While autumn and winter are still a long way off, there’s always time for a bit of forward planning. When the weather is fine during the summer months, it is actually a good idea to get any of those building maintenance jobs out of the way. The British climate is so unpredictable anyway, so it really makes sense to ‘make hay while the sun shines’. By looking at what needs doing in terms of external repair work at your home or premises, you’ll be ensuring your property is safe and protected against the winter weather – and any damage that can occur as a result.
For many homeowners, a house is simply somewhere to live. They don’t notice the bigger picture. It’s only when you start looking at the actual condition of the property that you may begin to find faults, both big and small. That piece of guttering that’s been leaking for months (or even years) could be doing untold damage to the fascia boards and other aspects of the structure, such as allowing damp to seep into the property. Missing roof tiles or slates may also not appear to be serious, but it’s the problems they are causing to the roof timbers and in the attic that will only make themselves apparent over time.
A leaking gutter can also wash away ground levels and rot timber lintels and frames, which can cause serious structural damage to a property. If that was coupled with some severe rainfall, or a river flood, your property could be in serious trouble. It’s these little things that the average homeowner may not spot at first glance. Even if you don’t know what to look for in in terms of potential faults, it’s always worth checking your property from time to time, to spot anything that’s obvious.
Roofs in particular are a weak point in many properties – with flat roofs especially vulnerable to water retention and long-term damage. It sometimes only takes a storm and high wind to penetrate a felt roof or lift damaged roof tiles or slates. This can allow rain to pour into your home. Working at high level on roofs is considerably more dangerous in the winter, when dampness, wind and frost can make safe access considerably more tricky. It’s in cases like this – where a small job can become a big problem – where that bit of maintenance over the summer can pay dividends before the weather turns later in the year.
Another common household fault is allowing garden waste, such as grass or tree cuttings, to build up against a structure, like the wall of your garage, or a fence. If it stays wet, it can cause damp and mold to spread, or rot away wooden fencing. If it dries, this debris can become a highly flammable fire hazard. Overgrown or damaged trees too can cause problems and a high wind or heavy rain can bring down weak or dead trees too. This can cause collateral damage to buildings – such as your house – in the vicinity.
Making sure your property is adequately maintained delivers dual benefits – it protects your property against any serious damage that may occur, but it also protects your investment and the value of your asset.
Contact us to see how we can assist with assessing and repairs to damaged properties.