The great British summer is usually anything but great, and even roasting sunshine is typically followed by thundering downpours. This August has seen a mix of everything, from baking days and nights to torrential rain and lightning, putting our homes under huge amounts of stress.
Protracted spells of extreme weather can cause serious damage to our homes, even leading to issues like subsidence, but there are plenty of things you can do to weatherproof your home and help it to stand up against the elements.
Windows and doors
Windows and doors, particularly if they’re made of timber rather than uPVC, can be an easy victim for fluctuations in the weather.
Hot and humid weather can cause frames to expand, especially if the paint or vanish is cracked or damaged, allowing moisture to penetrate the wood, leading to rotting and further weakness.
This can lead to leaks and moisture getting in around the sealant, causing issues with damp during wet spells.
A window fitter can make sure your window is well-maintained, or help with installing replacements if needed.
Your home’s roof is the first line of defence against inclement weather, which is why it’s vital to make sure it’s kept in good condition to prevent serious damage.
Tiles can be shifted by high winds and heavy rains, making gaps in the roof cover where water can enter.
However, sun can also take a toll on our roofs, especially older flat roofs that might cover an extension, garage or outbuilding. Prolonged heat and sunlight can cause the felt to warp and discolour, or even cause cracks and splits, particularly on older roofs that have already been through many seasons.
It is worth speaking to a roofer to make sure your roof is covered with a modern, high-quality material to keep out the elements.
Our gutters and downpipes serve a vital role in clearing excess water away from our home, and even small issues with them can cause big problems down the line.
If guttering is blocked, or the plastic has perished and cracked - a particular problem in direct sunlight and hot weather - then the fault can direct water directly onto the wall, leading to penetrating damp in the worst cases.
Fixing or replacing damaged gutters and pipes isn’t usually an expensive fix, but can save you plenty of work in the long run. A fascias, soffits and guttering specialist will be able to check out your fixtures.
They can also inspect your facisas and soffits - timber versions can be suspectible to damage in wet weather, and should be treated appropriately.
It’s only natural that our garden is exposed to the elements, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pay it some attention when it comes to protecting it from the ravages of the elements.
Garden features like decking are particularly vulnerable to extremes in weather, with heat and humidity causing wood to swell, while heavy rain can penetrate timber that hasn’t been treated properly and cause the wood to swell and rot.
Lawns also take a battering during summer months - long spells of dry weather turn the grass brown and lifeless, while ensuing storms can turn the once-green lawn into a sudden mud bath.
While many lawns are hardy enough to heal themselves over time, there’s no shame in hiring a landscaper to improve your lawn and any other garden features so you can enjoy your outdoor space for the rest of the year.