As we enter August, we begin to feel the full effects of the Great British summer. Sometimes it’s scorching sunshine, and sometimes it’s torrential rain - the only advice is to be ready for anything.
Tradespeople work all year round nowadays - even when it comes to big jobs like extensions, builders don’t like to stop work thanks to a few showers. But the old saying still holds true - the best time to fix the roof is while the sun is shining. With that being the case, here are some jobs you can get done when the sun is out, to protect your home from the worst of the rain.
Why not take the saying literally? Cold and wet weather will take advantage of any missing or broken roof tiles to cause damage to your roof beams and anything else in your loft space, and if left untreated for a long time can lead to persistent problems with damp and rot. A roofer can give your roof a once-over to check for damage and repair any problems before it’s too late - some roofers even use drone technology these days to take a good look and show you where any issues might be.
Unless you really get on with your neighbours, you probably don’t want to share your garden with them, which is why a fence is a good way to protect your space and add to your garden’s style. Now is a good time to repair any broken posts and replace any damaged panels and make sure they’re all secured, before any thunderous rain storms come blustering in to test its strength. Even if your fence is structurally sound, make sure the wood is treated so it can withstand wet weather without rotting and warping. Experienced fencers can get your fence up and in place in no time.
Driveways and paving
A summer downpour can quickly reveal if your driveway has issues with flooding or water pooling, while bricks and slabs which are cracked or poorly filled will no doubt have a riot of weeds growing up through them at this time of year. While a few sprays of weedkiller or some good old fashioned time with a trowel can get rid of the plant problem quickly enough, bigger issues require more permanent solutions. If it’s time to repave or re-joint your driveway or paving, talk to an expert about the kind of materials and look you want for your home.
It’s easy to ignore the brickwork that makes up so many homes - until it’s actually crumbling in front of our eyes, most of us tend not to pay it any attention at all. But just like with our roofs, prevention is better than cure. Look out for damaged bricks which may be cracked or discoloured thanks to the weather, and places where mortar has come away or becomes powdery when touched. If the mortar has failed, it can lead to penetrating damp, where moisture accumulates behind the bricks, which can compromise the entire wall. If you are unsure when your home was last repointed, compare your home to others on your street to see how it differs. If it needs to be done, a bricklayer will be able to handle it.
If your home is painted, then it’s best to find a spell of good weather for any repainting. Look for signs of rust staining around any metal fixtures such as where pipework is attached, moss and other plant growth, and cracks and flaking paint - all good signs that it needs tackling sooner rather than later. Depending on the previous paint job and the weather where you live, it usually needs to be done every five to ten years. If yours is due, a painter and decorator will be able to tackle it.