Your home is precious property that you want to keep safe from damage. Unfortunately, your home is also unavoidably exposed to natural elements like rain, wind, hail, and the sun, all of which will affect your house’s exterior if you do not take the proper precautions. The following are some of those precautions that can protect your home from those forces of nature!
Keep Water Out
First of all, take inventory of your home’s exterior: are there any broken or cracked areas of your siding, any exposed wiring, caulk or pipes, or spots where rot has spread (even on the roof)? Check vulnerable areas like windows and doors. Clean out your gutters and look for spots around your house that are prone to prolonged moisture, particularly areas where trees cover or even touch the roof or walls of the house. If any areas require patching up, do so immediately! Clean damaged areas and repair them using a waterproof caulk or foam that will resist rain and snow.
The walls and the concrete of your driveway are susceptible to wear and tear from downpours, sun rays, and wind kicking up large dust or dirt particles or debris. Protect these surfaces by using strong materials that will withstand this potentially frequent impact. For example, sealcoating protects your driveway from the heat and other elements that can degrade it. Different siding materials have different benefits that you may be drawn to depending on your home’s location. Brick, cement, and stone are expensive but effective at keeping water out (with the help of a sealant layer between them and interior walls) and also are much more difficult to damage. Rock breaks down much slower and with more difficulty than wood or vinyl. Consider the needs of your home according to the climate it lives in and use appropriate surfaces to maintain them!
Keep Pipes From Freezing
Frozen water systems can cause burst pipes leading to major water damage inside, outside, and around your home. Keep your pipes from freezing by guarding your pipes with proper insulation. You may also need to adjust your water flow during the colder months of the year and make sure you have easy access to your water’s shutoff. Learn what kind of adjustments will help keep your pipes from freezing and implement those measures into your home’s shift from summer to fall.
While you can’t control the elements in the area where you live, you can control what you do to protect your property. Keep your home safe and your mind at ease by implementing these precautionary elements to your home’s exterior.
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