You’re probably enjoying the warm sunny weather, and the last thing that you want to be thinking about is the colder seasons ahead. However, the leaves will begin to change their colour and begin to drop to the ground before you know it (sorry). Therefore, it’s the perfect time to ensure that your property will withstand the changes in weather that are around the corner. Ensuring that your home’s exterior is well maintained will give you the peace of mind to enjoy the colder months, snuggled up with cocoa inside the house. The following are the areas you’ll need to check over to make sure that no amount of rain, snow, or frost will affect your family’s comfort when you’re inside.
Your basement will affect the warmth and condition of your house, and if left in a bad way, it can cause long term structural damage. Your basement will be fully, or partially, underground, so by looking after it adequately, you’ll be protecting the foundations of your property. Whether you call in a reputable basement company or you decide to take on a DIY job yourself; there a few things to consider that will affect the function and quality of your basement during the winter weather.
When there is heavy rainfall during the winter; it can gather together and begin to seep into your home if the land surrounding your property doesn’t slope away from the building. Therefore, you’ll need to do an outside check to make sure that rain will run down and away from your basement and foundations. If this isn’t the case with your home; you can always add dirt around the base of your home and create your own slope and move any water away from the brick and woodwork below. Guttering should be cleared out, and the drainpipes surrounding your building should be expelling the rain water a decent distance away from your basement walls, again, so that damp and moisture won’t penetrate your foundations.
Focus On The Edges
Windows and doors will play a major role in how cosy your house is during the colder months. Gaps in the framework, badly fitted windows and doors, and worn or rotted sealant will mean that droughts and water will be able to find their way into your home. The valuable heat that you pay for will also be able to escape through any crevice, so it’s a smart choice to take a look at the condition of the areas that let your light in, and begin the weatherproofing process as soon as possible.
Often, the weather from the previous winter can affect the condition of your window and door surrounds; particularly the sealant. Take a look to see if there is mold in your window pane seals and around the frame work; if so, it can be replaced and improved with ease. It’s worth asking a building professional to come and check what needs doing, as you don’t want to affect the security of your windows and you’ll want the job to be done so that it lasts for the years ahead.