintain and fix your roof
- Prevent floodwater
- Keep your heating on a timer
- Replace your windows if necessary
- Use weatherproof wall coatings
- Cut back at-risk tree branches
We hope you have found this article useful and that the tips above have given you some ideas about how you can protect your home against extreme weather. With a bit of preparation and a pro-active approach, you can limit a lot of potential damage and protect the home you have worked so hard to create.
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