Friday, June 9, 2017

When To Weatherproof: Jobs To Tick Off While The Sun's Shining

When it comes to weatherproofing, you may assume that you need to bulk of the work in the fall or winter months, but you’d be wrong. The summer is actually a perfect time to take advantage of long, dry days and get your home sorted in time for the arrival of cooler climes. If you’re keen to plan ahead, here are some jobs you should tick off while the sun’s shining.

Roofing work

If your roof is in dire need of attention, it’s probably best to get it seen it to as quickly as possible. If the roof needs repairing in the coming months, rather than urgently, summer is a good time to schedule a visit from your local roofer. Nipping problems in the bud will reduce the risk of the situation becoming more costly and complex, and there’s a much higher chance of getting the job done swiftly when experts don’t have to contend with delays brought about by adverse weather. If you do have problems with the roof, and you’re dealing with the odd leak from time to time, it’s best to act now. When heavy rain arrives later in the year, minor leaks could soon become a much more inconvenient issue, and your home may suffer water damage. If you’re looking for a roofer, ask friends and family for recommendations, read reviews online, and arrange for a few firms to visit and give you a quote. This way, you can compare prices before you make a decision.


Replacing windows and doors

When you’re freezing cold, and it’s bucketing down, the last thing you want is to be without windows and doors. If you’re planning to replace old windows or revamp your home with some new doors, it’s a good idea to do these jobs in the summer when it’s warm and bright. If you’ve got your new windows and doors in place, you’ll be snug and cozy by the time the dark days of fall arrive. When you’re shopping for windows, take your time to choose a style that suits your home and think about energy efficiency. If you opt for energy efficient windows from services like RBA window replacement, you could save money on your heating bills. Visit some showrooms or do some research online. If you don’t want to replace the windows, but you do want your home to hold more heat, you could consider alternatives like adding double or triple glazing.

Varnishing

If you have wooden siding, a wooden porch or fences, gates and sheds made from wood in the garden, now is the time to grab a pot of varnish and a brush, and give every piece of wood in sight a coat. Varnishing takes just a few minutes, but it could add years to the life expectancy of your home and outdoor furniture and features. Follow the instructions on the packaging, and refresh periodically. If you don’t weatherproof your home, there’s every chance that the weather will take its toll, and you’ll end up replacing items sooner than you anticipated.


Clearing the gutters

You may not worry about gutters filled with leaves and dirt now, but come the fall, it may be a different story. If your gutters are overflowing, torrential downpours could wreak havoc. While it’s warm, tackle your gutters, clear them out, and then you’ll be ready for when rainy days arrive. If you don’t fancy clambering up a ladder, look for local firms that offer maintenance services. Blocked gutters can increase the risk of water damage and flooding. If the guttering is old, it may be worth replacing it. You may end up spending more on getting people in to clear it on a regular basis than you would investing in new guttering.



When the skies are blue, and the sun is beating down, weatherproofing may be the last thing on your mind. We usually associate home maintenance jobs with prepping for winter, but it’s never too soon to start gearing up for change. Take advantage of the long, warm summer days, and you’ll be set for the winter. Taking precautionary measures, like checking the gutters and varnishing sheds and fencing could also save you a lot of money in the long-run. If you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty or you haven’t got time, have a look for local maintenance firms or seek expert advice if you’ve got roofing issues or you’re looking into replacing old windows or doors. Spending a bit of time weatherproofing now will make all the difference, and you won’t regret it when you’re comfy and cozy this winter.

xoxo,
Therese
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