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In spite of how much we’d like them to be, as of yet, our homes still aren’t invulnerable to erosion from the weather. Humans have been seeking refuge from the weather for thousands and thousands of years and still, are homes continue to incur damage from buffeting wind and rain as well as temperatures both high and low. It is fair to say that technological advances haven’t eradicated this issue entirely but they have certainly made some significant in-roads. To ensure your home is built to endure the weather, we have put together this helpful list of ways you can bolster your home’s defenses.
Opt for the right kind of protective paint
Coating your home’s exterior in a protective paint is easily amongst the most important alterations you can make. Typical masonry paint, however, simply doesn’t do enough. To shelter your home properly from biting wind and rain, you need to opt for the best weatherproof paint. The effect of weatherproof paint is twofold. Not only will the right kind of paint to prevent external influences from affecting your home, it will also improve your home’s ability to retain heat. By improving your home’s insulation, exterior paint minimizes the threat of cold and damp while cutting the amount of money you have to spend on heating in the process – a clear win-win scenario.
Insulate your home effectively
Part of defending your home against the weather is ensuring your home is able to retain heat properly too. Preventative measures range from the cheap to the expensive. Overhauling your windows in favor of double or even triple-glazing is an example of an effective but expensive alteration to make. On the other hand, using a DIY approach to minimize draughts can be equally effective but nowhere near as prohibitively costly. One such example is using a draught excluder on your front door. They are widely available for no more than a few pounds but you can even create your own from materials lying around your house if you are feeling particularly money-savvy. Bits of fabric and the ability to sew are the only prerequisites.
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Keep an eye out for areas of weakness
All of the other defenses you can possibly install on your home are rendered useless if you have carelessly left gaping holes for the weather to exploit. As you can imagine, your home’s roof, gutters, drains, and windows are most frequently the guilty parties.
Check for loose roof tiles
Tumultuous weather can unhinge and uproot roof tiles, leaving them free to cause further chaos when the wind sends them flying around your property. The importance of regularly checking your roof tiles, particularly after testing conditions, cannot be overstated.
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Regularly clear gutters and drains
Gutters and drains are another areas of particular vulnerability. Left uncared for, they can, in the blink of an eye, transform from the home’s primary defense against flooding to its foremost catalyst – and the same applies to drains. A telescopic gutter clearer can easily alleviate this problem. With its adjustable reach, it can very quickly rid the normally just-out-of-reach zone of the debris that allows water to accumulate and eventually overflow.
These are just a few of many methods you can make use of to better defend your home against the elements. As you can see, the most effective solutions are not necessarily the most expensive and armed with this advice, you should be well placed to go about fortifying your home’s defenses.
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