At the time of writing, we are in the middle of the summer season. Depending on where you live, you might currently be enjoying the warmth that the sunlight affords you, and so weatherproofing your home might be far from your mind. However, you must always be prepared. When the weather takes a turn for the worse, especially as we get into the autumn and winter seasons, your home could be badly hit by rain, wind, and storm damage.
With the above in mind, perhaps now is the time to make your home a pleasant place to be by getting on top of any repair jobs while you still have the warm sunshine on your back to make the work you have to do more tolerable. You will be glad you did once the colder weather rolls around.
Make repairs to your roof
Try to inspect your roof from down below and check for any damage to your shingles, tiles, or chimney pots. If you notice signs of ill-repair, then you need to fix any issues before any inclement weather makes matter worse.
Of course, when we say ‘you,’ we don’t necessarily mean you should climb the ladders yourself. Especially if you have a fear of heights and you don’t know how to get started with roof repairs, you’re better off calling a professional roofer to make the necessary fixes. Our local building materials supplier has recommended a reputable service provider.
Repair or replace your doors or windows
Can you feel draughts coming in around your door or window frames? If so, you need to take the relevant steps to put things right. Strips of self-adhesive foam around the edges will keep the cold air out, or you could fill in any gaps with caulk. However, if your door or window frames are rotting, you need to take extra measures. You see, not only will you be faced with cold draughts of air once the chillier temperatures take hold, but you might also suffer water damage should the rain get in. Therefore, remove any sections of damaged wood, and then fill in any gaps with filler. However, you might also want to contact professional firms such as Reece Builders/Windows, especially if your doors and windows are beyond repair. They will replace them with something fit to handle any weather; perfect for when you’re trying to relax at home.
Insulate your attic and basement
You are going some way towards insulating your home when you repair or replace your doors and windows. However, you might also insulate your loft/attic and basement spaces, as this is one way to keep the cold air out and the warm air in. Not only will you be more comfortable at home, but you will have less need to turn the heating up once insulation work has been completed. There is some useful advice in the following linked article on winterizing your loft and basement spaces, and you might be able to manage these jobs yourself. However, if you are in any doubt, you should call in a professional to make sure the job gets done properly, as you don’t want to waste money having to rectify your own mistakes.
There is always more you can do, of course. Cleaning out your gutters should be considered a priority if you haven’t done so in a while, as you might suffer rain damage inside and outside of your home if you don’t. Painting the outside of your home to further weatherproof your property might also be a good idea, so check out these exterior paints. And there might be other odd jobs that need getting on with now before the weather takes a turn for the worse. You will then feel safer and more comfortable in your home, no matter how bad the conditions are outside.