Protecting Your Home From The Weather Outside

The primary purpose of the home is to offer you shelter. To give you a place that’s comfortable, safe, warm, and protected from the elements outside. However, if you don’t take the time to make sure that your home is actually protected, it’s going to do a great job at that. Here, we’re going to look at a range of ways you can weatherproof your home to make sure that it’s doing its job effectively and to shield you from the cold, wind, rain, and even the heat.

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Watch those walls

Your walls are, of course, the parts of the home that are going to be doing most of the protecting. They keep the wind, rain, and everything else at bay. As such, you want to make sure that there are no weaknesses in the armor that might allow the outdoors to start making its way in with impunity. If you can see parts of the wall that cracked or even if they look like they’re standing out a little strangely, there’s a good chance that there’s enough damage to start letting water penetrate. You can repair smaller cracks with a good filler, but for larger tasks, you might want to work with teams like We Fix Cracks Wall Repair. As soon as you spot any problems with your walls, you have to make sure that you jump on them.

Keep your eye on the roof

The roof is just as important as the wall, but with the caveat that it tends to fail a little more often due to the fact that it gets the worst of the weather beating down on it. A good wall should last you decades, but it’s still worth taking a look up top once a year (or hiring a team like Brown Roofing to do it for you). Aside from general wear and tear making the tiles weaker than they used to be, your roof can be damaged by heavy wind, especially when it picks up and crashes debris into the roof. Once the roof is exposed, then water can start trickling into the loft without any restriction.

Don’t forget the gutters

If there are any leaks coming from above, it’s not always necessarily that the roof has been compromised. Without enough time and pressure, water can make its own way into your home by opening weaknesses between the different materials that comprise the home. That’s why we have gutters to begin with, to make sure that water is directed safely away from the home. If your gutter is blocked, however, it’s not going to be able to do that job. The water is going to build up and both start cascading down the exterior wall, which can wear away at it and to find a penetration point to start making its way into the home. As such, cleaning your gutters twice a year is vital.

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Your windows and doors are going to need some work

Your walls might be strong and solid, but there are still going to be some weak points that need to be addressed once in a while. Windows and doors are designed to fit snugly to make sure that the seam between them and the wall doesn’t allow the wind and moisture to get into the home but, as they get older, they are going to get less effective at this. If it gets bad enough, then it’s worth making the investment with teams like Danbury Window. Not only will new windows offer the kind of protection that yours might be failing to, but they’re also going to be much more effective at managing the climate indoors since they offer less heat transference between the indoors and outdoors. This goes for new doors, too, of course.

Mind the draught

You might not have the budget right now to replace your doors or windows and perhaps the problem isn’t so bad that rainwater is starting to make its way inside. If you are, instead, just feeling a draught throughout the home, then it might be a little easier to deal with it. The first thing that you have to do is to locate the draught, of course. Depending on where it is, you might need to make use of caulk to seal it up or to apply some weatherstripping. In many cases, simply covering the breach is going to be enough to solve the problem, for the moment.

Make sure to insulate the key areas

It’s not just about the rain and wind that you’re trying to keep out, either. You also want to make sure that you’re not at the mercy of the temperatures outdoors. There are various ways to do this but the best way to maintain a consistent temperature in the home is to invest in insulation and teams like Green Comfort Solutions can help you do just that. The basement and the loft are the two key points that people tend to insulate. If winters are fairly hard where you live, however, then you might also want to invest in pipe insulation. This is less to help maintain the temperature inside the home, however, and more to do with preventing a burst pipe due to water freezing and cracking inside of them.

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Consider getting a programmable thermostat

If you’re trying to keep a reasonable and controllable temperature indoors, then insulation is only one of the steps that you should be taking. Not everyone does it, but you should try to have your heating system (whether it’s a boiler or otherwise) serviced once every year to make sure there are no issues with it and that you’re able to ensure that it’s operating as efficiently and effectively as possible. What’s more, you should consider using a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to set a temperature that your heating system will try to match. As such, you can make sure you’re heating the home enough to feel comfortable, but your system isn’t going to keep heating the home once it reaches that temperature, which can also help you save some money on your energy bills.

Keep the ventilation working well

As well-sealed as your home might be, there are parts of the indoors that are going to get inside and, indeed, this is a good thing. Fresh air circulating around the home is vital, but you also want to make sure that the dust and allergens that can come in from the outdoors aren’t left to linger. As such, you should look at the ventilation throughout the home and how effective it is. You might only need to replace your filters to make sure that they’re catching dust effectively, but if you have any ventilation installations or extraction fans that aren’t working well, it can vital for your air quality and home health that you replace them.

Look around after rough weather

The tips above can help you prepare for the bad weather as best as possible, and do everything that you can to protect against it. However, any time you experience a storm or extremely heavy rainfall, or any other extreme weather events that can potentially do damage, you should make sure to check all of the above over again. You want to make sure that your home’s defenses haven’t been pried open by the bad weather, so some due diligence is necessary.

Don’t let your home’s main purpose fall by the wayside. Keep the tips above in mind, take care to weatherproof your home, and make sure that you’re comfortable, regardless of what’s happening out there.