Everything You Need to Know About Weatherproofing Your Home
Whether it’s a hurricane in Louisiana, record summer heat in Tampa, Florida, or a Polar Vortex in Texas, cities and states across America experienced unprecedented weather extremes in 2020 and into 2021.
How can you protect your most vital asset, your home, against pending disasters? If you’re looking to the future and thinking it’s time to invest in weatherproofing, you’re on the right track. When it comes to weatherproofing a home, there’s a plethora of inexpensive to pricey-but-worth-it protection measures you can consider.
Continue on for a quick-read introduction to the best ways to weatherproof your home.
Everything in Its Place
Cleaning your front and back yards in spring and autumn offers simple, cheap, and effective weatherproofing.
In the garden, prune dead branches off trees. These can go flying into a wall, or worse, a person, during a tornado or severe storm. Rake up leaves (you don’t want smelly, rotten piles sitting around your yard) and rope down any large garden furniture, shade cloths and umbrellas, or playground equipment.
Giving your paving and deck a once-over with a scrubbing brush or pressure hose will reveal any maintenance issues like cracked pavers or rotten boards. Replace damaged materials immediately. Inspect your garden shed to see if the walls and roof are in good condition and watertight.
The heat lost through old or damaged windows can be as high as 25 to 30 percent of total residential heating energy.
Those living in cold climates can’t afford not to have energy-efficient and waterproof windows.
If your window frames are rotten or full of gaps, they may let water inside the home, ruining everything from your carpet and wallpaper to precious decor items. It’s possible to chisel back and fill wooden windows. But, as mentioned in this resource, if your window frames are severely damaged, consider replacing them.
Weatherproofing Home Plumbing
From broken or frozen pipes to burst pipes causing water to flood your home, freezing weather can wreak havoc with indoor and outdoor plumbing–especially for anyone living in places where the temperatures drop into the negatives.
For those wondering how to weatherproof home plumbing against freezing, all you need to do is ensure your pipes are insulated. Installing something like sleeve insulation will also help with energy efficiency, something much needed when your furnace runs 24-7.
Outdoor taps should be set to a slow drip when the temperatures get below freezing. Alternatively, you can shut off the water to those faucets, drain the pipes, and insulate any exposed metal.
Protecting the Roof
Poorly maintained roofs can result in disaster when a tornado, hurricane, or heavy snowfall arrives in your neighborhood. You can feel confident that a weatherproof roof will protect your home.
A bi-annual roofing to-do list looks something like this:
- Look for loose or missing tiles
- Check chimneys for damage
- Securely reattach aerials
- Clear downpipes and gutters
- Asses attic ventilation
Don’t be tempted to climb on your roof. Instead, use binoculars to inspect hard-to-see spots closely. If you still feel you need to get up there, hire a roofing contractor to undertake a full inspection.
Where to Focus Your Time and Money
Windows, doors, and roofs are the key areas where homeowners will experience heat loss, cold and water infiltration, and draughts. When weatherproofing your home, it’s these areas you need to focus on first, and it’s here you need to put your hard-earned money.
Be sure to check back into our blog now for more how-tos on keeping up with your home maintenance.