The full chill of the wintry months is upon us. While our thoughts may be full of cosy evenings indoors spent before a roaring fire, with a mug of something warm, our outside spaces still need a little attention. At this time of year, as the winds get higher, the snow threatens to fall and the temperatures drop dramatically, taking some time to batten down the hatches and protect our buildings’ exterior structures and green spaces is a prudent move. Before your treasured garden gazebo blows away and your careful planting is ravished by the harsh weather, take the following precautions to weatherproof your home.
Taking care of plants
There are various measures you can take to protect the plants you’ve cared for all year round. Some, if they’re in pots, are simply better off brought indoors and stored in conservatories or porches for the winter. Others will survive if you give them stakes, use mulches to keep warmth in their soil or improve the shelter around them.
Using garden furniture covers can be a great idea, especially if you have wooden or metal garden furniture that is prone to rust and would look unsightly come spring. Alternatively, all-weather garden furniture made of PVC wicker can look very stylish all year round and is immune to attack from bad weather.
Preparing your roof
Your roof, the first defence between you and the elements, must be protected. Firstly, you should check that there are no missing roof tiles and that there’s not a problem with moss or lichen. These plants can be dangerous slip hazards to anyone fixing a roof. Climb into your attic to check for leaks and make sure your guttering is secure to protect your building’s exterior from water damage.
Choosing a permeable driveway
A major aspect of protecting your home from the elements of winter is in choosing products that react well to harsh conditions. A quality, well-built permeable driveway is one such item. It will allow rainwater to escape, rather than stagnate and potentially cause water damage. In icy conditions, there will be less ‘slip’ risk and the severe cold won’t cause the paving to crack as water expands, because it will already have been drained.
Protecting exposed wood
Before the really bad weather begins, take a look around your garden and work out which wooden items should be protected in case they warp or split. To weatherproof garden furniture that’s made of wood, scrub it (dirt holds moisture which in turn causes rot), allow to dry and store safely under cover. There are various measures you can take to weatherproof your shed, from coating with sealant to ensuring it’s properly elevated and lining it with an MDF core.
Time spent preparing your property before the worst weather arrives is time well spent. As well as saving you money that would have to be spent on damaged items, these ideas mean that as spring rolls round, you can look forward to enjoying your home at its best.
Monday, 21st December 2015