If you are curled up in front of the TV when a rainstorm is wreaking havoc outside, your first thought is probably not about protecting your home. But, maybe it should be. Extreme weather conditions can cause significant damage to a property; so it's worth taking action to protect your home against them.
Interestingly, it's not just rain that can cause problems. Even strong sunlight can be an issue. Just like you need to protect your body against the rays; you also need to look after your home. Let's examine how different weather conditions can damage your property, and what you can do to prevent damage from happening.
Weather conditions that can cause damage
The most obvious weather condition that we tend to think of, when it comes to property damage, is wind. It does not have to be tornado force, even just a strong wind can blow branches down, and against your home, causing damage to paint work and guttering.
We mentioned heavy rain earlier. Although a rainstorm might not cause any damage initially, it's possible for rainwater to leak into your home through gaps and cracks. This can result in problems with damp.
Hailstones only have to be a moderate size to be able to make dents in guttering, and chip paint work. After a hailstorm, your home could end up looking a little worse for wear.
Hours of blistering sunshine often lead to the fading of paint work. Paint can also crack in the heat. The exterior can go from looking pristine to shabby, in a relatively short space of time.
How to protect your home against the weather
One of the most important steps you can take, to prevent damage to your property, is to fill in gaps and cracks in the exterior walls. This stops rain water from gaining easy access, and stops you from having to deal with a, potentially costly, damp problem.
When it comes to sunlight, it's not just the exterior of your home that is at risk. Sunlight pouring through the windows can cause carpets and furniture to fade. Remember to use curtains or blinds on the windows of your home, and you can stop this from happening.
Cladding your property protects the exterior walls against damage from hailstones and flying debris. It also protects against the effects of sunlight. Any type of cladding helps, but UPVC cladding is especially durable, and easy to maintain. Experts such as Peter Bracey can help you find the right type of cladding for your property.
Weather can be a destructive force, and damage to your property can result. The damage can be something as minor as a dent in the paint work, to something more extreme, such as part of the roof blowing off, during a storm. You should do all that you can to protect your home; hopefully our tips will help you on the way to doing so.