So much is said about the interior of our homes; the bathroom, the paint, the living space. But what about the exterior of our homes? The walls, the piping, the roof. Aren’t they just as important?
The answer is yes. It’s the first impression any visitors (and potential buyers) will have of your home. So make it a good one! A properly maintained exterior can reduce heat loss as well as protect your home from the weather more effectively.
So, here are our essential tips on caring for the outside areas of your home. Don’t neglect it!
A concrete wall
Depending on the type of materials used to build your home, the walls can become easily damaged. This is to be expected, to a certain extent. They’re your first line of protection against the wind, rain, snow and hail. Over the years, your walls can simply wear down and become less effective.
So, I’d take the steps to properly seal off the cement between your bricks. Doing so can stop any moisture from entering your home and can make the whole house warmer. Firstly, clean any dirt or moss from the bricks, to start with a clean area. Chisel at the cement surrounding the brick until it comes loose, and remove it.
Next, clean the space you have created of any debris and extraneous cement. Once it’s clear, paint the area where the brick goes, and the brick itself, with brick and masonry sealant. Slot the brick back into place, and repoint the surrounding area. Voila! Repeat this as many times as necessary for any possibly damaged bricks.
No less than 25 percent of the heat loss in our homes stems from the roof, so it’s incredibly important that we care for them. Of course, this is easier said than done, however; how are you supposed to care for it in a safe way? There are many roofing experts which you could call for any problems that you simply cannot manage, and the things you can do yourself are few.
I’d recommend that you periodically shift all leaves out of your guttering. While not directly caring for the roof, this stops water building up which could then start to leak through your attic. I’d also consider having a roof audit done, if you suspect there are any problems. It’s nigh-on impossible to diagnose one yourself for obvious reasons, so get some help.
Exterior tap and pipe
Just like our walls, our pipes get absolutely battered by the elements. This can result in loss of hot water around the house, and a burst pipe. So, consider wrapping your exterior pipes in insulative material. This will reduce the time it takes for the water to heat up, and will keep your house warmer over winter.
Encasing your pipes in a protective shell is also a good idea. Combined with the insulation, this ensures that your pipes will never be damaged again. Casing is relatively simple to install, too. You only need to buy some from a hardware store, and fit it to your wall. Be careful on that ladder!