We like to put a lot of effort into decorating and furnishing our homes but sometimes we forget that externally there’s a lot to do as well. Too many homeowners have fell foul of neglecting the exterior of their homes until a problem arises which, if dealt with earlier, could have saved them a lot of time and money. Materials like stone, wood, and plastic tend to deteriorate slowly over time and we might not notice the initial signs of decay, but after several years of neglect some parts of a house will need immediate attention, and it is usually then a homeowner becomes aware of several other issues affecting the integrity of their property.
What are some of the signs to look out for? What external problems can arise and what should we do about them? Let’s look at a few common ones:
If you spot some cracks on external masonry it should be treated as soon as possible. Extremes in weather can cause rendered surfaces to lose their integrity but specialist sealants and adhesives can be easily applied to most problem areas. If left untreated this can become a more complex issue, and if whole patches of render become dislodged it can be an expensive procedure to have it repaired. A specialist company is usually required to give an external wall an attractive professional finish. So keeping an eye out for any early signs of damage can save you a lot of money in the long-term.
Most homeowners class this as just a cosmetic finish to their property but having walls regularly painted will maintain your home’s integrity for an extended period. Modern paints are more than just a way to colour or freshen walls. The beneficial effects for wood, brick, and render serve to protect the building from the elements. Todays external masonry paints offer UVA/UVB protection as well as anti-damp and anti-fouling properties. Regular application of a high quality paint is one of the best measures a homeowner can take to ensure external walls remain in great condition.
If you have exposed brickwork it will inevitably show signs of decay. The mortar between the bricks will usually be the first material to deteriorate. If this happens there is a procedure known as repointing where the crumbling mortar is dug out and fresh mortar applied. This is a relatively inexpensive procedure and should be carried out before the brickwork becomes too damaged, otherwise serious structural problems may develop.
A property’s gutters are very often overlooked and underestimated. If gutters are not kept in a good condition overspill rainwater will affect external walls leading to unnecessary water damage. Gutters should be cleaned regularly and broken components replaced as soon as possible. Through time, most gutters will deteriorate and eventually need replaced. Companies like Freemantle based Absolute Gutters can provide a comprehensive repair and replacement service to suit most homeowners needs.