Though the Christmas Season is a wonderful time of year (some may say the most wonderful!), the harsh winter months can also wreak havoc on your home. Rain, snow, hail, ice, and dramatically decreasing temperatures are just a few of the concerns plaguing your exteriors.
In order to ensure a happy and healthy home, it’s essential to prepare. By equipping your home with the protection it needs, you can help it remain strong and allow it to shelter you and your loved ones as effectively as possible.
The following tips are simple steps you can take to winterise your home.
- Fix Faults
The cold can cause certain materials to weaken and become more susceptible to damage. Cracks and holes can grow larger and more problematic if they’re not repaired properly. Before the winter comes knocking down your door (in some cases, literally), mend any small/fine faults with masonry filler.
- Insulate effectively
A poorly insulated home will not only be unpleasant to live in, but will mean you’ll end up spending a small fortune on heating costs. Fill any gaps in doors, windows and floors using the appropriate sealants. Ensure all drywall is intact and use fiberglass wool (or similar soft insulation) wherever necessary. If you haven’t already, consider upgrading your windows to double-glazed windows, which will offer even further resistance from the cold. Rugs, curtains and door draft stoppers will also aid in keeping you nice and toasty!
- Defend Brick and Render
The next few months will undoubtedly bring plenty of severe weather. In fact, December and January are usually the wettest months across the country! In January 2016, Cork airport saw a whopping 251.7 millimetres of rainfall, while Dublin saw an impressive 118.4 millimetres (the wettest there since 1948!). With this in mind, safeguarding your home against water damage and other extreme climate conditions should be a top priority. Use Brickwork Protector, a clear coat shield against the elements, to protect your exteriors.
- Check your roof
Make sure your roof doesn’t have any damaged spots that could lead to pesky leaks. This is especially important for those living in areas that can expect snowfall in the coming months. A handyman can easily repair a few shingles or cracks, and spending a small amount of money on roof maintenance now will defend against potentially larger issues down the line. Be sure to also repair any fissures to the seals around vents and chimneys.
- Clean your chimney
You’ll hopefully be enjoying plenty of crackling fires this winter, but before lighting up the hearth it’s essential to make sure it’s in proper working order. This also goes for any heating device which burns coal, wood, oil or gas. Vents should be clean, cleared and in fine order structure-wise, with no rotting mortar or broken bricks. Dirty, ashy chimneys are prone to dangerous fires, and any blocked venting system increases the chances of fatal carbon monoxide finding its way into your home.
This wintertime will be a cosy and safe season for you and your family, provided you brace your home for it accordingly. The helpful professionals at Sandtex are readily available to answer any further questions you may have about our products. Call into your nearest Sandtex stockist for expert advice and friendly service. A very Happy Christmas to you and yours from all of us at Sandtex!